November Favourites 2017

Usually November is the time of waiting around for Christmas, but I’ve had a lovely little month, so here’s what I’ve been using, doing and enjoying…

Quickly before that, I don’t think I ever said THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for 800 followers. I’m super grateful and didn’t imagine my blog would reach that milestone. Wouldn’t it be crazy to reach 1,000 before my 3 year blogiversary?! Anyways back into the post.

IMG_4302I can’t say my bank account thought November was a ‘lovely, little month’. I may have had a little splurge on clothes (twice). However, it’s all good, it just means I’m set for clothes for a long while and I can post a clothes haul next week. In all seriousness, I FLIPPIN’ LOVE my recent purchases and they’re all now my wardrobe favourites.

Jack Dean ‘JaackMaate’.

He’s a youtuber I’ve been subscribed to for a while now (well before his video on Zoella’s Advent Calendar) and I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for him. Mainly because he just seems to speak truthfully which some would say is a rarity in that industry. I also really like his sense of humour so if you’re not already, go and subscribe here.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

I’d like to think if you’re from the U.K, you also watch this programme or at least know of it. I’ve watched it every year, a slither of proof for my love of this show is that I mentioned it in my favourite posts for the last two years.

November 2015

November 2016

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I don’t think this counts as a ‘November’ Favourites because I took this little getaway on the 2nd of December. However, I knew I needed to include this here because I LOVED the weekend, spending time with my Mum, Christmas shopping and walking around the beautiful, historic city of Durham.

Taylor Swift ‘Reputation’.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that I have been loving Taylor Swifts new album. I pretty much like ALL of the songs and there’s not any I dislike. I love the shade in ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’ and Ed Sheeran’s feature in ‘End Game’. I just can’t pick a favourite, the whole album is constantly on repeat.

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To conclude this favourites post, I’m adding probably a couple random things. First, are earrings. It takes a lot for me to change my ‘go to’ earrings, the ones I wear every day. But I’ve finally changed it up and I’m really loving them because they’re hoops (small ones) and for so long I’ve just been stuck in a rut of wearing studs.

The last favourite from the month is green tea. A bit weird, I know. However, I’m enjoying it a lot recently and I figure its healthier than hot chocolate. I’m also really liking this particular brand, ‘Twining’s’, I’m not too sure what it is but I’ll definitely be picking it up again. (Definitely feel like an old lady after this favourite).

What were some of your November Favourites?

Love, Sophie

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OOTD #14: New Look Winter

Ooopsies for two ootd’s in a row on this blog.

IMG_4297I don’ know what happened but I unintentionally got caught up with the black Friday deals and ended up spending A LOT. But it was all worth it, I managed to get two winter coats, trousers and a top for just under £100. I have to say (this isn’t sponsored) New Look have got the BEST clothes at the minute and obviously the sales helped.

IMG_4303I thought I’d include this Snapchat I wish I’d saved without the caption just so you can see the sleeves on this top because its SOOO pretty.

Shell Pink Sleeved Top

Check Trousers– I don’t think these are the exact pair I bought because the ones I linked are a bit high on the leg. However, they are really similar and they’re my first pair of trousers, YAY I think I’m converted.

Aviator Jacket– again this isn’t the exact one I purchased which is weird since I bought this all yesterday? Unless they’ve already taken items down from the website. I love this and it keeps me so warm.

Shoes-  You can check out my ‘Time to Dust off your Boots’ post to find similar shoes that I’m wearing here.

IMG_4302I was so happy because I’d just eaten.

Love, Sophie 

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OOTD #13

I’m not sure why I couldn’t think of how to describe this outfit to put it into the title. But I do know that I really like doing my ootd posts, so here you go…

IMG_4261It’s been a while since I’ve made an effort with my outfits for college. However, I was going shopping afterwards so I thought I may as well.

I don’t think I’ll be able to find the originals of what I’m wearing. Although, I will link similar items from various stores.

Shirt- Originally from Topshop.

Similar item. (ASOS)

Jeans-  New Look. (original)

Coat- Originally from River Island.

Similar Item. (River Island)

Bag- Originally from Topshop.

Similar item. (ASOS)

Boots- Originally from New Look. (Included previously on my blog here)

Similar item. (New Look)

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We can totally pretend in the picture above I was looking down and I definitely did not have my eyes closed, okay?

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DIY #2: The Porch

It would be pretty impressive if I had built a porch. But alas, I just repainted it, added a couple accessories and in my opinion gave it a bit of life. Like the chairs, I thought I’d blog the process…

The inner door was the first to be painted and I was so surprised that it made such a difference. I was also very happy because it meant I wasn’t doing this whole process for nothing.

