Friday, August 31, 2012

A Very Big House in the Country

So bank holiday weekend, normally I hide away and try not to go anywhere because the tourists and their obnoxious children/dogs/use of pushchairs as battering rams/driving/etc drives me a bit crazy, but this year I took the long weekend as an opportunity to visit my lovely grandparents at their cottage just outside of Hay-on-Wye. It's incredibly rural, very quiet and it gave me a much needed break whilst catching up with J9ill & Roger (my grandparents) who I haven't seen for a couple of months. It's a truly beautiful place to visit, and T and I were completely spoiled to ruin with beautiful food and plentiful wine, it was exactly what I needed after a stressful couple of weeks!

Their cottage, set in the grounds of.....

This little pad....

Spoiled completely with beautiful breakfasts and the weather even allowed us to get outside

I think my liver hates me, this was a fraction of the weekends consumption

Amazing. Just amazing!

Molly, the very elderly collie they have taken on. 

Perfection is probably the best word to describe this little lot. The sun shone, I got to read and buy books, I ate, I drank, I SLEPT (King Size bed... SCORE) and generally enjoyed myself. 

I hope you had a similarly enjoyable bank holiday.

P.S. I have close to home guest post up HERE

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen from my half a zillion photos that I spent the Bank Holiday visiting my grandparents in Herefordshire- super close to Hay-on-Wye in fact, and I was truly spoiled to ruin with good food, good wine, and catching up. One such glorious meal was this one from Sunday afternoon as the sun shone on our book reading and general lounging and EATING!

Home made tomato soup with creme freche and lightly toasted pine kernals, accompanied by home made granary bread.

Yeah.... can I just go back already, reality is RUBBISH.

P.S. I have close to home guest post up HERE

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Recently I'm Wearing...

I've become a touch addicted to WIWT. They have an iPhone App, so I seem to spend a lot of time looking at people more glamorously dressed than I, and putting my own two pence worth into the mix too... if you're on WIWT come find me- chloelikestotalk

But recently....

My favourite DIY Studded Jumper, Teacup ring and rolled up jeans, Bare Minerals Face and Nouveau Lash Extensions, My favourite Topshop jumper and spikey ring and more rolled up jeans, a George at Asda SCORE, Bare Minerals Face and Scruffy Hair

By the end of this month, I will have moved house twice, seen T every weekend in a month for the first time ever (!) and have travelled almost 1500 miles, so it's been a busy one. None the less, I'm pleased we're heading towards a more predictable time of year rather than the wash out summer that Cumbria has seen, and despite the soul destroying graduate job hunt, I'm still optimistic that I am relatively employable.

Happy August!

P.S. I'm also guest posting today on a personal but important subject. You can see it HERE.... go on, you know you want to!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

On The Lash

Those of you who might know my lacking girly tendencies... don't faint in shock! I, yes me, I have had eyelash extensions!

I haven't gone completely round the twist, it's just that my local beauticians had a reduced price deal- £45 instead of £85 for a full set, for one of their new members of staff to build a portfolio. So I thought I'd have a go.

The girls use Nouveau Lash extensions, the whole process took about 2 hours- trying to stay awake with my eyes shut for 2 hours- HELL! It's not in the least bit painful, and I couldn't even feel that much which surprised me too.

As you can see, I went for a very natural look, and as I have short lashes anyway, for some, the above will look like nothing at all, for me, it's a vast improvement. In hindsight, I might have upped the volume of lashes, because it's almost a tiny bit too subtle, even for me.

The other thing I wish I'd known beforehand, is that getting them wet is a bit of a no-no. You can, but apparently they last much better if you don't- no standing face on in the shower, for me, a bit inconvenient, but not the end of the world I suppose.

These babies are supposed to last around 2 weeks before they need infilling or just leaving alone- the come off as the lash the extension is attached to falls out, so the wear on the should appear in a very natural way. I'm not sure whether I'll be keeping them up yet, I think at present, my inclination is that lash extensions- certainly at their full price, would be better suited to an event, where they're applied in a more dramatic style, and you reap the benefits for a couple of weeks.

I was a bit disheartened when they seemed to start coming off a few days after application- but amazing service as ever, from the girls, who promptly offered to top them up free of charge! 

Ladies who've had extensions before- any thoughts to add?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Double Your Money

Free money, a lot of people will tell you there's no such thing, and maybe in the true sense there isn't, but my loyalty points are the closest thing I get- I shop in certain stores, regardless, so I figure I'm in for anything they can give me back, and Tesco is one of those stores.

