Friday, February 25, 2011

Feeling Blue

Despite they boys' misinformed opinion that pulling my hair back makes me look like a butch ballerina, I also didn't have the will do anything remotely resembling drying my hair this morning. As you may be able to tell from the second appearance of my glasses in as many posts, I'm also very ready for the reading week which has now arrived.

 Jeans, H&M
Jumper, Primark
Jacket, Primark
Scarf, Lurking at bottom of wardrobe when clearing out

I'm rather attached to this jumper, it's another of my very basic v-neck favourites. And slowly but surely I'm beginning to enjoy wearing navy. This jacket is proving more and more useful for the navy that seems to be creeping into my wardrobe following the jumper.

I was also pleased to find this scarf at Christmas when I was clearing out a few things from my wardrobe. It had slipped down behind a part of the wardrobe and I have only a vague memory of wearing it in France, so it may well have been purchased out there. Who knows, but it's likely to see a few more outings now it's been dragged into daylight.

The last exam of the week is now done, assessments handed in and now I believe it might be time for a glass of wine. Let the weekend commence. My plans are largely dominated by watching Rugby, not studying language and not getting up early. Happy Weekend all.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Angelina Ballerina

With lots of ballet talk around at the moment following the film Black Swan (I haven't seen it, but some of the images from it look very special), I really should have thought better of pulling my hair up into a knot this morning. But it's windy as hell today and having been kept up late by my inconsiderate neighbours, I was lacking motivation to really do much with my hair- or anything else.

Most amusing of all though, being described as a "butch ballerina". I should probably explain here, that most of my friends are male, and therefore much insulting take place between as all, I can give just as good as I get, be sure of that. So here's the offending look-

Angry Face- the aforementioned friend did receive a swift punch for his description!

Jeans, H&M
Cardigan, H&M,
T-Shirt, ASOS
Necklace, French Shop I used to live above.

Agree with the boys? I personally think the cardigan- purely on colour, is as far from butch as possible, but I shall have to be more wary in future. BOYS! 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Onwards and Upwards

T-Shirt, H&M
Cardigan, Primark
Martha Jeans, Topshop
Necklace, DKNY (birthday present)

It's a crazy week here at Junkie HQ, 4 exams and an assessments will make for a tired Fashion Junkie. Keeping it simple today as I knew the room I'd be in would be ridiculously hot- layers are a must. And who wants to be worrying about how comfy they are when there's Spanish Translation to contend with?

There is, however light at the end of the tunnel. We have a reading week next week, and although I still have a few things on, it's a massive reduction on the norm, and I intend to enjoy a couple of bonus lay ins. I also have an interview at the back end of the week and my grandparents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary the following day. Outfit previews shall follow for both of these events. 

Added bonus is the Guy joining me for part of the week next week. He has holiday to use and a stack of books he's itching to read- more exciting than German Grammar and Usage and Spanish Prepositions and Pronouns, so he tells me. 

But even though I'll see him in less than a week, he sent me a little something to get me through the next week...

A Pick-Me-Up Present from the Guy

 Some of you already know I have a Graze Box each week, well this is his take on it. A Laze Box. It was exactly what I needed today and I raced to the post counter this morning as soon as I got back having been warned there might be something extra for me to find there.

How is everybodys week shaping up? Waiting for the weekend already? Exciting plans afoot? Snowed under? I know there are plenty of you, who like me are dealing with a mountain of academic work and to you- Coffee is your friend, you can do it, ONWARDS and UPWARDS


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fortune Favours The....

Fortune apparently favours the brave. I'm not sure if I'm brave, but I'm certainly a lucky little Fashion Junkie.

If you follow Fashion Bandit (and if you don't, what are you waiting for?!), you may know I won her recent competition. Not that I'm excited for my prize, well not much anyway! I also won a competition that Alex from Odd Socks and Pretty Frocks ran over Christmas. Aside blog competitions, I've won various things over the years- from a Christopher Kane Umbrella right through to an Epilator.

