Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Pink All Around

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Top: Forever 21; Shorts: Oh My Love*; Bag: Zara; Shoes: La Moda;

Excuse the creased shorts and focus on this very pink outfit. This is probably the first pink outfit I wear as I'm slowly adding the colour into my wardrobe. Big change I'd say. Not sure if it is too much? This shade doesn't make me feel like a Barbie but I do feel a lot more feminine. Powder, blush pink, is definitely a favourite now. The shorts are cute but they crease so easily even if I sit down for a few seconds. As long as no one is offended by it, it's ok! I have plenty of ideas on how to style it though.

"On Wednesdays, we wear pink." I couldn't resist posting a Mean Girls quote even if it's Tuesday today. Random thought, why can't I find 20 denier tights in store anywhere anymore? It's either 40 or 15... If you've seen any in store, please do let me know.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Direct Cosmetics

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DISCOUNTED COSMETICS

Did I just say discounted cosmetics? Why yes, yes I did. Who doesn't love it? Direct Cosmetics sells authentic cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, anything beauty at discounted prices. We don't want to know how, we'll just enjoy it. Not only do they store the drugstore brands, they stock some of the higher ends such as Clinique, Shiseido, Elizabeth Arden etc. They do ship abroad however only within Europe.

With hundreds of products to choose from,  there's always at least one product you will add to your basket and click checkout. I ended up choosing Sally Hensen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen in Coral Pink*, Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye-Fix Primer* and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Balm*.

Have you heard of this website before?

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Need a Tablet for Blogging?

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JUST FOR BLOGGING?

I wouldn't say that this is a guide, more like an insight as to whether a tablet is needed for blogging from my experience. I must admit, I did purchase an iPad mini whilst in Hong Kong just for blogging but there were reasons. My main reason was travelling. As I travel a lot around the UK (visiting friends and family) as well as abroad, I don't want to carry around my macbook everywhere weighing me down. It has made my life much easier but there definitely are some limitations. Ever since then, I have used it for non blogging duties and have got myself addicted to a few games over time.

First thing's first. Money. Most tablets are probably £100 or more. Not cheap. Money may or may not be an issue but you would want to think it through first. First thought would be "Would I use it often?". You don't want it to be one of those side sitting items that you'll completely forget about.

Having a tablet doesn't mean you'll have internet access if you're not at home. Internet isn't really an issue and it won't restrict too much you from blogging. These days, tablets come in two versions, 3/4G and Wifi, or Wifi only. Just a note, tablets are more expensive if you choose the 3/4G and Wifi option. I opted for the Wifi only option so I'm not forking out a mobile data only contract and more for the iPad. I'll tether my phone so I can connect my iPad to it if I'm not at home or there are no wifi hotspots. But I'll only tether whenever I need to since it does drain my phone battery.

If I'm on the train, plane etc with no internet, I'll write up a blog post with the notes app that automatically comes with it. I use it to jot any blog post ideas too. Once there is internet access, I'll copy and paste a post into the blogger post then publish the post if everything is ready to go. I dislike typing on the screen so I invested in a bluetooth keyboard which makes life A LOT easier. I cannot manipulate or upload any photos from my camera to the iPad which is a downside but that doesn't stop me. I can edit and upload photos whenever I have my Macbook again or do it in advanced. No internet also means no social media to promote and interact. But you'll have your phone for that.

If I'm having some quiet, some me time, I'll watch something on Netflix on the Macbook and use the iPad to read/comment blog post, write up content, get inspiration etc.

In my opinion, don't get one for the sake of it, thinking it's a blogging "necessity". Get it if you actually are going to use it. If you are buying one and are about to cry at the price, think of it as an investment. Also think of all the cute cases you could get!

Do you use a tablet for blogging?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Student's Guide to Leeds

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WELCOME TO LEEDS

Being accepted and moving to University is definitely an exciting time. New "start", new long life friends, new experiences. But there may be that nervous feeling if you're moving to a new, unfamiliar area. Here is the low down of recommended places to visit in Leeds.

BARS & NIGHTCLUBS



This may not be the best photo but hey, let's get down to business. Every student's mind is most likely where to go for a few cheeky drinks and possibly dance the night away. The above photo was taken on Call Lane featuring a few bars, but there are plenty more bars along the strip where students and young professionals like to go for some amazing cocktails. I highly recommend trying each bar as they have individual vibes. There are a few clubs here. The gay village is close by too.

There are bigger clubs that are dotted around Leeds. Halo (£1 drinks on Mondays!), Pryzm (newly opened), The Space, O2 Academy, Chilli White, The Warehouse to name a few. Have a look online at voodooevents.co.uk to see what student events are held on what day of the week at which club. Skiddle.com is another website to look at other night events if you fancy something different.

You cannot leave Leeds without experiencing the Otley Run pub crawl. Whether this is organised by a society you've joined or to celebrate a birthday, whatever the occasion, be prepared to start early (where daylight is still visible) and in fancy dress. That's all I'm saying.

HUNGOVER?



Heavy night? Need to soak up last night's antics? The Trinity Kitchen is one place to visit. It's like a food court but with a twist. You will have the cafes, restaurants that are permanently there, but the twist is, each month, there are 5 street food vans/carts/sheds that will pop in and stay for a month waiting to serve you. Every month is different. It's always nice to try something new.

