Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Winter Blues

Hello again!
Hope everyone's well and enjoying Halloween! I had a lovely evening carving a pumpkin (I made it look like a cat, miaow!) and eating far too many sweets!
I'm home from uni at the minute and although I won't go into detail, I'm definitely not enjoying my university experience. I'm lucky to have a wonderful support network of friends and family but after speaking to a lovely careers advisor today, I know that a lot of people aren't as lucky as me and my advice if you are struggling, would be to go see your uni's careers advisor and counselling. Alternatively, i'm not expert but I have spoken to SO many people I'm beginning to know what i'm talking about! My email address is and i'm always here to help anyone especially since I know how hard it can be!

Anyway, back to business!

My first new is that I have something to admit...I went into a charity shop last week for THE FIRST TIME. (I know, I know, i'm so sorry, what have I been doing with my life?!) I originally only called in for a new book but saw this coat and fell in loveeeee!

Coat- £13.99 (originally George at ASDA, bought in a charity shop)
I could NOT be happier with this coat! I've been searching for a white, long, faux fur coat for at least a year so it was an amazing chance to find this one, it just goes to show how amazing charity shops are!

Also this week I treated myself to a new clutch bag! A similar bag from Topshop retailing at £38 initally caught my eye but, being the poor student I am, I couldn't justify spending so much money on a clutch! However, I found this very similar bag at Matalan for £8! The bag comes in grey (the shade I bought) and plain black, definitely worth an investment!

Bag- £8 Matalan.

And finally! 
I did try and avoid the topshop sale.. honestly I did... ! But I totally caved in! I bought some long gold earrings and these incredible trousers!
They're so totally not my normal style but the pastel colours and the amazing, soft jersey material totally drew me in! I absolutely love them and can't wait to buy matching new tops and accessories! 

Finally on today's blog i'd give some style tips to your room, so you can keep every aspect of your life stylish! I love having my rooms (uni and home!) very girly and very personal- I have photo's and memento's everywhere!

My first tip is:
Keep it personal!
Decorate your room with photos and cute notice boards (so helpful for scatter brains like me!) pin boards are a great way of showing off your photos without the cost and clutter of frames! Also, at home I've covered the back of my door in a collage- anything in magazines that catches my eye, I stick on! So easy and yet it can look so stylish!

Second tip:
First of all, i'd just like to say i'm so sorry for my instagram totally being in this photo but my laptop wouldn't allow me to edit it!
My second tip is the co-ordinate. Pick a theme and stick with it- mixing a modern 'british' look, e.g, greys, union jack patterns with a vintage-y look can be a total mis-match and end up looking confused. I think sticking to one colour and then experimenting with shades (such as in this photo, my uni room where I have a range of pinks) is definitely the best way to go!
Again, in this photo you can see my idea of  'little touches' definitely help! I love cushions and I find adding a throw to my horrible green chair has cheered the room up! Things like rugs and throws definitely cheer the room up!

Finally, my uni room has more notice boards than I really know what to do with so this is my least used board. I mostly stick important things on here- such as my graze box I still need to order and tickets, a trolley thing and train tickets! It's definitely the most visual and easiest way to remember things! 

That's all from me for today then! I finally have my laptop back after a long, hard week so normal blogging should commence from now on! Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week!
G xxx

Friday, 12 October 2012

Shopping Haul!

Hello everyone! Sorry for neglecting my blog recently- i've had a mad few weeks at uni with all the work, lectures and homesickness!
However i'm back and since I had a spare hour until I have to get a train to Birmingham to see my wonderful boyfriend, I thought i'd share my most recent buys with you all...
For anyone that hasn't noticed, winter is definitely fast approaching. boo. :( But on the bright side, it means an excuse to go shopping to top up my winter wardrobe!

Knitted vest top- Topshop £15.
I've had my eye on this top for a while as I love the totally on trend berry colour and the faint aztec pattern that makes it a little bit unusual. My local shopping centre, The Waterside, recently had a student lockin which meant I got 20% off in topshop so I had to treat myself!
The top is a perfect 'casual' item that looks lovely with jeans and topshop also do it in an amazing navy colour!

Close up of the pattern/texture/colour!

I bought the t-shirt in a size 12 as that was the only size left but it isn't too baggy!

Also from topshop during the lock in, I finally got a tshirt dress! This is probably the most exciting thing that has happened to my wardrobe in a long time!
Oversized T-shirt- Topshop £14.
The 'dress' is meant to just be an oversized t shirt but due to my extreme petite ness, it is long enough to be a dress on me! I've simply added a pair of gold shorts underneath (just in case!) for a simple, casual outfit.
I also think £14 is an AMAZING price for such a good quality item! I can definitely see this item getting a lot of wear over the winter as the perfect layering essential- I can wear it as a dress or over leggings due to the plain-ness of the tshirt.

 The dress is very true to size- a S/M is over sized without drowning me and goes past my bum! 

Also earlier on it the week, I called into River Island as they had 20% off (I love being a student!) and although nothing caught my eye in the women's section, I saw this shirt in the men's section and loved it!
I did originally buy this shirt for my boyfriend as a christmas present but I have being sneakily wearing it tucked into my shorts!   

Close up of the aztec/checked pattern which I think makes the shirt look so different and unique! 

'Nordic tribe'
With 20% off I got this shirt for £28 which for a river island shirt, is definitely a bargain!

Finally I have some BIG BIG BIG news....
You may have seen in a past blog I bought some winter boots, however I then decided I didn't like them etc etc etc. so since I have been searching endlessly for some winter boots! I knew I wanted some chelsea boots with a slight heel but could I find any I liked?? No I couldn't.
Until I hit the Office sale!
Boots- Office £35 (down from £80)
I literally COULD NOT be happier about these boots! They're a gorgeous dark brown/red colour which is a nice change from the usual black and they're a wonderful suede/leather material. 

Office have some amazing boots in their sale so it's definitely worth a look online or in your local store for a bargain!

Finally, for when winter really kicks in..
I definitely have my eye on this amazing cream/brown fur coat from Topshop £98) however I definitely can't afford it! I also already own a light brown fur coat however mine is a short one and I just love how comfy this one looks! It may be one for my christmas wish list!

So that's it from me! I'm still definitely struggling with university and i'm not sure if its the right life choice/ course for me but I believe that everything happens for a reason so i'll find myself eventually! I also worked for the Waterside Shopping centre's facebook page during the recent student lockin which was an amazing experience, i'll probably be posting links soon!
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
G xxxx