Inner City Joules – Polyvore Outfit of the Week

Inner City Joules
I have been a fan of Joules for several years now, and I clearly remember falling in love with their classy, feminine designs that never seem to go out of style. This brand is perfect for anyone that wants to invest in a few pieces of classy clothing that will last for years without breaking the bank.
This year Joules are celebrating 25 years of business, and they have grown from strength. Their clothes are often seen on stars such as Mary Berry and Great British Bake Off 2013 Winner Frances Quinn regularly wore the brand on the show as she is a babywear designer for them. They clearly like cake!
The idea for this outfit came whilst I was out shopping (as they often do) and the weather changed about four times in less than two hours. In Manchester, an umbrella and jacket are a must. It really does rain as often as people say. I love the fitted style of the jacket, and it would be perfect with a huge range of outfits. I can just picture myself going shopping in this outfit, and stopping for coffee in a cafe whilst I jot down all of my ideas for the blog in the lovely notebook.
Joues currently have a sale on, and the bracelet and purse are currently on sale. Both can be found here along with so many other items to tempt you.
Are you a fan of Joules? Let me know!
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Essence UK Launch Party

On Sunday I was lucky enough to attend the launch party to celebrate Essence’s arrival here in the UK. I’ve been listening to Breige over at Rare Opal gushing about Essence cosmetics for a few months now, so I was pretty eager to see what all the fuss was about.

The launch was held at The Studio in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It is a fantastic location to host an event anyway, but Essence and Flipside PR had completely transformed the room into a make up lovers paradise. There was a 2 meter display stand full of make up to be investigated, as well as areas specifically devoted to nails, lips, eyes and face. These areas were perfect for trying out products and seeing how others were planning to use each item – and it’s a great way to get new ideas and inspirations.

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Essence Launch by Cashmere and Confetti

I was really pleased to hear that Essence do not test on animals, and that they routinely inspect their suppliers. I also love that they market their products to those that are young at heart, not just teenage girls – it is so refreshing! I was also really impressed to hear that each year Essence will change 50% of it’s product line, ensuring that there is always something new, and that you can keep up with the latest trends at an affordable price.

Essence Launch by Cashmere and Confetti

As well as playing with all of the delightful make up, there was also the chance to get a manicure from the Pamper Puff Girls. I decided to go for a summery coral fittingly called Off to Miami. I have been searching for the perfect coral nail polish for a while, and this certainly fits the bill. I have been wearing this for 3 days without a chip.

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 I took home lots of goodies to experiment and play with – but that is a post for another day. You will just have to trust me for now when I say that they are really, really good. If you cannot wait and just want to try everything for yourself, there is an Essence stand in Manchester Arndale, as well as one in Westfields Shepards Bush. They will also be in Wilkonsons/Wilkos stores from July.

Lips by Cashmere and Confetti

Thanks to Essence UK and Flipside PR for hosting such a great event!

Green Fingers

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This year, I have been making a real effort to focus on little things that make me happy. One big thing that always makes me happy is sunshine. Here in Britain, there are usually one or two glorious weeks of sunshine followed by constant rain. It did not even snow here in Manchester this winter – it just kept raining.

As soon as the weather was dry I made sure to spend as much time in the garden as possible.My dad and I had decided that we were going to completely renovate the garden, and that is exactly what we did. I booked a few days off work, took a trip to the local garden centre and stocked up on supplies.

It was hard work, but it has been really lovely to watch all of the flowers begin to bloom. There are more and more opening up every day, and the garden has completely transformed. Whilst I do not think that I will ever be presenting at The Chelsea Flower Show, I am very proud of my little patch of heaven.

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101 Things in 1001 Days – An Update

Seeing as I have been working on my list for almost five months now, I thought that I should quickly post an update about what I have been able to tick off my list. Each item will have it’s own blog post over the next few weeks, and I will post a round up every couple of months.  I have been having so much fun completing these goals, and planning which ones to complete next.