I am lucky. But winning a competition last weekend set me thinking as to how lucky I am, not just in winning competitions and things, but for everything else I should be grateful for. It also follows a conversation I had with a good friend over dinner last week when we were discussing Valentines.

So what am I grateful for? Well I have 2 amazing parents. Both brilliant in their own ways but both hugely supportive and who keep me going even when things seem to be going or wrong or are just plain rubbish. I haven't always seen eye to eye with them, but I've never been so happy to have a good relationship with my parents.

I also have The Guy. He remains nameless in the virtual world for many reasons, but it's got nothing to do with how much I appreciate him. He does a stellar job of putting up with my whining about university, people I live with, life in general and 101 other things. And more than anything, it's the little things. The pictures he BBM's, the chocolate in the post, and the mutually extreme views we have on Angel Delight (seriously, how can he not like Angel Delight?).

I also consider myself fortunate to have been born in a country where I have the right to vote, work, own my own property (and I don't just mean Houses) and to be educated. There are thousands of women out there who live in countries and in cultures where they are considered inferior, valueless or simply as objects. When I read about discrimination it makes me angry. Whether it's sexism, racism, homophobia or discrimination against a religion, whatever. I live in the UK, where we have the right to choose, and I was brought up to respect others and their views- different or otherwise.

I find it's good to take stock and remember the things we do have rather than constantly focus on the things we don't. Anything you're feeling particularly blessed with? Have you felt down on your luck of late? Do you think we under-value the things we do have?

And to round off, a little outfit post.

Peter Pan Collar Tunic, Topshop,
Cardigan, Primark,
Shorts, Primark
Tights, PPQ
Man I love these shorts. So COMFY! This tunic is also becoming a Junkie Favourite. It's so easy to wear and it satisfies my love of green.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Come Up and See Me, Make Me Smile

It's been another hectic week Chez Fashion Junkie, but I thought I'd share a few things that have made me smile. 
It's big, it's got Jelly Beans all over it, and it came with a packet of Jelly Beans in it. What's not to like?
A Christmas present from my mum and I LOVELOVELOVE it!

Just to give you an idea of scale- my BlackBerry and the next item on my smile list...

Bare Minerals Big and Bright
Mini Mascara and Eyeliner

Again, a little bit of scale for you- cute no?

Big and Bright Eyeliner in Bronze and Flawless Definition Volumising Mascara
The Bare Escentuals box is a gift from my ever thoughtful mum, for some work I did for them recently. She knows me and my Bare Minerals addiction far too well and the dinky sizes are great for travelling, very apt given that I have a little trip coming up in the not to distant future.

Graze Box- YUM
I know that Graze Boxes have been on lots of blogs, and I've been getting mine all through the winter, but this week it has been a welcome little treat in the post and the little punnets have broken up my days quite nicely.
I think they're a great idea- what's not to love about a box with four different snacks, delivered to your door for just £3.29? If any of you would like to try a free one on me, you can head over to their website and enter this code: FQ4RWDJB

What's putting a smile on your face this week? Any exciting news, or maybe it's the little things?

Monday, February 14, 2011

It's A Long Road To Success

Roll back the clock, 4 years ago. I was getting ready to take my A'Levels and making a decision about which university to go to. My decision was more a case of which course rather than location because not one of my offers was for exactly the same course as another. In the end, I opted for a three language degree. The chance to pick up a third language to add to 2 I was already studying, the opportunity to spend 3 semesters abroad rather than just one academic year and the "prestige" of a triple major were all deciding factors. At the time I made my decision, it was also a unique course within the UK.

Oh how naive I was! I'm no into my final year of said triple major (French, German and Spanish) and boy is it tough. I'm now counting the days until the end of the academic year (118) and worse still it's stealing time from precious pastimes, blogging included. The most interesting thing I've done since I blogged about baking earlier in the week? Well probably coming home this weekend. I had an appointment at home, so decided to make the most having to spend about 9 hours travelling.

I didn't even bother to take pictures of the weekend. The guy and I indulged in what he lovingly refers to as a "blokey weekend". My choice I should add. First up- 3 rugby matches. Most importantly England Italy (we wiped the floor with the Italians winning 59-13) followed by curry and a beer and then some trashy television.

