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Sky Garden

Whilst flicking through Facebook a couple of weeks ago, I noticed someone had visited a place called the "Sky Garden". After researching it and realising it was actually free (cue bank account cheering), I immediately booked it.

I dragged James there today and even though it was dull and rainy, the view was absolutely amazing and I will definitely go back in the summer. It is on the top level of a skyscraper, and includes a restaurant and bar, aswell as a huge garden full of plants. 

I would recommend it to anyone, it's a great London attraction and doesn't cost a penny! 

Pinterest Inspo

I absolutely love spending (too much) time on Pinterest, scrolling through pictures of absolutely b-e-a-utiful homes, amazing fashion ideas and some crazily-good artwork for hours on end. As well as making me desperate to finish uni and have a house to decorate, Pinterest also inspires me to start drawing/painting more and gives me some stunning fashion ideas. 

As a result of uni work, revision and a load of stress, it feels like weeks since I last had a scroll through Pinterest. After looking through the hundreds of pins that were waiting for me (when I had a chance to forget uni work and focus on stylish houses, pretty outfits and some amazing artwork), I decided to do a post for y'all, picking out some of my current favourites.


I don't know about you lot, but spending a few hours browsing through amazing home and interior inspo is 100% one of my fave things to do. I love mentally planning my dream house and getting overly excited about having my own place to decorate (it's almost as good as spending an afternoon looking around IKEA-not quite though). However, I'm usually left calculating how many more years/months I have stuck in student accommodation, full of pine furniture and single beds.  


As you can probably tell, denim and stripes are definitely my "thing" at the moment. Even though I already own far too many stripy tops/shirts, I still constantly find myself drawn to stripes whilst shopping (I often pick up and carry an item around before I suddenly realise it's stripey and I can't really afford to buy it/I will get moaned at for buying "another stripey top?!"). 
I have always been a lover of jeans/denim (who isn't?!), and my collection of jeans is gradually expanding. I'm currently loving tight, skinny jeans with ripped knee(s) and high waisted mom jeans, they look good with practically anything and are perfect for all seasons (in England, that is). Recently I have been searching for some (cheap) full-length dungarees, I love dungarees and feel it's a bit chilly to get my short dungarees out at this time of year. Will keep you posted if I find any bargains!


The artwork section on Pinterest is by far one of my favourites to look through. There's a huge range of techniques, methods and subjects used within the artwork, I often find myself attempting to replicate/copy them. Sitting down and spending time drawing/painting is so relaxing and satisfying. 

Everyday Makeup Favourites

I never have, and probably never will be amazing at applying makeup, but that doesn't stop me buying and trying out a range of makeup products. 
My everyday makeup routine usually involves slapping on a bit of foundation and some liquid eyeliner, but hey ho I thought I'd share with y'all some of my favourite products I use for my general, everyday makeup...


I'm currently saving up for some Real Techniques brushes as I've heard so many good reviews on them. Whilst I'm attempting to save money (which might take a while), I've been using a mixture of No7 and Ted Baker brushes. These are good quality brushes, I'm just looking forward to having a wider range of shapes and sizes.  


I have been using No7 liquid foundation for quite a while now and it seems to really suit my skin. I have a mixture of dry and oily skin which can make it extremely difficult to find a suitable foundation. The No7 Stay Perfect foundation isn't too thick, but has good coverage and is therefore perfect for everyday wear. 
I have recently started using the L'Oreal True Match powder foundation. This too has a really good coverage, but also a mattifying effect, which is what I look for in a powder. 
I always find it difficult to choose from the huge range of concealers available and have recently chosen to try out this Maybelline super stay concealer. It is perfect for covering blemishes and reducing discolouration where needed- it does everything you expect a concealer should. 


I use either/both of these L'Oreal mascaras, I find the volume million lashes mascara (purple) is better for every day use whereas the mega volume mascara (pink/black) is much more obvious and intense, so I usually use it for nights out etc. 
I l-o-v-e Maybelline's Master Precise liquid eyeliner. After discovering this product over a year ago, I have never looked back. For anyone who likes to do winged eyeliner, but can never get both eyes looking equal, this will 100% help. It's so easy to use and the perfect consistency, for only £5.99 it's a definite must have. 
At the moment I am using No7's pencil eyeliner. I've used a range of eyeliners in the past, but this is definitely one of my favourites as it is easy to apply and long lasting. 


I always find myself putting on some lippy before a night out, but only recently have I started wearing it on a more day-to-day basis. 
Over christmas I loved wearing my Rimmel 380 lipstick, which is a red/purple berry colour and therefore perfect for the Christmassy season.
Now it's Spring, I have been moving towards paler and lighter colours. For example I currently love the Bourjous 40 Rouge Edition. I often add my L'Oreal Glam Shine 400 (not in picture) over the top to create a glossy effect. 

Plait O'Clock

I thought I would do a quick post sharing with y'all a few hairstyle ideas involving plaits. I often find myself plaiting my hair to make a change from the usual 'quickly brush and put a couple of clips in it' look. From the simple french plait, to fishtail plaits, once you have got the hang of them they are all so quick and easy to do. I find adding a plait can instantly improve any hairstyle. 
So here a just a few of my favourite hairstyles involving plaits..

Plain n'simple french plait

The Fishtail





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