Year: 2012

Yearly Round-Up

I don’t know about you guys but I can’t believe Christmas is over and the New Year is right around the corner. The build-up seemed to last for such a long time this year, with the shops starting super-early and the decorations going up at the start of the month and then the 25th passed us by oh so quickly. Well, there were the traditions that sit firmly in each household and in ours it is the littel things that make Crimbo. With both my brother and I sitting on the other side of our teens, Christmas is all about a good lie-in, a magazine for me in my stocking (this is a necessity!) and the fry-up we consume at around 11am-ish. But, with the day having passed us by, we are now turning to the New Year with Facebook status’ appearing making plans and giving thanks to the past year and I have to admit I look back on 2012 fondly.

Has the Towie dream ended?

So, last night saw the return of TOWIE to our screens and the much-anticipated comeback of Mark Wright. The show seemed to fall in two parts- some brilliant, some not so brilliant. The return of Mark and his reunited friendship with Arg took us back to the begining and it was the Essex we fell in love with three years ago. I can’t get on board with #marg as I truly believe this was only coined towards the begining of the end prior to Mark leaving the show so to me it’s Mark and Arg. Must we hashtag everything?!

Real life V Reality

James Arthur was victorious last weekend taking The X Factor crown with a 54% majority vote over runner-up Jahmene Douglas but our Twitter feed was soley focused on the drama un-folding regarding third place finalist, Chris Maloney. Since he was booted out the competition during Saturday’s show, he appears to have taken the news quite badly and suffered from a reality tv breakdown on his twitter feed. The drama started to unravel on Sunday afternoon with reports coming through from Manchester that Maloney had turned up to the studio drunk after partying in the city the previous night.

Xmas treats for Mum@Next

When it comes to present buying for my mum I often find she is the hardest to please. Not because she’s picky but because shes a supermarket shopper ie when doing the weekly food shop in Asda she will chuck a new dress in the trolley or pick up a new coat, so when I buy for her I want to treat her to something she will get a lot of use out of and to something she wouldn’ normally treat herself too. So, when I made the dreaded trip to town in search of the ‘perfect’ gift, Next was my one-stop shop. With a fantastic choice of scents, knitwear and handbags I knew I would find something that she would love, still be very much ‘on-trend’ whilst being suitable for my mums age group, the 50+. This Alpaca Mix Stitch jumper dress is a gorgeous shape and fit as I think she could dress this up with tights and boots whilst the cowl neckline is a great way to still keep warm with a …

Is the Essex dream over?

It’s been a while since we last caught up with the TOWIE lot but the car crash that took place last Monday and an Essexmas special planned in for the next couple of weeks, are we ready to see the back of the Essx lot? It’s been two years since we were first introduced to the Essex lot and with Mark Wright, Amy Childs and Lauren Goodger flying the nest, are you like me and getting bored of seeing the same ‘story’ each week? In the past 12 months we have witnessed round 2354783 of the Arg and Gemma show, Lucy and Mario’s  on-off relationship and Sam and Joey threatening to split and then get engaged during a 50 minute show! When Towie hit our screens it was fresh, a new kind of reality show and one we wanted to watch. We have spin-off’s from Wales with The Valley and the short-lived Desperate Scousewives. Are we getting bored and want someing new? The X Factor final last night reportedly received the lowest viewing figures even though James Arthur took the …

The Ultimate LBD

Well we are officially into the first week of December and party season is well and truly upon us with works do’s, nights with the girlies and family parties a go-go and finding the perfect dress to wear can be such a ‘mare. I’m such a dresses girl and love to dress up and feel fantastic. One thing I do hate though is after you’ve trawled the high street, you look and more importantly feel your best and then you walk into a party to see someone wearing the same dress as you. Not cool. I recently discovered Littleblackdress.co.uk and they have a gorgeous 17 piece capsule collection of dresses this Winter designed by fashion students at Salford University. Being a North-West gal born and bred, when I read about this I thought it was such a fantastic idea. Brand are really connecting with the customer lately through social networking and blogger outreach so using design students is a fantastic touch. I know brands have worked with fashion students before, namely Asos and River Island, …

Let’s think slim

Like most women I worry about my weight. Some days alot, others it doesn’t even cross my mind but when I’m squeezing myself into a new dress I am definately praying to mu inner slim girl that we get in it and look great. Back in July I decided enough was enough and joined a gym, Something I dreaded doing but over the past 6 months I have really enjoyed it. My gym is just down my road and there is a ladies-only room which makes it so much easier to go. I tried classes but clocked on very quickly that it wasn’t for me so the treadmill and exercise bike quickly became my friend. Doing 20 minutes on each I really enjoy it and look forward to my trip to the gym. With Christmas now only an advent calendar count-down away and party season underway, I am going through a determind streak so thought I would put this in writing to spur me on! Oh and having Ryan Gosling waiting would defo make me smash any marathon!   

Kate Preggers?!