I was idly browsing Twitter and the like, and discovered that Tesco are currently running their Clubcard Exchange. I didn't pay much attention until Clothing at Tesco then tweeted that their goodies were part of it. I pricked up my little ears... Clothing... Clubcard Points... Free clothes?! Upon further investigation, I found the following:

The Clubcard Exchange- for every £5 of Clubcard points vouchers (which can be made up of a number of smaller denominations...) the Clubcard Exchange will you give you £10 of vouchers for your chosen area of exchange. Check it out HERE and it's running until August 29th, so if you get your behind in gear, you can still grab yourself some doubled free money!

Naturally, I exchanged the £10 of vouchers I had kicking about for £20 to spend on Clothing at Tesco. Want to see what I bought? Do you? Hmmmmmm? The dress of DREAMS is what!

Dress, F+F Clothing at Tesco £16 FREE
Shoes, Clarks

No such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free dress! Guilt free shopping at its best!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

Warm Salad. Yes, WARM Salad. Oriental stirfry mix, given the briefest of flashes in the pan along with some shredded thing steaks, peppers, lightly fried in chilli oil! Lunch- SORTED!

P.S. All credit to T, he has been cooking for me lots of late! Spoiled... me? Much?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Battle of the Brands

I didn't intend for Battle of the Brands to become a regular feature, it was just a title for a post, but seeing as I had such an great response to it, I decided to do another and see how it goes.

You can read the last BOTB HERE where I contrasted Bobbi Brown with MUA. This time we're talking Bronzer. 

I'll be honest and say bronzer has never been massively on my radar, but I do use it when on holiday in warm countries or sometimes when the sun ever (HA) shines here. This weekend was one of those miraculous occurences and I dragged out my (far too) ancient bronzer in an attempt to make myself look demi-human before zipping out for an emergency film run.

Yup. So Ancient the text has worn off. 

It was certainly pricey. I bought this on a Spanish holiday more years ago than I truly care to admit to, and even then it was around £20 whilst for some that may not seem extortionate, it was, and for a product that I rarely use, still is to me.

The first to not with this is that the lid broke the first time I ever used it, so packaging wise we're on a losing front. That said, it has a pump system that puts product into the brush so no need for extra tools and great for on the go.

But. There's always a but. There is most definitely a need for a further brush- I've been using a large powder brush to blend the bronzer. It most definitely needs buffing and blending so as not to appear like crayon lines across your face, and it can be quite difficult to gauge how much product is on the applicator brush meaning you can end up being unintentionally heavy handed with it. Maybe not so travel friendly....

It's a reasonably lasting product, I can certainly leave it all day without any worry of it going anywhere, and it cleanses off just fine too. So all in all not a bad product. I guess just not as much wow as I expect from something that costs me about 4 hours worth of pay....

But this is BATTLE of the BRANDS plural. So compare and contrast. This pretty little concoction- a bit similar to Bobbi Brown, Dior and other high end bronzing/blush brick products comes in at £3 (special offewr, RRP £4.50) from George at Asda. Not the cheapest on the market, not a bank breaker either. It caught my eye, I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I used a Kabuki brush to apply this and it gives a lovely rose gold colour, a fine mist of product seems to end up all over the place though, which is frustrating in a small space. The mix of colours means that a lot less blending is required compared to the Lancome bronzer, which I like, but it only stays put for 4-6 hours compared to a full day. Not disastrous, just not great either.

Having paid less for the Asda brick, I probably expected less, but that in turn means it's not as good a value perhaps, as a more expensive product that really blows me away. Whilst I wouldn't slate the George Product, I wouldn't rate it either, I wouldn't hurry to repurchase this another time, and I'm slightly disappointed after a great experience with some other George at Asda cosmetics. And for the sake of a bit of blending, certainly no more or less effort than is generally required for my mineral make up anyway, the Lancome product actually wins out in staying power, and truly- in value too, because I don't think the Asda product will still be going after *ahem* 6 *ahem* years.

I'd hesitate to declare an all out winner here, despite my leanings to Lancome. I can't help feeling that there's something more out there. Thus, ladies. I think we have... a draw.

And P.S. I have some real bargains on eBay at the moment including a skincare starter kit at 99p, an iPod docking station, some Hugo Boss Perfume and a gorgeous embellished dress that my mother has slimmed out of. You can also find all my eBay items by following the eBay tab under my header. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

Quite simply the MOST epic desert EVER!

YooMoo Naked Moo frozen yoghurt, Caramel Nibbles (from the freezer so they're all hard and then chewy) and sugary honey roasted almonds.


And P.S. I have some real bargains on eBay at the moment including a skincare starter kit at 99p, an iPod docking station, some Hugo Boss Perfume and a gorgeous embellished dress that my mother has slimmed out of. You can also find all my eBay items by following the eBay tab under my header. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Flower Power

Little cheeky Topshop Purchase, having discovered the iPhone app.... Not entirely sure it's safe that I've discovered the ability to purchase clothing on my phone....

