Wednesday, 29 February 2012

MWIP...


Hey everyone 

Here's MWIP for this week - I've been experimenting with the F.Maker.HD app on my iPod to combine multiple photos as I had a fairly picture heavy week this week :)

We went to New Brighton on Saturday for Nam's birthday and I happily spent most of the day photographing the scenery - these are my favourite shots of the day :)

Nam's chosen birthday meal was the British classic Fish & Chips - seriously these fish were more like whales than cod!

Whenever I wear these out of the house I always get asked if they are slippers - no they are not! But they almost are :P Fabulous if you are having one of those comfy days and you feel like wearing your slippers out of the house :)

  • Confession: I had another Starbucks hot chocolate -this time with cinnamon - it was beaut! and a marshmallow twizzler was a must after how yummy it was last time! 
  • The hedgehog was my Nam's birthday cake - how cute is he?
  • I had my first ice cream of the year at Parkgate - mint choc chip - yum! It was so surreal becuase Parkgate is famous for its ice cream so literally everyone was walking around with an ice cream - it was like an advert was being filmed or something, haha!
  • I picked up a hot chocolate with a shot of hazelnut from Costa while I was in town the other day - it's just like Ferrero Rocher in drink form - lovely!

I was feeling nostalgic so I may or may not have worn my Back to the 80s crew shirt to uni this week #don'tjudge

I am obsessed with Vespas and saw this massive group of them when we were in new Brighton - I just managed to snap a pic - love it!

Confession: I may or may not have picked up another Costa on my way to uni. I had lectures from 9-12; it was all I could do to motivate myself to actually turn up!


Hope you all had a lovely week :)
aHm xoxo

Top 5 Tuesday:Vacations...


Hey everyone  

Today I'm linking up with Rachel @ Just Peachy for Top 5 Tuesday: Vacations! Now, I don't know if it's just me - but I am beyond ready for spring/summer now - and with those seasons comes a vacation - yay!

To be perfectly honest I haven't really travelled as much as I would have like due to the fact that we have a villa in Spain so we spent practically every holiday there - which was awesome don't get me wrong but it didn't really satisfy my wanderlust much. So I'm going to be including some of my fave places that I've been to and some that are on my list to visit in the (hopefully near) future :)

1) Spain: This was the vacation spot of my childhood - literally every holiday was spent their; it now feels like home-from-home! I can't say how much I love this resort: for a start the weather is awesome (what more do you need, haha?!), the golf facilities are bar-none - seriously the best I have seen (the South course is my fave because the 18th hole is right in front of the Hotel Principe Felipe, but the North course definitely has the best views!) I love how self-contained it is, literally you don't need to go off site if you don't want to - the restaurants are all lovely (Casa Victor is my personal fave, we may or may not have ate at that restaurant 7/14 nights on one holiday!). I'd definitely recommend this destination to any golf/sport lovers or anyone who just wants to chill out in the sun in luxury for a while!
View of the resort
Ma trying to be artistic with her photo taking :P
View of one of the golf courses

    
The bf & I outside the hotel for New Year '09

2) Egypt: I went on a Nile Cruise in Egypt a couple of years ago and I ended up leaving with a mixed view :S I loved the actual cruise itself, the staff on the boat were all lovely and very accommodating  and the history side of the holiday was awesome - we toured so many temples and visited The Valley of the Kings (our Egyptologist guide was the best! - my fave moment of the trip was when we went on a little boat and Bob (the egyptologist) pulled me up to the edge to do the classic Titanic pose - hilarious (if a little scary!) but unfortunately Ma was in charge of the camera so all I have to remember the moment by is a picture of my feet!) and I am really interested in Egyptian history so the trip was amazing for me. Ma however was not so interested in the history side of things but she loved chilling on the boat in the sun. My only problems with this was that it was waaay too hot (note: don't go in July unless you want to melt!) and also every time we left the boat traders would just come up to you and start badgering you to buy things - I found it a little uncomfortable and intrusive if I'm honest. But overall, it was a really good 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip :)