There are restaurants in The Light, the Trinity Centre, pubs such a Wetherspoons, bars etc that will cure your hangover whatever your taste, Leeds has. Visit The Greedy Pig cafe (close to Lovell Park) if you want good quality and good value for your money with the home cooked feeling. It's not far from the universities and town centre.

HEY BIG SPENDER



Student loan is a love hate relationship. If bars and clubs wasn't the first thing on your mind, shopping definitely was. The best thing I like about Leeds is that there are small shopping centres/arcades close to one another. The Trinity Centre is the main shopping centre consisting of your high street stores. It's nice to walk through when it's dark outside, the roof lights up. If you cannot find the high street store in there, there's plenty more outside, Albion Street, Briggate, Headrow and many more streets that come off one another. Go explore and see where it leads you.

If you are wanting something different and unique and not from the typical high street, Queens Arcade, Thornton's Arcade and Leeds Corn Exchange would be your thing. Not only do they consist of great independent stores and boutiques to browse around, they are also aesthetically pleasing to look at. If you prefer the premium, higher end of the shopping spectrum, then the Victoria Quarter and Harvey Nichols is your heaven. Then possibly cry afterwards when the loan is used up just like that. Do visit the Victoria Quarter regardless since the interior is beautiful.

CHILL OUT & MINGLE



The Millennium Square is the place to chill, meet friends, watch the world pass by. Around the square, there is the Leeds City Museum and Nelson Mandela's Garden. The square is a tranquil area, away from the main shopping area, until the German Market pays a visit or any other events that are held at the square.

Round the corner is the Leeds Art Gallery. There are some areas where you can relax and view the architecture around as well as visit the gallery itself, with the Town Hall next to it. Park Square is a gem all year round. Beautiful in the summer with the flowers blooming and beautiful when covered in snow.

MUST VISIT PLACES



Within the above categories, I have recommended places within the Leeds centre. But what about the places outside Leeds? I quite like the Leeds transport system as I usually hate buses. It's easy to use to get in and out of the city as they all go through the town centre. Buses will stop outside the main attractions, making them easily accessible.

First thing on the list is Kirkstall Abbey. This needs to be on your to visit list, it's free admission and only 10 minutes on the bus. It's great to look and explore the Abbey ruins. If you enjoy drawing, come here. You can definitely have some me time, earphones in and draw to your hearts content. If you're a fashion blogger, why not explore and maybe take a few cheeky outfit photos here like I've done above. Hehe. Shorts* and top* are from Oh My Love if you're wondering. Opposite the road is the Abbey Museum if you're wanting to learn more about the history.

Where can you go to properly relax for the whole day, have a picnic, kick a ball around, bask in the sun and maybe attempt to tan? Roundhay Park is your answer. It is one of the largest open parks in Europe with plenty of things to see if you want to go explore. With a large open green space, you are sure to find the best spot to suit you. It's around 30 minutes on the bus.

How can I forget about Leeds festival? Need I say more?!

I find that Leeds is definitely the best university cities in the UK. It may be a small city as compared to others, but it's perfectly formed, rich in culture and heritage wherever you walk. With it's broad range of attractions and things to do, it will appeal to every taste.

I do hope you'll enjoy your life in Leeds and find this guide helpful. I will add more to this once I think of more. My advice to everyone would be to just enjoy your university life by the minute and explore new things! Make the most out of it.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Bootea 14 Day Teatox

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TEA DETOX

Right, I did jump on this bandwagon after being convinced just by looking at the results on their Instagram page. I have tried this back in early June preparing for a holiday. It consisted of two different tea bags, one for the morning everyday (14 tea bags) and one before bed every other day (7 teabags) which you will drink for 2 week. I don't mind the herbal taste. I quite like it as I did drink a lot of Chinese herbal teas whilst growing up. This was minor as compared to what I had drank as a child. Both tea bags contains different ingredients which you can read here.

I didn't complete the 14 day teatox. Probably lasted around a week. The reason being is that the bed time cleanse had given me horrendous stomach aches the next day each time for the whole day which weren't bareable therefore having to stop. It does produce laxative effects which to me only lasts the morning but I still have stomach pains throughout the day. Glad the toilet isn't far from where I sit at work. It doesn't matter how long I leave the tea bag in, I've tried from 1 minute to 3 minutes, the pains still arise. I've stopped drinking this tea overall after the third bed time cleanse and haven't suffered these type of stomach pains since.

There are side effects and everyone suffers from them differently. Unfortunately I had to experience this after all the hype there was. You need to eat healthily in order to see the positive effects, exercising would be an added bonus. They have an eating plan which you can follow but it's in my opinion, you're best without it. It's rubbish. This did suppress my appetite but in a bad way and felt groggy throughout the day. Their positive claims didn't seem to be on my side. Disappointed.

I wouldn't recommend this if you're susceptible to stomach aches and are sensitive to them. This may affect your menstrual cycle and will affect your contraceptive pill if you take it in the morning. If I were you, stick to the traditional clean eating and exercise malarkey. Don't take shortcuts. Your body will thank you later.

Have you tried any teatoxes?