Hello! I am back! The pictures above are from a recent trip to Manchester with my boyfriend, it was lovely being in a city full of culture. My Aunt lives in Liverpool and warned us it would probably rain (heavily) whilst we were visiting, it is almost as if she jinxed herself because it was sunny every day we were there! Apart from the second to last day - we were stood in the queue for a McDonalds (cheeky) and it started to rain.. then snow? It was strange, the local people looked unsurprised at the barmy Mancunian weather though!
I would just quickly like to say thank you to everyone who has commented recently on my blog - I've read every comment, they really do make my day, and just to say sorry for not getting back to you, I have a lot of catching up to do!! The last few weeks have flown by, I can't believe it is October already!
Christmas soon :)
Posted by Holly at 14:16
My week. I haven't had the internet I'm afraid, Sky broadband are rubbish! I'm currently using Nate's laptop, so that is why this is extra picture heavy - sorry if you hate this type of post!
1. I have been taking my Kindle everywhere recently
2. The heavens opened
3. Lingering on the staircase
5. Nate organising his work
6. I felt like drawing furniture
7. Bottles lined up on the windowsill in my cousins house
8. My cousin Jemma :)
9. Lavender in the window
10. Porsha - Jemma's dog
11. Jemma's necklace and enviably long hair!
Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend!
Posted by Holly at 13:44
Today I sat around with my boyfriend drinking tea and listening to music, It has been a relaxing day! I normally work on sundays, so it was nice not having to drag myself out of bed to serve grumpy people in a really noisy supermarket! I love documenting things and taking photos, but it seems recently I have been really lazy and forgotten my camera, hence the lack of interesting pictures!
1. Found this in our house, it is my mums from years ago
2. My actual Siamese Bella (I would like to note that I decided on the name Bella in 1997, it has no relation to glittery vampires!)
3. I get the most interesting patterns on my wall when the sun is setting, please excuse my incredibly messy room!
5. He hates me taking pictures of him!
Posted by Holly at 13:26
VO5 Strong hold hairspray
I don't use hairspray often, but after purchasing this about a month ago, I have fallen in love with it! It sets my hair when I put it up, but doesn't leave it feeling like cardboard and my hair still has loads of movement. Also, it smells like a nice perfume, not toxic or over powering!
I am using this at the moment because I am trying to reduce the scar I have on my hand, (mole + mini operation = horrid scar on hand) forgot just how much of a wonder product this is! After two days use it has reduced redness around the scar, a winner in my books.
Batiste dry shampoo 400 ml
I bought this about a week ago, it's massive compared to the normal sized can, and is definitely not for travelling lightly but I'm so impressed! I get through so much dry shampoo its unbelievable, I use it daily to give my hair some much needed volume as it is incredibly fine, so I love this size. I bought it from my local Boots, and it was priced reasonably at £4.99.
The Righteous Butter
I have been using this on dry patches on my skin such as my elbows and knees, it is a very rich moisturiser so I haven't had to use a lot to get good use out of it. I personally think it smells divine, but I don't mind heavy scents in products! One downside is that it takes forever to sink in, which can be annoying if you are rushing to get somewhere.
St. Moritz spray tan
Now, I will happily admit I am a tanning-phobe. I have embraced ghostly pale skin every summer since I can remember, this all stems from a bad tanning experience. Imagine, bright orange with white patches ALL over, it was horrendous! However I am not going abroad this year so I have felt slightly pushed to fake tanning as a last resort.. Am I glad I took the plunge? Yes! Thank goodness for great self tanner and exfoliating products! St. Moritz made me go a lovely olive toned tan, which I love, not a patch in sight either. Because it is a spray I had to use a mitt and put a towel down, it did get slightly messy but I think it is safe to say I am completely converted, woo!
Vaseline sheer infusion body lotion
I used this when I fake tanned, and although I am not 100% bowled over by it, the product sunk in quickly and didn't smell overly offensive. One that I will use as a back up next time I think!
Revlon Cherries in the Snow
I have been feeling brave this week it seems! I never wear bright or dark colours, I am a nude girl through and through. Recently however, I have become a bit bored with colour that doesn't have a huge amount of pay off. This is a gorgeous, blue toned pinky red, I do need to buy a lip liner to go with it though to save myself smearing it all over my face.
Topshop cream blusher in Butterscotch
I haven't seen a lot about this colour, it was the one that stood out to me when I peered over the collection when it was released. Of course, like most things I loved it, then threw it to the back of my drawer never to be seen again, until now! Nothing better than learning to love a product all over again.
