Thursday, 15 November 2018

A Star Is Born: Review

Better late than never, I finally left the house to see ‘A Star Is Born’ after seeing some amazing critic reviews. 

I was at first apprehensive - not about Lady Gaga’s performance (because i’m a huge ‘American Horror Story’ fan and I loved her acting for the show), but because the idea of the film sounded quite wet and fluffy, even for a hardcore ‘Frozen’ fan like me.

What I didn’t know (having not seen the original or the previous remakes), was that there was a lot more under the surface of the modern day re-telling. There is a ton of film fans who remain totally against remaking perfectly good movies, presumably because so many have been done pretty badly (The Amazing Spider-Man, anyone?) - but on this occasion, those spoil-sports would be completely wrong.

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

What I've Been Watching This Week: Netflix and New Releases


If you follow me on social media, you'll probably have noticed i'm quite the film and TV fanatic, so I figured i'd start putting my talent of binge-watching things to good use and watch everything so you don't have to (unless it's great of course). 
Being the go-to gal for regular WhatsApps asking "what series should I start watching?", I feel it's now my duty to help those in need - and so I shall. So, to begin with, here's a round up of everything worth talking about this week that i've watched - the good, the bad, and the absolutely must-watch. Stay tuned cos i'll be doing this more often!


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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Review: Pen and Pencil Manchester

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If there's one thing I tend to do around Manchester, it's eat. I work to eat out and hardly cook - so it's safe to say i've eaten my way around the city at this point (bar a few places on my to-do list!). 
I tend to stay local, living around the NQ means I don't have to go very far for anything - cos let's face it, if you know Manchester, you know most of the best places around are in the Northern Quarter... Or am I just bias?
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Brooklyn Baby

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So, you may or may not have seen on my Instagram that I recently went to NYC... If you follow me on Instagram and didn't see, well, I've been posting as if i'm still there for a whole month now you ok hun? 
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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Holiday Essentials with Fragrance Direct


We're finally all packing up and heading South for the Summer and as ginger-skinned as I am, i'm literally so excited to finally ditch the coats and the Manchester rain for something a little more humid (and trust me humid is a light statement to describe the city weather right now...).
It's not just our wardrobe that needs a switch up with the change of weather though, our beauty cupboard does too. There's actually nothing worse than being caked in your fave Mac foundation on a hot day and feeling like your mascara is spreading further and further down your face as the day goes on... Trust me, i've been there too.
I've teamed up with Fragrance Direct to share what my on-hand beauty essentials are this season...
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Polka Dot Perfection with Nasty Gal

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Yeah, you know already if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't whatcha doinnn'? It's here...) that i'm obsessed with polka dots this season. I don't know what's gotten into me but apparently I insist on my entire wardrobe being taken over by the print. Woops. 
In fact, i'm kinda vibin' all prints at the moment, from camo, stripes to checks i'm basically buying it all (except for florals... florals, in Spring? Groundbreaking am I right...).
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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Festival 3 Ways with PrettyLittleThing

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Sun's out, huns out - and one thing i'm really excited for this Summer is......... FESTIVAL SEASON!
My favourite thing about festival season is that across an entire weekend, you can literally become several different people and dress completely differently to your usual vibe. Day 1 is always the most extra, then day 2 a bit of glitter restructure and your second best outfit, then day 3-onwards is just making the most of what you've got, sporting a major hangover before getting on it again and putting on your comfy clothes. 
So, to get your outfit planning ticking - I teamed up with PrettyLittleThing to show you what i'm feelin' for festival season this year.

First up is this INSANE leopard print set that I spotted. It's like a velvet fabric so super flattering and I was obsessed the moment I saw it. 2018 for sure is all about those Kat Slater vibes. Team it up with a shaggy cardigan for serious festival style points though (with every outfit...).
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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Making Changes


When I was 16, I literally had my whole life planned out. I wanted to be working for a magazine, getting married and have a house - all by the time I was 25 (queue manic laughing at how ridiculous that all sounds). Basically, I probably watched way too much tv. Until I was about 20 years old, I definitely worked towards all of that. I was in a relationship, was grafting so hard in my internships and I was studying Fashion at university. I was basically going through the checklist of things that I needed to do before achieving my goal. I thought I was gonna live in London forever and end up living in a cute house in Surrey with a puppy and a garden (see, this is where it gets really unrealistic considering the house prices now...).
It's not until graduation that it really hits home that you're life definitely isn't going to pan out the way you'd 'planned', because actually - nothing does.
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Monday, 9 April 2018

Menagerie Manchester: Brunch Review

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Brunch - the one thing in the world that makes 20-somethings feel a hell of a lot fancier than they are (and allows us to be pissed by midday with a perfectly valid excuse).
In Manchester, we have TONS of options for boujee brunches, but all have their own little quirks that make them worthy of the latter end of your pay check. Personally, the only thing i'm getting out of bed for on a weekend is brunch - so when I was invited to chat all things phonecases with Ideal of Sweden last weekend at my fave place, Menagerie, I jumped at the chance.
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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Social Media: Why Does It Matter So Much?

