Sunday, 29 March 2015

top five : phone apps

I'm ashamed to admit that I'm someone who is a bit of a mobile phone addict. Ever since that fateful day that I bought an iPhone I've been absolutely hooked. There seems to be an app for everything around nowadays. From social media, to fitness, to games that make you want to tear your hair out yet you still carry on playing them (currently looking at you Mr Jump!). Here are the top five that are currently on my phone:

#1 Instagram
How is it that taking photos of your meal, new clothes, or even a bloody chest of drawers that you've just fallen in love with in Ikea is so addictive? Somehow Instagram makes it so. Whether you're an expert photographer or just like to take loads of selfies (and everything in between) it's the app for you. To be fair it's not all about the photos for me. I've gotten to know some lovely people through this app and discovered some amazing photographers too. 

#2 Twitter
Another social media favourite of mine is Twitter. The app is so simple to use and the layout is sleek and very user-friendly. I don't think I've ever known it to glitch either (unlike the facebook app which can be very hit and miss in my opinion). What I like about Twitter is the diversity. You can read up on the news and what's going on in the world, or you can retweet something that's had you giggling like a loon for ten minutes. Oh and just to repeat myself, this is another app that I've met some lovely people on and will hopefully get to meet sometime soon.

#3 Bejeweled Blitz
I don't even know if anyone still plays this because I realise the craze for it was a couple of years ago now but it's still one of my favourite game apps. Basically you match coloured gems for points and there are special gems with power-ups, double points, etc. Each game only lasts 1 minute so if I find myself with a couple of minutes of boredom or I'm waiting around for something then it's perfect.

#4 Timehop
Now who doesn't love looking at old photos of themselves from five years ago when they had that awful hairstyle? Or when they were in the middle of that emo stage? Or when they were dressed in an outfit that at the time felt super cool but in actual fact made them look like a sack of potatos? Timehop goes back through your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/etc every day and let's you know what you've posted in the past. I've had some pretty terrible posts come up but also some great nostalgic moments which totally make up for the horrors.

#5 QuizUp
Just to make myself sound very sad I do love a good quiz. Not that I'm particularly good at them mind. QuizUp pits you against another player from around the world in quizzes under pretty much every topic you could think of. It really brings out the competitive side in you. I'm pretty badass on the Lost topics but my Geography leaves a lot to be desired..

What are your favourite phone apps?
(You can find other posts on my top five things here.)


Sunday, 22 March 2015

wishlist # 2 - george home

Good Morning Beautiful Cushion
Good Morning Handsome Cushion
Glass Table Lamp - Floral Print
Yellow Ceramic Honeycomb Frame
Retro Spot Bowls - Set of 2
Globe Ornament
Tree Clock
Need for Tea Mug
Whale Bathroom Set

As you possibly already know I moved in with my boyfriend towards the end of last year. Our little flat wasn't the nicest place in the world but we've been lucky that we're able to pretty much do what we want with it despite renting. So far it's had some new coats of paint, new carpets and we've even splashed out on a swanky new sofa. It's getting there but we're not the biggest earners in the world so it's still a work in process and probably will be for a while yet.

The George Home & Garden range at Asda has been one of my saviours when it comes to beautiful homeware on a budget. To look at the items that they sell I don't think you'd ever guess that they'd be from a supermarket brand! The next room on my list is our bathroom where I'm wanting a bit of a nautical theme (predictable, I know!) and the above set is lovely. I'm not sure how you make whales look sophisticated but they've managed to do it somehow. Everything is just so affordable and really well made too. Sometimes when you shop on a budget you have to sacrifice the quality of your items but this definitely isn't the case with George.

Where is your favourite place to shop for homeware?

Saturday, 14 March 2015

bobbi brown makeup counter experience

To say I blog about beauty products, I'm not actually that much of a make up wearer. During the week at work I don't wear a single scrap of it. I'd honestly just rather have those few extra minutes in bed. Then if I go out anywhere during the evening/weekend I'll put on a bit of powder and maybe some mascara and lipstick. I've just never been very skilled at it. At all. It makes me so envious when I see people out and about, or even on Instagram/Twitter, with the most flawless faces of make up. So I've decided to try and teach myself bit by bit. I think it'll be a very long time before I get to the likes of contouring but I'll be happy just to be able to put on eyeliner evenly to be honest. One of my main problems has always been with foundation. I'm ridiculously pale and any liquid foundations that I've tried in the past have been too orange or yellow. I decided to ask my lovely Instagram followers if they could recommend something for me and they were so helpful. Bobbi Brown seemed to be a popular choice so off on a trip I went.


Saturday, 7 March 2015

starting at the gym

I have never in my life been an athletic person. The only time I ever liked doing PE at school was in primary when you just played games with that big parachute thing. Secondary school PE was generally awful and the less said about that the better. If you know me you'll know that I've always been a skinny little thing. It's just how I naturally am. I guess I'm blessed (although I sometimes think cursed is more appropriate) with a very fast metabolism. I can eat as much as I want and hardly ever put any weight on. Unfortunately I have taken this for granted and over the years have developed into a very lazy person. This also means I am horribly unfit. I'm only 23 but honestly sometimes feel at least double my age. So now I've decided it's time for a kick up the bum and a bit of a change to my life.

The main reason I've always been put off of going to the gym before is because of other people. Whenever I've brought up the idea to some they'd either laugh in my face or look concerned. "But there's nothing on you!" "What do you need to go to the gym for? You'll disappear if you lose any weight!" Bla bla bla bla, etc. etc. I'm fed up to my back teeth of people's opinions and this time I'm thinking sod it. I know the reason that I'm going to the gym and it's clearly not to lose any weight. I'm more than happy with how my body looks. It's certainly far from perfect but I know how lucky I am to feel comfortable with it. All I want is to get fit and make my body feel more healthy.

I've now been a member of a local gym for about 2 weeks and I'm enjoying it so much. I never realised you could get such a buzz from exercising. I'll be honest and say that I'm not exactly doing the most strenuous of work outs, but I'm focusing on slowly working my way up and pushing myself more each time. I can't wait to start seeing some results and feeling better in myself!


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

callie rose : world map watch

Today's post is all about this beautiful watch from the online shop Callie Rose. I first discovered them last month on twitter and had a little browse at what they had to offer. They specialise in jewellery but are also starting to branch out into other items such as headbands, keyrings and the cutest quotes which are framed. I've always been a sucker for watches so this one instantly jumped out at me. It was also a bonus that I've been wanting a watch with a world map on it for what seems like forever. There was no way I was missing out with this one!

I ordered my gorgeous watch (which was an absolute bargain at just £3.00!) one lunch time and was amazed when it turned up the very next morning. Fast postage is always a massive plus in my books when it comes to online shops so that was one box ticked already and I'd not even opened the package yet! The next thing I loved was that some sweeties and a little heart-shaped tealight candle had been popped into the parcel with my watch. It was such a lovely touch and everyone loves a freebie, right? Now finally onto the watch itself.. The face is a decent size which is something I personally like and the map is such a pleasant pop of colours. The strap has plenty of holes to adjust the size which is much appreciated when it comes to my child-like wrists. All in all I adore this watch and cannot wait to order from Callie Rose again in the very near future!
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