Friday, 31 October 2014

Those Strappy Heels | New Look's Monochrome Patent Block Ankle Strap Heel

Only when my boyfriend asked me recently had I realised that I haven't bought myself a new pair of shoes in over a year!! And that last pair were fitness trainers bought in order to do Insanity rather than a dainty, girly indulgence. I love wearing heels to church every week and for special occasions yet I'm definitely not one of those people who can wear them all day doing normal activities. Man would that kill my feet! Heels definitely do take some getting used too. 

Following a lot of fashion bloggers and way too many fitness/trendy girls on instagram, the strappy heel kept appearing! More sandal than shoe they looked so elegant and beautiful. All those Scandinavian girls with their sleek blonde ponytails, raybans, red lipstick, black ensemble and those shoes! And they look absolutely gorgeous. And I thought maybe, just maybe I can make a claim on such a look through my Danish heritage and whimsically adopt the trend. :) 

I sought after an imitation of the shoes but hate spending 60 odd quid on one such an item (unless it's something substantial like a coat or Jack Wills hoodie (slightly hypocritical maybe?) aha). New Look and Primark have always been good advocates for the stylish inexpensive heel and thus my search began. And oh, I tried on many a shoe! All with problems e.g. the heel was too thin, the strap didn't give enough support, the back made my foot feel like it would twist out... the list went on and on. Then finally one day I spied these babies in New Look after work and they stayed in my thoughts until finally I succumbed and tried them on. Oh they were glorious. And now they are mine. 

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups Review | A Slight Addiction

If I was ever to bring out my own range of anything, ideally it would have to be some form of chocolate. I absolutely love the stuff, not even in a stereotypical 'I'm a girl' kinda way, more of a 'chocolate tasting would be a highly realistic job option' kinda way. Before I even take a bite I love to inhale the creamy, scrumptious scent, take mice sized nibbles and throughly enjoy the whole experience. For me eating chocolate truly is an experience, not simply a snack or a short lived indulgence. 

I seem to have developed an affinity for all 'miniature' versions of chocolates as of late whether it be mini creme eggs at easter or mini reese's. My mum has loved Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for years, having living in the States as a young newly wed couple, she later found them very rarely here in the UK. She let me try them a few times growing up, but I was never terribly fussed. Peanut butter wasn't something I'd ever had much of. In cartoons and films characters always seemed to have peanut butter jelly sandwiches, something I equated to being incredibly American. Even calling jam jelly seemed so alien and confusing. 

The first time I ever tried a peanut butter jam sandwich was during the Insanity fitness programme for a protein based mini meal. Strangely enough I kind of liked it, even though the very idea still seemed crazy bizarre. American food seems to be making it's way into our stores as of late, for example the breakfast cereal Lucky Charms used to be £7 at specialist stores, can now be bought for (the still extortionate) price of £4 in Tesco. Along with the likes of Hershey bars, a wider range of Pop Tarts and kool-aid to name a few.        

Asda has started selling share bags of Hershey's Kisses and Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups (why are chocolates named after people?), which I tried by chance as a friend bought them. Surprised, I really really liked them (the Reese's minis)!!! Unfortunately only a few Asda stores sell them (for £2) and some big Tesco stores have started to (for £3). My mum ever so kindly bought me both the normal and the white chocolate ones as a surprise treat. I was too scared to just buy the white ones myself incase I didn't like them, I feel like it's a considerable price to waste on unwanted chocolate. The white ones certainly are interesting but I won't be buying them again. The originals however I keep buying again and again. Compared with the normal sized ones, the chocolate to peanut butter ratio is spot on. Chunky top and bottom layer, encased thinly on the sides, the inner peanut butter offers a smooth yet brittle texture that offsets the chocolate perfectly. In the larger size I find the peanut butter too overwhelming (ok a strong word choice maybe). While it'd be lovely for the miniatures to be more widely available, it might just destroy the magic of finding them.. 

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Friday, 17 October 2014

2014/2015 Academic Diary

Is it wishful that I'm still buying academic diaries even though I am no longer in education? I'm going to go with 'super organised' instead! I absolutely love sorting out my week and seeing it all physically laid out in front of me. At university this need was completely justified with juggling my uni timetable, 'home work' if you will, a part time job, a social life, a boyfriend and church commitments. It was certainly a lot. However over the summer I simply didn't need or want to be so crazy organised. It was certain bliss milling through the endless days of sunshine, spontaneous trips and spending time with loved ones. 

The future however can be a pretty uncertain, sneaky thing, full of all sorts of ups and downs. It is of course impossible to plan everything, to perfectly map out our lives. Yet I find some wonderful satisfaction in laying it all out. After the summer I thought I could go diary-free and cope. haha. How wrong I was. It is frustrating to not see things and feel in control. I tried downloading an organiser/calendar app for my phone to see if I could get away with not spending any money on a new diary. That didn't work. I hated the unnecessary alerts. The tiny screen and how unclear it all was. I wasn't sure whether to buy a 14/15 diary as certain future plans would only allow me to use it for a few months, yet I wanted the comfort and satisfaction of having a plan in my hands and being able to jot things down with the stroke of a pen. 

It is not only the functionally of a diary I enjoy but the very design. There are some lovely ones on esty created by the oh so designy types (don't know why I'm paraphrasing them like that, I'm probably one myself) that I completely swoon over. Full of quirky illustrations, side notes and suggestions. Yet I can't justify forking out on one and I have this weird resistance to buying things online. So I turned to trusty basic high street stores such as The Works and WHSmiths. Most were out of academic diaries as September was drawing to a close and had begun selling 2015 diaries instead. Not helpful for me. Fortunately I found this one in WHSmiths for £7.99 (still abit steep if you ask me) and fell in love with the garish tones. Orange being a particularly odd choice for me, one that I've always shied away from due to my hair colour. But I love that the typography has at least been considered, that it's so bright and cheery and the pink lined edges. And quite frankly my boyfriend said I could signal down a aeroplane with it, yet every time I use it it makes me feel happier. Such a big accomplishment for something so seemingly insignificant.

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Friday, 3 October 2014

Life is Pretty Great | A Reflection

It's so easy to get bogged down with heavy life decisions that need to be made, feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Yes being a graduate and making huge choices is hard. But, it's also pretty great and exciting! I came across an idea while reading another blog that instead of always setting goals and looking to the future with things such as Bucket Lists, why not focus on all the wonderful things you have already experienced. Little things, big things. Those that made you smile, those that refined your life, those that simply made you happy, even if only for a short while. She called it a Nectar List. While I haven't actually written my list yet, it made me reflect on how many incredible moments I have been blessed with. And it's certainly a lot! The Lord does not leave us empty handed. 

And so with my negative, intensely stressed out self lately I have only just gotten around to uploading ten billion photos to facebook. My 21st birthday, university graduation and those I take collectively throughout everyday life. Looking through them, I feel immense joy. There are so many good things!!! So much love and support. So many moments of happiness. It's so easy to forget and be blinkered. Sometimes de-stressing is actually the best way to help yourself make the best choices. It's important to figure out what you want and what will bring you the most happiness

"We should begin by recognising the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives." 

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