First Day - what you can't see is the load of
people trying to hassle me into buying
stuff to the left - which is why I'm so tense haha
Egyptian night - hilarious!
3) Poland: I went to Poland with high school and it was such an interesting holiday; I'd never really thought of going to Poland for a vacation - I don't know why, but I'd definitely go back! The main focus of the trip was obviously to visit the concentration camps and learn more about the holocaust so that made the trip incredibly memorable and moving. I honestly didn't think that I'd be as affected as I was - it was definitely a life-changing experience and one I think everyone should take part in. We stayed in Krakow and did lots of classic tourist-y things; we visited a salt mine which was pretty awesome because there's an entire church made of salt that you can actually get married in (pretty awesome!). We also saw the Krakow dragon - this statue thing that we breathes fire. Krakow would definitely feature on my list of places to visit again - I'd like to go back and tour things on my own; you know, without the constraints of being in a school group. 

The streets of Krakow
The Krakow Dragon














4) New York: I've wanted to visit NY City for as long as I can remember. I just think that it's one of those places you have to visit in your lifetime; to window shop on Fifth Avenue, have a picnic in Central Park, sit on the steps of the Met with a takeout coffee (living out Gossip Girl haha), go to Grand Central,.....There's a million things I want to do when I eventually go to NYC!




5) Charleston: For some reason, last summer I got obsessed with the South - the places, the style, the music, just everything! Now it was hard decided whether to add Charleston or Louisville to this list but Charleston clinched in simply because of the architecture and landscape - it just looks perfect in every way! I'd love to go and visit Middleton Place, wander around the Kingstreet shopping district and chillax at Folly Beach :)




Have any of you been to Charleston or NYC - is it really as awesome as I think it is? Where's your fave vacation destination?
aHm xoxo

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Lush Review: Leap Frog...

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I've never really wrote a 'proper' (in a loose sense of the term) review on here before so, here goes nothing...

I picked up this ballistic when I was in the Manchester Lush Shop with Pa and to be honest I only really went in to shop to pick up my regulars of Phoenix Rising and Dragon's Egg but I saw this little guy on the shelf and though he was just too cute to leave behind!


Okay first things first, how it looks: have you ever seen a cuter bath ballistic, 'coz I haven't! The frog itself if a pretty pale green colour with bright red lips - I believe that this is because this ballistic was originally marketed annually for Valentine's as The Frog Prince but because this year is a leap year they changed it to Leap Frog - if I'm honest I prefer the cute-ness, fairytale factor of The Frog Prince, but heyho; what's in name after all?! (points if you get the literary ref. :P)

Next the scent; when I first smelled this in the shop I deemed it delicious; it's a gorgeous combination of rose, sandalwood and jasmine - I'm a sucker for anything/everything jasmine so this was another factor to this purchase. But, when I came to use it (last week) I was feeling rather ill with a cold so I couldn't smell it (sad times) Ma assured me that it smelled yummy though so I suppose I will have to take her word for it!

I wanted to use this ballistic basically just to cheer myself up, which it certainly did by turning the bath water an awesome bright green (!!) and releasing a surprise love note into the water (such a cute touch!) but along with this it made my skin feel super moisturised and soft thanks to the red lips being made out of Shea butter (I think, don't quote me!)  - so relaxing and spa-like. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this bath ballistic and was pleasantly surprised at it  and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this to anyone - I, for one, can't wait 'til next year to buy another, especially at only £2.75!

aHm xoxo

Friday, 24 February 2012

Primarni Haul...


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Seeing as I have every Wednesday off from uni Ma and I decided to make it 'our day'. Last week we ended up going to Primarni and I, despite my best efforts, picked up some few things, so I thought I'd share them with you...



First off I bought these pjs (yes, I know more pj's!) I wasn't planning on buying anymore sleepwear but I saw this print and how cute is it?! For £7 there was no way I was leaving these on the shelf!

