OOTD #18 My Mums Birthday

It was my Mum’s birthday on Sunday but because she had to work we ended up celebrating it on Thursday. I needed a casual but still nice outfit for during the day, because I was the designated driver for our plans I also wanted to be comfortable. Anyways, I paired this combination together and I LOVED it, if I do say so myself…

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Off Shoulder Cropped Jumper- Topshop

Ahh its a rarity I find the exact item online. I LOVE this Jumper though, its so comfortable and I don’t own anything else in this colour.

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Trousers- H&M

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the exact trousers I’m wearing. However, I found similar ones that are a close match. I think these are really versatile, and a good fit; slightly high waisted.

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Shoes- Topshop

These were a recent purchase and I don’t even need to tell you how good they are. I had these in pink and wore them CONSTANTLY. Therefore, I had to buy them again, but this time in white. The real question is how long will they stay that white? I’m thinking maximum, a week.

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Missed my last OOTD? You can read it here.

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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March Favourites 2018

As I’m writing this blog post, its raining. Its actually done so all day. Which makes me very happy for April, where I can only hope we all get to see the sun a bit more. Anyways, I feel like March was such a busy month, I couldn’t really pinpoint many favourites. But here’s what I have been loving.

3My first favourite being these polaroids. Getting some of my pictures printed has always been on my to do list but not something I ever seem to get round to doing. However, with my 18th and an Ireland trip, I knew I had to finally get some printed. I absolutely love these prints and they were really well priced. (If you’re wondering, I ordered from Photobox, not sponsored.) Now I’ve just got to figure out where I want them, in a scrapbook or on my wall.

In March, I spent a weekend in Dublin. It was definitely a highlight of the month and couldn’t not include it in this post. I’d absolutely love to go back one day and if you didn’t see my post about it then you can here.

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I don’t usually have many makeup favourites but as we’re leaving Winter, I’m opting for lighter makeup. I have been mixing Rimmel Foundation with Seventeen 3 Way Highlighter and its a game changer. I put that combination on and my base makeup is done and it gives my skin a healthy glow. Another thing I have fallen back in love with is my beauty blender. I’ve started using this to apply my foundation/highlighter and it just helps it to apply evenly. I also feel that it lightens the makeup, my face doesn’t feel as cakey and heavy, does that make sense?

My Music favourites have been:

  • Nothing to Regret- Robinson
  • Normal- Sasha Sloan
  • Turn Back Time- Daniel Schulz
  • Just a Kid- Two Friends

March Favourites 2017

What have been your favourites this month?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #7 & GIVEAWAY

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I have done a book post. However, to make up for the loss, I am making this one extra special. You’ll see how, at the end.

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Jojo Moyes- The Girl you left behind

‘In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to go fight at the front. When her town falls into German hands, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything…Nearly a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened. ‘ Copied from the back of the book, so you really get a feel for what its about and don’t have to guess from my what-would-not-do-it-justice-summary.

I LOVED this book. Having read a couple of Jojo Moyes’ books before I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed. I really loved how it was set in two different time periods and I really got attached to the characters. It got to a point in the book where I was really torn and could see the situation from both sides. I didn’t know what the outcome would be and that’s what made it such an addictive read.

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Laura Marshall- Friend Request

‘Maria Weston wants to be friends with me. Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down. She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty five years.’

I actually bought this book at the airport but because the flight wasn’t very long I didn’t get a good way through it. When we got home, my Mum started reading it too. Let me tell you, its difficult to share an addictive book. Neither of us wanted to put it down. Of course, I finished first, I just had to have a couple late nights. One thing we could agree on is that we both LOVED the book and neither of us were expecting the ending. We also had a few debates about our opinions on the characters. Honestly, thriller type books aren’t usually my go to but Laura Marshall has swayed me.

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On to the exciting part of this post, I want to start giving away the books I’ve read so you can enjoy them too! Starting with this one.

Heres the situation in bullet points to make it clearer…

  • Pick either ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ or ‘Friend Request’
  • Let me know in the comments which book you’d like. Leaving me a social media username (or email) so I can contact you.
  • After 24 hours (Sunday GMT 18:00). I’ll use a random name generator to pick a winner for each book.
  • You can only enter if you live in the U.K (not quite ready to do international giveaways just yet)
  • Would be much appreciated if you were following my blog. (I’m so close to 900 followers!)

