Sunday, 23 May 2010

london heatwave!!

Wow, it's been such a good weekend, I have been subathing since about 2pm yesterday and today from 9am-7pm! Probably wasn't the best idea to smother myself in olive oil but I have more of a tan and didnt have to pay for it!! 30'c tomorrow Londoners! :)
Anyway, sorry I haven't posted for a while, I've been panicking about my AS exams, which are all dotted around over the next few weeks, as I've done no revision! :(

So I thought I'd dedicate this post to festivals! I went to T in the Park (Scotland) and Reading last summer, and am going to Reading on the saturday only this year! Is anyone else booked for camping/festival?

When i went last year, me and friends camped for 4 days, and there is always something you forget to take!! For me, it was sun cream and a head scarf to cover up the greasy hair after the first two days. I had to pay £5 for a scarf at a stall to tie round to hide it! But definitely take as much Batiste as you think you may need, dry shampoo, which comes in a can and you can spray, rub in and brush out. Apparently you can get bastiste for brunettes now! Something to look into for all you dark haired! Definitely spray your hair as much as possible with heat defense because it dries up in the heat of the sun sooo quickly.
I also had to end up buying wellies because I forgot to take any and the mud was insane!!
Fav. hair look:

Second best wellies to classic (black-my fav.) Hunters:

The trick to stay chic at a festival is to accessorise. Wear as much jewellery; necklaces, rings, string/wooden/bangle bracelets and hair accessories as possible. Sunglasses like ray bans make girls look instantly festivalised. I think there is also an unspoken competition between all the girls at festivals: wellies. Whether, they're classic Hunter boots, or biker style, everyboddy judges them, basically don't buy primark ones because you can tell how cheap they are and they also hurt really bad by the end of the day.

Showers: me and my friends had baby wipe showers instead of using the communal showers. We kicked everyone out the tent whilst we had a wash with around 30 wipes at a time! Leaves you fresh and smelling nice, without the trek to and from the showers and instead of having to lug a towel there. (Hopefully I'll be driving by Reading this year so i won't be so achey afterwards haha)

Here are some of my favourite festival looks:

You like?

What did all of you do this weekend? Have you got plans for next weekend already? I'm spending the weekend at my mums house as my sister,her husband, nephew, niece and new baby nephew are visiting! Can't wait to take the kids out for ice cream and catch up with my sis!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

summer look and light reading!

I have a summer outfit of the day which I created, and also an unlikely reccomendation!

Firstly, here is the outfit which I love love love!
  • Necklace - Tiffanys (I own :))
  • Handbag - Miu Miu
  • Earrings - Chanel
  • Bunny ring - Forever21
  • Floral bracelet - Forever21
  • Stacked bracelets - Forever21
  • Top - Abercrombie (I own :))
  • Nail Varnish - Chanel
  • Gladiator sandals - River Island (I own :))
  • Sunglasses - Gucci
  • Blazer - Republic 
  • Shorts - Topshop
A second thing;
I while ago I read 'that extra half an inch' by Victoria Beckham (taking it with a pinch of salt)
ictoria Beckham's writing about fashion is surprisingly very enjoyable. It is not only a guide to different clothes, but also beauty and style, and although not written amazingly well, it has a sort of personal conversational feel to it. In my opinion the book is perfect for fashionistas, I particularly found the section on types of jeans very interesting.
I also found out that it's co-written with Hadley Freeman - Vogue & the Guardian giving the book a tone of authority. The book is generally a collection of tips and guidelines, aiming at giving inspiration rather than dictating outfit choices to readers, high street items are suggested in association with designers, for those who cannot afford the price tag which comes with the name!
Not only is it a fun book to read, the illustrations are also really interesting, as they are preliminary sketches by designers. It is the perfect book to flick through when you’re looking for inspiration and advice.
Please take into account that I don’t particularly like Victoria Beckham as a person! I was interested in what her advice would be as I am open to what all people have to say about fashion!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

everything that I want

Being a fool, I lost the document that goes with this photo saying where all the items are from...
But how lovely are these clothes!? If I find it I'll add it in here!
15 - are obviously UGGS
16 - are definitely from BANK

need to find the rest again!

Harriet xx

Thursday, 13 May 2010

a few new things...

I've already broken the last £20 left in my account today. I couldn't resist!
I popped into boots and saw the Diet Coke and nails inc. offer and had to investigate.

I chose the colour 'London' out of the shades, which is like a creamy beige colour. I don't really rate the colour against my skin (I'm like a little bit lighter...!) but it is quite nice for the price of two bottles of diet coke.

I also had a long look around the make up concessions. The boots near my college is really small so there aren't too many brands on offer there, but I tested ALL of the nude and pale pink lipsticks on the back of my hand so that I could find a new colour for summer, instead of the usual lipgloss. (Yes my hand was completely smothered for a few hours)

To my surprise, my favourite colour was make up brand, 17. The colour is 'Blonde' and it goes really nicely with my complexion. I also got some photos taken today for my drivers license, and I had just applied it in the booth before pressing the button!

