Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Book Club - Blog Style. Take 8!

It has been a hot ass minute since I have done a book post, all the way back in July to be precise!
This doesn't make much sense to me as I am a totally bookworm and any free time I can conjure up, which really isn't often, (Its usually half an hour in bed before I go to sleep) is spent reading. For example in the past two weeks I have got through eight books. So why not share the books I have read and loved with the world?

The one I finished the most recently was 'The Not So Perfect Mum' by Kerry Fisher.

This story is centred around Maia, a cleaner who bursts her ass trying to give her kids Bronte and Harley a perfect life. Which isn't the easiest when lay about partner Colin, refuses to offer any hand and refuses to look hard for a job.

When one of Maia's clients dies, Maia discovers that the professor who passes, has left her quite the deal in her will - the chance to send her children to the highly sot-after and equally expensive £24000 a term school, Stirling Hall.

Maia is sceptical at first a she is worried about the kids fitting in with the higher class pupils, the hidden expenses of private school and the lack of support from Colin but with the thought of her children having a better life than she does, Maia takes the plunge and enrols them in Stirling Hall. Much to Colin and neighbour/friend Sandy's dismay.

When the children start school, Maia is thrust into a new life off trust funs and marrying well. Maia fortunately finds a great friend in one of the mums Clover and a supportive ear of teacher Mr Peters who both want well for Maia and believe she deserves better that what she has.

Circumstances including the great lay about Colin getting too aggressive with Maia, makes her doubt if she has done the right thing, especially with bailiffs on her tail. Mr Peters turns out to be a great confideont and truly cares about Maia and her kids. Something she hasn't experienced for a long time.

When more news reaches Maia, she can finally let go off everything that has been dragging her down over the years and start doing things for herself and not everyone else.

I truly loved this book, it isn't your usual lovey dovey chick lit and I think that may be why I loved it so much. I really admired Maia and how she believed in herself so much when the world hadn't been the kindest, plus she is a true and loyal friend which can't be said for some of the others. The feelings I had towards Colin were unnatural seeing as he is fiction, but that shows just how beautifully Fisher has wrote these characters. I read this in a day on Sunday as I couldn't put it down which never usually happens to me as I always have so much to do. Then when I finished it I was smiling from ear to ear and Sam had to ask me what was wrong! I had never read anything by Fisher before but now I am definitely going to be picking up more of her work!

Have you guys read this book? Or do you recommend any you think I might like?
Let me know!
G x

Friday, 1 December 2017

Another OOTN!

If there is something I love reading and writing about on blogs it is about what people wear, especially when they go out. Who doesn't love some inspo? So I thought I would post what I wore the other evening of the hen night I was recently at, if you fancy seeing what else I wore on the hen weekend, you can here.

The theme on the Saturday night was to wear all black as the bride to be was to be in all white so this is what I wore..

The top is a little crop lacy number from River Island but you can find similar things almost everywhere just now. The trouser are from Pretty Little Thing and I actually borrowed these from my best friend Nicola. The perks of being the same size as your bezzies right!? I cannot describe how comfy these trousers are, I felt like I was in leggings they were that comfortable! I loved them so much that I have asked my mum to pick me up a pair for Christmas. The shoes are from Office, a few years ago however.

I must admit that I am loving trousers right now for going out. Especially with how cold it is these days. No one wants to freeze right? But no one wants to go out dressed as if they are ready to scale Everest! This is a perfect combo of cosy  but chic at the same time, well I think so!

What do you guys think about this outfit of the night? Do you guys also loving wearing trousers on nights out in the winter months?

Let us know!
G x

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Bath and Body Works Flippin' Awesome Pancake

Hi Guys, mega mega apologies in the fact there have been no posts in THREE weeks. I have been so unwell for the past three weeks and finally have some energy again. I have so many posts in regards to things from my holiday like my Sephora haul! But I thought I would ease back in with a post about my new favourite candle ever!

If you came into my flat, you would notice that the place is over run by Bath and Body works three wick candles. I honestly can't help myself though, every time I visit the states, you can be sure that I am coming home with some. Normally my favourite type of scents are citrus ones like the bath and body works limoncello (ughhhhh!) scent for the summer and then ones like cookie and cake for winter. When I was in the states last month, I dragged Sam into Bath and Body works and all their winter scents were out, yay!

Sam first smelt this one and was in love so I told him just to get it without me smelling it, when we got home, he put it in our living room and lit it and honestly guys I am so so obsessed. You can tell by the pictures that has been well used in a month! Honestly we have it burning every night.

The scent is Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and normally I don't like pumpkin scents but I honestly think this smells more like waffles or pancakes with maple syrup, which who doesn't love? It does describe the scent online with maple syrup as a description which will be why I think of it!

Honestly guys I can't recommend this scent enough, it is so Christmas and homey. I love baking as it makes my house smell amazing but this candle gives off the smell of just baked goods which is always amazing! Plus, I love the packaging, 'Eat Dessert First' that is something I can get along with!

I just looked online and Bath & Body works have 40% of their candles so if you fancy this for your home you can pick it up here. 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Surfin' USA!

