Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

After seeing the entire female population of the internet rave about it over the summer, I couldn't resist treating myself to the new Jo Malone scent: Wood Sage and Sea Salt. The beach is my happy place and I've always loved gulping in the sea air, remembering a happy childhood spent on the sand. The 'sea salt' part caught my attention as this perfume seemed much more suited to me than the usual florals. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Barry M Ladybird Nails

As a nail biter, I'm probably not the best nail art model and for that I apologise. Having such a tiny space to work with made the job even harder and doing my right hand was almost mission impossible! 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Pinterest Lust List

I've always loved interior design. My mum used to take me to look around show homes on new estates and Ikea is my weakness. Since I don't have my own home to fill up with pretty things, I window shop on Pinterest and save cool ideas as inspiration for when I do. I thought I'd show you some of the things I've been lusting over.

My Pinterest: abarnardwright

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

September Playlist

I haven't posted a playlist in a while, so here's something new for September. I've especially been loving Alt-J's This Is All Yours, which is officially released tomorrow - eeek! I'm also obsessed with Frank Turner after seeing him live at Y Not Festival where he was astounding! Another brillaint hit is Don't You Find, after Jamie T's hugely popular comeback, bigger and better than ever.

1. Left Hand Free - Alt-J
2. Every Other Freckle - Alt-J
3. If Ever I Stray - Frank Turner
4. Teddy Picker - Arctic Monkeys
5. Bonfire Heart - James Blunt
6. Only Love Can Hurt Like This - Paloma Faith
7. Best Of You - Foo Fighters
8. Bigger Than Us - White Lies
9. Home - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
10. Don't You Find - Jamie T

What are you solo bedroom raving to at the moment?

Love, Anna x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Tag

Do I even need to write this review or is the beauty of that bottle enough to sway you? *Drool*

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A Weekend Escape

Last weekend for a little change of scenery, myself and Calum took a trip to Norfolk for two nights, camping at Sandringham. Tucked away amongst elegantly tall pine trees, this campsite is one of my favourite places and offers a peaceful retreat. I'm in love with the smell of the pine cones scattered everywhere and the birdsong each morning. 

There are lots of footpaths wavering through the woods, which lead to us getting completely lost on a ten minute loop and returning over an hour later! Eventually we found human life again and stopped for coffee and flapjack at the Sandringham Estate Visitor Centre, fun fact: the Queen has a holiday home at Sandringham!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Lunch Date

Recently I visited Yumi Yumi Bakery in Loughborough for a lunch time snack with Calum. I'd never been before but was enticed in by the curious selection on the menu. It was a really tiny cafe with probably five tables inside and a couple outside, which made for a cute and intimate setting. As it's also a bakery the scenery consisted of extravagantly decorated home baked cakes and other yummy looking treats. I opted for a cinnamon and apple crepe and Calum choose a cream and syrup concoction. We both had mango bubble tea with mango juice balls which was a rather weird taste experience! Although super sickly, everything was delicious and I'll definitely be going back to try out some other crepe and bubble tea variations. A lovely little place with friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, I definitely recommend it.

Friday, 8 August 2014

YNOT Festival 2014

Last weekend, along with my boyfriend and two other friends, I braved my first proper festival, YNOT, in the Peak District. It's classed as a 'small festival' which means it was somewhere in between Glastonbury and local festivals I'd been to closer to home. There was a main stage and a handful of smaller venues such as tents and bars. As i'm generally scared of people this suited me much better than a huge scary festival. I apologise in advance for the quality of these photos but I didn't want to risk taking a proper camera and iPhones don't mix well with dark gigs, you get the idea though.)

The YNOT sign aka selfie central, especially popular with people named tony...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

My Week In Photos 4

Last week I was gifted with a couple of days off from work so I did a little exploring around my local area in the sunshine (read: blistering sweaty gross makeup ruining heat).

On Saturday, Calum and I took lunch (Boots meal deal hell yes) to eat in my local park under the shade of the trees, it was lovely to see children learning to ride bikes and families playing in the sun.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Coral Crush

I've been keen to delve into the world of 'coral' beauty products for a while now and what better time to try out a bright new shade than summer. I took a trip to Superdrug and by sheer coincidence, two products of the same name caught my eye. I picked up a Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in the shade 'Juicy Papaya' and a Barry M Gelly Nail Paint, also in the shade 'Papaya'. I also bought a MUA lipstick in the shade 16 Nectar which appears to have the exact same hue.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Trying Green Tea

In a bid to get healthier, I've jumped on the green tea bandwagon. I know I'm a bit late to this party but oh well. Starting from this week, I'm going to try to drink a cup or two every day for the next month to see if it's worth the hype surrounding its health benefits. Experts claim these range from building up your immune system to reducing breakouts, although they say that about a lot of things. At the end of the two weeks I'll update you if I've noticed any changes.

Friday, 18 July 2014

My Week In Photos 3

Much to my dismay, there has been a heatwave in England over the last week. I like being warm, don't get me wrong. What I don't like is stepping outside at 5:30pm and almost fainting in the 28 degree heat. Due to my ghostly pale skin I don't really tan, I burn nicely though! I braved the sauna that is the great outdoors for a few hours but mostly hid inside my house waiting for the inevitable end of the world. 

My friends and I  went for a picnic at Rutland Water as we all had the day off work, there
were barely any people there on a Friday lunch time so it was really peaceful.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturiser | Review

I confess, I'm a bit of a slacker when it comes to moisturising my body. It's always seemed like so much effort to have to smear lotion over my entire body (especially my legs which are about a mile long) and flap around for ages waiting for it to dry before I could continue with my life. I guess you could call me lazy. So when I heard about this intriguing new product from Vaseline, a brand I've long been a fan of, I couldn't wait to try it out.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

My Week In Photos 2

As promised, this week I made more of an effort to take 'aesthetically pleasing instagram worthy' photos. I'm really enjoying having some free time now so I can focus more on my blog, which should be more interesting as I have more time to 'go out and do stuff'. Here's the second installment of what I've been up to.

