28 October 2015

October

October went fast but there were some good moments! One of my favourite things I did this month was going to the Late Night Art in the Heart of the City event (... catchy!) a couple of weeks ago. Being in the city at night is so great. I really want to explore my city more because I think that we all generally forget to do that. That night I had Better Burger for dinner which is quickly becoming one of my favourite places to grab a bite to eat!

A few days ago I felt like a bit of change in my room (once again!) so I decided to gather all nearest cute items and slosh them together on the wall above my bed (which was moved into the corner). It looks much better at night with the lights actually on, but I cobbled together some cute bits and pieces such as the odd darkroom photography photo, doodles from notebooks, bits from magazines/pamphlets, and even a postcard my friend sent me from China. The rustic tape on the edges of the fairy lights really adds a nice touch! (no, not really). It has decided to fall down a couple of times since.

I'll get onto talking about my favourite bits (materialistic) from the month. Once again beauty was just not my thing. Since I don't have money to spend, it's a bit of a bore in that department, and I've still been loving the same things from previous months (including that OGX conditioner I mentioned last month - oh what a saviour).

Something that I've been using everyday comes in the form of a huge bottle with the words Cetaphil on it. I used to use this a couple of years ago I think, and now I'm using it again. My skin was looking worse than usual so I decided it was time to go back to basics. This cleanser is really, really simple - nothing fancy at all. It's gentle, softening and cleans your face. It's exactly what I needed after using foaming cleansers and such that stripped my skin. I feel like this has just restored my skin back to it's normal softness and feel and it has calmed down breakouts. No, not got rid of them, but hasn't contributed to any new ones.



Essence, I am slowly learning, is a great and affordable brand. I've tried a couple of lipsticks from them and the colours are really nice, not to mention the price is too good to resist (the colour above is On The Catwalk! 04 and it's lovely - pinkish red and build-able from sheer to bold). I have also tried the All About Nude eyeshadow palette and I have to say, the colours are gorgeous. I never apply eyeshadow, one because I'm useless at doing it, and two, I mean, is it really necessary? I have been dabbling in that department of late though, and one purply brown shade in particular has certainly made me more interested. So thumbs up for Essence, for having some good things on offer, and for not breaking the bank. (Oh, and shout out to the Real Techniques domed shadow brush making an appearance in the photo which is my weapon - or tool - of choice).











Now it's time to talk about books - one of my favourite subjects. As you can see above, (note the fangirl about to emerge), I read Dan and Phil's book this month (The Amazing Book is Not on Fire), in about 4 hours, I think maybe a day or two after it came out. If you didn't know, I love watching Dan and Phil on YouTube so I feel like their book deserved a mention on my blog somewhere. I'm sure the time in which I read the book is some kind of indication that I did indeed enjoy reading it. It was just something that happened, even though I was freaking tired, I wasn't going to sleep without finishing.

Honestly, their book did exceed my expectations. If you're a dedicated viewer, you have to get it. It's not as childish as it might appear (I don't know if it really does) - but it's an extremely funny little thing the pair of them have created. I know which pages are my favourite but I won't spoil anything, just like I usually try to avoid doing with book reviews/thoughts. I think this book is something I'll flick through in the future and smile about so I'm happy I got my mitts on a copy.

I read two other books in the month and unfortunately I don't have another one or two beautiful photos to grace your eyes with as they've gone back to the library. The first is Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison which I devoured at the beginning of October. I really enjoyed reading this and if you're a fan of contemporary YA fiction, then add this one to your list. I always seem to enjoy a look into British teen culture, as it were, and something that is fun and easy to read (and that doesn't mean it can't have an important message at the end of it).

The main theme of this book is pretty obvious early on. It's essentially about teenagers who are trying to lose their virginity as soon as possible. This book didn't glamourise sex and it was an insightful look into the lives of teenagers - not the ideal either. The two perspectives in the book were very enjoyable to read, and there was a lot of going back and forth between all these characters and what they were thinking. There were little things in the book that made it special and made it just that bit better in my opinion. Read it!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the third book I read this month, and I'm sure you've all heard of it. It was quite popular a few months ago. Long story short I did think it was a good book, but not amazing. I don't want to spoil it, obviously, so I'll say that it was interesting to read about the lives of these characters, all proper adults which I don't usually read about, and to try and figure out what happened. It's all a bit of a mystery, and while it wasn't absolutely shocking, I still did quite enjoy it.



