Sunday, 30 March 2014

Bristol Fashion Week SS14 (Part 1: Sunglasses, Pavilion and Mojito's!)





Sunglasses - Primark (This season!)



(Click HERE to see all of my Bristol Fashion Week posts!) 
Morning all! 

I hope you're all well and are having a lovely day.

A couple of month back I was emailed by Cribbs Causeway to ask if I wished to attend the Bristol Fashion Week 'Live Bloggers show' on Friday 28th March. I lept at the chance as I have been meaning to attend the show for ages so being invited meant it was even better. 

I went with my family friend Heather and overall we had a lovely day. I took sooo many pictures of looks from the catwalk for there are another 3 posts of pictures to come after this one haha! 

The event was really lovely, I definitely recommend going next season as it was a really fun show. The presenters Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton were really fun and my fave quote from the evening had to be when Andrew said "Anyone would think you're all Japanese tourists with the amount of cameras out....wait, it's the bloggers show isn't it!? That explains it!" this made me laugh so much! 

When we arrived we were greeted by a reception full of drinks supplied by Marks & Spencer. I had the none alcoholic mojito and it was so nice. They sell big bottles of it for £2 in selected stores so I will definitely be buying some next time I see any as it was so yummy.

I loved the fashion show so much. There were models of all ages and sizes, plus all the clothes was from high street stores meaning that it's purse friendly - hoorah!

Me and Heather were given 'standard' tickets, meaning we could sit anywhere from the third row back. We sat near a walkway in the third row which was surprisingly good as even though there was a tall girl sat in front of us, we could still both see through the walkway. 

So there's my little intro into my 'Bristol Fashion Week' posts.

Look out for them this week!

Have you been to Bristol Fashion Week?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Feel Good Friday #6

picture - weheartit

(Don't know what 'Feel Good Friday' is? Click here to see the first one)

Hey Hey Hey!

I love how cute this quote looks so before I even read it I knew I was going to love it (who can resist a cute animal drawing? Not me!) 

How lovely would it be for this quote to be about you. If when others looked at you and thought 'she is genuinely so happy' and then smiled to themselves. It would be lovely, wouldn't it?

As the saying goes "Happiness spreads" 

I have had a rather crappy week so was determined to post this 'positive' themed post as a little pick me up. 
Basically I applied for a job in a place I have always wanted to work in on Monday. On Tuesday they phoned me and left a voicemail saying could I come in for an interview in the afternoon. I didn't get the voicemail till Wednesday afternoon (DAMN YOU IPHONE 4!) and when I called them to explain they said they had already filled the space. I was (and still am) so disappointed and so was my mum! Oh well, everything happens for a reason right.

This afternoon I'm attending Bristol Fashion Week so that should be fan-dabby-dosey! Expect to see a blog post on the show in the coming week (or two...)

Have a lovely weekend whatever you're up too!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Guest Post: Winter Ski Break must haves!

(Picture - wehearit)

Packing for a Winter Ski Break
With the weather so cold in England, many people decide that they might as well travel to some place where they can enjoy the rock-bottom temperatures. Skiing holidays are hugely popular with tourists who want to have fun in the cold and there are many hotspots near and far to suit any winter-holiday budget. Whether you’re getting set for your first time on the slopes or if you’re a veteran skier, you should check this list of essentials to make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your trip in comfort and style:

Thermal Underwear
You will have on plenty of external warm layers, but really and truly, proper thermal underwear will make all the difference. Opt for a full vest and long johns and you can be toasty to your very core while confronting the coldest conditions a holiday can throw at you. You’re likely to build up a bit of sweat while navigating your way down the mountainsides, but without this specially insulated underwear you’d be doing so in far less comfort. Be sure to pack standard pairs as well for all the times you’ll be relaxing in the comfort of the heated indoors when you’d rather not be building up any sweat at all.