A close up of the print - how adorabubble?!

I saw this bag tucked at the back of the shelf and loved the horse bit detailing on the front - it's so hard to find cute, equestrian-themed pieces for a good price so I had to have it. Plus, I'd been looking for a small bag that I could take out with me to town/drinks/etc. and this one just looks so unusual. It's a really soft, bottle green faux-leather in a  plus it was on sale for £4 - bargain!

A close up of the bit detailing on the front :)

I've been contemplating buying some moccasins practically since the autumn but I could only find them from UGG and I didn't really fancy forking out all that cash for something that I wasn't even sure wouldn't just be a fashion whim for this season. So, when I saw these on sale I thought that I may as well get them - again they were only £4. Now, they are pretty rubbish quality and as with any Primark shoes I don't expect them to last for more than this season but that's sort of why I like Primark for shoes - they are great for 'trend shoes'!

I then went and met Ma round by the scarves and spotted a whole display of 'silk' scarves (well I know they aren't really silk because it is only Primarni after all but they definitely feel silk-ish!) so I was looking at them for a while and opened a few up and found they were mahussive squares, I love huge scarves so, for £6  I decided to get a couple.

First I got this nautical inspired one - basically I thought it'd look really cute in the spring/summer like with a plain white tee, jeans, flip flops and a cardigan (it's England - layering is always a must!) 
Side note: is it just me or has the standard nautical trend arrived in the shops really early this year? Not that I'm complaining :P

Secondly I saw this one and just thought it was too cute to pass up! It's a really obnoxious shocking pink with like mint green skulls on it - I love it! I'm not a skull person because I wear a fair amount of black and I always feel a little too 'goth-y/emo-y' if I wear skulls and black but I think I can get away with this because it's so bright - yay!


I had to include these pictures of my Stitch toy modelling how I plan on wearing these scarves - isn't he just too cute?!

All in all a very successful shopping trip :)
aHm xoxo

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Lessons with Belle...


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Today, I'm linking up with Kerri from A Sweet Georgia Peach (side note: It's her first link up so go check it out if you haven't already!) to share my Life Lessons from this week - I think this link up is such an amazing idea! How awesome will these posts be to look back on? Here goes...


Lesson 1:
If you feel like you're being too clingy and annoying - chances are that you are but they are just too polite to say so. Maybe try to back off a little (note to self - TAKE NOTE!).

Lesson 2:
If you're feeling in a bad mood try not to share it - just take yourself for some time out - it's not fair on the people around you.

Lesson 3:
Just because it is raining does not warrant a duvet day - you will not melt in a slight drizzle. Throw on a jacket, stick your wellies on and get on with your day - stop being a wuss!

Lesson 4:
If you know you have work due in soon, get a head start on it - that way you won't be working right up until the deadline and you wont make yourself stressed.

Lesson 5:
Don't forget about the past - just because that period in your life is over doesn't mean that you should look back on it with fond memories. I think that we are all guilty of sometimes being so focussed on our future goals that we forget to look back on events that got us to where we are today (I'm apparently feeling quite philosophical!). 

Do you have any life lessons from this week that you want to share?
aHm xoxo


MWIP...


Hey everyone 

It's Wednesday again - if you ask me this week has gone crazy fast, not that I'm complaining! Only a short MWIP today, for some reason I've not been in a picture-taking mood this week, but here's the ones I did take....

I've been spending lots of time being productive this week - I think the colour coding helped, haha! Seriously though, not having my laptop for the last few weeks (this is the last time I will mention it, I promise) has definitely helped me to establish what my learning style is - printed notes that I can highlight and add notes too - I am definitely not a 'take all the notes whilst the lecturer is speaking' kind of learner - my notes ended up looking like an absolute train wreck - glad to be back to normal now :)

So, I may or may not have accidentally matched my headband to my plaster at some point this week #don'tjudge

To be honest, I spent most of my week (when I wasn't at uni) holed up in my room - I've not been feeling my usual self this week so decided that shutting myself away to get over it was the best move.