It has a kind of sparkle to it, not an obvious one but it is a little tinted. I'm in love with it already! (Plus the range of lippys are £3.99 so I managed to pick it up on my boots card with advantage points!)

Harriet xx

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Fake Tan vs. Sunbed

This article leads us to the big debate.
Sun-bedding versus fake tanning offers many a dispute among my college friends/family/people I don't even know and I. This conversation topic has inspired me to research and write about it due to the longstanding opinions surrounding it.

Despite what a lot of people say, there are still many individuals who prefer using sun beds to a fake tanning lotion. It’s hard to believe with the amount of orange people you see today, but usually there can be up to a fifteen minute wait in many local sun bed salons.

Most of you will probably know how sun beds work, but here’s a short rundown of them.
The strobe lighting tubes in the beds emit ultraviolet radiation, both UVA and UVB, and these rays have ten to fifteen times greater intensity than the sun at midday. The reason these rays are more likely to cause skin cancer is because the radiation penetrates much further into the skin cells, causing both gene damage and skin cancer. 6,709 cases of malignant melanoma occur each year in the UK alone.

The main advantage of using sun beds is that you get an all over even natural tan for less money than a fake tan, it looks a lot better and it doesn’t streak, go patchy, wash off in water or disintegrate with a hard workout.

The best way to stay safe on a sun bed is to use sun cream. You are advised by the assistants in the tanning shop not to use it on the sun beds but this is generally because if they ‘forget’ to clean it after each use, they get complaints. They also sell tiny little pots of tan accelerator, that range from about £1.50-£5 and only last one session (you can buy a whole bottle for around £10), to boost their profits. Sun cream does in fact help to protect you from the UVA /UVB rays and stops you burning, plus if you buy a factor 15 cream then it protects but doesn’t block the rays completely (sun block on the other hand prevents the UVA/UVB rays from entering your skin and makes it completely pointless to use the beds). Eye goggles are provided in each cubicle, usually along with moisturiser/make up remover for each customer. Most people tend not to use the goggles on the lower intensity beds but it can cause eye damage on the higher ones or with frequent use, so it shouldn’t really be risked.

Spray tans. They usually last about a week with the best care, and they are also much more high maintenance. You are unable to shave less than 24 hours before getting them and it is also not advised to use deodorants or perfumes as this can make the tan discolour. In addition, up to eight hours after the tan is applied you shouldn’t; shower, use deodorant, perfume, soap, work up a sweat, etc and it is also better to wear no clothes until it has really dried and finished on your skin. After this you have to shower and exfoliate daily, pat yourself completely dry before dressing and then moisturise twice a day. Your bathwater also goes brown/orange and it can begin to blotch. Although maintaining your skin like this is beneficial anyway and does definitely not damage your skin, it is probably not the best tan for a busy person with little spare time, and a lot of effort. There is also the increased chance that you choose the wrong colour for your skin and unlike moisturising tans in shops, it takes a long time to wash off and it is almost impossible to scrub off without damaging your skin. Furthermore, unless the spray tanner is a professional, the appliers are not good enough to ensure there are no streaks, plus there is the issue of body confidence and being semi/naked around a stranger once a week.

When I was in school there was one girl who frequently got spray tans by a professional, and they were always streaky. One time my teacher announced to the class ‘does she know that she’s that colour?’ when she left the room to go to the toilet and further questioned her upon her return, asking if she had been to Barbados for the weekend.

I myself do use sun beds. I prefer having a natural even tan and a healthy (questionable!) glow. I know all about the disadvantages of sun beds and really worry about my health at times, especially as I try to go every other day for eight minutes at each time. I always apply sun cream to under my breasts and my tummy as that’s where I usually burn. Once my tan has built up to my desired colour I start going once a week instead. A lot of people who attend my college are orange from spray tanning and all the boys think they look ridiculous, especially as they continue to use their natural skin colour foundation and it makes them look even worse!

It costs me about £5.40 a go on the sun bed and there are always really friendly staff who give me advice whether I ask for it or not. Once, my friend came with me whilst I went on and they told her that she wasn’t to go on a bed (not that she insinuated she wanted to, she’s ginger and doesn’t tan at all) which has reassured me that the assistants really do care about the safety of their clients. At around £20 a week, it is the same cost as an average spray tan, therefore for me it’s definitely not about the money.

Recently, a couple of friends have started coming tanning with me after commenting on my glow, and they have become noticeably more tanned too, and love it! (I didn’t encourage it, and told them the common advantages and disadvantages of using them).

WARNING: sun beds are definitely addictive and should be used with extreme precaution, care and attention as to how long they are used per session. You should make sure to ask a tanning assistant for advice before using a bed.