Fishtail Top, Topshop
Jeans, Primark
Necklace c/o Char
Bag c/o Handbags At Dawn via A Daisy Chain Dream giveaway

Worn for a one course wonder dinner out this weekend, T pointed out this top is a bit more 'fashiony' than my usual taste- he's an eloquent one is T! And he's probably right, but I've been trying a few different things and I like that this will work with jeans as well as it would with my leather trousers, for now, for a winter night out, even over a pencil skirt for dinner. But it's still more than 'just' a flowery t-shirt.

I'm also going back to buying better. Being in proximity to Primark regularly at uni made it easy to buy more but buy things that weren't great value, that didn't last or that I didn't truly like as much as if I were to be paying say twice the price. A £3 t-shirt that only last 3 weeks, is it really more economical than a £10 or even £20 one that sees me through a couple of years?

The other thing I'm guilty of is buying several things of the same colour/style rather than trying something new. We all need a basic long sleeve tee or a favourite cardigan, but for a long time my wardrobe has all been a bit the same. Buying one, slightly different, better quality garment has got to be better for my personal style as well as better ethically, financially and generally than having a wardrobe full of the same t-shirt in 10 colours, none of which will be any good in a matter of weeks or even months.

Anywho... rant over- here's to a better dressing.

And P.S. I have some real bargains on eBay at the moment including a skincare starter kit at 99p, an iPod docking station, some Hugo Boss Perfume and a gorgeous embellished dress that my mother has slimmed out of. You can also find all my eBay items by following the eBay tab under my header.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Keep Calm and Marry On

Last weekend I spent a large proportion of my time traversing the country- oh the joys. But for a couple of special occasions.

Storms a brewing as I got into East Anglia, the most epic train food EVER, Pimms on a sunny afternoon in Clapham, Train Face (I was a tiny weeny bit hungover thanks to my dad's over generous refilling of my wine glass the night before....)

Firstly- HE'S HOME! T landed back in the UK, a few weeks earlier than originally planned and then a whole 24 hours earlier than expected. Happy doesn't even begin to cover it, and I have no shame for the squeal I let out in the car park where he met me on Saturday.

Think this about sums it up, yes?!

Secondly, my awesome awesome cousin/uncle/whatever he is is getting MARRIED! Him and his partner Charlie had an epic engagement party at Hed Kandi Clapham last weekend (they're both club/bar managers so I expected nothing less glamorous!

Michael- I don't have any pictures of my favourite boys together, but this awesome flashing sign was made for their party by a friend of theirs!

Hello Kandi Cocktails... my poison of choice- with Watermelon!

Oh, and another, y'know, minor tiny detail... I've moved. Part of the reason things have been a little quiet is that we've moved out of our house and it was all a bit touch and go in the lead up, but this was the story of last week....

Boxes, Removals, Empty, GONE!

Monty was NOT a happy camper with all the disruption, strange people and things moving from where they were supposed to be!

I don't actually have a reliable internet connection- or phone signal for that, at the new place, so things may be a little up and down just for a while, but after this week, I think I'm back in the swing of things. Life goes on- business has to be seen to, and fresian Spaniels have to be placated.

I'm off to scoff Thai Curry which T has acquiesced to cooking for me,  I'm getting to see him twice in 7 days, so I'm milking it for all it's worth! Happy weekend folks.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

I'm BAAAAACK! Man has it been a chaotic week! But true to form, I have foodie goodies to share, and more to come including some epic news shoes. In the mean time.... Best. Train food. Ever. a recent discovery that is all kinds of good. I'm probably late to the party, but if you haven't tried this before, as I hadn't, the get some in your chops. You'll never look back.

Sweet 'n' Salt Popcorn, Pret A Manger

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Heads up ladies and gentlemen! I'm going to be a little absent for the next week or so. Having just moved house, I'm lacking in decent phone signal let alone an internet connection, and many of you will know I'm on the graduate job hunt, which is pretty time consuming, although somewhat sole destroying that despite having a qualifying law degree and speaking 3 modern languages, I'm seemingly less employable than I'd like!

Currently I'm visiting family, and also catching up with T who arrived back in the UK a few weeks earlier than expected. Many of you will have seen my excitable tweets- and thanks as ever go to everybody who's been so supportive when it's been difficult and so pleased that things are good too.

You will still be able to catch me on Twitter... oh and Instagram, so shout me there, but please don't be shocked if for a week or so CLTT is a bit quiet.

Hasta Luego friends!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

This little slice of heaven... Almond Meringue slices, Cappuccino Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce. A dessert I just had to partake in at my favourite local bar, where they have an entire menu dedicated to Ice Cream- SORTED!