Sunscreen
While this may sound like a ridiculous thing to need in such cold conditions, the fact is that a skiing holiday is where you should be most vigilant with your sunscreen application. You might not have much skin exposed when you’ve got your full gear on, but whatever tiny bits of flesh are poking out will receive the full extent of the sun’s wrath if not protected properly. The white, icy mountain faces provide the ideal amplification and reflection for the suns UV rays, making them hit much harder than on some sun-and-sand style holiday destinations. A case of serious sun stroke will put a big downer on your vacation, so make sure you research what level of protection you will need in the area you’re visiting. 


Bikini
With the high potential for sunburn in mind, getting into a bikini may sound like a daunting prospect - and you may be wondering why you’d want to at a skiing resort. Luckily, many ski complexes hold indoor swimming pools. You can get bikinis from George at ASDA for great prices that you can still flaunt on your winter getaway. There are also many resorts that boast spas or heated Jacuzzis too. These are great fun, and you can show off your new bikini while indulging in some apr├Ęs-ski relaxation.

Sunglasses

As with protection for your skin, another important thing to have when you ski is protection for your eyes. Even if you plan on just spectating you’ll want to make sure you can see more than a blinding strip of white as you look out across the mountains to watch your loved ones tackle the slopes.

Skiing is great fun, but if you’ve not been before or it’s been a while since your last trip there are some essential items that could easily slip your mind. Don’t get caught out and be sure to tick off these not-so-obvious items as soon as you start packing.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Kease Keyrings + GIVEAWAY!












As a lot of you know, I'm in my last year of High School. That means carrying round a lots of coursework, textbooks, snacks and folders (and it gets heavy!). To try and make things easier, I have a locker that I tend to dump my text books in when it all gets a bit much to lug round. Problem is, I often am trying to hold all my folders/books/bags and then cannot find my keys as they have a tendency to play 'hide and seek' at the bottom of my bag. This is where Kease come in and save the day!

Kease are these quirky, colourful clips that slot onto folders/bags - anything really!
They come in a variety of colours and patterns and are perfect for getting to yours keys quickly. What I love about these clips is how versatile they are! You can literally clip them onto anything: bags, folders, clothes - you name it! 

Ever since I received mine two weeks back I have been using it non stop and it is brilliant!

Kease keyrings have a promotional video that I found really useful so thought I would pop it into the post:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_r1De8G364
(Sorry that it's a link - blogger wouldn't let me insert it as a video for some strange reason)

Kease keyrings can be purchased from their website HERE and if you wish to follow their twitter their username is @keasekeyring 

Since I was lucky enough to be sent three I thought it would be nice to give one away to a lucky reader so you to can try out Kease. 

The giveaway will run from today (19th) till the last day of the month. The winner will win the bird design keyring and I will announce the winner on twitter on 2nd April!

Good luck and make sure to check out Kease Keyrings!
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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Lucy's Life: Friends, Pizza and Happiness





I wasn't planning on doing a post on this at all, but it feels right so I'm going ahead. I know that the photos are awful quality but the memories and smiles in the pictures mean more to me than any fancy, clear photo.

I feel so happy right now I am grinning from ear to ear. I had a brilliant night with some of my closest friends last night, nothing fancy or posh - just gathered round a table with Dominos pizza! After being in such a dark place last year I really cherish memories like this and make sure that I do not take them for-granted.  

Friends are such special things and if you haven't already spoke to a friend today, reach out and message/ring a friend who you haven't spoke to in a while - you won't regret it.

Within my friendship group, were all going through such a stressful and busy time with exams speeding towards us (9 WEEKS TOMORROW!) that we can sometimes let that get in the way of taking time of and relaxing, even if only for a hour. That's why I really enjoyed spending the evening with the girls, forgetting about all the day to day stresses and laughing together.

In all honesty, I have no idea what the purpose of this post is, but I promised myself I wished to document my life more on my blog and treat it like a scrapbook so I guess I am just doing that.

Message of the blogpost: make an effort with your friends this week. No matter how busy/stressed you are take some time of to catch up with you're favourite people!




Friday, 14 March 2014

Feel Good Friday #5

Image - WeheartIt

(Don't know what 'Feel Good Friday' is? Click here to see the first one)

Howdy hey folks! 

