Autumn Days

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It’s most wonderful time of the year…… or is that Christmas? You decide. But I know a few things that are definitely wonderful this season! Pumpkin spiced lattes from Starbucks, cosy knits and cardigans, smart trench coats, lovely layers and crunching leaves under your boots as you walk down the street. And did I mention halloween?! Carving pumpkins and dressing up to go to wild parties with your pals, yes please.  Autumn sees all my favourite trends creeping back in – brown, orange, earthy green, spicy copper and cinnamon hues with flashes of leopard print here and a splash of tartan there. Doesn’t it make your heart sing?

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A little glimpse of my delicious pumpkin loaf cake, gluten free might I add…

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One of my favourite things about colder weather is the excuse it gives you have soak in a hot bath a couple of times a week. And what better way to relax and unwind than Lush’s autumn themed bath bombs?!

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My top picks include the pumpkin, sparkly pumpkin and autumn leaf. Get yours here.

img_0075img_0074Fall also marks a very important era for those of us at uni – FRESHERS! ~I shall be writing a blog post about my outfit choices very shortly so keep your eyes peeled ~ it’s vital that you relax and unwind during the week so that you have enough steam to party all night every night!!

I can’t wait for the beautiful fashions of this season to emerge – summer has been lovely, but it’s now time for the October vibes. I will keep you guys updated with my outfits and beauty tricks for the upcoming season, so stay tuned!

Jess. X

Barbie goes Petite

Yes, that’s right, they have released a petite sized collection of Barbie dolls to represent the little ladies of the population! Having been a huge Barbie fan when I was younger, this struck me as amazing news. Finally, a way of teaching the younger generation to appreciate the variety of the human form! And I love the idea that you can now match yourself to your Barbie mini me…or your mum’s, or your friend’s or your sister’s! I found mine…

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RIGHT DOWN TO THE HAIR CUT AND COLOUR!

 

Her fellow petite squad include these lovely dollies, each fashionably dressed to their size and accessorised impeccably:

 

Mattel released a number of variations to the classic Barbie doll earlier this year, including tall, curvy and black Barbie. I think this is a wonderful step forward and helps children to begin the journey of embracing diversity from a young age. Let’s hope that other companies pick up on this, so that the younger generation can live in a world where all bodies are appreciated and we are encouraged to love ourselves.

This is definitely a win in the petite fashion world. I shall be taking fashion tips off these trendy ladies for sure!

Summer Sorbet

First thing’s first..I have some big news. I got a full fringe chopped in! I fancied a change and I figured summer was the time to explore and experiment with new looks. So happy I went for it, I can’t imagine myself without it now.

Summer is in full swing, and I LOVE IT. You know what I also love? This camisole I bought in the New Look sale the other day for just a fiver! It’s floaty and graceful, and has a lovely neckline. Plus the colour reminds me of a delicious peach and apricot sorbet, hence the juicy title.

As warm weather fades into hot weather, it becomes time to turn the colours up. Sunny days are made even brighter and made more memorable by vivid shades in your outfit.

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The great thing about this colour palette is it can be teamed with pretty much anything. Match it with black to look classy and sophisticated, denim to look playful and edgy, acid brights if you’re daring and fun or white to feel girly and cute. I went for option 1 – black tights and shorts and my KGs. I teamed it with a red lip too, which gave it a bit more pop! You’d think it would clash, but this shade of red leans towards pink which meant the lippy complimented my top scrumptiously.

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  • excuse the goofy fairy lights and funky room decor. I just moved house..

My hair is plaited and gripped to the back of my head, which softens my look up and keeps the birds nest from getting out of control :))The gold ring at the back of the garment has inspired me to accessorize this top with some more gold costume jewellery, which is something I don’t own much of.

Oxford Street, here I come!

Hey, you know you’ve got something right when your frappucino compliments your outfit..

