30 December 2014

2014, the year

2014 has actually been my best year I've had since 2010 and I just hope 2015 brings an even better 12 months.
I've started a big step within my life and education by deciding to actually go to University and I've been made ridiculously happy by my love this year, October bought me not only birthday presents but also a week in bed of tonsillitis, which was slightly (very) annoying. 
I also feel like this year I've actually found myself and I've actually discovered what I like, dis-like and love, including within my work and creative side. 


18 December 2014

Simple // What I wore

I seem to be drawn towards pencil skirts the last few months, I love how you can dress them up or casually so easily and quickly.
I actually fell in love with the metallic and glitter crop tops in Topshop, especially the emerald (heart eye emoji) but I ended up picking this black one up when in Cambridge. So sparkly! 

Having a bit of a love for these shoes lately as well, as you can tell from my last few posts! 

Top, skirt, heels - Primark, ring - Pandora, Lipstick - Mac Ruby Woo 

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15 December 2014

Classic LBD // What I wore


12 December 2014

The coat

Coat - Primark (similar here

This year has been the year of the coats!
I've had a bit of an obsession with purchasing coats. Years previous I've just used one from the year before. Jack has even noticed how many I've bought, yep and even commented to people while I was viewing flats on how I'm going to fit all of them in.

I absolutely love this coat out of them all however. One thing I hate about dressing for winter is how it bulks me out and I lose shape. I love how I can cinch this coat in at the waist and 'boom' it out at the hips using the belt. The best part is how it was under £20 from Primark! It's become my absolute staple lately, it suits with everything. I like how smart it can make you look just by simply throwing it on with a simple outfit, but can be paired with your Friday going out dress. 

It's a definite win. 

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5 December 2014

Vintage hair style using bendy rollers // brush out

When you are trying to achieve the vintage look, in my opinion the hair completes the look. It gives you that finishing sparkle of the cherry on top. Along with the clothing and make-up, the hair just ties it all up into the perfect package. 
Not everyone loves the old vintage hair look, but I personally love it. 
It's taken me a while and a lot of (mostly failed) experiments to attempt to find a setting routine that my hair works with.  
I've found my ideal routine with bendy rollers and thought I would share it! 
I made a youtube video (here) on how I take and brush out my set after bendy rollers, but silly me didn't think to film me putting them in, I will be doing a video of the full process when I have a spare second. As with everything, I'm still attempting to perfect it and get better at it. 

This is the brush out, as I said my full routine of how I put them in and prep the hair will be up when I have time! for anyone wondering I section the hair in rows so the curls all fall uniformly, so when I brush it out into glamour waves it will mould together (image below) I roll under. If I run out of rollers I tend to chuck a few foam rollers in at the back, I do focus and ensure the curls around my face are the best, so use them first. 


28 November 2014

Photos at sunset

I took these photo's this time last year as part of an assignment to create photography for an album cover. Mine was based around silhouettes and lot's of other things. One of my amazing best friends said she would ~pose~ for me, what a babe. I realised, as I re-discovered these while doing my portfolio the other week that I never really showed them on the blog, I actually love some of these photo's, the lighting was just perfect as it set on a sunny November evening. 

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27 November 2014

Taking blog photos in winter low light

It's something every blogger hates. The fact you have just charged your camera, got dressed for outfit photos, prepare products to photograph. Then it rains, it gets dark quick or just life gets in the way of the fact when you get home it's too dark to take photos. 
Over the few years that I've blogged, I've found a few handy ways of cheating that pesky weather of stopping me getting photo's taken!

I made a post 2 years ago now (wow) of a handy little tool that I think every blogger would find incredibly handy, post link here. But when I sat and thought about it on one of those commuting mornings on the train, I realised there's quite a few ways round that I try to take photographs for this little blog, therefore here is this post! 


3 November 2014

Asos applique triangle bra

I'm actually a huge lover of lingerie and underwear, although it's never found itself on my blog before now. I thought I'd share my favourite set I recently picked up (well, I got it 2 months ago and forgot to blog, but never mind). I'm pretty fussy with bras usually, so when I find ones I genuinely like, it's a shocker. 

Applique vine bra here - £16 & £8

Sometimes it can feel a bit of a chore to have to wear a bra, but I've found the perfect 'lazy bra' in this Asos applique bra. I saw it online and fell in love so decided to order it. 
I had a promo code, so this set only came to £19! I personally think that's quite a bargain for a set that looks like it costs a lot more. I've been known to spent triple that before, ugh. 
I also love and have my eye on thisthis and this one!

I loved the 'triangle' bra trend, but never really thought my 'in the middle sized' boobs would suit it. 