I was feeling in a picture-taking mood #sowhat

This nail colour (OPI Blue My Mind) is literally the first colour which I have put straight back on again after removing it - totally obsessed!


Hope you all had a lovely week :)
aHm xoxo

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Pancake Day...


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So it's Pancake Day again (wow - is it just me or has that come round really fast this year?!). For some reason last year we didn't celebrate Pancake Day and I never really like having pancakes any other time of the year so I made sure that this year I had my pancake quota! 

Ma & I decide to go down to my Nam & G's this evening - because we love an excuse to spend time with them and as family but mainly because my Nam is the best cook ever!

G tried his hand at pancake making - not too shabby!

Ma's attempt was not exactly successful :P

Here's my attempt...
As batter in the pan...

First flip...

Okay okay so Nam had to flip it for me because my whole family knows I'm somewhat co-ordinationally challenged...

The finished product: classic lemon juice and sugar filling - beaut!



What's your fave pancake fillings?! Hope you all had a fab Pancake Day :)
aHm xoxo

Monday, 20 February 2012

OPI Obsession...


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Until around two years ago I was a serial nail bitter (horrid habit, I know!) so since then I've been slightly addicted to painting my nails (read: at least twice a week!) and so have set about steadily building up my nail varnish collection and I've found that I love the OPI nail varnishes: the amazing array of colours, the easy-to-apply formula and their amazing staying power (I have an OPI on my nails at the moment and it's lasted 4 days without chipping - without a topcoat! Crazy!) - safe to say I think I've found my fave nail varnish brand. Having established this, I now find that every time I go to Sally's with Ma I end up picking up a couple, here's my OPI collection as of now (I'm sure it will be growing very soon!)...





L-R: Designer..De Better & My Private Jet
These two were my first OPI purchases and I was obviously feeling in quite a shimmery/glittery mood! Designer..De Better is a beautiful rose gold colour and My Private Jet is a quite unusual chocolate brown with silver and black glitter. I was initially quite apprehensive of whether these would have to be used only as topcoats but thankfully they are both definitely pigmented enough to wear on their own with just two coats - yay!


Mrs O'Leary's BBQ
To be honest I'm not really sure what I was thinking when I bought this - I was probably just loving the name! It's definitely not the usual 'out-there' colour I like to wear on my nails but having said that it is a really nice deep berry colour that I'm sure I will like when my nail varnish colour taste eventually grows up; in the meantime Ma is loving borrowing it!







 

L-R: Blue My Mind & Melon of Troy
These two are my most recent OPI purchases and I have to say that I am in absolute love with both of them! I was initially perusing the Blue section of the OPI stand in search of a Tiffany Blue but I got sidetracked by this beautiful metallic royal blue - isn't is awesome?! After that I went looking for a more spring-y colour and found this gorgeous shimmery peachy/coral - I can't wait to wear it in the spring, it's just girly enough for me but not OTT!

So, here's my whole set of OPI's
L-R: Melon of Troy, Blue My Mind, Mrs O'Leary's BBQ, Designer..De Better & My Private Jet

Next on my wishlist...

  • A Good Man Darin  - seriously the brightest orange you will ever see; perfect for summer!
  • Did It On 'Em - the most amazing lime green - serious want!
  • Cuckoo For This Colour - a really gorgeous teal.
  • Green Wich Village - I was so close to buying this last time, I think I'm gonna have to get this next time!
  • I Eat Mainely Lobster - simply for the fact that I am legit obsessed with Maine!
  • Need Sunglasses - summer; 'nuff said!
  • Save Me - coloured glitter; beaut!
What's your fave OPI colour? Also, have any of you tried Essie nail varnish if so what's your fave colour because I really wanna try Essie polishes!


aHm xoxo




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