Now that I've babbled on about books more than I probably should have, I'll try to wrap this up. Entertainment favourites of the month have included American Horror Story (I just finished off Freak Show and actually liked it more than Coven probably), The It Crowd (my love for Richard Ayoade will never diminish) and I finished off the British Vogue Future of Fashion YouTube documentary series which was insightful and I just pretty much love Alexa Chung's personality as host. I also purchased the Submarine movie (directed by Richard Ayoade) on iTunes so I'm now free to rewatch it about 34893 times at leisure.




Music has been a mix of old and new as usual. Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club and Haim I have listened to religiously in the past and for some reason they just ended up on my playlist this month. I am obsessed with Haim's Days are Gone album though - please release new music soon?

Something new (for me) that I listened to was Gorillaz which kind of reminds me of my school discos in year 5 and 6, probably because this is a veeeery old album and it has just reminded me how old I am becoming.

Oh, and something new! Purity Ring's album (which was released this year but I didn't know about) Another Eternity is something I've been listening to quite a lot as of late. I used to listen to some songs on their first album (I was a lil fan of Purity Ring back in the day) so those songs and new ones are sitting pretty on my Spotify October Playlist.


Thank you for reading if you've made it this far, or shamelessly skipped to the end, but do tell me what some of your faves have been this month from all the range of stuff I ramble on about - beauty, music, TV shows, etc, etc.

Emma
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20 October 2015

Autumn Inspired | Outfit Post

So I have this thing called season envy. The majority of the YouTubers I watch are currently in Autumn and because they seem to be enjoying it so much, I feel like I'm missing out. I love Autumn fashion, I love autumn make-up, I love the activities you do in Autumn. I've lived in the Southern Hemisphere my whole life so it's not like I know what it's like to have Christmas during winter.

Anyway, my main purpose for this outfit was to show off the button-up skirt I bought recently. I'm obsessed with the look of these and I'm sure you've seen them around. Personally I am a fan of the whole 70s trend, but not so much the flared jeans. This is certainly an Autumn skirt however I'll be wearing it this summer because I think it will nice with a summery white top and sandals.

Top: Factorie
Cardigan: Gap
Skirt: Dotti

My sister also did my makeup which you can't really see in the photos but it involved eyeshadow, and it never involves eyeshadow. I should really get onto that. I was vlogging that day so if you subscribe to my YouTube channel (what a plug) you will see it in better light/detail.

Emma
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18 October 2015

This Week: Vlogging, Feeling Uninspired + AHS

Hello everyone, I hope your week was a good one. This week has mostly been about Uni (who am I kidding, all about Uni) so lately I've just been feeling uninspired to keep up with blog posts or do anything really creative. Next week is my last week of Uni for the semester so for the next month I'll be focusing on exams. To be honest, I don't really mind it at the moment because it does give me something to do and work on. Usually I just hate exams and having to slave over readings and such but Jess has been inspiring me to do my readings while I'm watching her vlogs, so that's great!

I've started vlogging because I want to document my life a bit more and I'd been itching to make some kind of video. My skills aren't the best right now, but I'm learning I guess. I will try to put the main focus of the vlogs on my Uni work, revision and exams because it'll help me get my own thought process together while hopefully being moderately interesting for people who want to know about how Uni works/how I like to work/what my course is like I guess. Jess is always talking about Uni in her vlogs and I don't know why but I just find it so interesting to see how Uni life works for another person!

I have also decided that I'm going to be catching up on American Horror Story during this time. Probably not the best idea but I need something else to do while I study. I'm actually watching Freakshow at the moment because I only got into the show a couple of months ago. I am beyond excited to start watching Hotel so I'll be promptly starting that after Freakshow. No spoilers please but if you want to profess your love for the show in the comments I won't object?

Emma
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13 October 2015

Short Hairstyles

I've had shorter hair for a while now and I've had enough time to experiment with other hairstyles to see what works best for me. Day to day I really don't make much effort with my hair - I will just straighten it and leave it like that. Sometimes I will tie the top half of it back and put the shorter bits I now have to the front. If you're looking for some short hair inspiration (or just any length to be honest) here are some casual hairstyles you could try!

Plaits: I think having little plaits in your hair is really cute, so if I want to do this I would simply plait the front bits of my hair (I think a side prating looks best with this one) and pin them back with bobby pins. I think this is quite good on 'dirty' hair too because your hair has a bit more grit.