 

1. Come up with 101 things.  (Clearly already done)
2. Make 5 new friends through my blog.
3. Complete a color run.
4. Professionally redesign my blog.
5. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop.
6. Learn how to do calligraphy.
7. Complete 5 craft projects from Pinterest.
8. Write down the birthdays and addresses of all of my friends and family in a book.
9. Put £10 into savings for each goal completed.
10. Kiss under mistletoe.
11. Bake something from Pinterest.
12. Knit an item of clothing. (Currently in progress)
13. Go to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
14. Donate blood 10 times.
15. Have afternoon tea.  (With my mum at The Britannia Hotel)
16. Start my own company.
17. Invest in quality business cards.
18. Buy my parents something significant.
19. Send 50 handwritten letters.
20. Learn how to use chopsticks.
21. Take a baking lesson.
22. Send my mum flowers out of the blue.  (On Christmas Eve)
23. Get a facial.
24. Read 20 new books.
25. Attend a polo match.
26. Learn to drive.
27. Buy a car.
28. Send a postcard to PostSecret.
29. Have a real Christmas tree.
30. Go on holiday.
31. Be in Times Square for New Years Eve.
32. Ride a horse.
33. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month.
34. Purchase a pair of designer shoes.
35. Purchase a designer handbag.
36. Visit 5 museums.
37. Make a snow angel.
38. Watch every Disney film.
39. Have breakfast in bed.
40. Go to the zoo.
41. Build a snowman.
42. Fly first class.
43. Do something special with my brother.
44. Enroll for a new degree/qualification.  (Postgraduate Degree starts next month!!)
45. Redecorate my bedroom.
46. Watch 10 different TED talks. (Completed about six times)
47. Try yoga.
48. Sort out my Amazon wishlists.
49. Begin paying into my pension. (Joined my company’s pension scheme in March ’14)
50. Sort out my Good Reads account.
51. Pay off my student credit card.
52. Sell 200 items on eBay.
53. Buy no new cosmetics until I have used all the ones I currently own.
54. Make 20 different soups.
55. Bake a rainbow layer cake.
56. Donate to a different charity every month.
57. Buy 5 items from Etsy and do a feature on each seller.
58. Take three short courses/classes.
59. Get paid for a published article.
60. Organize my iTunes library.
61. Buy luxurious/fancy bedding.
62. Teach a class.
63. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween.
64. Visit Disney World and Disney Land.
65. Learn to identify 10 constellations by sight.
66. Complete level one British Sign Language.
67. Learn to sign 20 words in ASL.
68. Find three things to do as new holiday traditions and do them every Christmas for the duration of the 1001 days.
69. Blog about each goal completion (weekly round ups if needed)
70. Try 20 new restaurants.
71. Grow a plant from a seed.
72. Build a blanket fort.
73. Go to a botanical garden.
74. Have a birthday party.
75. Go to a book signing.
76. Go to an aquarium.
77. Give someone a handmade gift.
78. Ask 10 people what their favorite book is and then read them all. (1/10 done)
79. Spend the night in a five star hotel.
80. Write a business plan.
81. Give £5 to charity for every goal not achieved.
82. Build a sand castle.
83. Find a mentor.
84. Clear out my email inbox.
85. Try three foods I’ve never had before.
86. Contribute to another blog.
87. Master SEO.
88. Become more confident in networking.
89. Spend an entire day in bed watching documentaries.
90. Learn to apply liquid eyeliner.
91. Host a giveaway on my blog.
92. Interview 5 female entrepreneurs that inspire me.
93. Attend a blogging conference.
94. Sleep under the stars.
95. Spend one day saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity.
96. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me.
97. Complete 10 random acts of kindness.
98. Be kissed in the rain.
99. Have a picnic.
100. Be in bed before 10pm every day for one month.
101. Watch 40 new (to me) movies.

So far I have completed 6/101 things on my list, and whilst that may not seem like a lot, I feel as though I have been making steady progress. If you would have asked me yesterday, I would have been able to correctly guess around half of the goals on this list, and it feels really good to go over them again and to re-inspire myself to achieve them.

I am really looking forward to being able to cross a few goals off this list over the summer, and I would love to read everyone else’s list. Leave the link to them in the comments section!

Tory Burch Gifts

The holiday season is well and truly on us now, and many of us are trying to find the perfect gifts for our nearest and dearest. I much prefer to give people one or two well thought out presents rather than a ton of generic, thoughtless ones. One of my go to places for friends is Tory Burch.

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Each season Tory Burch releases some stunning pieces, and I love gifting them to my friends almost as much as I love buying them for myself. Everyone seems to be creating their holiday gift list for close friends and relatives right the way through to third cousins twice removed and their pets. This list though, is a round up of a few of my gifting favorites for the special women in your life.

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1. Thea Zip Coin Case 2. Robinson Traveler 3.Robinson Saffiano Middy Satchel Key Fob 4. Kerrington Hardshell Case for iPhone 5/5s

These are classic, timeless gifts that any woman would be delighted to receive. I have had my eye on the key fob for a while, and if Santa does not bring me one I may just have to treat myself.