On Wednesday I visited the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour for the second time with four of my friends. It was equally as magical as my first experience and as a massive Harry Potter fan, I cannot praise it enough.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

My Week In Photos - 1

Last week was my first full week off from sixth form now that I've finished my A Levels, I've made the most of this sunny freedom by sitting inside watching Netflix, I'm currently loving Modern Family. Reluctantly, I've taken on four days a week at work so my social life has been even more limited than usual. Here are the highlights though, enjoy!

At the weekend, I visited my boyfriend and we went to a fruit picking farm with his family. This rest of the week was spent overdosing on strawberries.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Summer Trends: Kimonos, Statement Trousers & Whites

This summer, the high street is splattered with festival vibes and 90's inspired pieces. My three favourite trends are statement trousers, whites and kimonos. I've collected my top pieces from each trend to make updating your wardrobe this season extra easy.

1. Statement Trousers
Statement trousers are a pretty bold trend to step out onto the high street recently, but the casual fit of so called 'pj pant' styles mean you can throw on a pair with a plain top and a few bangles and look like you've made a lot more effort than you have. Elasticated waistbands and ankles are great for flattering every figure and they're much comfier than jeans!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

How To Make Easy Homemade Iced Coffee

This may seem too simple to even need a tutorial style post but after posting an Instagram snap of my homemade iced coffee, a few people asked how I made it. For anyone who is yet to attempt this delicious summer drink, here's how I like mine.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Pastels for Spring? Groundbreaking

It's official, Spring has sprung. Well, it was a bit warmer and quite sunny one day last week so let's whip out the Mini Eggs and pretend. Although I'm feeling rather emotional about letting go of my cosy winter jumpers and eskimo-esque parka so soon, the idea of refreshing my life with a whole load of pretty pastel shades is definitely inviting. The highstreet has gone pastel crazy and I'm hopping right aboard the bandwagon. As usual I've been window shopping longingly instead of revising so I thought I'd share with you my favourite pieces.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Confessions of a Charity Shop Junkie

Hi, my name's Anna and I'm a charity shop junkie, an eBayaholic and proud of it. I'm going to take a brief interval from impulse buying like a mad woman and try to trick you into conforming to my way of life. Okay so we're talking shopping tactics not planning an armed robbery but I'm here to banish the stigma attached to buying second hand and convince you that you're missing out, just call me Mary Portas!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Lush Goodies

After getting excellent results from my last two Lush buys (Tea Tree Toner Water and Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask) I couldn't resist popping in when I spotted another store in Nottingham. This time I opted for a Cupcake Fresh Face Mask and a small bottle of Sea Spray Hair Mist.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

How To: Add Social Media Buttons On 'Blogger'

So this post is going to be a little different to my usual, but no one should have to spend as long as I just did trying to figure out how to add social media icons to a blog. I've tried to explain it in simple steps so you should be able to follow along if you're a technophobe in a pickle. As I only use Blogger, this will only show you how to add social media buttons on this site and it'll be a little different if you're a WordPress user etc.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

How I Maintain My Blonde Hair: Bleach London Silver Hair Care Review

As my natural blonde hair has grown dull and dark in the last few years, I get a full head of blonde highlights every couple of months at the hairdressers. Unfortunately this is very expensive on a student budget which could be better spent on 20 Costa chai teas or a new pair of Vans, but I don't trust box bleaches - the struggle. As any fake blonde will tell you, within weeks the lovely salon colour fades to a tacky kind of brassy yellow - yuck. 

All hail the arrival of purple shampoo. Designed for blonde hair, it has strong violet pigments to counteract the yellow and claims to leave you with a much prettier silvery ash blonde. After seeing positive reviews on Instagram, I decided to experiment with Bleach London. At £5 each for 250ml shampoo and conditioner, it's a little on the pricey side but a quick scan along the shelves of Boots tells you it's the going rate for such products. Worth a shot. The packaging immediately caught my eye - a cool street art design, purple themed of course. Not too big and not too small, just right!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Is bareMinerals Worth All the Hype? | Review

For Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a selection of bareMinerals makeup but annoyingly, I forgot to photograph it all freshly packaged before using it. I've included photos anyway, so I'm sorry it doesn't look as beautiful as it once did *cries at the memory*. Being an expensive range and one that beauty bloggers have raved about, I have to admit some of the products didn't live up to my high expectations. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Book Review: Very British Problems

Today on my little piece of internet, I'd like to share with you a book I recently bought which has really tickled my socially awkward little self. Rather than include it in a favourites post I feel it deserves full attention. Rob Temple's Very British Problems hilariously empathizes with the oh so awkward, temperamental and apologetic Great British Public. If you aren't from the UK then you'll probably find it to be ridiculous nonsense but if you are, I can assure you it's like reading your autobiography. If you're not an avid book reader, don't be put off. This book is basically a collection of one liners rather than huge chunks of text, it even has pictures!

Monday, 6 January 2014

New Year, Fairly Similar Me

Happy New Year everyone! 

Being the lazily unprepared soul I am, the new year has yet again sneaked up and pelted me with a load of gifts, food, expectations and opportunities. Having eaten enough to last me the whole year, I've devised a couple of resolutions I hope will outlast my 2013 targets, which I stuck with for approximately a fortnight. I won't bore you all with the same old British teen girl resolutions you've probably seen plastered across social media eighty seven thousand (ish) times, but I do have a few little things planned this year.