So here it is in writing on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at 11pm. I think the nations Princess, Kate Middleton is pregnant. I don’t normally blog about royalty but I feel the need to date- stamp my prediction if you will. It all began with the new hair. This is a fantastic way to take the worlds glare away from an impending bump. Next up was the green dress at the BFC British Fashion Awards. Kate has a very feminine, streamlined look yet she chose a bright green billowing dress. Yes, it was teamed with a black patent skinny belt but all pics from evening showed Kate placing her hands across her stomach and using a bag to accessorise and maybe, disguise her stomach. Kate and Wills have been wed for over 18 months now. We had the celebratory wedding in which we truly took to our hearts. Time for a baby? I’m betting yes. Watch this space……

It’s Rylan Style…

We all though they had kissed and made up with OBE Gary Barlow giving X Factor hopeful Rylan Clarke a glowing review two weeks ago on Saturdays show and admitting he was warming to the Essex star but Rylan has hit back via his Twitter feed last week to a slating he received from Barlow at a charity event. Rylan, known for his outlandish performances on the ITV show, asking the audience at the event about Rylan and even went as far as saying he might even be honest this Saturday and tel Rylan hs performace was ‘absolute shite’. The playful banter between the two is widely reported both on and off the stage but it seems Gary has gone a little too far. Rylan used his Twitter feed to put his feelings across and tweeted “I’d rather be ‘absolute s***’ than just stand there and sing the same old stuff every week on the spot… #boreme @GBarlowOfficial. He even went as far as making a reference to rival BBC show, The Voice. But, it …

The truth about Chezza

She’s the girl we all love to read about but notoriously keeps her private life just that. Well, until the ITV2 documentary with Ms Cheryl Cole was showed last week giving us an access all areas look into her life and a glimpse at her new boyfriend, Tre Holloway. Ms Cole was au naturale during the filming of the ITV2 show ‘Cheryl Cole Access All Areas’, which showed  all the behind the scenes action on her recent ‘A Million Lights’ tour across the UK. The shy singer explaned her battles with anxiety, her passion for performing and maybe a little too revealingly, her growing love for new boyfriend Tre. Cheryl tweeted yesterday afternoon stating she ‘cringed’ watching the show back but it gave her the chance to fight back at the paparazzi and expain what goes on behind closed doors. Viewers got to see a rare glimpse of off-duty Cheryl with no make-up and happily kissing and flirting during the making of the show. Cheryl was seen laughing and joking with her all-american backing dancers and …

‘Live, Laugh, Love’

It’s been a while since I offered a little life-update on here so here goes…. Since April I have been working for Matalan as Online Copywriter which is a job I absolutely love. It’s amazing to work within the E-Commerce dept of such a busy team and see the team grow. Plus the added bonus of looking at oh-so pretty clothes and getting spending-envy on a daily basis is kinda cool. I have had my space on the inter-web now for over two years and it still surprises how far the blogging community has come since the Summer of 2010 when I set up my blog. Bloggers are at the fore-front of fashion, with ‘higher profile’ bloggers acting as models in campaigns such as Miss Selfridge. One part of my 9-5 which I love is blogger outreach and getting to know the girls and guys behind the outfit posts. It is through blogs that I discover a must-have dress and blogs are often my first point of purchase. The fact that someones blog becomes daily reading …

Cath Kidston Wish List

I have always been a handbag girl. I’m generally not one for heels but oh I do love a bag and my latest love is Cath Kidston. The fabulous florals and spotty dotty prints are just so girly and perfect for everyday yet whimsical enough to feel like your in a fairytale. Having recently made my very first Cath Kidston purchase I am now a very proud owner of the light green and white spotted day bag and it’s safe to say it was love at first site. So much so that just a week later during a trip to the Trafford Centre I *accidentally* ended up purchasing a beautiful pale blue floral phone case, oopsie… So, with that in mind here is my Cath wish-list taken from the oh-so pretty website…… 1. Notting Hill Rose Day Bag– £48.00  2.  Small Spot Zip Bag– £24.00 3. Spot Weekend Bag– £65.00                4. Trailing Floral Day Bag– £48.00

Going-out Glam @ Next

When I think party season, glitz, glamour sequins and sparkle come to mind. In my book it’s all about dressing up, feeling good but cos I’m lazy I want minimal effort. My fail-safe item every Winter seems to be a fitted jacket. Whether it is  blazer or a leather I rely on a great-fitting jacked to complete my look. So, lets fast-forward to the present day. When I think of emulating a gorgeous look, Mrs Jamie Hince a la Kate Moss is the stand-out icon in my book. The way she rocks timeless pieces and isn’t afraid to re-hash her favourite black blazer every season makes her the reigning catwalk queen. Every year we go on the hunt up and down the high street searching for ‘the’ dress when in actual fact we tend to purchase a failsafe LDB so I think this Christmas I’m going to take a leaf out of Kate’s book and dig my favourite dress from last season out again and team it with a silver sequin jacket to update it and drag …