Everyone knows it’s best to wrap up warm when facing the cold, and with these beautiful pieces it is hard not to look stylish whilst out and about:

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5. Bow Gloves 6. Wide Brim Hat 7. Mix Scale Planthra Scarf

101 Things in 1001 Days

Lists. I love them. Every morning I write a list of everything that I want to get done for the day, and challenge myself to get as many things ticked off my list as I can. For me, lists help me focus on things, ensuring that nothing is forgotten. A few days ago, I came across Mackenzie’s blog post of 101 things in 1001 days.

1001 days is just under three years, so it is the perfect time frame for some goals that would take a little more planning yet just enough time to keep you aware of how many days you have left. I love a challenge, and I love lists, so this is perfect for me.

I drew my list up on 1st December 2013, so my 1001 days end on August 28th 2016.

I will be posting regular updates on how I am doing as well. If you also have a list, please leave the link so that I can see what everyone else is trying to achieve.

  1. Come up with 101 things.
  2. Make 5 new friends through my blog.
  3. Complete a color run.
  4. Professionally redesign my blog.
  5. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop.
  6. Learn how to do calligraphy.
  7. Complete 5 craft projects from Pinterest.
  8. Write down the birthdays and addresses of all of my friends and family in a book.
  9. Put £10 into savings for each goal completed.
  10. Kiss under mistletoe.
  11. Bake something from Pinterest.
  12. Knit an item of clothing.
  13. Go to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  14. Donate blood 10 times.
  15. Have afternoon tea.
  16. Start my own company.
  17. Invest in quality business cards.
  18. Buy my parents something significant.
  19. Send 50 handwritten letters.
  20. Learn how to use chopsticks.
  21. Take a baking lesson.
  22. Send my mum flowers out of the blue.
  23. Get a facial.
  24. Read 20 new books.
  25. Attend a polo match.
  26. Learn to drive.
  27. Buy a car.
  28. Send a postcard to PostSecret.
  29. Have a real Christmas tree.
  30. Go on holiday.
  31. Be in Times Square for New Years Eve.
  32. Ride a horse.
  33. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month.
  34. Purchase a pair of designer shoes.
  35. Purchase a designer handbag.
  36. Visit 5 museums.
  37. Make a snow angel.
  38. Watch every Disney film.
  39. Have breakfast in bed.
  40. Go to the zoo.
  41. Build a snowman.
  42. Fly first class.
  43. Do something special with my brother.
  44. Enroll for a new degree/qualification.
  45. Redecorate my bedroom.
  46. Watch 10 different TED talks.
  47. Try yoga.
  48. Sort out my Amazon wishlists.
  49. Begin paying into my pension.
  50. Sort out my Good Reads account.
  51. Pay off my student credit card.
  52. Sell 200 items on eBay.
  53. Buy no new cosmetics until I have used all the ones I currently own.
  54. Make 20 different soups.
  55. Bake a rainbow layer cake.
  56. Donate to a different charity every month.
  57. Buy 5 items from Etsy and do a feature on each seller.
  58. Take three short courses/classes.
  59. Get paid for a published article.
  60. Organize my iTunes library.
  61. Buy luxurious/fancy bedding.
  62. Teach a class.
  63. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween.
  64. Visit Disney World and Disney Land.
  65. Learn to identify 10 constellations by sight.
  66. Complete level one British Sign Language.
  67. Learn to sign 20 words in ASL.
  68. Find three things to do as new holiday traditions and do them every Christmas for the duration of the 1001 days.
  69. Blog about each goal completion (weekly round ups if needed)
  70. Try 20 new restaurants.
  71. Grow a plant from a seed.
  72. Build a blanket fort.
  73. Go to a botanical garden.
  74. Have a birthday party.
  75. Go to a book signing.
  76. Go to an aquarium.
  77. Give someone a handmade gift.
  78. Ask 10 people what their favorite book is and then read them all.
  79. Spend the night in a five star hotel.
  80. Write a business plan.
  81. Give £5 to charity for every goal not achieved.
  82. Build a sand castle.
  83. Find a mentor.
  84. Clear out my email inbox.
  85. Try three foods I’ve never had before.
  86. Contribute to another blog.
  87. Master SEO.
  88. Become more confident in networking.
  89. Spend an entire day in bed watching documentaries.
  90. Learn to apply liquid eyeliner.
  91. Host a giveaway on my blog.
  92. Interview 5 female entrepreneurs that inspire me.
  93. Attend a blogging conference.
  94. Sleep under the stars.
  95. Spend one day saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity.
  96. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me.
  97. Complete 10 random acts of kindness.
  98. Be kissed in the rain.
  99. Have a picnic.
  100. Be in bed before 10pm every day for one month.
  101. Watch 40 new (to me) movies.