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Autumn/Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

Choosing an outfit to wear to a wedding can be quite a task in the Summer, even when florals, bright colours or pastels colours are all potential options. So an invite to a wedding in Autumn or Winter can become a rather tricky mission. We've just been to a wedding dance this weekend and I wish I'd have had the chance to buy some of these dresses beforehand. They're all from high street brands and really affordable. Lace, bardot and metallic colours are all perfect elements for an Autumn Winter occasion dress.

What's your go-to trends for a night out or special occasion?

Outfits of the Week: October #4

Blouse: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Boots: New Look
Necklace: Asda

Top: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Boots: Primark
Necklace: Primark

Top: Forever 21
Cardigan: Asda
Skirt: ASOS
Boots: Dorothy Perkins
Necklace: Primark

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick - Soft Spoken

I couldn't hide the grin on my face when I discovered the NYX counter in Boots. It's the first time I've seen it since coming back from New York in April There's so much to choose from and the prices are so affordable. A fantastic drug-store brand. I overheard a couple of girls talking about the Liquid Suede cream lipsticks and when one said they were like the Kylie Lip Kits I knew I had to try one of them out. If they were right it was going to save me a fair amount of money and a lot of hassle. 

I chose Soft Spoken because I wanted something quite dark, a statement lip colour for Autumn and Winter. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm so happy with my choice. As soon as we got back from shopping I couldn't wait to try it out. At first it can be a little tricky to put it on perfectly, it's not like a regular lipstick that you can put on in a rush. It goes on quite wet and the pigment is amazing. After a couple of minutes it dries on and can stay put for hours. I've put it through the test on date night and a girly catch up. It's so long-lasting I barely needed to touch up after a visit to Cosmos World Buffet and a pitcher or 2 of Raspberry Mojitos with my boyfriend. I also wore it out while catching up with the girls and the only fading that I noticed after lunch, hot chocolate and a few hours of gossiping was at the corners of my lips and towards to the inside of my lips. It's so wearable and when it comes to reapplying you don't need to be as precise as the first application. 

Unfortunately I can't be sure how similar the Suede Cream Lipsticks are to the Kylie Lip Kits but at this price and quality I'm not bothered by the celebrity name attached. Apparently Sandstorm is a dupe for Dolce K so that might be the next shade I'll be picking up. Soft Spoken has been compared to the Kat Von D Lolita II Everlasting Liquid Lipstick so it's still a dupe success.Has anyone tried any of the lighter shades? I might be making hints to my boyfriend to buy me some for my birthday, he gave this one his seal of approval!

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I've had this book on my kindle since it first came out but never clicked on to read it. It wasn't until the film came out in cinemas, surrounded by the buzz I took the time to find out what all the fuss was about. It didn't take me long because let's face it this book is good. Really good. I read it within 2 days, I couldn't put it down, if I could ignore everything else I would have devoured this within a day. I was gripped by the characters, their stories and how the chapters ended on a cliff hanger leaving me desperate to carry on.

This is a thriller book, a good old who dunnit, with 3 main characters who lead their own chapters; their own stories and they all intertwine throughout the story. The book centres on Rachel (the girl on the train) whose life is a mess and whilst travelling on the train becomes involved in another couples life without quite meaning to. There's also her alcoholism, her blackouts, her ex husband, his new wife and the complex issues of the girl who goes missing. You can sympathise with all 3 of the main characters and dislike them at the same time. The author tackles such horrible issues and environments so sensitively and effectively.

I'll be honest I didn't see the twist coming. I was suspicious of most of the characters throughout. A lot would say it's obvious or that they saw it a mile away but I was engrossed in the characters, their problems and the changing dates. If you're going to read this pay attention to the dates, especially near the beginning, their essential for keeping track of everyone's story. This was a clever trick by the author to keep you hooked. 

I've not had a chance to watch the film yet but I can't wait. Is it a case of 'the book's better?'
If you've not read The Girl on the Train yet it's a must. A real page turner.

Birthday Wishlist

It's just over a month until my birthday so it's about time I start giving some hints to my boyfriend and parents about things to get me. As a 25 year old I'm not expecting, or wanting that much but there's a few things I'd like or things that I'd never treat myself to. My parents actually went to Florida last month so I did make hints about the Tiffany's necklace and Victoria's Secret Pink hoody back then so fingers crossed...

Do you prefer making a wishlist or receiving surprises?

Autumn Haul - Dorothy Perkins, New Look & River Island

Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins had 24% off online so I took full advantage and bought some really Autumny things. This jumper is a gorgeous colour and the bardot style is so flattering. It's so warm and cosy, I absolutely love it. I'm between sizes and bought the smaller one which was definitely the right choice. It was only £18.24 with the discount which is great.