 

Midsummer Bargains

One of the 10 commandments of going shopping includes making an effort to look nice. If I don’t feel good about what I’m wearing, I won’t feel inspired to shop. So here is the outfit for my trip to Chester city!img_5928

I borrowed this funky mustard cropped tee from my sister, but I believe she bought it from Topshop a year or so ago. I teamed this with plain black leggings and black flat converse, which are the flour and eggs of my wardrobe…if each item was an ingredient, these would be the essential basics! I kept the accessories simple with my Tiffany locket and belly bar.

I fancied making a statement with big hair, so I curled it and gave it a good shake under the hairdryer. My eye makeup look was created by this gorgeous Jet Set Benefit box, which I adore.

The first top I bought was from my trusty best friend Zara. This struck me as a really unique find; the style and tailoring feels so elegant and high end.

One shouldered tops are hard to come by in high street stores – they give a dressy vibe off that adds a formality to the outfit. The white frill is so pretty and contrasts beautifully with the navy bodice. This is the perfect petite find for a smaller frame because it shows off my collar bones and a little bit of waist, but in a way that is perfectly elegant and sophisticated. This is such a brilliant find! And it cost me only £9.99, so get yourself to the Zara sale ASAP!

Perfect for afternoon tea in Llandudno today!

My next purchase is this hot little dress from H&M. Another great bargain at only £7, and I can never really have enough of these bright coloured fitted dresses, which are perfect for nights out and parties.

I then picked up these shorts from Primark which were down to 3 quid, yes, 3 QUID. That is like the same price as a sandwich. They are stretchy and super comfortable, and not too short either.

And finally, my early birthday present from my mum! I have been after this for AGES.

Ta dah! Meet the Ted Baker dressing gown! I’ve been watching tonnes of Desparate Housewives lately, and all the housewives own these gorgeous dressing gowns. They made me ashamed of my white fuzzy thing that my dog likes to chew up. Ted Baker is a classic favourite for me, and Debenhams have some gorgeous nightwear and lingerie in stock from the B Ted Baker collection. Definitely worth a peek. I love this particular piece because it has a soft texture, and is delicately trimmed with lace and silk. It was priced at £34, but after my other bargains I think this is the sort of item it is wise to splash out on. Definitely not going to let the dog get his teeth into this!

 

Tourist at Heart 

Who doesn’t love a spontaneous shot of sightseeing in the big city?! I was in desperate need of a break from drama school stress here in Southend so Milad and I ran off the London for some shopping and exploring again. In just one day we covered Covent Garden, Hyde Park, Harrods, Oxford Street and Regent Street! Of course, we re-energized ourself with a stop at Wagamamas, Venchi ice creams and another one later at Lola’s cupcakes. (A girl has to eat..) Here are some snaps from our exhausting adventure:

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It was a fun day out! Everyone seems to gasp in shock when I tell them I’ve never been to Covent Garden or Harrods before, so it’s a good thing I finally caught up in London life experience. Covent Garden was quaint and cute – the markets were lovely and unique and I found a beautiful shop called Sass & Belle which I am now OBSESSED with. Maybe I have  been living under a rock to have never discovered them before, but if you are eqaully as unknowing as I was go check them out! https://www.sassandbelle.co.uk/

I could have blown my whole student loan here, but I managed to restrain myself to getting this bear shaped blackboard, which was £7.50 minus a lovely little 10% student discount. Hope you appreciate my inspirational quote that I decided to write upon it #bearymotivational

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From the markets, I got these stunning Swarovski crystal earrings for a fiver. Cheap and cheerful is the only way for me now when it comes to earrings, since I lost my precious Marc Jacobs pair on a night out.

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From Forever 21, I went for this ruby red floaty top which didn’t break the bank at £9.