Curled: As you can see in the photo, I like my curls to be quite loose and wavy. I think curls can instantly make your hair look just the extra bit nicer. I don't curl my hair that much, but it's nice for a change. I would tie the front bits of my hair back or just have it all out for a casual and easy look. With shorter hair, curling my hair doesn't take long at all so it's actually quicker than you'd think.

Half down/Half up: This is probably my favourite hairstyle with my shorter hair because I just think it looks the best and it literally takes 30 seconds. I would just make a centre parting, tie the front half of my hair back with a hair-tie and then take the shorter bits out across my face so it's a little more flattering. If my hair needs to be washed but I don't have time/don't want to then to hide the oily parting I would alternatively bring all of my hair forward (top half) and tie it into a high half ponytail on my head.

Half down bun: I'm sure you've all seen this hairstyle - it's pretty popular at the moment. I'll only do this hair every now and then if I feel like it but it's basically a bun on top of your head with the other half of your hair down. With shorter hair I definitely don't like tying it up now so it's nice to have half of your hair down. To do the bun I just twist it around, secure it with a hair-tie and then use any bobby pins and hairspray to make it stay in place. When I do this hairstyle I will usually wash it straight after so my hair doesn't look cray after taking it out.

What are some hairstyles you like to do, short or longer hair?
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10 October 2015

Keeping a Diary

I've been recording what's been happening in my life since I was probably about eight years old. It was on and off of course, and the earliest diaries I have are just basic recounts of what I did that day. Completely boring, but it was kind of nice in a way. In recent years, I've been writing about my feelings. All of that teenage angst and such. But I'm so glad I've written in a diary for quite some time because I think it's going to be something to look back at. I won't lie, my diary now is mostly for when I want to have a good old rant about a number of things and that's my way of getting it all out. I've actually written 'diaries' online before as well (not public obvs) but I think the good old paper format is the best.

I've been thinking about writing in diaries and the like after reading this blog post and it's made me want to get back into writing my own more regularly. At the moment I write in a lined notebook probably like twice a month and it's not very good because I don't record all the little things that have happened day to day and sometimes I can't be bothered to write because I just don't know where to start. I think that will be one of my New Year's resolutions - to write more regularly but not just about my life but different topics and random thoughts that pop into my head. I also want to get more creative with it, because I do enjoy doodling every now and then, and I feel like blank pages, where I can draw and write freely is preferable for me right now rather than just lined. The current diary I have now isn't even half full and I've kept it since the start of the year. I'm wondering if I should move onto a different diary next year, but there is satisfaction in finishing a whole notebook. I also really need to go out and buy some decent inky pens!

I have been taking a backseat from blogging recently and I'm kind of rethinking things at the moment. What kind of blog posts I want to make, how I want things to look, etc etc. It's a busy time so see you soon hopefully.

Emma
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1 October 2015

Lust List #3

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It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, so I thought I'd do one today! There are quite a lot of things I have my eye on at the moment because I've barely bought anything in the last couple of months, apart from food of course. I'm not sure if a shopping spree will be happening anytime soon (broke student) but a girl can dream, hey.

If there was something I was realistically going to buy it would be these beautiful nude shoes from The Iconic. These type of lace up shoes have been quite the trend in the blogging world recently and I have to say I really like them. These ones have the slightest heel and I feel like they'd be the perfect shoes to wear all summer. Clothing wise I love the look of this skirt from Monki (or ASOS) - it's another button up skirt but this one is black and would literally go with everything (*sigh*). Also - when isn't Lush on a Lust List? I really want to get the Dirty Springwash Shower Gel as I've been meaning to for a while. I'm a huge fan of minty things and I feel like this would be so refreshing and nice for spring/summer.

A big item on this lust list is a new iPhone, specifically the new 6S that everyone is talking about. (Not going to happen at the moment but I desperately need to upgrade my 4). I think I would go for the gold or maybe silver because the rose gold is a bit too pink for me. Something I have already bought is the Frankie Magazine 2016 calendar. I preordered it a little while ago because I know their products have a tendency to sell out. Their calendars are such good quality and I love the 2015 one. This Society 6 Submarine print is pretty cool as well - I wouldn't necessarily buy this exact one but I'm dying to buy some kind of Submarine inspired art and have it framed. I need something to remind me of my favourite movie on my wall.
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