Monday, 28 July 2014

Bargain of the week: £5 off MAC lipsticks

Check out the full MAC lipstick range at Debenhams- prices start at £10.50
I've been hearing about how amazing MAC lippies are for years but whenever I've wandered over to a beauty counter, the price has always put me off: £15 is a lot to spend if you are not 100% sure about something.

But, my little dilemma has been solved: until the end of today (Tuesday July 29), 
Debenhams are offering 33% off MAC Cosmetics lipsticks. There are lots of pinks, purples and reds, and none of the weird shades you would expect to be dumped in the sale bin!

Friday, 18 July 2014

University five years on: lessons learned by a graduate of '09

My class of '09
Amazingly, it has been five years since I graduated, and nearly eight years since I packed my bags and headed off for university.

After reading Liv Purvis's post on her decision not to go to uni, it got me thinking. Most of my generation has a degree these days. And whether you have achieved your goals by now or not, we all have one thing in common: the shared dream that our qualification will push us on to bigger and better things.

In my final year, the recession hit the UK and countless friends lost training contracts, graduate schemes and internships. It was far from easy. Some of the best students I knew struggled with unemployment and the overwhelming uncertainty that followed.

But five years on that all seems like a distant memory. Even the friends who didn't get the jobs they dreamt of when walking in to university at 21 years old, are happy in their new careers.

I have always known I wanted to be a journalist, and after five years hard slog I'm happy to say that I am. But it wasn't easy: I, like many other media types, struggled with getting my foot on the ladder at first. It's a common story for all my close journo friends - but take this as encouragement. If you want something badly enough and are prepared to work your heart out, you will get there like we did. There will be tears, depression, job loss, and a lot of days when you seriously question whether you are making the right decisions.

But it is worth it.

I never thought I'd be working for a website; I never thought I'd be working in local media. My dream was to work in fashion magazines but one of the best lessons I have learnt in the last five years is that versatility will get you everywhere. Being on the ground, talking to people and hearing their stories is what suits me best. I've been editor of a business magazine, and a simple reporter too - my career hasn't been as glamorous as that of a fash ed but I wouldn't change a second of it.

I hope, if you're sitting there, plagued with self-doubt, that this little post will show there is light at the end of the tunnel. It's no crime to be unsure of yourself, nor is it a problem if you take some time figuring out what you want to do. Enjoy yourself, you have your whole life to achieve your dreams. It may seem like you're standing on the edge of a cliff now but in five years, like me, you'll look back and smile, knowing that it was all worth it.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

15 sale buys under £15

Haven't got the time to trawl through the summer sales? Check out these 15 best bargain buys, all under £15 - guaranteed to perk up your wardrobe and save a few pennies too!

Black leather strap watch, £15, Oasis; Palm tree playsuit, £14, Lavish Alice; Hobbs Karmen top, £14, John Lewis; Contrast hem oversized dress, £15, Lavish Alice; Spotty Rylan satchel, £9.50, New Look
Biker jacket, £15, H&M; Structured dress, £10, Lavish Alice; Hematite necklace, £10, Pilgrim
Bellfield mosaic print sweater, £12, ASOS; Blue gem bungee cord necklace, £6, River Island; Zebra sundress, £15, ASOS
Pineapple bookends, £12, Debenhams; Etched tealight holders, £8, Debenhams; Hibiscus candles, £4.99, Zara; Strawberry teapot, £12.50, Cath Kidston

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer sales haul part one: Zara and Topshop

Summer sales are like a second Christmas for fashion bloggers. So many bargains to be had - sadly, not enough time to hunt them all down though!

Pineapple short top, £19.99, Zara
I love the print on this chic Zara top. So far I've paired it with a pair of black chinos and a chunky necklace for work but I think it'll look cute with an a-line skirt for dinner too. 

It has a really lovely boxy shape, with a high square neckline. My rule for buying clothes at the moment is to go for the different: I'm guilty of buying the same skater dresses and plain tops over and over again, but I think this is a pretty stand out piece.

Bunny jumper, £7, Topshop, White tennis skater dress, £19.99, Zara; Quilted multicolour skirt, £14.99, Topshop
This bunny jumper has to be my favourite bargain by far this year. I've been eyeing it up since January and managed to pick it up for just £7 in the Topshop sale! It's so snuggly, I almost can't wait for winter to wear it.

 Second in line is the Wimbledon-chic dress from Zara. I do love a white dress, they're just so easy to style. I splurged on a pineapple print Klear Klutch a while back which looks fantastic next to the crisp skirt - now I just need to blag myself some tennis tickets!

Last up is a square mini skirt from Topshop. I really should make more of an effort planning my outfits but end up sticking to neutrals or block colours - so I'm hoping this lively little skirt can add a bit of energy to my style. The shoes are some oldies but goodies, bought for just £15 in Matalan at the start of the year.

Black check treggings, £10, Topshop, Pink tea dress, £10, Topshop
And finally, these are the things that are going back. The pink tea dress was reduced to just £10 on the Topshop website, and I can see why. It just looks cheap and blah. The material isn't great and the details are just a bit odd in real life. Same goes for the treggings too: another £10 bargain, but the material just isn't what I expected and up close the print is just a bit too intense for my liking.

Monday, 7 July 2014

BotW: Illamasqua Glamore lipstick and a whole load of other treats

Time to do some beauty maths for this one...

1x Illamasqua Glamore lipstick = £18.50
1x Latest in Beauty Glamour Beauty Edit box (including said Illamasqua lippie): £16.95
= a saving of £1.55

Oh but did I mention you get a ton of other goodies in there too? Like a lovely glossy Crabtree & Evelyn nail lacquer, a Bourjois cream blush and a Toni & Guy volume plumping whip?

Now tell me this isn't the best beauty bargain you've ever seen!
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