Saturday, 27 August 2011

Sunday Smiles ♥

Hi, I had a great holiday and as promised this week is a longer, special post! 

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.  
Vincent Van Gogh

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

'It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.'  
Sally Field

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down.  
Allen H. Neuharth

Success comes in cans, not cant's.  
Author Unknown

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
Edith Wharton

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.
A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

This post is special because I would like to share operation beautiful with you, it's a fantastic project that aims to spread happiness and self confidence one post-it note at a time:

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'd love it if you'd like to get involved with operation beautiful I think it's a fantastic project that can really make a difference!

thanks for reading, have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Sunday Smiles

I've just started working proper hours again after what has, up till now, been a rather laid back gap year! And with the return of 'normal working hours' so too has that sinking sunday feeling that signals the return to work on monday. My sunday smiles post hopes to combat that by bringing some of my favourite bits of internet randomness together and hopefully bring a smile to your Sunday!

'Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.'
Lucille Ball 

'Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new'
Albert Einstein

'keep your head up, keep your heart strong, Keep your mind set, keep you hair long. oh my my darlin', Cause I'll always remember you the same.
Oh eyes are wild flowers with your demons of change.
May you find happiness there,
May all your hopes all turn out right'
 'Keep your Head up' Ben Howard

Wild Flower Character

'Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If all that didn't manage to shift the gloomy feeling that comes with the impending Monday morning this is a video from the amazingly talented Jessie J for her new single 'Who's Laughing Now' I'm sure that everyone at some point has had someone make them feel small, this song is for you. 

I am going to Scotland for the next week and I won't have access to the internet while I'm away so I don't think there will be a Sunday Smiles post next week, I'm sorry about this and I will make up for it with an extra long post the following week! Thank you for reading every single view matters a lot to me thanks!


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Neko Case, Clear Skin Moisturiser, Pleated Skirts and Keira Knightley

It feels like forever since I've done a full blog post, I'm sorry it's been so long, I've been on holiday in Paris- which was wonderful! And I've been working loads of extra hours but anyway here it is...

Record that Rocks

I fell in love with The Killing on Channel 4 from the first episode, and along with sirens and 24 hours in A and E, for me it's a TV must see. It was at the end of the latest episode that I discovered this beaut of a track. It's called 'Hold on, hold on' by Neko Case.

Neko was born in Virginia and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. She has also worked as part of the band the New Pornographers. I adore her tender, poetic lyrics in this song and I hope you enjoy it!

I'd love to know what you thought of this song! 

Eye of the Beholder

Like many people my age I am troubled by the occasional breakout of spots, my most recent discovery to attempt to prevent this is spot reducing moisturiser. It seems like a great idea since I moisturise everyday it requires no extra effort or time so I bought two of these products and have been using them for the past few weeks. They are Simple's Clear Skin oil balancing moisturiser and Garnier's Pure Active mosturiser. 

I am impressed with both of them and I have found they are both better moisturisers than the Johnsons daily essentials I was using before. 

(I apologise for the quality of the pictures in this post, we are decorating and all the lights are unscrewed so trying to get decent lighting for pictures was a bit of a challenge. Also this one makes it look like the Simple bottle is much bigger than the Garnier one, they are actually about the same size.) 

I have found them both effective in reducing spots, I thought the Garnier one was slightly more effective at reducing spots but it does say that it can increase sensitivity to the sun, I am concerned about sun damage and so I only use this one in the evening and I use the Simple one during the day under my foundation which has SPF 6. 

I bought the Simple product in Boots for around £4 and the Garnier one was from Boyes for around £3. I liked them both but I think the Garnier one was my favourite as it was cheaper and effective but I wouldn't use it as a day mosituriser. 

Glad Rags

I love the pleated midi skirt trend for this summer into autumn. I think is this picture of Keira Knightley sums up how wearable this trend is, she's put together a a few simple pieces to create a wonderfully effortless outfit, that is easy to copy...


I spent weeks looking for a pleated skirt to copy Keira's look and I tried on loads before I fell for this Primark dress, it was £17 and think it looks great with my leather jacket and a brown waist belt. I also got a turquoise and silver ring for £2.50 that I think compliments the pastel pink of the dress well. 

(Again apologies for the quality of the picture the dress is actually a pastel pink with white polka dots with a pleated skirt.) 

Anyway that was my Keira Knightley inspired look, all I need now is the hot man on my arm! 

Thanks for reading, 
it means a lot that you took the time!

Hope you like my Sunday Smiles posts too! 


Saturday, 6 August 2011

Sunday Smiles

'I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I'm going to take a stand. I'm going to defend it. Right or wrong, I'm going to defend it.' 

Ferris Buller's Day off

'If you want to tell people the truth make them laugh otherwise they'll kill you'

Oscar Wilde

' Oh baby don't you know I'm human, have thoughts like any other one'

The Animals

When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body... Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away

Captain Correlli's Mandolin

If all that hasn't managed to shift those Sunday blues this is an amazing video of the northern lights to help bring a beautiful moment of quiet to your Sunday, hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks to all of my new followers I'm very grateful to all of 
your support!