Friday, 22 May 2015

Little Boy Blue













 DENIM TOP: WAREHOUSE / BUTTON UP DENIM SKIRT: RIVER ISLAND / RUST BOOTS: TOPSHOP / *FEDORA: C/O ASOS / AMY WATCH: MARC BY MARC JACOBS

You may have seen my previous post about a the "kind of double denim" look with a denim look shirt... Well, this time I've gone for the real deal and I think I love it! It's easy to go a bit overboard with double denim (seriously, no one wants recreate that Britney and Justin look from the 90s right....?) and these two pieces match so well you'd think they were made for each other! I kind of broke the outfit up a bit with the rust coloured boots, giving it that kind of utility look. I've had these boots for around 2 years and don't wear them nearly enough as I should. I get them out every once in a while when I want to really make a statement with my outfit and each and every time I do, they get hundreds of compliments and really it's no surprise; I mean, they do kind of jump out of the outfit!

Have you entered my giveaway to win a 30 day supply of Skinade worth £90 for glowing summer skin?! Enter HERE

Amy x

p.s. Check these blogs out: Nicole Coltman, Holly Loves The Simple Things and Reviews At Random

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Why I'm A T-Total 21 Year Old Student


It always comes as a huge surprise whenever I tell people that I don't drink. Actually, "surprise" is probably the wrong word for most people's reaction and "horrified" seems more fitting! Drinking in today's society is seen as the norm so a lot of people can't imagine anyone not doing it, especially a 21 year old student like myself. Students are stereotypically renowned for heavy binge drinking so whether that's what we're into or not, it's kind of expected of you and is seen as part of student life. Now don't get me wrong, if I'm on holiday it's likely I'll have a cocktail or if I'm at something like a wedding I'd have a glass of wine etc. but the rest of the time I'm completely t-total and although I did used to be embarrassed about that, I'm now completely fine with it.

I have done my fair share of drinking in the past and have been drunk and drunk before but it's just not what I'm into any more. I think the most annoying thing about it is that people automatically judge me. They assume I'm boring or a prude or that I think I'm "too good" for drinking, none of which are the case. It's simply not what I like to do. I read a post by the lovely Liv Purvis a while back and she said that drinking is the only thing that you get questioned about when you don't do it. No one questions why you don't smoke or why you aren't interested in a certain activity but when it comes to alcohol people seem confused when you don't do it and she is exactly right. I don't judge anyone for drinking, so I really don't think anyone should be judged as being "boring" for not drinking. I used to be so embarrassed to tell people that I didn't drink and still get funny looks if I'm out somewhere and order a coke while everyone else is drinking vodka but it honestly doesn't bother me anymore and since talking to a lot of other people on Twitter who feel exactly the same as I do, I thought I'd just do a little post explaining a few of the reasons why I chose not to.

First of all, I'm such an early bird on a morning no matter what and if I don't do something productive with my day I feel terrible. For this reason, I can't stand waking up after a night of drinking feeling like absolute crap and not being able to remember parts of the night before. Seriously I can't think of anything worse! For some people, that's all part of the fun and they love that but it's just not for me. Secondly, the health benefits of not drinking are absolutely fantastic. I can't remember the last time I was actually drunk (I think it was well over two years ago!!) but I can tell you since I haven't drank my skin and overall health have been so much better. There's absolutely none of that awful bloated feeling that comes with alocohol and we all know how bad alcohol is for your skin, not only for premature aging but for spots and tired looking skin too. Thirdly, I'm way too stingy with my money to spend £10 on a single cocktail on a night out or £30 on a taxi. I'd much rather have a pair of new shoes or put it towards a trip away! Now those are just my priorities are I completely understand that some people are the opposite and would rather have a night out, it just all depends on what you like to do.

So I guess the point of this post was just to say that it's okay if you like to drink but it's also okay if you don't. No one should be judged on it either way. Everyone has different interests and we should all just accept that. I really hate the culture that we seem to have gotten into where it's not "normal" to not want to go out every weekend and if you'd rather stay in or do something else then you're "boring". You aren't. Do what you want to do, not what everyone else expects you to do. I think if we all did that and made an effort not to judge people for their choices the world would be a much nicer place!