Hope that all makes sense! 

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Ireland Photography

Last weekend I took a trip to Dublin and I had the BEST time. So I thought I’d share the pictures and let you know what I got up to.

7Firstly, it was a very tiring weekend. We flew at 6 am from Leeds Bradford airport on the Friday (but I had to get up at 1am to get there in time). On the way back, it was a 9 pm flight on the Sunday, so we really did get the whole weekend.

859On the Friday, we were all really tired so we just had a wander around the city.

61On the Saturday, my Mum and I spent the morning at the National Gallery of Ireland. It was beautiful and because we got there early it was quite quiet and the best atmosphere. We could have spent all day there but we wanted to fit more in.

2At this point, we were trying to navigate our way to the castle.

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I absolutely loved Ireland and would love to go back. I also realised how much I love weekend getaways. So my Mum and I have already decided for our next trip it should be Amsterdam.

Anyways, as much as I’m still catching up on sleep now I’d happily trade my sleep to be back, everyone was so friendly and we couldn’t have had a better time.

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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February Favourites 2018

January seemed to last months, whilst February felt like seconds. I don’t know how that works but I do know I have some favourites I want to share from the past few weeks.

1Early February, it was my birthday and I was super grateful to receive this bracelet as one of my presents. I have been loving wearing this and I haven’t really been leaving the house without it.

Celebs Go Dating

I don’t know where to begin with what I like about this show. I think Rob Beckett is the perfect voice over guy for the series. I think the whole concept just works and I appreciate how each ‘celebrity’ (I guess its debateable where you’d place them on the fame scale) brings something different to the table. Basically if you watched it, I’d love to know who your favourite people were.

We had quite a lot of snow recently and my College actually closed for 3 days (which is apparently the first time in years). I’ve been grateful for the time off but also stressing because I left all my photography and psychology work at college, (thinking I’d be there the next day) therefore haven’t done much work. But the snow is still a favourite of mine because of Alfie’s happiness in it. I hope everyone managed to stay safe throughout the bad weather.

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Another birthday present was a turntable. I thought it was such a cool, retro idea. The two vinyl’s I have so far are Taylor Swift ‘Speak Now’ and Halsey ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’. If anyone has any suggestions of others, it would be appreciated.

Speaking of music, I have been loving ‘Your Time Capsule’ on Spotify. It has all the best songs. I was just about to pick some of my favourites but I don’t think I can. I’ll just pick some random ones; Sk8er Boi, Avril Lavigne; So sick, Ne-Yo; Dilemma, Nelly and Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol. The last one being the first song I had downloaded on my first ever phone, probably a nokia, it brings back ALL THE MEMORIES.

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This month, I signed up to be an organ donor. I feel like its worth mentioning because it may remind you to do the same. I was surprised at how quick the process was, it literally took less than 5 minutes for both myself and my parents to sign up. I also naively didn’t realise you could choose what you were comfortable donating. This isn’t an ad I just wanted to include it, I think its an important topic. Especially if you are like me and it was one of those things I wanted to do but never got round to it (until now of course).

If you do want to sign up then you can here.

February Favourites 2016

February Favourites 2017

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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OOTD #17 Interview (no.3)

Recently, I haven’t quite been in the right head space. It seemed to be bad news after bad news, stress after stress and I found myself dragging myself through each day. Currently, I’ve decided to be grateful for the little things; the weekend being sunny for once; getting to take Alfie for long walks and the ‘Your Time Capsule’ Playlist on Spotify.

Anyways, into the post, this is my (maybe) last university interview. This is my ootd I wore for Manchester Metropolitan interview. I didn’t get accepted. (While I was gutted) Everything happens for a reason.

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Trousers: H&M

Boots: River Island

*Things I can’t find I still include the brand I bought them from.

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How are you?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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My 18th Birthday

This time last week I turned 18. It was such a beautiful day, so I thought I’d write a post all about the occasion.

I actually started off my birthday with some yoga. If you’re interested it was the Happy Birthday Yoga- Yoga with Adriene. It was so much fun to do and a great way to start the day.

I don’t want to do a full What I got for my Birthday post because I’m sure the majority of things will end up in a favourites post. But I opened my cards and presents before going shopping.

