The Halloween Countdown 4 Days To Go : The No-Carve Pumpkin

Monday, 27 October 2014

Is it just me or is Halloween really hyped up this year? I'm far from complaining as I am obsessed with the holiday so I thought I would do a count down with a few of my favourite picks from the dark corners of the internet. 

Number One : The No - Carve Pumpkin
When I was a kid pumpkin carving consisted of two triangles, a wiggly line and a tealight. However the 'no-cave' pumpkin has popped up everywhere this year as a style conscious alternative for grown ups. 

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Party
'No Carve' Halloween Pumpkin Ideas | Fox News Magazine
 copper striped white pumpkins
DIY Gold Glitter Pumpkin Candleholders 
No-carve painted pumpkins 
Pumpkins filled with dripping church candles Halloween front door decor 
What a fun way to decorate a pumpkin

Life Update...

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Recently I have been completely swamped with degree work so my posts have been a little sparse but I am trying to get into a routine of balancing work and trying to put out posts that I enjoy making and that hopefully you enjoy reading! I have a few ideas lined up for example an autumn beauty picks, a autumn wardrobe look, a first look at Tanya's lashes line and a few book and film reviews. 

If you have anything you want me to look into or have seen anything you think I would like please let me know!

The £2.99 Autumn Candle...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn is my favourite season I love everything about it, the leaves changing colour and falling, getting wrapped up in big coats, pulling out the tartan from the back of the wardrobe. But I especially love Halloween and as I am obsessed with making my room feel cozy on rainy nights, I like to fill it with candles. 
However I am a student and therefore cannot justify spending £20 on a Yankee Candle, regardless of how amazing they smell. So recently when wondering through Pound Stretcher for Halloween decorations, I stumbled upon this. Not expecting much I picked it up and opened the lid only to be hit with the distictive smell of a Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte (queue the white girls swarming). So as you can imagine this went very quickly to the till. I am in love with the scent of this as it really burns well and gives off the scent as it does so. And for such a great price who could refuse?

Autumn Lookbook...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

For my recent uni project we have been set the task to create a buzz around recycled or ethical fashion. These pictures are part of that, each is styled using clothes which have been passed down to people, vintage, picked up at charity stores or up cycled. 
Photographed by my very talented friend Aly. 

Let me know what you think of these photos or any ideas you think would help my project along.

'The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul' Review

Thursday, 9 October 2014

'In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together' 

'Sunny, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan - and fast - to keep her café and her costumers safe' 

'Yasmina, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote village and now abandoned on Kabul's violet streets' 

'Isabel, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life' 

'Candace, a wealthy American who has finally left her husband for her Afghan lover, the enigmatic Wakil' 

'And Halajan, the sixty year old den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules'  

I really picked this book up on a whim, not really expecting much (judging the book by its cover). It just struck me as a bit of a easy read book one best for reading groups of housewives. And I'm glad to say I was wrong! 

The book centres on Sunny the owner of a coffee shop in the mists of Kabul during the rein of the Taliban. A place where women are forbidden to look at a man for fear of unspeakable punishment. Where a pregnant woman without a visible husband would be stoned to death and where fear of shaming your family reins supreme. 

The story immediately grabs you as it flits between each of the women, through their own experiences of Kabul, brought together by one place. It is evidently clear that the author has first hand experience of the events and culture that appears in the book, as each chapter is expertly crafted with character development that makes you feel as if you were sitting in the coffee shop observing for yourself. 

Nothing in the book is fantastical or over written which really adds to the real raw feel. I had to stop reading many times just to take in that some of these events really happened and are continuing to happen even now. 

For a lover of 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' this book definitely captured my imagination whole heartily. However I find this style of writing less harsh to read than ........ But this is no way hinders the story, it just becomes more uplifting. It is a book of the harsh ships of loving someone in such a dangerous place and really provokes thought to how much freedom we as a western society do have.  

I would defiantly recormend this book for any lovers of the kite runner or anyone intereted in Afgan culture. I also would recormend reading the authors interview found in the back of the book for some insight into her life in Kabul both in a beauty school and a coffee shop. A solid 4/5. 

September Favourites...

Sunday, 5 October 2014


Another favorites! Which also means its nearly Halloween time!!  
Most of my favourites are linked to uni as that has been my main focus this month. One thing that has been really help is keeping all of my notes in order is my orange notebook! I bought this from tesco for £5. I love the colour it really reminds me of pumpkins and autumn. 

This next one is a bit of an odd one for me as I rarely venture beyond pink, purples and reds as the weather becomes colder. But I really love this Gelly Nail Varnish from Barry M in the colour 'Mustard', I am obsessed with the formula of these varnishes and really love the colour, especially when I am wearing a lot of  dark greys and blues. 

This is something I saw on Ingrid's get ready with me video. I had never really seen/used one before but I am obsessed with it! It is basically an exfoliating pad that you cleanse your skin with my adding your favourite cleanser or exfoliater and it helps to reduce the size of your pores and smooths out your skin. I am really noticing a difference in my skin since using this and would definitely recommend it! This one I picked up from The Body Shop for £2/£3. 


Can we just take a moment to appreciate that it is now socially acceptable to wear tartan outdoors. So many excites. This scarf I picked up from Primark for £5 and it is huge and so soft which is the way scarves should be. 

This month I was photographed by blogger 'The Mancorialist' who photographs street style in Manchester! I found it a bit wierd that the week before I was doing the same thing. (Really annoyed I look like an advert for Primark here!)

I know I'm a bit late to the party talking about this one but I have found a new love for Troye Svian's EP 'Happy Little Pill'. I have been listening to this a lot whilst on the train early in the morning when all I have wanted is chilled music to get me ready for the day. The whole feel on this EP has such a chill vibe and I cannot stop listening. 

That's all for this month guys! Let me know if you think there is anything I should check out this month! Lots of Love xoxo

First Look: Zoella Beauty

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

 So if you have been living under a rock you may not have known that the youtube queen Zoella has launched her own line of beauty products. This line centers mostly around bath time and relaxing. 
I picked up the Fizz Bar and 'Let's Glow' Candle. 

First of all the packaging! I like how it has remained true to the Zoella blog/youtube branding with the polka dots, lace and font. I am also really loving the fact that instead of making a generic bath bomb, the fizz bar is designed so you can break pieces off as you go! Meaning it last longer and is more practical in my eyes!  

The candle is a little smaller than I imagined but I really like the scent! It reminds me in a weird way of Herbal Essences Shampoo, which for me isn't a bad thing. I was really hoping that Zoe wouldn't go with the typical bubblegum/sweet scent with many bath products use. So thankfully this scent is fresh and clean and doesn't make me feel like I need fresh air straight away. 

I cannot wait to try these and I will definitely report back ASAP! 
Let me know if you have bought any of the range and your thoughts.  

Both from Superdrug: Fizz Bar & 'Let's Glow' Candle £5