Today's blog post is another 'Feel Good Friday'. The feedback I am getting on these posts is incredible when you consider the simplicity of them and I am so pleased that you all like them as much as I do. 
After all, an arrow to happiness is in my banner!

This quote is how I have been living my life lately. I cannot remember who but someone posted a blog post about positivity a couple of weeks back and it had a quote from Katie Piper saying that life is 10% what happens and 90% what you make of it. Who can argue with Katie!? She is truly incredible and we should all aspire to be more like her. 

Take Katie for instance. She has taken a horrific situation, yet still lives an incredible life, in which she touches and help heal the hearts of many (whilst healing herself too). Although this quote is by somebody different, it is the same concept and in my opinion.....it is a brilliant one!

Have a lovely weekend!



Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara Review





This mascara doesn't mess around. It oozes glamour and glitter, so naturally, I had to have it. 

First of all I want to talk about the packaging. The sleek shape of the bottle and black colour mirror the ad campaign featuring Betty Boop. The glitter at the bottom will catch any magpies attention and looks amazing in your makeup bag! One of the main things I like about the mascara is how the brush 'locks' into the tube. As a bit of a germaphobe, I feel like it is really hygienic as it stops any unnecessary bacteria getting onto the brush and then onto your eyes. 

The brush for this mascara is very different compared to any of the other Lancome mascara brushes.The latest innovation from the brand is the dual action brush with two rounded sides. It is designed to lengthen, define and separate. The mascara promises to give a 'black diamond effect' due to the new formulation. It gives your lashes a gel like, glossy finishing by combining a mix of waxes. The formula has Lancome's signature rose scent but in my opinion it smells like honey; either way it's a nice smell yet not too heavy or over-powering. 

This mascara works best if you apply and coat the lashes with the formula using the flat side of the brush and then run through with the rounded side. Doing it this way makes the curl stay in place all day and really lengthens your lashes. The shapes of the mascara brush makes it very easy to get to those pesky little lashes right in the corner of your eye and is fairly simple to use. 

I agree that the mascara is incredibly lengthening as Becky from TalkBeckyTalk said in her latest get ready with me video. One thing I do disagree with is that on the website this mascara is described as 'volumising' but personally, I do not feel that this mascara has had that effect on my lash. Don't get me wrong, I do love this mascara - mainly because it is so separating and you don't get clumps with it. 

The formula is waterproof, although I have not tested that, yet it comes off with ease when removing makeup. I apply makeup at around 8am and don't take it off till around 10pm and the mascara doesn't budge one bit - fab!

Overall I love this mascara and think the pricing isn't too bad. It isn't too great, but it isn't too bad. You can pick this mascara up from any Lancome mascara and Boots too. 

If you have tried it out, please let me know your opinions on it as I would love to see if we agree/disagree!


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Lancome Kohl Noir Eye Liner Review



If you read my January Sales blog post (here) you will know that I picked up a Lancome gift set consisting of a mascara, makeup remover and this kohl pencil. When searching the web to see reviews of this eyeliner before purchasing the set I really struggled to find any, so decided I would do a review so that others who wish to purchase it can read a bit about it from someone who has actually used it and has a passion for makeup.

This is my new go to kohl, overtaking the Rimmel one - in fact, this one is pretty much identical.

It is easily applied, and with limited use leaves a really strong, dark line - fabulous! I hate it when you have to keep building up and building up the pencil strokes before it even begins to look grey but that is definitely not the case with this eyeliner. I use it on my top and bottom waterline and it stays put for a long time. Not quite sure if it lasts longer than the Rimmel one or not but I'd say it's pretty much the same. 

One fab thing about this eyeliner is how when you sharpen it, it doesn't break like a lot of eyeliners do - meaning you can make use of every little bit of the pencil. 

A couple of weeks back I also used this eyeliner to create a wing (I very rarely do this) and it worked really well. With minimal effort you can create a very intense look. It also smudges really well if that is the look you're going for. 

