Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Layers Love with Modcloth

What is your favourite thing about winter? One of my most favourite things is winter fashion and layers! I've got in to a  bit of a funk with clothing recently.. just picking anything from my wardrobe that fits and going with it. My wardrobe staple at the moment seems to be jeans and hoodies. Comfy, practical but a bit blah! So I jumped at the chance when ModCloth asked me to pick my favouite layered look from their site. 

Here's what I came up with: 




1. Endless Possibilities Tunic in Crimson-- Ahhh. The humble vest top. This one is perfect because it'd be easy to wear on it's own in the summer but also it layers beautifully. I chose a bit of a read and cream theme and this fits perfectly. I'll take it in every colour please!

2. Sports Rapport Top in Oatmeal-- I don't know about sports! This top makes me want to snuggle up in front of an open fire with a book and a cuppa. Effortlessly stylish and yet it looks soooo comfortable! Plus, oatmeal may well be my favourite new colour! 

3. Toggles the Mind Cardigan -- This cardigan blows my mind a little. It looks like a coat but it's a cardigan. Excellent (this means even more layering potential!). Channel your inner Paddington Bear with some toggles and snuggle down with this cardigan! Get a size up for even more layering and snuggling! The best bit? it's currently 60% off! 


What is your layering staple? Check out ModCloth for some more super snuggly style and I especially recommend their amazing cardigan selection ooohhh. softy! 


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Blog Chat Tuesday- Me, Myself and Ines.

It's baccccckkkk! I'm so excited for the first Blog Chat Tuesday of 2015. This one is especially exciting because the beautiful Ines emailed me to be involved which felt incredibly humbling. So without further ado, let's chat:



1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? 

My name is Ines and I grew up in the suburbs just a few miles north of Boston, MA. Both my mom and dad are originally from Portugal so I had the pleasure of visiting every summer while growing up. 

I'm a 23 year old college student in her last semester of undergrad, so I guess you can say I have a lot on my plate. I'm studying Early Childhood Education with a double major in mathematics, so right now I am in a 1st grade classroom M-F interning. Not to mention I have a job M-F too, and sometimes have to rush over to campus for class. Did I mention I have a full plate?

When I'm not working with children, at my job or in class, I'm dancing for a professional dance team. I've danced since I was 4 and don't know what I would do without it! I've met some of my best friends because of dance and I don't know what I would do without them either!

This past summer 2014, I didn't work so I had a lot of free time on my hands. Too much actually, to the point that I was going crazy. So, I started my blog, Me, Myself and Ines. It's a lifestyle blog so I get to talk about everything. I'm really enjoying it so far.

2. Can you tell me a little about your blog? (i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)
Me, Myself and Ines is a lifestyle blog. I post about my relationship, nail polish favorites, make-up go to looks and recipes. Other things I've talked about include the vacations I've gone on and some of my favorite dates. It's only about 6 months old so there's still a lot of ground I'd like to cover. It has a little of everything. 
3. What's your favourite thing about blogging?
Blogging is my chance to document my life, memories and milestones. I love reading about what other people have going on in their lives. I love seeing what they're up to and how fun and enjoyable it looks. It gives me ideas of what I want to do! I love that aspect of blogging. I'm hoping to inspire some people out there too! Connecting with others who have the same interests as me is the icing on the cake!

4. What's your least favourite thing?

My least favorite thing is definitely the time it takes to properly put my words together to post a great blog. I mentioned how busy I am this semester and sadly the whole month of October I had to put blogging on the back burner. Not only did I not have time to blog, I also didn't have the energy. I wanted to blog, but after running around all day from interning to working to class, by the time I got home at 7 pm, all I wanted to do was shower, eat and sleep! 

5. If you could write any other type of blog what would it be?

A makeup blog! I absolutely love makeup. I own so much of it and I wish I knew enough about proper makeup application to give advice only on make up. I do write a blog post here and there about makeup, but I wish I was skilled anough to only focus my blog on it.

6. Do you have any blogs that you'd recommend?
Absolutely!

Someone who I found on youtube originally, but was so excited when I found her blogger page, is Tiffany D. She is a lifestyle blogger and I can't get enough of her videos and blog posts. Not to mention her current videos are about her pregnancy are the sweetest. I don't expect to have children any time soon, but watching how happy she is in her videos puts the biggest smile on my face. 
You can find her here: Makeup by Tiffany D 

7. What three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?

Be patient if you are looking to connect with readers. You aren't the only one in the world with interests. Slowly people will find you and appreciate your blog for what it is. 

Proof-read. Always! I am THE WORST with spelling and grammar. I have to re-read my posts over and over again before publishing. If there is an error, trust me, someone will see it AND point it out.

Go it for you. When I started my blog, it was for me. I wanted to document my adventures around the world. I wanted a place to save my recipes. I wanted a place to remember what nail colors I like best. I'm not trying to become famous, get views or anything else. I blog because I like to blog. That is what is most important!