What are your opinions on tanning? What are your tanning rituals? To tan or not to tan, that is the question...

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Happy tuesday!

So today i thought that I'd post this new dress that I bought at the end of winter, I bought it for summer and I can't wait until it gets a little warmer so that I can wear it out!
I'm probably going to have to wear little white shorts underneath it because it's realllly short and I don't want the Marilyn Monroe effect.
Outfit 1:
Vintage leopard print heels
Primark - dark red snakeskin belt
Republic - dress

Outfit 2:
Office - cowboy boots
Jack Wills - cardigan
Primark - dark red snakeskin belt
Republic - dress

Harriet xx

Monday, 10 May 2010

Eight most worn things

I've seen these on a few different Blogs and I find them interesting in comparison with my favourite things!

1. Lipstick/lipgloss
2. Earrings
3. Shirt
4. Nail polish
5. Shoes
6. Hair product
7. Perfume
8. Handbag


1. Lipstick/lipgloss
This is my favourite lip gloss by Benefit, it's called 'Life on the A List'. I wear it most days, at college and out and about with friends.

2. Earrings
It really upsets me that loads of the earrings today are so pretty and chic, but I usually wear plain sterling silver diamond earrings. (5 of them!) and then my ears are stretched to 10mm each. Here's a couple of pictures.

3. ShirtThis is really difficult but gotta be this staple vest from Topshop. I have about three of them and I wear them under loads of things from jumpers and lacy vests to tops which are quite thin and you can see my bra through!

4. Nail polish

I tend to french manicure my nails myself for during the week and then on the weekend I use crimson or 'Valentine' red nail polish!

5. Shoes
Can't go wrong with ballet pumps. If I dont have enough time to get ready these babies go with everything!

6. Hair product

I NEED TO PUT 3 DOWN HERE! i) Bed Head Curls Rock serum: Perfect for naturally curly hair, that goes frizzy! I like to leave my hair natural sometimes, and my curls are quite nice but they also go quite frizzy when left to dry naturally so I use this after washing and it defines my curls and fights the frizz! My hairdresser friend reccommended it to me.

ii) Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray: Perfect for backcombing and adding volume. I use it every day. Smells so good as well.

iii) Batiste: I use the tropical smelling one (the best) I first started using this when I had to get out of my house by 5am and get home at 7pm most nights. In between washes (or when I was too tired) a quick spray of this and fluff round makes your hair more volumised and looks less greasy. I use it now, because it is healthier to not wash it every day and it also makes my roots look less dark!

7. PerfumeVivienne Westwood Boudoir all the way.

8. Handbag

Pink/beige leather handbag!

Hope that was interesting! :)

Harriet xx

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Welcome to the Carnival!

So I've decided to start my own blog. I have had inspiration from others and the epiphany that my spending habit is not so terrible if I give other people advice or if they happen to like certain products that I can recommend! I will try to update at least once a week as I can create longer posts with more information on things which I have bought on shopping trips etc. I would really love and appreciate any feedback and advice from other more experienced bloggers.

Well, here goes nothing!

Yesterday I went into Epsom with my best friend so that she could get her nose pierced (and I could pay for it!) for her birthday. I took the opportunity to drag her to Hennes where I had seen a beautiful dress earlier on in the week. I picked up the dress in two sizes because I often have problems in that the boob bit doesnt fit but the waist does (do any of you have that problem?).
The dress is quite short, complete cream lace with gold zip from the middle to the top at the front. The material has a nice feel to it. At £25 it isn't a bad buy but although I grabbed two sizes for the changing room, neither of them fit. I was pretty upset about this because it looked lovely and fitted my waist well, and was flattering to my figure but refused to do up over my bra, and even when I removed my bra!
So if any of you have a petite chest I would really reccommend it as both an evening and day dress as it can be dressed up and down.

In Hennes, I bought this beige coat for £35. The material feels similar to that of a mac (or flasher coat!) and is quite light so I think I will be wearing it when the weather looks like it might turn or if theres a bit of a bite in the wind! Looks great with skinny jeans or dark tights with mocassins!

I also bought these gorgeous heels from New Look after travelling back to Sutton! They were one of the last two pairs left in stock. Of course, they didn't have my size but they had a 5 and 7 and I'm usually a 6. Tried on both pairs, 7 were massive and hard to walk in because they were sliding about everywhere! I went for the 5, much nicer fit and comfy to walk in. They were a bargain at £35, my friends are all very jealous!

I saw and purchased this headband from Dorothy Perkins on Tuesday, which was £6 and looks
lovely both day and night. My friend was actually wearing it at college when I told her that I loved it and she said that it was her most recent bargain from DP! Later on I picked up this Barry M Dazzle Dust, its like a purpley maroon colour, I would use when going out on the town. The code is 88.

Anyway now I literally have no money, so the next few posts will probably be of my favourite beauty products and items of clothing which I couldn't live without!

Harriet xx