On the Evening, I had a family meal. So this is what I wore. I tried to link the outfit but H&M are down for maintenance. But basically that’s where the whole outfit is from.

IMG_0387So even after everything my Parents had already got me, they topped it off with a cake. I was really grateful and appreciated being able to spend the evening with family.

For the run up to my birthday, I had started to collect food and toys. When I started to think about what I should do for my birthday, I realised I had everything I needed and that I should donate. So now my birthday is over, I’m going to be donating this to the Salvation Army in the next week. I’m so glad I’ve done this and will be definitely doing it again soon. I was definitely surprised how much food I could get for a little price.

2My main birthday present was a Spa day. It was on Thursday and I think its safe to say I’ve found what I want to do every time I want to treat myself. The day started off with Tea and Pastries. The spa day included; shoulder, back massage, facial, hand, arm and foot massage. I was one very lucky girl. We finished the day off with a meal. And I honestly don’t think I could have been more grateful for the whole experience. My Mum and I have already decided we need to do it again for her Birthday.

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Lots of Love,

Sophie

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3rd Blogiversary & Photography

This day, three years ago, I started this blog. I can’t quite believe where the time has gone and I see it as achievement for it to still be going strong. It was my birthday a few days ago, so there’ll be a lengthy post on that going up on Saturday. The couple of days that followed after my birthday, I managed to take a few pictures on my walks with Alfie, which I thought would be nice to put into a post…

12Not only has it been 3 years with a blog, its been 2 years with this gorgeous boy. I honestly can’t believe we’ve only had Alfie for 2 years, he’s part of the family, it feels like a life time. Seriously, what was life like without a beautiful dog?

3456I just LOVE Alfie’s face when he’s observing something new. This time it was sheep. He probably thought they were just fluffy dogs and with anyone he just wanted to play with them.

1087I think this post is turning into ‘What my Dog watched one day…’ But this time Alfie was interested in the ducks. He clearly wanted to attempt a run down the bank and a swim into the water.

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Do you have a dog? 

Lots of Love, 

Sophie

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OOTD #16 Interview (no.2)

I have to say my second interview was definitely much more nerve wracking than the first. I really wanted some cool pictures, but with stress of getting there on time and having to use my Dad’s not great camera quality, everything just ended in a bit of a mess.

Heres what I wore and how I got on…

1Shirt: Topshop/Similar

Coat: New Look

Trousers: New Look/Similar

Bag: Topshop/Similar

Boots: New Look

I came out of the interview and cried. I just felt that whatever I was saying just wasn’t enough. But a day later, I actually got an offer from Northumbria University to study Fashion. So that was VERY exciting. I’m super excited for what’s to come/slightly stressed.

 Lots of Love,

Sophie

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January Favourites 2018

Why did January feel like it lasted much longer than it needed to? I am definitely excited its now February (its my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!) and what better way to start a new month by sharing my favourites from the previous one…

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Something I started at the beginning of the year was a Bullet Journal and whilst I’m still working out what works for me, its definitely been a favourite of mine. In the picture above you can see I have two check lists; one for yoga and one for water. Its actually motivated me to keep drinking 2 litres a day and make yoga part of my daily routine.

Speaking of Yoga, I have been LOVING it. I can feel myself getting stronger and if I’m not having the best of days it really helps me into a better mood. I can’t recommend Yoga with Adriene enough.

2I have to admit, I haven’t made a huge effort with makeup in the past month. However, when I use this Seventeen 3 way Highlighter, it makes me look a little bit more alive. It has a lovely subtle glow. You can also use it as a primer or add to your foundation, so when I’m back on the makeup game, It’ll be cool to see the results.

I’ve watched the past couple of episodes of Call the Midwife and I am OBSESSED. I don’t know why I didn’t think of watching it before? Anyways, I don’t know if you could call it a favourite but I can tell I am about to get addicted. Now to find where can I watch the first 6 series…

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If you read my What I got For Christmas Post, you’ll know I received these beautiful earrings. I basically want to wear them everyday and the only thing that stops me is that I don’t want my second piercing to close up, so some days I have to go back to two earrings in each ear.

1And finally, even with the little makeup I’ve been wearing, I still want it to stay in place. I have been loving the Barry M Makeup Setting Spray. I pretty much look the same when I come home as I did when I left in the morning.

What have you been loving recently?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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