Have you entered my giveaway to win a 30 day supply of Skinade worth £90 for glowing summer skin?! Enter HERE

Amy x

p.s. Check these blogs out: Nicole Coltman, Holly Loves The Simple Things and Reviews At Random

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

#LoveMyWeddingLyst: A Wedding Guest Edit



As everyone undoubtedly knows, May is the beginning of the summer wedding season and with that comes the need for a big shopping trip for the perfect wedding guest outfit. In celebration of this, Lyst, the uh-mazing shopping website with all of your favourite items in one place, is running a couple of competitions that you can get involved in! 

So, firstly I'm entered into a competition with Lyst with some other bloggers for the chance to win a pair of Sophia Webster shoes worth £400 eeeep! For my entry I created my perfect compilation of wedding guest outfit ideas including some of the gorgeous pieces above. I think my favourites have got to be the ASOS midi skirt and the Dolce and Gabbanna orange floral suit; are they not the most gorgeous wedding guest worthy pieces you've ever seen?! This is where you come in - I need you to head over to my Wedding Guest Lyst and press the little heart button on the left hand side to "love" my Lyst. You can do this for me HERE and I'd be over the moon if you could help a gurl out!


The second competition is open to every one of you guys and you could also win a pair of the Sophia Webster shoes!! All you have to do is, create your own wedding Lyst, taking inspiration from my own if you need to, share this on Lyst with the hashtags #LoveMyWeddingLyst and #WeddingInclude in the description box and share it on your social channels to get people to "love" your Lyst! If you do this for mine and leave the link to your own competition entry in the comments below I'll be sure to head over and vote for you! 

And that's all you have to do! Please remember to help me out and head over to my Lyst HERE and press the little heart on the left to help me win! Don't forget to leave your entries below so I can help you out!

The competition runs until 2nd June so get your entries in and get voting for mine!

Amy x

p.s. Check these blogs out: Nicole Coltman, Holly Loves The Simple Things and Reviews At Random

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Monday Blues













MONDAY BLUES CROP AND BLUE PU SKIRT: ASOS / *BAG: C/O PAUL'S BOUTIQUE / *GLADIATOR SANDALS: C/O NEW LOOK / *WATCH: C/O DANIEL WELLINGTON

These past few weeks I've been dressing a little bit optimistically for the weather that we've been having... Granted, I have absolutely frozen my little bum off at times and been soaked to the bone but hey, at least I'm dressing like it's summer weather so I can pretend right?! I'm so happy to be getting some more wear out of this little ASOS skirt. I bought it last year and was really sad to put it away for the winter; there's something about pastel blue PU that just looks wrong with black tights! 

Anyway I hope the rest of the country is having more luck with the weather than I am up north - summer where are you?!

Have you entered my giveaway to win a 30 day supply of Skinade worth £90 for glowing summer skin?! Enter HERE

Amy x

p.s. Check these blogs out: Nicole Coltman, Holly Loves The Simple Things and Reviews At Random

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Sunday Post: The Balancing Act


It's that time of year again where all of us students are bogged down with revision, revision and more revision thanks to the impending doom of more exams. My exams started this week and I know many more people will be starting theirs this week so wishing you all the best of luck! Anyway today's Sunday Post is all about the balancing act. Exams and deadlines are hard enough as it whether you're doing your A Levels or University exams but that becomes even harder when you're trying to balance that with running a blog or holding down a part time job! It can get very stressful so these are just my little tips for keeping yourself sane through this!

1. Get yourself into a routine. It doesn't have to be really strict or anything like that but getting yourself into a little routine can be really helpful. For example, I like to revise between 11am and 6pm and try to have little breaks throughout the day. If I'm at work on the night then I go and do that and if I'm off I do my blogging or try and join in with twitter chats. It really helps to know where you're at!

2. Reserve yourself some "me" time: Whether it's something as small as walking your dog or having a full day off to go to the cinema, me time is essential. It can be more detrimental to your studying if you let it completely take over your life and it will impact on your productivity.

3. Make the most of your time. As hard as it is, try not to procrastinate. I know I know, we all do it. I'll find myself sorting out my wardrobe when I should be doing revision or just simply doing nothing. I only feel worse when I realise how much I've still got to do after the procrastination. If you get things done first then you won't feel bad about it later when you lie in bed and think "oh dear" (we've all been there.)

4. Blog in bulk: At this time of year, it's easy to panic that you haven't got any blog posts written or photos taken and you begin to worry you're getting behind. That's where the magic schedule button comes in. I try and take a lot of my photos together and schedule my posts about a week in advance at this time of year - it really takes the pressure off and you know you can study without the lingering worry of getting behind.