Saturday, how I used to love you. Last Saturday however, was my least favourite day of all time as I returned from the most amazing holiday in Hawaii and Florida! I have lots of posts in relation to it so why not start with something that was one of my favourites when I was there... Surfing!

Surfing has been on my bucket list since I was 13 as I have always thought it has looked so fun and cool! When we booked Hawaii, I was desperate to do it there as I thought, were is better than Hawaii to do it! With its warm waters and amazing oceans, beats freezing my butt of trying it in Loch Lomond!

Turns out that I am actually pretty fricking good at it too! The instructor kept calling me 'all star' as I was up every time and from the first good. 

Guys, I cannot describe anything more thrilling that I have ever done. & trust me, In my 24 years I have done some pretty cool stuff. It is amazing feeling the big wave take you away whilst getting smaller and smaller. 

If I can surf, anyone can. As you may know if you have been around this blog, I only have one working lung so exercise and hard work can be really difficult for me and though I did have my struggles, it was so worth it when I was up on that board. 

I think I have definitely caught the surfing bug! 

Have any of you guys been surfing? How did you enjoy it?
Hang tight dudes! (sorry!)
G x

Monday, 30 October 2017

Illamasqua Tease Lippy!

Hey again! As you might be able to tell, I am really feeling lipstick again right now so why not share with you guys what I am wearing!?

Right now I am obsessed with this Illamasqua's tease lipstick paired with MAC's stone lipliner! 

I bought 'Tease' a good while back after Jamie Genevieve kept posting about it on her Instagram and was in love with the shade! 
On myself though as I am so pale, you could say it look very like those foundation lips we all rocked in 2007! But I then paired it with a darker lipliner, 'Stone' which is a true brown shade and created this ombre look for some definition and if I do say so myself, I really love the way it turns out. Some times I just do this with any brown pencil whether it be for brows or something and get a similar effect but I do really love the look 'Stone' gives it!

This is a look that can be worn any time of the year and is super comfortable on the lips!
I think I might have to start a lipstick diary again to keep up with all the ones I have, I can't believe that was nearly a year ago!

What do you guys think of this look?
Do you have either of the products?
Let us know!
G x

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Zombie Mouth Halloween Make

Hey guys! Halloween is my second favourite time of the year after Christmas but it is by far my favourite time to go out! I love coming up with new looks and seeing what everyone is dressed up as. As I will be in Florida for Halloween this year, I thought I would share one of the looks I done last year!

This may look very hard but honestly it is super easy if just a little time consuming! All you need is, purple and black eyeshadow, latex, fake blood, face paint and cotton buds.

Step 1. Make sure your face is clean properly in the area we are working on, this will make the latex stick better.
Step 2. Apply the latex all around your mouth, and apply ripped up cotton to the area. You will want to do this in stages so the latex doesn't dry in before you have had time to stick the cotton down.
Step 3. Pull the cotton to make the teeth like shape over your actual mouth and let everything dry down.
Step 4. Once everything is completely dry, go around the edge of the 'mouth' with a purple and black shadow to creating a 'bruised' look. Let's face it, if your mouth is in that shape it isn't going to blend into your skin!
Step 5. Cover the cotton and latex in a flesh coloured tone, this can either be with face paint or foundation. I used foundation so it matched the rest of my face so it really looked like it.
Step 6. Paint the tips of the teeth white, you can really only see this slightly in the top picture but I promise my teeth were white.
Step 7. Fill in all the remaining areas with red face paint, you can see where! I also used some more purple shadow here to create some definition. 
Step 8. On a small brush, add a little fake blood to where ever you feel like! 
Step 9. Scare the pants of your friends!

Obviously this makes things like talking and drinking a little difficult but if you are prepared to struggle a little for the effect then this is definitely worth it!

Let us know what you think about this!
If you are dressing up for Halloween this year, let us know what you are going as!
Have a good one whatever you are doing!
G x

Thursday, 19 October 2017

End of year resolutions!

So every new year I make a list of things I want to achieve, but not even gonna lie by the time the 2nd week in January arrives, I've forgotten all about them! 

As I'm typing this it's 74 days till January 1st 2018...

So starting Monday 23rd of October I'll have 70 days to do so many things that I wanted to achieve in 2017...

May as well give it a bash...

Here's my list of things I want to achieve!

1. Be comfortable with my body. (yes sadly Laura this requires exercise....)
2. Learn to swim. (C'mon you're 24 now!)
3. Try more new foods & have a better relationship with food. (Stop being a fussy cow!)
4. Make more of time off work.
5. Save money!!! (You don't need that new skirt...)
6. Take up a hobby. (Beat Ryan at badminton every once in a while ;-) )
7. Try to worry less (Actually try really hard!! It's so not worth it!)
8. Learn to say no! (You can't please everyone all the time.)
9. Drink more water (It'll stop Ryan nipping your head to do so hahaha!)

That's where I'm at so far, lets hope I can stick to these better than I stuck to my actual resolutions!

Anyone else find it super hard to stick to resolutions?!
Let us know!

- L x