Now today is Valentines Day. An excuse for the soft at heart everywhere to be overly nice to each other and for people to think they have the right to demand expensive things from their other halves. So what did I do for Valentines- well a standard 7am start this morning- the Guy has a full time job, I had an 0830 appointment to be jabbed with sharp things by my Dr. Followed by an oh so romantic 4 hours on trains criss-crossing the North West. A brief interaction with the Guy- he got all sweet and chivalrous and wanted to make sure I'd made my way back safely and my day ends here, with a blog post to all you lovely people, to say sorry I'm so frustratingly boring right now. I haven't even worn anything worth posting about, now that's a boring week in my life.

Anybody else feel they can compete with the boredom stakes here? Anybody had an amazing exciting week that might liven up my day? Anybody?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake

All weekend I've had the urge to bake. Now I'm going to lay the blame on Ayden, who posted pictures of her amazing looking cupcakes earlier in the week! But before I show you my cake, a quickie outfit post, because it's relevant!

Martha Jeans, Topshop,
T-Shirt, Zara £5.99
Cardigan, H&M

T-Shirt, Zara £5.99

This t-shirt is the last of my three sale bargain tees from Zara. I fell in love with the cake. See, I told you the outfit was relevant...

And now for the baking. The cakes have come out really well. My friend and I made some basic fairy cakes and some ginger ones. We also attempted to make some orange flavoured butter icing. That didn't go so well, so for now the cakes remain un-iced- not that anybody seems to care!

Preparation. I may have gone a little overboard having bought 1.5kg of flour so I foresee more baking this weekend!

I'm still debating going to buy some for the "Cupcake Topper" they sell in our local supermarket. We saw it when purchasing ingredients yesterday and decided we'd make our own (oops!). If nothing else, they look a bit sad without some kind of decoration.

I know lots of people are baking at the moment, so if you've got any tips for icing or any fab (but simple, MUST be simple) cake recipes you want to share, all contributions welcome.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Shiny Happy People

Back in the early days of the blog, I wrote about the Bare Escentuals Mineral Make-Up. I've been using the basic mineral veil and foundation for over a year now, but I'd started to get a little bored. I wanted some extras so that I could change the look from day to night and play around a bit but still with the mineral make-up. Since then I've amassed quite a collection of Bare Escentuals products and having just received my latest box of goodies, I thought it might be time to share!

Bare Escentuals Bright and Beautiful collection Jan 2011
Prim Time Brightening Primer
Prime Time Brightening Eye Primer
Lipgloss in PEach Cobbler
Blusher in Flourish
SPF15 Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige
Big and Bright Eyeliner in Slate
Soft Sweep Cheek Brush
And because I'm an idiot, I forgot to include the eye shadow which also came with this, in Inspire

All of THAT came in THIS box

 Until really recently, I'd always had this image of tacky jewellery and dodgy craft demonstration when it comes to shopping channels, but over the summer, my mum was channel hopping when the TV threw a hissy fit and wouldn't budge from QVC. And it just so happened that they were featuring the Bare Escentuals Make Up. Now it also turns out that you can buy products online on the QVC website, and for my mum and I, it was the start of a beautiful relationship and a far bigger collection of Bare Escentuals products!

This little treat is the second of three boxes that were part of a special deal, with delivery at steady intervals and worked out at just a smidge over £43. Sound like a lot? Well just remember that there are eight, yes EIGHT items in the box including an 8g pot of the everyday foundation. I use this everyday. and the pot I'm currently using came in October, and it's still half full. The standard size pots are also only 3g.

What attracted me (and my mum, she's got them too) is the variety. A chance to try some colours or products we wouldn't necessarily usually pick out, particularly not at full price (one blusher usually comes in at around £20 and the brushes can be anywhere from £10-£20) Want a closer look?

Blusher in Flourish
I lovelovelove this colour. It's a peachy pinky colour with a hint of light reflective sparkle, and is as close as I've ever come to finding a mineral replacement for my Benefit Dandelion blush.

