February Favourites 

Hello

This month has been a crazy as I’ve just had three weeks off. Only as the month was coming to an end did I start to gather my February Favourites.

Walking dead

I have just started this and I am hooked ,within a day I had finished the first series. I am now on the second and cannot stop its brilliant I’m almost onto the third series on Sky Box sets. It’s one of those shows that once you watch one episode you have to put the next on. I am so glad I am not up to date with this as I can do mass binges which is how I am spending most of my free time now.

Lush

I went through a phase recently where I was living in lush shower gel and bath bombs, and I had noticed my bath bomb collection was dwindling so I ran over and got myself some more gorgeous smelling  goodies, I  was very lucky as I have a friend who works there so she was showing me all the lovely new bits that I should try.  I always try to mix it up with bath bombs to see what works and doesn’t, I cannot wait to try yoga bomb and sex bomb they smell amazing and look like they will be a fun experiment.

Topshop

I have recently had a love hate releationship with topshop, every time I went in I didn’t like what they had or they never had my size, but with the weather slightly resembling spring some of their new stuff is looking good for a seasonal transition. I have even gone out of my comfort zone and got myself a burnt orange velvet cordaroy pinafore which is so comfy it will be worn to death this season now I get to experiment with what tops work . I also finally managed to get a cute cropped shirt with humming birds on it which has taken me forever to hunt down. Both of these items are so out of my comfort zone and I love it, next dungarees I think.

No offence

Another great tv show it’s just had its second series on Channel 4 and gets better each series, written by Paul abbot (shameless) set in a Manchester police station you see the inner workings of how cases are solved and the forensics of them. With the central characters being women it gives a new perspective on how women are precieved in roles of authority in such a male work environment. If you loved Shameless you will love this.

Riverdale

This is the first show that Netflix has aimed for young adults. Looking like it would live on the CW the story is set in Riverdale a small town in America. When a student dies and weeks later his body is discovered how does the town react and who did it?. With twist turns and flashbacks this show is pulling out all the stops and it’s only just begun. Plus Cole Sprouse from  from the Suite Life (Ben from Friends) is in it after having a break from acting.

Science and Natural History Museum

I recently went here in January and have already done a repeat visit. I went during the week so both museums were full of school trips or young families. So much had changed in both museums, part of the Natural History Museum was closed due to an instalment for a new exhibition which was a bit annoying but I still loved it. I have been to the Science Museum twice now and want to go back soon, they currently have a 3D IMAX with films made for the museum about bugs, the universe and many more some of which are narrated by different actors.

Bye for Now

Sarah

New Years Resolutions

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Its been a while I know but it’s a new year so a fresh start.

Every year I set myself resolutions that I will never be able to keep and by the end of the year I feel crap as I hadn’t kept to them.

This year I am setting myself resolutions that are realistic and if I don’t achieve them it’s not the end of the world.

Get into London more 

After visiting London recently I realised how much I missed venturing out and visiting museums. This year I am going to attempt to make it more into London and explore.

Stop worrying about your weight 

Every year I say I will lose x amount of weight and I never achieve it as Christmas takes all the hard work away with indulging in everything. This year I am not going to worry and just be happy with how I feel.

Learn a new skill

I have been saying for ages that I am going to do some short courses and this year I am aiming to take as many as I can find time to do.

Take your holiday throughout the year not all at once just before it runs out 

This has happened to me now and it turns out I may not be able to take all of it anyway. This year I am going to take small city breaks and plan one big holiday.

Spend a little bit more for something nicer

This year I’m aiming in investing in nicer quality of clothing , make up and skin care that will last that bit longer. I get reactions from cheaper make up and skin care anyway so this is just something I am continuing but I have noticed that in the past year I am looking at better quality products that will last longer and I would get more joy out of using.

I could continue adding to the list but then the more I add the more likely I would not keep half of them.

Bye for now

Sarah

Vogue 100 Exhibition

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Last month I went to see the Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize exhibition and saw that Vouge 100 was being advertised. After trying to get in on Sunday I booked tickets and went on Tuesday.

Each room is dedicated to a year starting with 1920 and ending with 2010.

1920s- 1960s

Each of these rooms had the majority of their images in black and white with a handful of colour images. As you went through the 1920s room you saw drawings of items that would have been in the magazine or appeared as the magazine cover all in colour. When walking into the  1960s room more and more colour was being introduced and intensified with adventurous shots an aerial shot with  a girl surrounded by ten cars while standing on one. Walls were full of images of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton the 60s it girls.