Triangle bras are generally aimed at smaller chested girls because of the shape, the tend to just cover over. For anyone thinking about this bra or similar from Asos, I feel like I just about get away with wearing it, I wouldn't class myself as small chested but I'm no where near big chested either, I'm rather in the middle. It isn't a 'supportive' bra in the slightest, due to the band and the fact the fabric is super sheer, which is why I think bigger boobed ladies may find this bra slightly annoying. 
It's actually nice because you can wear it as a 'lazy day' instead of your usual boned bra but still look rather hot, if you do get run over by a bus and show your underwear. The added thong bottoms adds to the hot factor of this set. Yes I did say 'hot factor'. I love the double band addition of it, when it's on it really gives it that extra kick with the extra band. You can see the effect better on the Asos model.

Of course the point of this bra is to look like you're wearing nothing but the applique flowers across your rather personal areas. I love this, I'm super pale so you can still see the fabric slightly, but in the dark from afar it does look really effective. It reminds me of something you would see in a higher end lingerie retailer. It's rare high street underwear has that 'double band' sexy addition, it's generally just the standard band, I think that would be my favourite part of this set, along with the applique details.

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29 October 2014

Life lately #002

Bonjour all. I start this with 'bonjour' as I would much rather find myself in Paris like this time last year, sigh. Instead I am currently dosed up on tablets, snuggled in bed and suffering from tonsillitis.  

I realised I done this type of post this time last month, and with my schedule being hectic recently I thought I would update and try to get some posts up.
If you want to stay updated, I still tweet (a lot) and Instagram here and here as @sjmwell 

Lucky old me got the 'sore mouth' on my birthday and being as busy as I am, just took some paracetamol, thought nothing of it and drove down to Norwich. Yep, bad idea- waking up un-able to breathe miles from home was scary. 

I attended a university open day like the mad person I am. With no voice and my throat swelling up, I rushed home for an emergency doctors appointment which confirmed it. Super bad timing, as my boyfriend was also travelling down to celebrate my birthday with me the same day. Not sure me being in my pj's in bed with barely a voice, was what we had planned to celebrate, but I'm actually so happy he was there. Update. He then traveled back to Cambridge, went to Hospital. I have now given him my tonsillitis. Oh my guy's. 

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27 October 2014

UCAS // My first step to University

University has been at the forefront of pretty much my life recently. Open days, portfolio ideas, coursework, all of it! 

Today, I sent off my UCAS application.  I was intuitively awake at 5.30 and watching the news, waiting until UCAS re-opened the site up at 8am. 

I am now on tender hooks awaiting a response. Then again, until I'm moved in somewhere i.e my first choice I shall be.  One which I will not be hearing about for a while yet. I am now £23 lighter for the privilege and utterly anxious at the thought of my life being in the hands of the Universities. 

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To be honest, I feel like 15 year old me would be both shocked and incredibly proud at even applying. To think a few years ago my illness prevented me from attending college, stressing myself out thinking about my future educational path, to where I am now baffles me. I didn't even think as far to University until of late! 

 "If you had to drop out of a class you are not a failure,
if you had to take time off school you are not a failure, if you had to leave school for good you are not a failure, your worth is not determined by academia and this goes doubly so for disabled people and others for whom school is set against them"

I'm both excited, nervous and absolutely anxious at the thought of it all. I just hope, hope, hope I have the opportunity to attend an interview and prove myself, who knows! 

I feel like since last year, I've had a complete 180' thought process change about how I view education. I was very negative about the effect it had on me as a mid teen and couldn't wait to leave and run from it asap. But, now it actually excites me and I'm aiming for all my top grades. Amusingly and handily, the amount of stress has yet to effect my motivation to get my work done well, so here goes guy's. Lets do this. 

I guess I should mention what I intend to study, for anyone wondering. I intend to study Graphic Design. 

As mentioned, I will highly likely be documenting this turbulent journey to University and some posts that may help fellow freshers to be! 
For everyone else in the same boat as me, I wish you so much luck and I'm so excited for everyone to get their choices they wish! 


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17 October 2014

What I learned as a teenager

So, I'm 20 on Tuesday. Twenty years old. It's an odd thought and idea to me. It's not really something I thought about as a teenager, reaching 20 and whether I'll feel or be any different. But I do.
I'm both thankful and grudgingly annoyed about my teenage years. It's a true journey, you find yourself and explore what makes you happy. Things that you would have turned your nose up at 15, at 19 you love. 
I'm definitely talking about dark chocolate there, calm guys.
So, I decided to type it down on this little blog of mine, what 20 year old Samantha learnt from being a teen. A lot of this follows through on life, but with a few of them the penny dropped in late teens, so I wanted to type it down. 
The years of 18 to now I really finally felt confident to pursue things in my life and take a few leaps, I've changed more since September 13' then I have in years. 

1 October 2014

The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

The other month, mum and I ventured into London to visit the Jean Paul Gartier exhibition. We had been meaning to go along for months since it begun and with only a week left of being open, we had to make sure to go!
I do apologise for the fact It's taken me a while to get this post written up. I'm now back at college and have started my new job, so with only one day off, and a heavy final year work load, blogging has taken a back seat, un-fortunately. 

