Thursday, 29 August 2013

Beauty | Maybelline Baby Lips


My new favourite lip products!



I’d seen a lot of hype in the blogosphere about this product being released in the UK so thought I’d see what all the fuss is about! Tinted lip balms are my favourite way of adding some colour to my lips, as I often find standard lipsticks leave my lips looking dry, I hate getting my hair stuck in my lip gloss, and most of all, you don’t need a mirror to apply them! Perfect for a low maintenance Pickle like myself! So did Baby Lips live up to all the hype?



Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Midweek Manicure | No 7 - Lucky Lilac

Professional Purple!


I love love LOVE lilac coloured nails so when I saw this No 7 beauty on display I knew I had to have it! No 7 is not a brand I shop very often, as I usually go to Superdrug rather than Boots, and usually stick to £5 and under for nail polishes, unless they're from OPI. However I was having a nosey in Boots the other day whilst waiting for a friend and couldn't resist this little Lucky Lilac purchase!




Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 1 - Cake

Cake fit for a Queen! (Victoria to be precise!)


So last week marked the return of The Great British Bake Off - HURRAH!! I decided that I would try my hand at this year's challenges, from the safety of my own home (all the fun, none of the terrifying Paul Hollywood!) So this week I started off with Week 1 - Cake. Whilst perhaps not as fancy as my Pigs in a Mudbath Hot Tub cake I shared last week, and certainly not as grand as the showstoppers on The Great British Bake Off this week (just how amazing was Fran's hidden squirrel cake?!), I decided to start off simple and classic for my own GBBO challenge, and make a family favourite -  a Victoria Sponge Cake!

 
 
 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Fashion | Primark Wonder Dress - 1 dress, 5 colours


 Primark Wonder Dress!


 
I just wanted to share these amazing dresses with you, which I have recently acquired from Primark. Or actually, more specifically, it's 1 dress in 5 different patterns / colours . I have blogged about a couple of them before as part of my 30 Day Snap Challenge posts, but thought they're so lovely (and I've now got so many!) and Primark are constantly releasing new versions, they deserved their own post!



Friday, 23 August 2013

Fashion | Jewellery by Estella Bartlett

A gem of a jewellery brand

 
I have always had a huge love for jewellery and am always on the look out for a new item to add to my collection! A brand I’ve been really excited by this year is Estella Bartlett. I’ve bought myself a few of their pieces and like them so much, and get so many compliments whenever I wear them, I thought I’d share them all with you!



Thursday, 22 August 2013

Lifestyle | The 90's Tag!

Blast from the Past!


I saw one of my fave bloggers @KirstieLouiseS of A Yellow Brick Blog had recently done The 90's Tag! Being a 90’s child myself and loving all things to do with this FAB era, I decided to fill it in too! Let me know if you shared any of my experiences!





Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Beauty | Midweek Manicure | Nicole by OPI, Kardashian Kolors - Sealed With A Kris

I love OPI and I love the Kardashians, so it's no surprise that I absolutely ADORE this week's Midweek Manicure nail polish! Sealed With A Kris is part of the Kardashian Kolors range in collaboration with Nicole by OPI and is every bit as glossy and glamorous as everyone's favourite Momager! Love her or loathe her, there's no denying Kris Jenner's nail polish is to die for!




Monday, 19 August 2013

Fashion | Coast at John Lewis

*This is a sponsored post


Coast is not a brand I shop that often, as I usually tend to style myself on the more casual end of smart casual! However they do some really gorgeous pieces perfect for dressing up that little bit smarter, and for special occasions such as a wedding. Here’s my pick of some of the Coast collection sold at John Lewis:


 


Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sunday Book Club | Wicked Ambition - Victoria Fox

 

Reaching for the stars...in more ways than one


If you've never read a Victoria Fox novel before you are seriously missing out! They are always extremely well crafted, with in-depth storylines, well rounded characters and more action and saucy shenanigans than you can shake a stick at! Wicked Ambition is Fox's third novel and tells the tale of three hot Hollywood stars, their climb to the top, and the forces battling to bring them back down.





Thursday, 15 August 2013

New shoes! Mouse ballet pumps from Primark

You're never too old for shoes with animal faces on right?! That's what I thought....


**Squeak** how cute are these mouse ballet pumps from the one and only Primark?! I LOVE them! I actually bought them last month but they got lost in the ridiculous mess that is my bedroom, so when I re-discovered them still in the bag with some other unworn wonders I was very excited! And when I tweeted a picture of them the other day, lots of you seemed to love them too, so I thought I'd give them their very own post!

 


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Midweek Manicure | Models Own – Indian Ocean

Mermaid nails!


Models Own is one of my absolute favourite nail polish brands. They have such a huge range of colours, and some really great collections and they’re all just £5 per bottle! Amazing! I decided to try out one of their polishes from the Beetlejuice Collection, which change colour depending on what light / what angle your nails are at – exciting! I went for the super pretty Indian Ocean, which looks so amazing in the bottle and reminds me of a mermaid’s tail, it immediately drew my eye!



Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Return of The Great British Bake Off

Hold onto your buns...it's back!


I am SO excited as it has been announced that one of my favourite ever TV shows will be back on our screens from 8pm next Tuesday, 20th August! That's right guys and dolls, The Great British Bake Off is BACK!!!





Monday, 12 August 2013

ASOS - Limited Edition Open Heart Pinky Ring

Pinky swear - I HEART this ring


I have a bit of an obsession with accessories and jewellery, and particularly rings! I just think they really complete an outfit and can also completely change the style of an ensemble. I am always on the hunt for some new fancy finger wear and have absolutely struck gold with this gorgeous open heart pinky ring from ASOS.



Sunday, 11 August 2013

Standon Calling 2013 Festival


Take me back to the circus!


I love a good festival me! There is something absolutely incredible about being part of a huge heaving crowd of like-minded people, enjoying some amazing music and having a dance with my best friends. For the last three years I’ve been to Standon Calling, a relatively unknown and really small festival in Hertfordshire, and always have such a fantastic time. Having got back from this year’s festival on Monday night I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite bits!




Thursday, 8 August 2013

Midweek Manicure | Barry M Textured Nail Effect - Station Road

Yearning for yellow!


You may have noticed a bit of a theme in the last few Midweek Manicure posts - they're all Barry M! I've recently rediscovered this fab brand and their fun affordable range of colours. This week I decided to try one of their textured nail effects in sunshine yellow Station Road.

I am never quite sure what I think of yellow nail paints. I always like the idea of them and always love them on other people, but often find myself thinking of nicotine stained fingers! Gross! However, I'm perpetually on the hunt for the perfect yellow polish and found myself drawn immediately to Station Road as it's quite unlike any others I have in my vast collection. Unlike the soft lemon pastels, taxi cab brights and intense neons I have, it sits somewhere between them all and has a fantastic fine golden glitter running through it! Could this be my perfect yellow?!



Thursday, 1 August 2013

Midweek Manicure | Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint - Greenberry

Totally turquoise, totally amazing!


I'm having some festival fun this weekend so wanted something bright, bold and funky to wear on my nails. Lucky for me this is my usual nail polish look, so I had plenty to choose from in my collection! I decided it would be the perfect time to try out my new Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Greenberry which I picked up a couple of weeks ago.



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