I was dying to buy a cuddly toy in Harrods but then I rememebered that I’m 18 and I need to get a life. However, luckily for me, Milad bought a Clinique perfume which got me the free gift they have on offer at the moment! He got himself the black aromatics scent (which is gorgeous btw) and in my make up case I got a facial scrub, moisturizer, make up remover, night cream, mascara and a chubby stick in a delicious pink shade called whoppin’ watermelon. I have tried and tested these products in the past and they go down a treat with me. I love the make up bag with bright coloured stripes on – it’s so summery and fresh! I think that all department stores selling Clinique have various offers for this goodie bag so check them out, as it’s a nice little selection of gifts – especially if you got them for free like I did…mwahah.

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So there we have my little bank holiday adventures! Let me know where else I should be heading for in London – markets, cute boutiques, shopping malls – and if they are reasonably priced that will make me really happy. Share the shopping love. Hope you enjoyed this post, and please accept my apology for the delay in posting – life is getting really busy at East 15 and I have been swamped with lines to learn, songs to sing and all that jazz. Anyway, thanks for reading, take care and keep the comments and opinions coming! X

Keep it Surreal

Happy Saturday my friends! This weekend is very special to me because I am back at home from drama school for a little visit. It’s lovely to be back…making up for lost time with the family and of course, Barney!

 

I’ve been losing faith in mainstream fashion lately. Do you ever go out and just wanna scream because people seem to all be wearing the same thing in ridiculously tiny variations? The stores have been going through a phase of lacking choice and individuality, in my opinion. However, I think high street fashion has finally had a breakthrough! Or maybe I’ve just been looking in the wrong places. But I am finally finding some gorgeous cute petite summery stuff that keeps my wardrobe nice and surreal. #keepitsurreal

  Look 1: Historic meets chic

Top: M&S Limited Edition, £7.75

I teamed this with a plain top underneath and some high waisted shorts, all from Primark.

img_5398  Look 2: Playful Pinafore & Kitty Flower Ears

Floral Cat ears: Accessorize, £8 (minus student discount)

The pinafore, blouse, sunglasses, bag and ballet flats are all Primark old season stuff. I’m a big Primark fan!

Look 3: Summer Sporty

Top: Zara, £4.99

Sunglasses: Accessorize, £12 (minus student discount)

Shorts are ALSO from Primark, bought a while back but may still be available.

My taste in style is so girly, but kind of borders onto fantasy fashion too – although I always share what I feel is wearable everyday. I got a few compliments for the cat ears, and yes they are a little bit quirky but that is what makes them fun! People walk round wearing floppy sunhats and big earrings so my flowery cat ears are perfectly acceptable in my opinion. Not that I really care what others think anyway. Fashion is freedom, and we should never forget that!

On that note, I bid you goodbye. Thanks for reading x

 

 

Fashion & Fun

HOLA from sunny Southend-on-Sea! How beautiful it is to finally feel some kind of summery vibes. I love living by the beach, because as soon as the weather warms up down I go for ice cream and chills on the seafront. And the clubs here are pretty fun too, especially as they all seem to be free entry at the moment!

The warm weather also makes me hyped up for days out, adventures and going out new places. I’ve been getting around places quite a lot lately, which is why I am going to share with you the fashion and fun I’ve been having.

Bank Holiday weekend entailed a gorgeous trip to somewhere that has been on my bucket list for ages…Camden! I was dying to see the markets and get routing for some one off bargains. I am so happy to say that it lived up to my expectations. It was such a lively and exciting place, full of delicious scents, busy people and bright colours. My boyfriend and I then jumped on a tube to Oxford Street for a spot of high end shopping, which ended up being a Hamleys extravaganza! #kidatheart

In terms of my look that day, I went for my favourite Zara bear tee with leggings and my trusty H&M jacket, and a river island pink handbag:

Now for the exciting bit..here’s what I got! This adorable Starbucks t-shirt from Camden is my favourite little one off find. It only cost £7 and people are telling me how much they love it when I wear it already!