Overall, I feel like this eyeliner was nice to try but I will not be re-purchasing. It is so similar to the Rimmel one apart from the price. Lancome's is £16.50 whilst Rimmel dupe is only £3. I will definitely go for the £3 one in future.

Let me know if you would like to see a post comparing the two, with comparison swatches and I will actually test how long they both last and give you a really thorough test between the two.

Hope you're having a lovely day!

OOTD: Spotty Skirt and Pink Cardigan

Cardigan - TU
Black Top - Internationalle
Skirt - Primark
Tights - Primark
Bag - Osprey
Shoes - Primark

Howdy Folks!

Today I'm back with another OOTD.

First of all, I have recently been shooting my OOTD's at my Dads house and really want your opinion on them! Do you like a plain background or prefer busy? Outside or inside? Is the effect too much, I personally like it because I'm an OTT kind of gal' but would love to know your opinion and have some feedback.I know my photos aren't the greatest but my camera is nothing special and I don't have a photographer. I just have to hope I stand in the right place in front of the tripod! 

This outfit is very 'me'. Spots seem to have over taken my wardrobe and and are now nearly in every outfit I wear! I have had this skirt for yonks but it's been slung at the back of my wardrobe. I was looking at it the other day and noticed how amazingly it went with my pink cardigan (they are pretty much identical in colour)

My Osprey bag is my baby. It comes most places with me when I'm going for a more dressy kind of look. It is just such a pretty shade of pink and is the perfect size as it fits my video camera and phone snuggly. 

The hair is a bit different from my usual barnet. Up do's definitely are not 'my thing' and make me feel a bit uncomfortable as I feel I simply do not have the right face shape for them. Yet, this up do felt like it worked. I think the draping bits of fringe framing my face really helped - maybe up do's are a thing of 2014 and you will be seeing many more of them?

Hope you're having a lovely day whatever you're up too!

Lucy 




Thursday, 6 March 2014

OOTD: Primark Pink Midi Skirt



Scarf - Primark 
Black Top - Internationale
Skirt - Primark
Tights - Tesco
Shoes - Primark

This outfit reminds me of Marmite. A part of me absolutely adores it whilst the other half thinks that the bright pink scarf and babypink skirt clash too much. In the photos the colors and not accurate at all. The skirt and scarf are both much more vibrant in real life and that's why I slightly doubt this outfit. But then on the other hand I love it! I have literally been umming and arring about this outfit since I first tried it on in front of the mirror. 

This pink midi skirt from Primark is waaaaay out my comfort zone, but I felt like I really wanted to push myself in 2014. I do not own a single midi skirt and normally stick very closely to skater skirts so styling this was a challenge for me!


I first saw it on the primark website above - the colour is a lot more accurate in this picture!

I was pretty dissapointed with the fabric quality to tell you the truth. I know it's Primark but it feels horrible. 

The OOTD above is pretty cosy but I like that I can wear this skirt in lots of different seasons, as I feel it could also been worn in Spring/Summer.

So there you go, Lucy Abigail has met my pink midi skirt and my pink midi skirt has met Lucy Abigail. I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of each other!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

300 Thank You's...

(I chose a picture from wehearit.com of a bottle of champagne to put here but after all the copyright chat on twitter last night scaring me I chose this one from my birthday - I have a glass of bubbly in my hand so it still counts haha!)

After being really close for a while I finally hit 300 GFC followers and 250 Bloglovin followers last week! I know I'm not due to post today but I really wanted to 'mark' the occasion as that's what my blog is after all; an online diary. 

First of all....thank you! I can't put into words how happy it makes me feel to know that there are people in the world who take time out of their busy lives to read my blog. When you work really hard on something and people consistently leave motivating and thoughtful comments it really does make your day. 300 may not sound like a lot to some of you, and to others it may seem like loads. I was so chuffed when I reached 50, then 100, then 200 and I feel the same sort of pride and joy because I feel like as my blog has grown it makes sense that my readers should too (in theory)

I feel like this year my blog is really becoming part of me. It is something that I adore so much and I have lots of exciting posts and projects planned for you all! 