Big and Bright Eyeliner in Slate
I was a bit worried when I opened this one, as it looks very blue-grey, but upon wearing it, the good folks at Bare Escentuals got it right again, so long as the line is relatively fine, it does exactly as it says, makes my eyes look that little but bigger and brighter.
One of the many things I love about the Bare Escentuals liners is the softness of them- I don't feel like I'm scratching needles across my eye lids when applying. Another hand little benefit is that they also have sharpeners and a smudging tip built into the other end.

Slate eyeliner and Flourish blusher. I only used a tiny tiny amount of the blush, so it doesn't look wonderfully pigmented, but I like that I can layer up the blush for the intensity I want rather than having to fiddle with micro dots of make up when I want to tone it down.

The primers, although great are something I don't use masses of. The face primer definitely helps my make up to go on smoother and helps it to stay put for longer,but frankly, of a morning, I just can bring myself to put yet more creams- even if they do settle in ├╝ber quickly onto my face, it also gives me the option of creating a slightly different look for going out or smarter occasions.
The eye primer is also not used as much, as I don't wear that much eye shadow and the eye primer is designed to go underneath shadow. Like the face primer though, it definitely works, eye shadows definitely stay put for longer and seem to resist smudging.

Lipgloss in Peach Cobbler
Looks kind of scary in the tube, but goes on as a very subtle peachy colour. Non-sticky, not over shiny, long lasting and smells gorgeous. Other benefits- the applicators is a small brush- so much easier than spongy things!

And lastly, the eye shadow I forgot to include in the group picture.
Eye Shadow in Inspire
Gorgeous olive-taupe shade with a slightly blue colour sparkle to it. It's nowhere close to as dark as it looks, but again like most of the Bare Escentuals range, can be layered up to be more dramatic and mixed with other colours/products to create different shades. For someone who doesn't wear eyeshadow that much, I'm really liking it, subtle enough to wear on a day to day level, and works pretty well with my eye colour too.
Eye Shadow in Inspire

I'm a major Bare Escentuals whore, I love it. I can't imagine putting anything else on my skin any more, and what I love the most is the versatility of the products. The can be blended, mixed and layered to create different effects and for different uses and looks.

I know lots of you are MAC fans, any other beauty brands you're raving about right now?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tea For Two

Wednesdays are always a little hectic, I have oral classes for all three languages on a Wednesday and usually a ton of work to get done. So today I thought what better way to brighten up a dull and VERY windy day than by having lunch with a friend. Thoroughly enjoyable as we don't see each other nearly enough outside of our classes. Thanks Mel!

I'm also rather pleased with today's outfit. I bought this dress at the back end of the summer from ASOS and for some unknown reason didn't wear it- despite ironing it so I could, until today! I have a very special place in my heart for Tea Dresses- easy to wear, flattering for my shape and so easy to dress up or down.

Dress, ASOS
Cardigan, Primark,
Tights, Primark
Scarf, Malaga

After pulling it on this morning, I then put my contact lenses in and realised two things. 1. This dress is actually semi pornographic and requires a camisole underneath. 2. I did not have time to put said camisole on. Consequently the scarf stayed on all day- not altogether unusual and to be honest it's pretty damn cold right now so not a biggie.

On the subject of easy to dress up and down, I was invited out for dinner this evening with a group of French students and another friend of mine, joy of all holy joys I didn't need to change! I did add this necklace to try and draw away from my the boobs a bit though

Necklace, local shop

Today should have been really rubbish, with a few other things going on, the sheer volume of work to do and trying to get the dexterity between languages bang on so I don't sound like an idiot three times over. But lunch with my friend made my day at least a hundred times better- she always makes me smile, even when we have serious or less "sunny" conversations. And to add to the positive vibes, a twenty pound note literally blew into my hand on the way home. I did look around to see if anyone was in the vicinity who might have dropped it, but it was just me so I decided it was fate and popped it in my pocket. And dinner this evening will be interesting at the very least. 

Anybody had a day that should have been horrible but ended well? Has anyone else got a tea dress fetish? Or maybe someone like me with a green fetish!