5. Don't worry. I can remember when I was doing my A Levels just how much pressure is on to get those grades you need to get into university. Now looking back, I don't know what I was worried about. Exams are nerve wracking and I know what it feels like to panic that you haven't done enough to get your university place. Just try and remember the quote "it always seems impossible until its done"; I panicked and panicked and panicked during my A Levels and ended up getting two A*s and an A. As long as you do your best and know that you worked as hard as you could, don't ruin your positive attitude by worrying.

6. Keep your finances in check. Being a student can be tough, especially on the bank account. Rent prices and student fees are extortionate these days and you really don't want money to be yet another thing putting pressure on you. If you're just going to university in September you'll probably want to switch to a student bank account. TSB offer a really great one with a fee free overdraft of up to £1500 along with a 5% variable interest on balances up to £500. They also have a 7 day switching rule which makes it super easy to switch over to the student account giving you one less thing to have to think about when the time comes to moving to university. You can read more about their student bank accounts HERE and the seven day switching rule HERE.


Have you entered my giveaway to win a 30 day supply of Skinade worth £90 for glowing summer skin?! Enter HERE

Amy x

p.s. Check these blogs out: Nicole Coltman, Holly Loves The Simple Things and Reviews At Random

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

#ShortStories










*BLACK SHORTS: C/O SUPERDRY / WHITE BARDOT TOP: ZARA / *SUNGLASSES: C/O LINES AND CURRENT / *TRAINERS: PUMA VIA JD SPORTS 

With summer just around the corner I'm itching to get back into my shorts and what better way to do it than with these little black classics from Superdry.  I've always been a lover of shorts and as a bit of a clumsy person (read: a very very very clumsy person) this can sometimes end up with me being a little bit bruised from knocking my little knees! Speaking of clumsiness and being disorganised I'll get onto my #ShortStories story! 

When it comes to summer festivals, shorts are absolutely essential, especially when teamed with classic Dr Martens! I went to Download a few years ago and lived in shorts the whole time even though we basically had all four seasons in one weekend! Like most people we got the train down to the festival, with our huge bags, tent and sleeping bags in tow. When we arrived on the campsite, low and behold, we discovered we had left our tent poles on the train and were left with a tent canvas. We had to buy one of the little crappy one man tents from one of the stalls and fit all of us including our bags and Karl (who at 6"3 isn't easy to fit into a one man tent with two other people!). It was absolute hell to sleep in let me tell you so my biggest festival tip - do NOT forget your tent!!

This little simple but summery ensemble is completed with these fantastic sunglasses from Lines and Current. Not only are these sunnies super chic and quirky, Lines and Current donate 10% of their profits to charities. Currently they are donating to standby.me, a charity dedicated to helping children in crisis all over the world, including victims from the Nepal earthquake. If that's not a great reason to treat yourself then I don't know what is!

Have you entered my giveaway to win a 30 day supply of Skinade worth £90 for glowing summer skin?! Enter HERE

Amy x

p.s. Check these blogs out: Nicole Coltman, Holly Loves The Simple Things and Reviews At Random

Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Fashion Flashback With New Look


















I've made it no secret how much I'm loving the 70s trend this season (seriously I think everything I've bought recently has had some kind of 70s twist!) so when New Look asked me to take part in their Fashion Flashback Timeline, I knew that my decade had to be the 70s. The Fashion Flashback is dedicated to celebrating how style has evolved over the last few decades from the 60s right through to the 90s! I love incorporating different decades into all of my outfits so naturally this is right up my street! 

I opted for this super cute ringer tee that just screams 70s (literally: it even has the date on it!) and teamed it with the classic button up skirt. Now I chose to team this with the black skirt rather than the typical brown suede one that is usually associated with the 70s - I think it just gives it a real modern twist while still keeping that vintage feel! The decade wouldn't have been complete without the groovy shoes so I opted for this pair of gladiators with the wooden heel. They're such a great addition to anyone's summer wardrobe and if you're a little bit wary of going full 70s, these are a great way to give your outfit that little 70s flashback! 

The 70s is probably my favourite fashion decade ever. It has everything I look for in my clothes from the bold brints to the clashing patterns to the killer platform heels; it's a decade which allows you to look super cute with an edge and that sums up my style perfectly!

Have you entered my giveaway to win a 30 day supply of Skinade worth £90 for glowing summer skin?! Enter HERE

Amy x

p.s. Check these blogs out: Nicole Coltman, Holly Loves The Simple Things and Reviews At Random
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