I'm so glad we got to visit, it was amazing. I was so in awe and left so inspired by the beautiful garments, it left me inspired for my projects and my final major project this year.


29 September 2014

Life lately

Hey, remember me!  I apologise for my blogging absence these past few weeks. I did mention about the whirlwind that has become my life recently in my last post, and as predicted, It's been hectic, with a full time schedule!

I thought I would upload a bit of a visual catch up of a few things I've been up to. A lot has actually changed and happened in such a short amount of time, it puts life into full blown perspective.

It started off with the most rubbish week full of train delays, Jack moving away, over-working myself, along with lots of other annoying thing's. Then, to top the week off, I smashed my phone and totally killed it, a mad panic to get it fixed.

The next week continued on, but one much better and positive! University has been at the forefront of everything. Along with my closest friends moving to start their uni journey, it's made me think and evaluate a lot within my own self.  
Initially, the thought of university didn't excite me at all. The sheer mention of it made me shut down and stick my head in the sand. I didn't have a clue about anything, or if it was even for me. 
The more I was forced to research into it for college assignments, the more excited and pictured myself studying more. I found myself inspired and feeling really prepared for it all.

I'm planning to do some university blog posts, for anyone as confused as I was and wanting some tips, along with the steps by steps as I experience them for myself.


9 September 2014

A farewell weekend full of cake

As Jack is officially moving away to Cambridge next week to start his new journey at university, the weekend just gone was our weekend dedicated to squeezing in as much us time as we could, with me going back to classes this week as well, everything in my life is happening at once. 

It happens every September for me. Life throws things at me to test my mental strength and without Jack at my side these past few weeks, I would have been an even more emotional mess. 

For anyone who follows me on twitter, may know. I've had an influx of job interviews recently, and  one straight after running from college the other day, I found out I got it! so my new job starts in a few weeks, i'm back at my old favourite company which I temporarily worked for last year, so happy to go back! 

As I said, It's all happening at once for me. Jack's moving away to study, I'm knuckling down for second year and I'm starting a new job. I also found out I achieved double distinction*'s on my first year, so so happy!
It's a lot to take on with my M.E right now and even though I hide my illness, I'm finding it increasingly hard to manage.  I've not been too well with it all, but I'm trying to squeeze it all in and resting as much as possible (easier said than done) 

Back to our weekend! this is actually part two of our weekend, because all my photos are on film or my phone from the first part. I will try to get it up soon!


3 September 2014

Lace and lace // What I wore

Just a casual outfit from the bank holiday weekend. I've been wearing this cardigan/kimono non-stop last week since I picked it up. It's a nice little throw on and your done cardigan, while also adding a little edge, I love it! 
Paired with my new favourite bag from LYDC, which is just the perfect shoulder bag and size. It's ideal for college coming up soon and I just know i'm going to be using it constantly! 
LYDC are actually my favourite go-to bag company. They are just such good quality for a decent price, I also love how my bags (now have two from them, and growing no doubt!) have always come with a dust bag which keeps it lovely and clean when not in use. They have such a collection on their website, you will no doubt find your perfect bag for any occasion and use, would highly recommend checking them out. Even my mum loves them, and she's a fussy bag lady!


1 September 2014

Sea of red poppies

When the first few poppies were laid I really wanted to make sure I made time to go and see it. 
For anyone who hasn't heard about it, it's to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 and paying memorial to the fallen soldiers. 
I think I read that there's around 800,000+ poppies, each one representing each soldier. 

It was quite a beautiful sight to see a sea of red poppies spread around the Tower of London, and nice to just stand and admire and think of the brave soldiers who spared their life.  
It was really busy of people taking photo's of course, but plenty of room around the tower to find a gap to fit in!

Once they are taken away in November, each poppy will be sold with the proceeds going to charity. We have pre-registed to *hopefully* be able to buy our very own ceramic poppy! 


29 August 2014

Current bargain heel favourites

After having a big old browse in Primark the other day, I spotted these little beauties and decided to try them on! I was after a pair of simple black go to heels that (for once) were not platforms, all the ones I have already are platform or a thick block heel. I wanted more of a simple but elegant heel that fit's nearly all occasions, from dresses to jeans. 

I think these bad boys tick the boxes. The two textured heel grabbed my eye and I picked them up. They also have them in cream and also silver. They seemed popular by a lot of people judging by the shelf and the fact a lot kept picking them up.
I'm not surprised, at £12! it's a deal, steal and a beautiful one at that. 

Heels - Primark £12

As I said, I'm use to the ease of walking in platform heels being one height and wasn't sure of how simple the adjustment to these heels would be. These are nice and half easy to walk in, all depends on how you are personally walking in heels!

Do you like these? Have you seen anything in Primark recently that took your eye?

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