Here’s the outer door before and then part of the outer after it was painted. This one definitely needed the lick of paint.

On the left this was the colour of the walls before painting (I realise it was all very bland) and on the right was what it looked like after the first coat. At this point, I wasn’t too sure I liked the colour but I knew I had to do two coats because the first just wasn’t enough.

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     After the second coat, I was much more comfortable with the colour, it was subtle but it still looked much better than it did before.

I added a couple little bits to finish it off. I still need to take a bit of paint off the windows in certain areas but apart from that its done and I’m very happy with the results.

Love, Sophie

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October Favourites 2017- I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST?!

So I feel like life is just one big blur at the minute and I can hardly believe its now November. NOVEMBER. Anyways, as always I can’t not do a monthly favourites. Were also just going to ignore the fact that this post is a day late, (like it was last week, well done Sophie) but this first favourite should explain things…

IMG_4165Sooo I was kind of eager with this one, clearly because I included it in the title of the post. But yesterday, I passed my driving test!! It’s been a long time coming as I had to change instructors and then had to wait months for my test. Anyways, its over, I’m so happy I passed first time and I was so excited to share the news with friends and family who have known how long I’ve wanted this.

IMG_4156I’m going to try and do a short and to the point favourites, so we’ll see how this goes…

Cetaphil Cleanser– for some reason I have oily (ish) skin now and have found this to really help. I like the scent and its not too drying, it does the job.

Carmex Lip Balm– You know its getting colder when you’ve got to whack out the lip balm. Although you should probably be using it all year round. Anyways, I purchased this last month because I wanted something I knew would work and this definitely does.

Jimmy Choo Perfume– I’ve fallen back in love with this perfume. I’m sure its been in one of my favourites before but I’m back to being obsessed with the scent, which is probably a good thing when it comes to a perfume.

L’Oréal Day Cream– I love how moisturising this is. Basically all I have to say, I definitely recommend.

IMG_4155During October I have been loving this book ‘the girl you left behind’ by Jojo Moyes. I’m about 3/4 through it and I love that it features both modern day and WW1 era. Fingers crossed the ending doesn’t disappoint and I’ll be sure to write a much better review in a book post soon.

I never thought ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ would be my cup of tea. However, I’ve found myself watching it every Saturday night and I just don’t know what it is that’s got me so interested in the show this year.

When it comes to music I’ve been enjoying…

  • Lorde – Perfect Places
  • Marshmello ft. Khalid – Silence
  • Taylor Swift – Gorgeous

I am SO excited for Reputation. I’m also really in love with ‘Call it what you want’ by Taylor Swift, really there’s not a song she could release that I wouldn’t love.

Love, Sophie

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Halloween 2017

Happy Halloween!

For the past couple of years, I’ve always done a small post on the 31st of October. Even if I’m just showing you my (usually very poor) pumpkins. Obviously I can’t break tradition now…

(If you missed my previous posts)

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2016

FullSizeRenderI have to admit my Pumpkins aren’t as good as they have been in past years but my excuse is that they’re small and I was rushed.

IMG_4135As always I baked cupcakes to give our to trick-or-treaters. We do also give out sweets, but I think cupcakes are just something different and they taste AMAZING. I may have ate 1 or 2, just to make sure they were good enough to give out of course.

I loved the way I decorated the porch this year. The decorations were some of my favourites. Especially those skeleton lights, ugh I wish I could keep them around the house all year.

IMG_4134I didn’t really have time to dress up this year because of college. But I have to admire my Mums effort. Her makeup was courtesy of me and I can’t say it went all to well, but at least it was an appropriate day to wear not-so-great-makeup. I have to say my happiness during Halloween (and Christmas) is down to my Mum, I just love her.

Love, Sophie

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University Open Day Comparison: Manchester Metropolitan vs Leeds Beckett

For the past couple of days, I haven’t been feeling great, hence why this post is up late because I have ZERO energy. Anyways, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve attended 2 University Open days and I thought I could compare the two in a post.

Before, I get into it, I wrote a post about the first Open day I went to which was Northumbria. I didn’t see the point in comparing that one as well because you can just read all about it here.

Leeds Beckett

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So I realise that the organisation of the day shouldn’t represent my overall judgement on the University. However, when it took 4 hours to drive 65 miles, it didn’t put me in the greatest of moods. I can totally understand that it was going to be busy. But to spend 2 hours in a multi-storey car park looking for a space wasn’t great. I found out that there was actually 2 University Open Days happening and a rugby match. So for me, that just seems badly planned.