8. Anything else you'd like to add. 
If you like fashion, cooking, makeup, relationship advice, traveling or anything else really, check out my blog. There's something there for everyone. If you're looking for something to read on the weekends, or on your bus ride to work, I promise you, you won't be disappointed!
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You can find me on blogger, bloglovin and Youtube,

Thanks so much for joining me, Ines. You've definitely inspired me with your superwoman attitude- how does a girl get so much done in one week? 

What are your top tips for blogging with little time?

If you'd like to be a part of Blog Chat Tuesday in 2015 please email or tweet me. 

Monday, 12 January 2015

5 Things I've Learnt in Our First Year Together

Yesterday (11th January) marks one year since Andy and I officially got together. Of course, we'd spent the week leading up to that being inseparable  and the three weeks leading up to that talking constantly but we needed "a date" so we chose the 11th, incidentally, this was the first time I told him I loved him and he said it back so.. it fits!

We celebrated this weekend by staying at a hotel (more on that later this week), a lovely meal and some beautiful flowers! But I was also thinking of what I've learnt from Andy and about love and relationships in the last year.  I hope you'll allow me to a bit soppy and reflective as I list 5 things I've learnt in our first year together: 




1. It's possible to miss someone instantaneously- When Andy came back up to Chester after Easter and I stayed in Bournemouth, I cried and told my mum I was being pathetic. She told me that it wasn't pathetic to miss someone, and that she hates going to work because she misses my stepdad and it's true. Sometimes, despite spending the majority of my time outside of work with Andy, I'll sit at my desk and miss him so damn much. When we were both in America at separate times things just didn't seem quite right. We're better together. 

2. It's easy to become absorbed in coupleness- I always said I would never be someone who forgot to see their friends because of a boyfriend. But, especially living together, it becomes incredibly easy to get in to a Laura and Andy bubble (which is a wonderful place to be, by the way). I had to teach myself and reteach myself to be on my own, to see my friends, to have separate things to do. I'm still learning this one. 

3. When you want to be with someone forever, you can't wait for forever to begin- This is such a cliche, I know. But I always scorned couples who met and got engaged quickly. Then I met Andy and I knew pretty much from day one that I wanted to marry him and suddenly waiting until we'd been together "long enough" didn't make sense. All I said was I wanted to be together 6 months before we got engaged. Not because I'd know him any better or be any more sure, just so it was more socially acceptable (we'd actually been together 9 months when we got engaged) . I've also learnt it's not really anyone else's business, but that's a different post altogether. 

4. Fighting dirty is easy, the guilt afterwards is not- A friend said to me a few months ago "when you love someone you know exactly how to hurt them the worst" it's soo true. It's so easy in the heat of the moment to throw the worst things at someone but when things have calmed down I regret it so so much. I'm not saying not to argue, but I'm definitely learning how to fight fair. 

5. Other peoples families are weird- I'm from a family of 7 siblings and 4 parents. Andy has grown up as only child with his mum and his maternal grandparents. I've really had to adjust to the differences and learn a lot about grace. Equally, my family probably seems completely nuts to him! 

So this one is for Andy, who has taught me so much and is still teaching me how to wink! 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

My VIP Wardrobe

Ladies, I've found the dream solution... the answer to all those wardrobe, all those "nothing to wear" moments... Yes ladies.. I've found a rotating, virtual wardrobe!! and the answer is: My VIP Wardrobe.

As with a lot of my webfinds I stumbled upon My VIP Wardrobe after reading a blog and instantly I wanted them all! So, how does it work?

1. Pick your perfect dress (or more than one if you'd like options... don't forget accessories)
2. Wait for your exciting delivery (who doesn't love post?)
3. Party, dance, strut...
4. Post it back (it's actually a courier service..) 

So, that's exactly what I did.. First up:

The Flock Dress- The ultimate LBD: slinky, glittery, stylish and very flattering and I fit the size 10 which is a bonus right now! I veryyyy nearly asked to buy this dress because I loved it so much (and so did Andy!). Perfectly paired with a sequin blazer and heels. We actually didn't make it much further than Ed's Easy Diner (I looked a little overdressed) before I decided to go back to the hotel and drink champagne in the jacuzzi bath! I might need to hire this dress again for a proper party. 

Flock dress, LBD

Flock dress, LBD

Flock dress, LBD

I was also very lucky because the lovely Hannah, founder of My VIP Wardrobe (and my new BFF) sent me an extra dress (in two sizes)* to try so next up: 

The Goddess Dress, again glittery, stylish and very flattering I got lots of lovely compliments on the night and felt fabulous!! Unfortunately, the size 10 had a bit of a dodgy zip (partly because I didn't want to tug it and break the beautiful thing!) and so I wore the size 12.. which I appreciated after my massive meal!! Paired with: my vintage fake fur coat, curly hair and heels. 

goddess dress, LBD

LBD, Goddess dress

LBD, goddess dress


The whole experience was amazing, Hannah is sooo lovely and gives a real personal experience (including a Christmas card) and has totally inspired me to pursue setting up my own business (maybe not this year!) The prices are excellent, about the same, if not less than you'd pass for a new dress and the best bit? 