1970s-1980s

Going into the 1970s room was a huge difference from what the 60s produced with the photography breaking the mould with motion images with girls running with a pram her outfit in focus but the background blurred of a nurse walking near by also pushing a pram. The techniques used have also improved with bold and bright colours being intensified in the editing process and the photography copying what music was popular then with a dystopian theme which complimented Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

The 1980s room had evolved even more with a black model on a cover and the photo concepts breaking barriers like a woman only wearing a feather headdress covering her. The camera techniques were expanding as well with the playing of exposure to the image so more light would be let in and give the photo a softer feel to it. They also focused more on the accessories than just the clothing with images of muddy wellies in a field full of pink tulips.

1990s-2010s

Walking into the 1990s room I was surrounded by Kate Moss, celebrities on covers and the new supermodels. With images that were high glamour contrasting the black and white images it showed that times were changing from the bright and colourful 70s and 80s. The photographer used the backdrop to emphasize the clothes rather than just compliment them. If an outfit was black the backdrop would be bright to show off the intensity of the clothing, another image that I loved was how the photographer captured the texture of the dress while she was twirling her dress let out pink powder from the layers of the dress to create a pink cloud  as she spun.

The 2000s room focused on the special effects to the image like a plane coming through a living room wall while a woman posed while lying on a sofa, the picture was so colourful and eye catching you couldn’t look away. Another way the effects increased was through using after effects to touch up images making them look brighter and gritter giving them a more adventurous feel to them. More of the images focused on travel and different locations for the backdrops  with added props to draw your attention rather than a plain colour behind the outfit like the earlier images.

The last room was the 2010s which was the smallest room, in the images the use of after effects, photoshop and video were evident with colours being muted to pastels and black and white with a contrasted background. Images would have had the background intensified to match the striking outfit that was featuring.

 

I would recommend this  to anyone who loves a V&A, Somerset house and Kensington Palace fashion exhibition. The next exhibition I am going to see is the Fashion Rules Restyled at Kensington Palace which opened on the 11th February. The Vogue 100 exhibition runs till the 22nd May.

Bye for now

Sarah

 

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Winter Survival Kit

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As the weather has gotten colder I started to think about what products get me through winter.

First up Cold and Flu medicines, this past week I have been dosing myself with Nurofen cold & flu, Beechams max strength all in one and Vitamin C tablets to try and beat this bug. I have also been drinking as much water as possible and added lemon juice to help soothe my throat. I’ve also been told zinc is meant to be good for colds as it helps the body heal quicker.

Last winter my skin was destroyed by the cold so this year I am upping my game and moisturising like crazy. I have stuck to my La Roche Posay anti redness moisturiser for my face which has worked great for a day cream and has UV protection, at night I have been going a bit mad with my Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream applying it under my eyes, under my nose, my lips, my knuckles  and my nails or anywhere else that needs it.

As I get cold easily I always layer up, recently I have not stopped wearing my blue and black checked New Look scarf from last year. This scarf has been my saviour these past few weeks as when I’m cold I just use it as a shawl when indoors. Although I have not started using my winter coat I cannot wait to use it soon as it is the cosiest woolen coat that has lasted me six years.

Bye for now

Sarah

July Favourites

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As the month has come to an end I started to think about what I have been loving this month.

Archery brow pencil soap and glory

I have finally given this a go as my HD brow powder is almost finished. I ended up getting the lighter colour as the dark brown was sold out like always. After experimenting with the pencil I have finally a product that I would repeat purchase. The texture of the pencil is perfect and lasts all day as it is slightly waxy.

Sons of Anarchy

I was recommended this series and have really gotten into it recently and am on series five after two weeks. The show is about a motorbike club like the Hells Angels and what happens to them as they are illegally selling guns. I have also got my dad hooked and he has nearly finished series one, if you are looking for a series with some grit that is similar to The Sopranos  I would recommend this.

Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof khol eyeliner in nude

I have been hearing everyone talking about wearing a nude eyeliner to help reduce the look of fatigue. After looking everywhere and not wanting to break the bank as I am on a budget I found this eyeliner which has the nicest pigment , stay power and best of all it blends so well. Unless another eyeliner like this comes out I will be repurchasing this again.

Topshop Cullottes

As it was my birthday on Monday I was looking to treat myself to something and found that my local Topshop had added new items to their sale. After looking for ages I found the cutest black and white patterned cullottes that were the only ones left in my size. Trying them on felt like I was wearing pyjamas they were so comfy and they would go with so many tops I already owned double bonus. As soon as I got them I went to H&M to get a black and white stripped top that would be perfect for a pattern clash with the culottes.

Bye for now

Sarah