Moving onto the University itself, I can’t say I felt the day got much better. Maybe because I wasn’t in the greatest of moods to begin with, because of how long it took to get there or maybe I did have valid reason to my judgement.

Here’s what I thought:

  1. There was a lack of students. Maybe there was plenty, I just didn’t see them. Yes for sure I saw Student Tour Guides. But I wanted to meet Students who did the course I was interested in to gain their insight.
  2. The lecture. I was so excited to have 40 minutes of knowledge about the Fashion course I wanted to do. However, it was only 20 minutes and the other half was about Fashion Marketing, which I’m not interested in. I couldn’t even leave discreetly because it was in the fashion classroom.
  3. The stands were unhelpful. When I found the Design stand, I was told I’m best off just going to the lecture because they personally had no information on the course.
  4. The detail into the course. At LAST I have a positive, during the talk I did appreciate the depth they went into to talk about what the course entails.
  5. The course itself. The thing I like most about the course is that they put a real emphasis on photographing the garments they make. Which is great for me as I do Photography at A- Level and it would be a shame to let that go to waste.

Overall, I liked the course but I didn’t find the University right for me.

Manchester Metropolitan

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We took advantage of the park and ride service the University had on offer and as soon as we arrived there was someone there to take us to sign in. Everyone seemed so friendly and there was a plethora of people on hand to help.

IMG_4087This fashion Lecture, didn’t disappoint. I love that there was a real emphasis on the amount of well known brands that reach out to the University and how many graduates get great jobs within the industry.

IMG_4097After the Fashion talk, we found the Fashion stand. A lady there suggested we go to the Fashion Design and Technology Lecture as well. She was so lovely she even walked us round to the exact building it was taking place.

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After the Fashion Design and Technology lecture, we had a tour around that building. And from what people had said to me during that time, I’d guessed there was another building for Fashion and art subjects.

So after having a 10 minute argument with my Dad about this second building, we found the second building…I refrained myself from saying “I told you so”.

And let me tell you, it was BEAUTIFUL. (the building not the satisfaction of being right.)

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The facilities were AMAZING. I was in awe of all the machinery. A room filled with knitting machines, another with looms, another just different types of sewing machines. I also really loved the amount of space there was for students who weren’t in lesson, that you could just grab a desk and start working.

Overall, I LOVED Manchester, it was the city I was born in and even though I now live 2 hours away, it felt like it could be home again.

Love, Sophie

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Time to Dust off Your Boots

It was just the other day, that I was randomly telling my Mum how excited I am to start wearing my boots now the months are turning colder. When it came to what I should blog about this week, my Mum suggested something to do with my boots.

So, that’s what I’m gonna do…

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Okay, so these boots are probably not suitable for rain or snow but you know them autumnal days that can still be really sunny and nice, I can wear them then. I purchased them from New Look a couple of years, so they have lasted some wear and tear. Because they no longer sell these exact boots, I will ty to link similar ones.

Mink Suedette Wooden Block Heel Boots

I found these on New Look and thought they were pretty similar apart from the studs.

IMG_4041These were my favourite boots last Winter, I bought them from Miss Selfridge and I’m just obsessed with the heel. Its probably a weird thing to like right? But I just love the pattern on them. I also really liked the height of the heel. I’m not one to be very good at walking around in really high heels, however, these were perfect for day-to-day wear.

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I always try to find similar products from the website I purchased them from just to give extra credit to the brand. This time I couldn’t do so, but I did come across these beautiful Delilah Nude Velvet Ankle Boots that I just had to include. Even if they are completely irrelevant…

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So these are actually my Mum’s boots, although I knew I couldn’t do a boots post without including some lace ups. The black ones are from Topshop and the nude pair are from Dorothy Perkins. I think these types of boots can bring so much edge to an outfit and if you’re really against a heeled boot, these are perfect.

Again I couldn’t find similar black lace ups on the Topshop website. But I did find a similar pair on ASOS ‘Pull&Bear Buckle Detail Worker Boot‘.

I managed to find a similar pair of boots on Dorothy Perkins to the ones my Mum owns: Pink ‘Magnolia’ Ankle Boots.

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I bought these late February, so I only managed to wear them a couple of times before I transitioned into Summer shoes. And I think these are the boots I’m most excited for. I purchased these from River Island and I know there’s so many outfits I can pair these with.

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When it comes to the shape I found these Public Desire Universe Pink Crackled Heeled Ankle Boots on ASOS, that I thought were quite similar.

Do you have a favourite pair of boots you’re ready to ‘dust off’?