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From Oxford Street, my boyfriend treated me to a new gym top from JD. I’ve wanted to see the Stella McCartney Adidas designs for ages, and they definitely lived up to the hype. This cost £30 I believe, and I have tried and tested it in the gym already. The verdict? THIS IS A MUST HAVE!!! I love love love it. The colours and so fresh and sporty and it feels so light on my body.

At home in Southend, I’ve been making some cheeky shopping trips on our high street. The shops are pretty decent here – there’s a nice Tkmaxx where I picked up this cute Japanese style bag and Bourjois mascara. The bag is by a brand called Ruby Shoo, check them out! http://www.rubyshoo.com/

I also want to show you guys my coaster collection! Coasters are my weakness. The lamb-banana is from the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, the scrabble one is from Salzburg, Hello Kitty and the Japanese doll ones are from Hallmark and the Shakespeare coaster is from the Globe theatre, it was a gift from my old English Teacher.

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Now, I wish to talk about a shop very close to my heart…H&M. I overheard a woman in the queue saying H and M stands for hit and miss; you either find something you like or you don’t. Well, this time I found a lot of gorgeous summer stuff and the price tags were even more dazzling. The place is so well priced! Awesome for a scrounging student such as myself. They are also offering a 20% student discount at the moment so fellow students, GO GO GO! It is only for a limited time. Anyways, here is what caught my eye:

I only bought the Harem pants due to low bank funds but I will be back for the other stuff! The elephant top is part of H&M’s Coachella collcetion which you guys seriously need to check out. The bikini shown is also available in other colours and patterns, but pink was my personal fave.

So here we have it! My little adventures in the sunshine. Let me know what you think of my buys. Thanks for reading you beautiful humans, sending happy vibes and lots of love your way. Peace. X

The Gym Life

img_5043Generally speaking, petite frames tend to be rather slim. I am lucky enough to have been blessed with a fast metabolism, meaning I can pretty much eat whatever I want without having to worry about putting on weight. However, I choose to respect my body and try and live a healthy lifestyle. I actually prefer eating good clean food and working out regularly because of the sense of achievement that comes with it, and of course, looking and feeling good.

As I grew into my late teens, my figure developed from little-girly-skinny-minnie to lean more towards an hourglass shape. But even though I am body confident anyway, I still strive to tone muscle, exercise my body and keep fit throughout my life. Exercise is something I believe should be enjoyed! One of the best feelings after a great workout is the buzz you get from knowing you gave it your all, and it really sets you right for the day. You will naturally find yourself opting for cleaner food out of respect and duty towards your wellbeing. And whilst I enjoy my weights routine at the gym, it is great to mix it up and practice yoga and try out group classes such as zumba, HIIT, spin, aerobics, african dance, or whatever sounds like fun!

What I wear to work out in gives me the motivation I need to get up and go sweat. As with all fashion, I believe you should mix and match big brands and designer with cheap and cheerful bargains. I own Lululemon sportwear that I use just as much as my Primark and Tkmaxx attire.

First thing’s first, you need a decent pair of trainers. I joined the Nike hype and honestly, I’ve never regretted it. I opted for these blue ones from the kids’ range to save on cash, but I wear them for pretty much all things gym related and they have lasted me ages! I’d love to get some in other colours just for fun but for now, these babies are doing me proud.

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Shop in store or at http://www.nike.com/gb/en_gb/

I have this weird guilty pleasure for collecting sports bras. I just love them! Not even just for the gym – I wear them around the house, to drama school classes and even under fashion tops to give out a sporty vibe. I find them really comfortable and it stops me from worrying about people seeing through my top, because they’re the kind of thing that are sort of designed to be noticed.