You can send it back and pick another one without worrying about where on earth it'll fit in your wardrobe. Winner!

I'm off to pick my next dress now.. Which is your favourite?

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**I will never review anything which I don't think is relevant to my blog and I will always be 100% honest. 

Friday, 2 January 2015

New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year (again) if you missed it yesterday I reviewed 2014 which turned out to be an amazing year and now it's time to get excited about 2015 (I'm back to work today so I need something to be excited for!!!) 

2015 is already looking to be an incredible year: three big family birthdays- including a celebration in London in January, two family weddings (did I mention we're getting married? and so is my sister. EEEEK!), and our new flat. 

Have you made any new year's resolutions? I'm going to keep trying to review each month and set monthly goals but I also decided to set a couple for the whole year:

1. Get to my target weight
2. Pay off my overdraft
3. Start a savings account 
4. Start drinking water regularly 
5. Keep blogging 
6. Tick off some things on my 25 before 25
7. Learn how to use a photo editing programme. Any suggestions?

That seems like a pretty manageable list doesn't it? Well.. it's going to be a busy year as it is!!! 

How were my December goals?

1. Join slimming world- & make goals from there. 

I DID join! and I lost 5lbs in the first week and 1lb the next week. Yup 6lbs in a fortnight, not bad hey?? And then Christmas happened and I'm prettttyyyyy sure I've gained most of it back and won't getting my half stone sticker on Monday!! Buttttt I think once I'm back in a proper routine (i.e. not the lost space between Christmas and New Year) this will get easier again. We've also joined the gym (another, better gym) and I'm determined I will be getting fit and toned and wedding dress ready!! 

How was your December?

Thursday, 1 January 2015

2014

Happy New Year!!! What did you get up to for New Year's Eve? 

I'm talking New Year's Resolutions on my blog tomorrow but I wanted to take this chance to look back at 2014. I'll try and keep the most amazing year of my life brief!

January

I saw 2014 in dressed as Prince Charming surrounded by my Dad, Stepmum and their friends. It was a mixed night of joy, drinking and emotions. I was adamant on that night that I wasn't going back to Chester and I wasn't going to finish university.. but with less than 6 months left funnily enough I decided that was a mistake! Good job I did because on the 3rd January after a 4 and a half hour drive and a nap I finally got to meet the wonderful man I'd been talking with for a fortnight and he was everything I'd expected and more. Cue a thoroughly loved up and exciting month. 

February 

February saw me travelling allll the way from Chester to Torquay in the floods and storms for my first real world interview and quickly realising that the best man was definitely going to get the job but I had a lovely few nights in a Holiday Inn and was treated to a posh hotel upon my return to Chester. I also turned 22 and spent the weekend before at Harry Potter studios with my sister, perfect.

March- May

I considered doing this bit all as separate months but honestly this was mostly: assignment writing, job hunting, placement and counting down the days until university finished. Oh and a lovely long weekend with Andy over Easter where I showed him the sights of Bournemouth!

June

I finally finished University and celebrated by having the best nights sleep of my life! We spent a weekend in Norfolk celebrating my cousin's 30th and my Goddaughters' 2nd birthdays before I jetted off for my American Adventure. Perfection. 

July 

I flew back from America and started my job at Eden. I also panicked about where on earth I was going to live and had to say goodbye to my beautiful car who just got a bit too expensive to keep! Andy's mum offered to let me move in there and everything fell in to place. I also found out I'd finished university with a 2.1. Winner!

August

Andy went away on his American adventure for the whole of August and I tried not to mope too much (Ok, I said tried!!), my blog underwent a transformation and Twentea Something launched! I moved in to Andy's house and spent a lovely long weekend with my family including a trip to Peppa Pig World (OMG!) and to top it off my twin sister got engaged. EEEEEEEEK! 

September

My boy came home and we celebrated his birthday in Liverpool. Chloe and Duncan started wedding planning and I tried not to cry when I saw her in a wedding dress (again, I said try!). 

October 

The MOST exciting month. I spent a lovely long weekend in Ipswich with my sister and Aunty and then the next weekend... We got engaged!!!!!! The best night of my life. I still can't think about it without wanting to skip. We also got a mortgage in principal and put an offer in on our beautiful flat. Hectic!

November

Alongside my colleague, Darrell we started a new youth club on a Saturday night and the first night.. two turned up. The next week 15 turn up and it was brilliant! I'm excited to go back in January and see further growth. Me and Andy also booked our wedding date and venue. Less than a year to go!!

December

What I expected to be a difficult week at work proved to be.. not that bad and reminded me how much I love the people I work with. and we had the most wonderful Christmas.

All in all, a pretty good year!! How was your 2014?

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