You have all seen this, but I've rediscovered it again. I have gotten into the habit of swiping Naked Lunch on my eyes, and leaving in a hurry. Miraculously I decided to switch it up a bit and use Woodwinked instead, for now I like this routine, I expect by next week I will be using something else, the joys in life.
You Rebel - Lite
I dug this baby out when I fake tanned, I'm unsure as to whether i like using it in the UK, I have only ever used it on holiday, hmm. Unsure. Give me another week and I'll let you know.
Tic Tac Cherry Passion
I am completely obsessed, they taste amazing! The cherry flavour reminds me of My Baby All Gone, did anyone have that as a kid in the 90's?? Well, if you did it tastes like the smell of the cherry jar..
If you haven't watched this, you should. Here is the trailer: Submarine (The book is amazing too)
Primark plaited bracelet
I love this, I thought the tassels would annoy me but they don't, the only downside is, I have to get someone to put it on for me or I struggle for ages.
I have worn this quite a few times now without getting a green finger, inevitably this means instant love :)
Phew. Hello to all new lovely followers too, Hope you are all well!
Posted by Holly at 07:36
A quick outfit of the day from yesterday evening, the pictures were taken by my personal photographer - my grumpy boyfriend who wanted go to the engagement party we were late for!
I do apologise for my slightly manic facial expressions, awkward poses and fly away hair, it had also just started to rain, so typical! My boyfriend promptly lent me his tripod after last night, so I can prance around in front of the camera without him having to be there, cue better OOTD's, whey!
So, I am now off to take pictures of the massive amounts of Primark clothes I bought on friday, and then I might have a cup of tea. I hope you have all had a lovely weekend!
Denim jacket - Miss Selfridge
Dress - H&M (Love, love LOVE this, even though it doesn't look too flattering in the above images)
Flippy Floppys - Accessorize
Jewellery - Primark (Not that you can see ANY of it, sorry did I mention that I am rubbish at this?)
Posted by Holly at 09:42
So, firstly this is my bag.
Voila! I adore it, even though it is ridiculously heavy to carry around. (I also apologise for the picture above being the only black and white image, it was really sunny and I couldn't see the camera screen!)
Before you worry, I kindly removed all of the debris that was littering the bottom of my bag- sweet wrappers, receipts, crumbs and general rubbish that we all seem to lug around with us. So, without further ado, here is whats in my bag.
2. Poster from my bfs friends gig - bloodsportband.tumblr.com
3. A ring (laid on top of poster)
5. Cath Kidston children's purse full of hair grips
6. Pixi tester from the kind lady in Boots
7. Old photographs I found of my mums that I wanted to show Nate, my boyfriend
8. Jessica nail varnish
9. 17 lipstick in 'Balmy Beige'/ Maxfactor lipfinity lasting liptint in '04'/ Pen/ Gosh eyebrow pencil
10. Make up bag from No 7
11. Primark belt
12 and 13 Hold my 'monthly' bits and bobs..
14. iPod touch
Now, I don't know if you wanted to see what was in my make up bag or not, but I'm going to show you anyway..
Said make up bag.
I realise this is a silly amount of lip products.
So, I have 2 necklaces I had forgotten about, 3 lip balms, 3 lipsticks, 1 memory stick, 1 mini deodorant, 1 mini comb - got to love the smaller sized products!
1. ByTerry Baume de Rose
2. Eos lipbalm
3. Mac lip conditioner in Petting Pink
1. Paul and Joe in '064' (I will admit, I partly asked my bf for this because of the packaging)
2. Mac in 'Pretty Please'
3. Maybelline in 'Ambre Rose'
There we have it, that is what's in my bag. I love reading this type of blog post as I am incredibly nosey, hopefully you have enjoyed it too!
Posted by Holly at 08:23
Photos taken when I had to move my room around to accommodate the arrival of my iMac. I found out it's being delivered Thursday! So, I have had to hastily find a desk that will fit the corner of my room, as it is already overwhelmed with mismatched furniture (My own fault, I impulse buy).
In the process of swapping different objects around, I found loads of dusty bottles and vases I bought from car boot sales that I just couldn't leave behind. They stayed on my windowsill for the day, before returning to their home- under my bed.
I am actually really looking forward to having at least one part of my room being organised, I find that I always have art work to store and I am running out of space! Do any other artists have this problem, or am I completely hopeless at throwing things away?
Posted by Holly at 15:30