All but the last one in the first picture are from…wait for it…PRIMARK! Yes, they finally stepped up their game with gym wear this year and I am loving it! They cost me about a fiver each, maybe even less, and I get so much use out of all of them. I paticuarly love the criss-cross back to the tie dye one, as shown above. The other one is my Lululemon, which I have had for years and years now. It is more ‘bra-like’ than the others, with a bikini top look about it. I find it so useful to layer under a plain black tank so that it looks like part of the top – this is my trusty attire for movement classes. Maybe if my boobs were bigger I would need to splash out on an extra supportive kind, but for me, these all do the job fabulously!

As for tops, my range is as follows: the pink is from a Lululemon online sale, the black is a plain black vest from Primark (cheap as chips) and the grey one is an A&F eBay find. The Lululemon has a bra built in but I have to wear one under the other two.

And here are my gym pants! The pink ans yellow stripes are from the Tkmaxx kids’ range (lol), the plain black are Forever 21 and literally are the best plain black leggings I’ve ever owned, the blue spotty and Lululemon, GymShark and another grey and black striped Tkmaxx carpi pant. My favourites are the Forever 21 and Lululemons just because they are black full length which I prefer and they have pockets – which come in so handy! GymShark is a brand both me and my boyfriend are obsessed with,and my leggings are lovely – although I had to ask for a replacement pair because my first pair got damaged in the wash..so be wary, folks. The pink ones are very wacky, and I like wearing them to a wild yoga or zumba class.

**FUNNY TRUE STORY: Last summer I went to the Wilderness festival and my friend and I signed up for a UV black and light yoga rave. It was fucking insane. But awesome! We were guided through a series of yoga poses and chanted as a group and then out of nowhere the DJ started dropping the beat and everyone started dancing and we got our faces painted. No kidding.

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I will happily admit I am a yoga addict. It chills me out, works my core and keeps me nice and flexible. I love these Zenzarion yoga gloves my boyfriend found for me in Tkmaxx which help me to grip the floor better, meaning I can practise even without a mat!

My mat is also from Tkmaxx, and has been with me so long now I feel that we have bonded.

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Another essential is my black fleece from Primark, which just slips over my kit to keep me warm on my runs or as I walk to the gym. It’s plain and cosy and only cost me £7. I love this Lulelemon bag which comes free when you order stuff online – I use mine as a little gym bag, as it easily fits a bottle of water and change of clothes in.

 

Because I am active, I have recently started drinking Protein shakes to keep my strength up and give me the boost my vegetarian diet needs. I use the PhD Woman Support and Recovery shake powder (the strawberry flavour is nicest!). I also use this lovely fruit infuser water bottle everyday so I can enjoy sipping on lemon and lime flavoured water – I got this from Tesco for a fiver.

Sooooo if anyone is interested, I’m gonna talk about my gym routine!

I am aiming to tone up and build lean muscle in my body, so I go the gym 3-4 times per week, and with the help of my boyfriend, I follow this program: (apologies if I use the incorrect name for each exercise)

Day 1: 

Lat pull down machine, T-bar, assisted pull ups, low row machine, close grip bench press, tricep rope pull down machine

Day 2:

Bicep bar curl, squats, dumbell hammer curl, dumbell curl on incline bench, leg press, leg curl.

Day 3: 

Bar Shoulder press, dumbell side raises, rear delts, barbell shrugs, arnold twists, calf raises on the smith bar, calf raises on the leg press machine.

Day 4:

Stiff leg deadlift, chest press, ab HIIT workout combination followed by plank, treadmill interval training.

Along with this I practice yoga regularly, go to aerobics/zumba classes and get my cardio fix from my movement classes at drama school.

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I think the key is to add some variation in there. Alongside my weight training I change up my cardio sessions and always look for new things to shock my body and plunge into something new. It is hard sometimes to make time for the gym with such a busy lifestyle, but it is so important to prioritize it. My advice to anyone looking for gym motivation is to find a training buddy, organize an upbeat playlist that gets your body pumping and get yourself kitted in some gym wear you love! Bright colours or sleek and black, whatever floats your boat.

JUST DO IT

All the best! Jessica. X