Overall, I just wanted to say thanks for sticking with me on this exciting journey - it means the world to me.

I hope you all have a lovely week, whatever you're up to!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

DGJ Organic Berutti Oil Review


This review has been a long time coming! When I attended the Bristol Blogger Meetup this time last year we were all given a bottle of this in our goody-bags. I have been using it on and off for a year and really like it. 

This organic argan oil contains only organic ingredient, to help restore and nourish hair's natural beauty. It is a bottle of goodness! I apply two pumps of this onto my hands and then work it into wet hair after washing. If you apply it on the top of your head it just makes a greasy mess so I recommend you only apply it from the middle to tips of your hair as I found that this works best.

I don't like the smell of this product at all, but am aware that a lot of bloggers out there seem to love it. To me it just smells like banana sweets and considering I have a phobia of bananas it doesn't bode well with me. 

The bottle has lasted me ages and I have really seen effects from using it.

It leaves your hair feeling soft and really helps with split ends. 

DGJ promise that all their products are made with plant derived natural ingredients enhanced with Organic essentials oils/extracts and contain no harsh chemicals such as sodium lauryl/laureth sulphates or parabens. I'm not going to fool you all and pretend I know what any of those things are, but one thing's for sure; they don't sound friendly so I'd rather them not be in there!

You can pick this, or any other DGJ products up from there website (here)
I also have a feeling that DGJ products are sold in Waitrose so keep your eyes out if you shop in there.

Have you used any DGJ products before?




Sunday, 2 March 2014

Dr Martens White Wild Poppy (MasterShoe, MyShu)*







Dr Martens have never been something I have considered trying. They are hundreds of miles out of my comfort zone and quite frankly; not my style. I tend to go for dainty, pointy heels, not Doc Martens. That's why I was slightly nervous, apprehensive and excited when MasterShoe offered me the chance to try a pair of the famous shoes. I thought why not! What had I got to loose? 

I am so thankful to Master Shoe because I now have discovered that stepping out of your comfort zone is very rewarding. I am in love with these shoes. The poppy print is so detailed and pretty and I feel that the fact they are floral has eased me into Doc Martens as I haven't gone straight for statement colours (although the flowers are pretty bright)

First of all I want to talk about where they came from (MasterShoe). The site is so easy to navigate around and you can shop by brand, gender or age - it really is simple. They have a massive variety of shoes so there is something for everyone, plus standard UK delivery is free - win win! The service I received was excellent and the staff were super friendly and replied to all of my emails quickly.

The poppy pattern is adorable. It is so preppy and spring like that I know I will be living in them over the coming months (especially summer!) I really like the white background as I feel it makes them look really fresh. The boot is true to the Dr Martens tradition  and has the welted construction meaning that the upper part of the shoe and sole are stitched together, not just glued, making the whole shoe a whole lot more durable. They also have air cushioned soles and a hard-wearing outsole that is oil and slip resistant. Basically, these boots don't mess around. They are good quality and will last a long time - perfect! The leather is amazing too - I don't know what they do to it but it is soft and supple yet still tough.

These are the first pair of Doc's I have ever owned let alone tried on and they were instantly comfy from the first wear. Although, I did find that I had to adjust to walking in them. Since I'm not used to wearing shoes that go up past my ankle I had to get used to the restriction of it but within a couple of times wearing them I'm sure I will be used to them.

I took lots of outfit photos of myself wearing them with a lace dress whilst up Glastonbury Tor today (post will be up very soon) In the meantime I thought I would show you one close up shot of the boots as they just look so beautiful in the sunlight when you can see the colours in their full glory. 

As I'm new to Doc Martens I found styling them quite hard so please comment below with any blog posts you have done with outfits featuring Doc Martens. I would love to know how you all style them!

Thanks again to Master Shoe!

You can check out their website HERE and buy the same shoes as mine HERE.

Hope you're having a lovely Sunday whatever you're up to! I'm doing revision all day, boooo!