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OOTD | That denim shirt thing

Denim shirt- Charity shop
Black jeans- Asos
Pumps- Primark
Bag- H&M

Evening girls! I am in such a good mood right now, I have just got tickets for Vfestival- how amazing is the line up this year?! I am now watching the Brits and getting overly excited every time I see someone who will be at V. 

Anywayyy thought I'd share this super comfortable yet stylish outfit I absolutely love and always turn to when I'm unsure what to wear. It is such a simple outfit, pairing this oversized denim shirt with some skinny jeans and some pretty shoes somehow looks (and feels) so good. I have had this oversized shirt (which is actually a mens shirt) for so long it is actually quite embarrassing. Unlike other pieces of clothing that have come and gone, this shirt has stayed one of my favourites throughout. A picture of me wearing it three years ago actually came up on my Timehop the other day and I now feel like maybe it's time to invest in a new one! 

Let's just take a minute to talk about these cute lace up pumps which I found in Primark the other day for only £8!! They seem to be pretty good quality and I know I will get a lot of wear out of them this spring. Plus they look so good with skirts, jeans and, well most things really. 

What is your favourite comfortable, yet stylish outfit? 

February Birchbox

I have been looking at and considering subscribing to the Birchbox monthly beauty boxes for a while now, however my boring money saving side always takes over and convinces me not to. However after finding out you can get student discount off the boxes, I couldn't say no and ended up ordering the February box. 

As it only costed me just over £6, I was a bit wary and wasn't sure what to expect. Surely the products included wouldn't be great/a good quality at such a low price? I was pleasantly surprised! Not only is the box super cute, the products are amazing and all came in a little draw string bag. My February box came with 3 sample size and 2 full size products (plus a handy hairband). The box also includes a little booklet explaining what the products are and how to use them, it tells you the price of full size versions of the products- they're all pretty pricey, which makes the Birchbox's low price even more amazing! 

  • Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush | RRP £7.99- This brush is SO SOFT and the colour is super cool. I haven't used it yet but I can imagine it'll be perfect to use as a contouring/blush/highlight brush. 
  • Grab & Go Ponytail Holder | Set of 15 RRP £11.50- This isn't the prettiest hairband, but it's different to other hairbands. Not only is it metal free and doesn't pull out your hair, it also doesn't snap!! There is nothing more frustrating than getting your hair in the perfect bun/pony, going to tie it up and the hairband breaks. 
  • Doux me Comforting Face Mask and Exfoliator | Full size RRP £18- This product doubles up as a face mask and an exfoliator, which is pretty handy. I tried it as a face mask last night and wasn't keen. It has a creamy texture and therefore doesn't have the consistency or feel of a face mask. It is extremely exfoliating though, so I will be using it solely as an exfoliator from now on. 
  • LOC One and Done shadow stick in Champagne Problems | RRP £8- This is definitely my favourite product from this months Birchbox. I absolutely love the colour and it is super pigmented. I'm not one to spend hours on my eye makeup and I'm not the best at applying eyeshadow, so feel this is the perfect product for me. All you need to do is apply all over your lids and blend with your fingers- I'm sure I can manage that! 
  • Cochine Water Hyacinth & Lime Blossom hand and body lotion | Full size RRP £19- I have used this moisturiser a couple of times. It feels really nice on the skin and soaks in well, leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturised. However, I am not too keen on the smell, I tend to prefer sweeter, fruity smells, but this is a more (slightly weird) floral smell. 
  • Number 4 Lumber d'hover Super Comb Prep & Protect | Full size RRP £20- I haven't used this product yet, but I definitely like the sound of it. According to the bottle and booklet included, you apply it on towel dried hair and it is meant to strengthen, repair and detangle hair, whilst providing UV protection. 

I will definitely be ordering another Birchbox in the future (or even subscribing to a few months worth), I am so impressed with the price of the box and the amazing products that are included. Make sure you check out the website and consider treating yourself to one of their monthly boxes

What is your favourite beauty box?

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The positives of long distance

My boyfriend (James) and I have been in a long distance relationship for the past two years. We met just before he went to university in Birmingham, which was 150 miles away from where I lived. At the time I never thought he would carry on speaking to me, being surrounded by girls, both them and him being drunk more than sober within the first few weeks. But apparently he (somehow) liked me as we carried on texting and facetiming, and after making the journey to visit him a couple of weeks later, we became official.
It has been over 2 years since then and we are still going strong. I have moved to university in London, which means we're now only 120 miles and a 1.5 hour train journey apart, which makes things a lot easier. However, the long distance has quite often had a negative affect on our relationship and has therefore been the main cause of arguments and upset. 

I decided to write this post to give an insight into long distance relationships and provide a list of positives that outweigh the negatives, hopefully helping those of you who are in or thinking about being in a long distance relationship. I realise we don't have it as hard as others and living in the same country means we still see each other regularly, but it is still extremely challenging.
For me, I often feel the negatives outweigh the positives, but that's untrue. Like many people I find it much easier to focus on the bad things and forget about the good things, but I'm trying hard to swap that around. I sometimes find it helpful to think of and mentally list all the positives of being in such an amazing relationship. This helps me to forget about the negatives and realise that it is all worth it.

So let's get the horrible negatives out the way. Here's my 3 main negatives of being in a long distance relationship:

  • When I am feeling down and everyone/thing seems to be against me, I can't turn around, walk downstairs or drive down the road to get the hug and kiss I need, instead I need to wait for 1, 2 or 3 weeks until that's possible.
  • Trust. I believe trust is the most important part of any relationship and without it things begin to fall apart. Trust me (aha get it?!) long distance relationships turn trust into a whole different ball game. James and I started our relationship as long distance, which meant we both had to have a huge amount of trust for each other instantly. This was hard enough, but within the first few weeks I was constantly seeing photos of James out partying with his new flatmates who were 90% female. We have definitely had our ups and downs with trust, but I can definitely say we're now stronger than ever.
  • Being surrounded by couples and feeling completely, utterly and unforgivably jealous. The worst thing when I am counting down the days and hours until I see James, is coming across other couples hugging, kissing or purely just holding hands. 

And now onto the positives. There are always more positives, they are all much more important and therefore outweigh the negatives. 
  • Thanks to technology we are able to constantly be in contact with each other, and when I say constant I mean constant- I dread to think how many texts we have sent to each other and how many hours (more like weeks) we have spent on FaceTime. 
  • When we are able to see each other it's extra special and it definitely makes us appreciate each other more. We always make sure we make the most of our time together, and even though laying in bed all day can be tempting, instead we get out, do things and go places. It's the worst feeling saying goodbye and knowing we haven't made the most of our time together. 
  • We can both enjoy university life separately. This is sometimes hard to see when I am missing James, but I know if we went to university in the same city we would never see our friends and would be inseparable. Instead, it is nice to have time apart to spend time with friends and enjoy being at uni and being young. We can be old and boring when we move in together and are..well.. old and boring!
  • In a couple of years, once we have got through uni and can move in together, we are going to be so so SO strong. If we can get through this, we can get through anything.

For James and I it's going to get worse before it gets better. James is going away for a year in September, meaning I will see him even less and won't be able to text/facetime him much at all. This is definitely going to be a huge challenge and I am going to struggle, but I know we will get through it. 

© Katie Primrose

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