Friday, 31 January 2014

Birthday Wishlist - Beauty, Baking, Fashion and more!

Birthday Bonanza!


Its 2 weeks today until my birthday (yes, I'm a Valentine's baby!) so I thought I'd put together a little bit of a wishlist! I haven't actually asked for any of this, as I don't really like to make much of a fuss on my birthday, but this is just a selection of goodies I've had my eye on recently!

Birthday-wishlist


Thursday, 30 January 2014

Lifestyle | Theatre Review - The Light Princess, National Theatre

An uplifting visual spectacular


Last week I went to see National Theatre's latest offering The Light Princess. From the Director of War Horse (which I loved) and The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime (which had amazing reviews) I had high hopes for this new fairytale coming of age story.

National-Theatre-The-Light-Princess

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Midweek Manicure | #NailArtWeeklyProject Week 1 - Nails Inspired by an outfit / item of clothing

Bags of nail art fun!


Whilst browsing through some fab new blogs this week, I stumbled across Gingerbread Smiles, where the lovely Danni is hosting a blog challenge. A nail art blog challenge! Wahoo! Luckily I was just in time to take part in what will be a 5 week series, with Danni setting a new theme each week. So here is my first post for you today: Week 1 - Nails inspired by an outfit / item of clothing. *excited squeal!*

Nail-Art-River-Island-Bag


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Fashion | Sale Haul - Accessorize, ASOS, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Primark, River Island

Haul Ahoy!


I didn't think I'd bought that much in the sales this year, and announced this proudly to my boyfriend who had a bit of a coughing fit and couldn't stop laughing. Hmmmm, maybe I had bought a *few things*. So I thought I'd do a quick stock take of all my new fashion bargains and share them all with you!

Sale-Haul


Friday, 24 January 2014

Beauty | Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors Sophisti-Cuties Collection

The Kardashians Nailed It


I absolutely LOVE the Kardashians! So I was mega excited when they teamed up with Nicole By OPI a while ago to create their own nail varnish collection (Kollection?!) I managed to get my mitts on a few of the Kardashian Kolors (and you can see swatches of GORGEOUS deep red Sealed With A Kris here) but  I was dying to get more. So I was mega excited when my brother and his girlfriend gave me this Kardashian Kolors mini selection Sophisti-Cuties for Christmas.


Kardashian-Kolors-Sophisti-Cuties


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Midweek Manicure | Nails Inc - The Serpentine

Beat the January blues


This week I have a black tie event for work, so wanted to keep my mani simple yet sophisticated. The dress I'm wearing is a navy blue colour, with black sequinned panels across the top (see below!), so I'm going a bit matchy-matchy (which I usually hate doing) with a safe and smart navy blue nail to match; enter Nails Inc The Serpentine.

Nails-Inc-The-Serpentine


Sunday, 19 January 2014

Lifestyle | The View From The Shard

A bird's eye view of London Town


A couple of months ago I had an amazing Sunday afternoon spent visiting the ultimate London tourist attraction The View From The Shard. I've wanted to take a trip up the tallest building in Europe since it opened to the public in February 2013, wanting to take in the amazing views of my wonderful city! My dad is an architect, and has worked on some great building projects around London, so a trip up the tower seemed like the perfect way to celebrate his birthday.

The-View-From-The-Shard-1


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Midweek Manicure | Turquoise Base and Glitter Tips - NYC Blue Sky and Models Own Southern Lights

Jazzy January Glitter Tips


Happy New Year Midweek Manicure fans! So after a short break, I'm back on the Midweek Manicure posts :) You can see the nails I wore over Christmas HERE - which, if I do say so myself, features some pretty fabulous festive nail art - with a little help from some water decal and nail stickers! So anyway, on with the 2014 mani love - this week's involves GLITTER TIPS!!!

NYC-Blue-Sky-Models-Own-Southern-Lights

Friday, 10 January 2014

Blogging | New Year, New Name, New Header

Just me, emsypickle


If you follow me on twitter (@emsypickle) you may have seen me deliberating over whether to change the name of my blog from "Thinking Outside The Pickle Jar" to "emsypickle". Well, as you can see from my jazzy new header - I decided to go for it!



Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Beauty | Soap & Glory Limited Edition A Great Kisser Lip Balm – Peppermint


Peppermint Pucker


I have never actually tried any Soap & Glory products before (I know!) but have always enjoyed their fun packaging and funky product names. I’m an absolute sucker for lip balms and when I saw the gorgeous Kirstie from A Yellow Brick Blog review the Limited Edition A Great Kisser Lip Moisture Balm in Peppermint, I thought now was the time to finally give Soap & Glory a whirl!

Soap-&-Glory-Peppermint-A-Great-Kisser


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Lifestyle | Christmas Round Up

I’m baaaaacckkk!!


Hey guys and dolls! Sorry I’ve been away for pretty much the entire month of December! It all seemed to whizz past quite quickly! I had the usual manic pre-Christmas rush at work, mixed with the present buying and preparation, then the actual holiday period itself! So unfortunately I didn’t have too much time left for blogging :( which was a shame as I had planned many posts in my head!

Happy New Year!


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