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Let's talk all of our fave topic.... SOCIAL MEDIA. We're all on it, even our nan's are on it (and probably their cats too), and some form of it the majority of us check daily (read: when we wake up, when we're on the loo, when we're on the train).

Just seven years ago, I was sitting in my uni room signing up to Instagram and trying out the 'Valencia' filter like it was the best thing since sliced bread. My first ever photo was a selfie of me taken on my Mac's webcam pouting before a shift at the pub in Ruby Woo (wow how times (and megapixels) have changed!)... Little did I know that the platform would be the core of my career right now - and the 'be all and end all' of the blogging community. 
When I first joined Instagram, it was treated like just another Facebook platform. We overshared menial shit and nothing about it was aspirational at all (read: nobody put avocado on their fucking bread because why would we?). I'd have probably never dreamt of following someone I didn't know and stalking their photos all day every day, because I wanted to see my friend's dog or what my aunty had for dinner. And not even in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible either, I didn't even care if it had a filter on... Nobody did. How mad does that sound? Today, we live in a much different world - where we definitely judge people for using the Valencia filter (it's clearly all about Lightroom and VSCO now, Instagram filters are SO over)... And on their follower count. Ouch.
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Sunday, 25 February 2018

5 Things I'm Looking Forward To In Spring

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Spring is so close it's literally in sight and I know i'm definitely not the only one ready to be rid of this awful, cold weather! When I was younger I used to LOVE Winter, it was my favourite season by far. All the best occasions are in Winter. My birthday, Christmas, New Year's... All the fairs and events are the best, as well as the seasonal foods (it should be acceptable stuff your fave with Pigs in Blankets ALL year round lets face it). 
I've always loved cosy nights in all wrapped up and binge watching Netflix or watching a cute movie, and Winter is so perfect for that - I mean really anytime is perfect for that, but we're made to feel far less guilty for doing it on a daily basis when it's actually Baltic outside.
HOWEVER... In my older age, all gal wants is to be warm and in the sunshine - Spring, we're counting on you. So, i've already said what's fun about our current, sufferable season, now, onto the next...
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Why It's Ok To Fail

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Life... It seems to go from worrying about whether your mum was gonna make you chicken nuggets or vegetables for dinner that night, to worrying about literally everything possible in the world (you'll all relate to 'did I leave my straighteners on this morning?'). 

Being a worrier is something that was genetically passed down to me from my great grandma, to my grandma, to my mum, and then to me. We're a family of worriers. Generations of us. We worry about everything - even the small things in life like getting somewhere at a certain time, or standing on three grates in a row, or did I say something stupid earlier? It's a headache and a half. 

But one thing I worry about the most? Failing. 
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Monday, 12 February 2018

What Day Is It, Again?

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Adulthood: it really takes it out of you doesn't it? Honestly, the further into adulthood I get, the less often I know 1) what planet i'm on, or 2) what bloody day it is.

Responsibility isn't for everyone, I mean honestly I couldn't look after a goldfish if I tried - but it gets thrown at us anyway involuntarily and we kinda just have to fumble through life and get on with it (preferably without moaning about it too much). We all struggle with the turn into adulthood at some point in our lives and wish we could go back to the simple days of drawing on your parents walls in crayon and not having to worry about the mess afterwards, or even just the days when you lived at home and your mum worried about what was for dinner that night. Let's face it, we'd all probably take any scenario along those lines right now. 
As much as we moan about it, it is pretty fun being all grown up - but there's definitely a few things I wish people warned me about before having to figure them out all by myself... 
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Friday, 19 January 2018

Poppin' Off

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It's officially my first post of the year - and it's definitely not gone off with a bang, or with a bunch of new year's resolutions like you'd expect. I actually was unlucky enough to catch the Australian Flu so i've finally recovered after three weeks of what felt like hell! Welcome me back, world!
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