Love, Sophie

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Early Gift Guide (Sponsored)

I’ve surprised myself this year and I’ve already bought a few Christmas presents for my parents. However I’m not finished, because of this I was open for ideas and inspiration.

So can you imagine how happy I was when UncommonGoods contacted me to collaborate on a post? I love that UncommonGoods have their own definition of ‘sustainability’ and are always striving to incorporate it in the decisions they make. They also haven’t sold products containing leather, fur or feathers.

Amongst the presents I’ve got for my Mum it ranges from skincare, clothing, jewellery (and the odd towel set).

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I was in need of something different and found this to be just what I was looking for. Its a Mother & Daughter Letter book set, where there’s 40 cards you can ‘send, share and treasure’. I love the idea of this, both my Mum and I are super sentimental people. When I was younger, I used to always write letters to my Mum and now we both write notes to each other before we leave the house and know we won’t see each other much because of work and College.

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I find my Dad the hardest to buy for, maybe because he doesn’t give me a long list like my Mum does (THANKS MUM). So he usually gets the same; pyjamas, a watch and toiletries like shampoo.

TIE DADBut I always try to get him a humorous gift, so when I came across this I knew I had to include it in this post. My Dad is obsessed with my dog and for work he’s always wearing a tie. Could I get a better gift? Probably not, especially since you can choose which dog you want on the tie. I was surprised at the plethora and variations of gifts UncommonGoods has to offer for men in general.

IMG_3993Is this bad I’m including myself in all of this? Obviously, I don’t buy myself Christmas presents, I just decide to treat myself all year round (oops). I just thought I’d highlight how easy it is to buy for someone like me; books; perfume; makeup and you’re sorted.

MY GIFTThere were sooo many temptations when I was scrolling through UncommonGoods and this was just one of them; a Scratch Map. I’ve definitely had my eye on one of these for a few years now. I just find them such a good idea and a great gift.

Overall, I’m pleased with the amount of Christmas gifts I’ve got for my parents already. I’ll be sure to do a full gift guide when I’ve finished my Christmas Shopping. And I’m grateful there’s so many websites, that I can take inspiration from.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Disclaimer: This is a paid sponsored post in collaboration with Uncommon Goods.

Love, Sophie 

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A No Makeup Week (FAIL)

When I first mentioned to my Mum that I was going to go without makeup for a week, her reply was “But you always wear makeup?” And that was the point. I was no longer putting on makeup for enjoyment, I was doing it out of habit. Mainly so people I go to College with didn’t judge what I see as my not-great-skin.

However, I wanted to push myself (and of course do it for the blog) to see whether there were any changes throughout the week to the appearance of my skin.

Monday

As you can probably tell from the pictures, I was definitely trying to hide basically all of my face. I definitely started this week with 0 confidence.

Luckily, I was starting this challenge easy, with just having to be in College for one hour. Easy, right? It was proved to be. Surprisingly no one noticed (or if they did they didn’t point it out) that I wasn’t wearing any makeup. So I either way didn’t look that bad bare faced or I look a mess with or without makeup. It’s probably the latter.

Tuesday

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Today was my full day at college (9-4) I had to face even more people. However, even within 24 hours, I had gained a slither of confidence to just get on with it. I’m pretty sure wearing my favourite pink coat had something to do with it. Even still, I’d be lying if I didn’t think numerous times in the day ‘Damn, I wish I had some makeup on right now’

Wednesday

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Since not wearing makeup, I had to listen to my skin, in doing so I noticed my skin was slightly oily. So to sort this I made a quick Boots order and picked up ‘Cetaphil’ (it was mentioned in a Cosmopolitan article). Immediately my skin felt the benefits.

Thursday 

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This was probably my most infuriating day with my skin. I had been drinking a lot more water than I usually would, I’d rearranged my skincare to suit my skin type but still I had spots and blemishes, with even more appearing. I blamed it on the fact that it’ll be ‘that-time-of-the-month’ in a few days and just decided to get through the last remaining day of this challenge.

Friday

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On the way to College my Mum turned to me and asked “So how has your no makeup week gone?” And after having being able to evaluate the whole situation, I realised its much easier to not care about what others think of you than I thought. And just because my skin didn’t drastically improve within a week, doesn’t mean it never will. Surely wearing no makeup has done more good than harm? And if none of those reasons matter, then I’m just glad I had that extra time in the morning.

I’m planning on not wearing makeup for a little while. Occasionally,  I’ll wear makeup again for College, but only when I want to. Because that’s how it should be.

Love, Sophie

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