I wouldn't have bought this blouse full price as it's a little expensive but at £26.60 it was a bit better. I thought it would be good for wearing through the Christmas festivities when it's a smart/casual event like dinner and drinks but not a proper night out. Girl problems eh!

I love riding boots in Autumn and Winter. I wear them most days at work and so a nice new pair is a lovely start to the season. These are quite a rich chestnut brown colour. I think I'll need to get some sort of waterproof spray to protect these. Any ideas? These were £34.20 with the discount. 
New Look
I've already bought little ankle boots this season but I tried the burgandy version of these while passing time, waiting to go to the cinema at Fort Kinnaird. I couldn't believe how comfortable they were but decided the wine colour wasn't that practical. As soon as I put the black ones on even my boyfriend said I had to buy them. The chunky sole makes them a good sturdy pair of shoes.
River Island
River Island has a fantastic sale on just now and normally I prefer the website to the store but this blazer caught my eye as soon as I walked past the rail. I love that it's got Autumnal colours but on a cream/white blazer it's not too dark and miserable. This looks great with a plain vest top, jeans and ankle boots.

Outfits of the Week: October #3

Jumper: Primark
Jeans: Primark
Shoes: Skechers

Jumper: Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: Primark
Ring: The Leo Diamond

Hoodie: Victoria's Secret Pink
Tshirt: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Scarf: Primark
Hat: Primark
Shoes: Skechers 

Top: Forever 21
Jacket: New Look
Jeans: River Island
Boots: New Look
Bracelets: Pandora and Annie Haak

Shirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Asda
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: Primark

Train And Travel: Destinations Where You Can Learn While You Play

Do you want the incredible experience of travelling overseas but also want to learn while having fun? Then how about considering training on the job, while you travel abroad. Learning a new skill while you travel is great for those on a gap year or those that are looking for new career inspiration too. Today we’re going to look at two beautiful destinations where you can add a new string to your bow while indulging in the wonders of a new destination too. Passports at the ready!

Train To Be A Ski Instructor

If you already love the powder on the slopes and you feel at ease on your skis, why not travel to Whistler in Canada and get your ski instructor certificate at the same time? Canadian Ski Instructor Courses provide high-quality expert coaching. And it's all undertaken in one of the most exhilarating ski destinations in the world. There are many courses on offer ranging from one week to eleven weeks. You’ll be able to improve your technical skiing and learn about avalanche safety. You'll also be coached on and then take your ski instructor certificate. There are also off-piste courses on offer too. Whistler is home to some of the best powder in North America, and you’ll receive great training here and gain lots of new skills too. After you have completed your course, you can extend your stay to enjoy the picture-perfect charm of this spectacular skiing village. Becoming a ski instructor means you’ll be able to travel more and work all over the world, from France to Italy and America to Austria.

Train To be A Sommelier

If you are on a gap year or have secured a visa to work in Australia, why not consider training to become a sommelier? If you have a good palette and are interested in wine and hospitality, this is quite a unique string to add to your bow. Places such as Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia is jam packed with beautiful vineyards and wineries where you may just be able to secure a job. Working in a tasting room is a great place to start refining your palette and learning on the job. It’s a good place to begin before gaining a sommelier certificate. Working in a tasting room will give you lots of hands-on experience and a deeper knowledge of wines and the industry. It’s not easy to get a job in the wine industry so you’ll need to get creative when presenting yourself for the job. Show that you are au fait with the correct etiquette and that you have experience in the hospitality industry. You don’t actually need a certificate to become a sommelier, but it certainly helps. But becoming a Master sommelier is a whole different board game requiring years of experience and exams. Working in tasting rooms before taking a course will look great on your CV. It’s also the perfect way to explore all that New South Wales offers. Hunter Valley is a spellbinding place and is also only about an hour from the bright lights of Sydney too. So you’ll have plenty of time on your days off to explore more of Australia too.

Primark Haul - October 2016

While we were away in Edinburgh I did a lot of shopping. It was always part of my plan, however I didn't realise that the majority of my shopping would be from Primark alone. I did shopping in Princes Street, Fort Kinnaird and Livingston Primarks. It's mad to think I could buy such different things in 3 different places but at least it meant I didn't have to worry about the no-purchase regret.
 Blue and Cream Tartan Scarf £4
Cream Pom Pom Hat £2.50
Primark has loads of different tartan scarves and pom pom hats. I loved the cream hat and wanted to get a scarf that would match. This one is completely different to the 2 that I already have and hopefully it goes with a lot of outfits.

Silver Christmas Baubles £3
Disney Christmas Baubles £4
I couldn't resist hunting down the Disney Christmas decorations. I couldn't believe how few were left in all 3 of the stores I was in. With a silver, purple and pink theme for our decorations I didn't want to spoil it with the red and gold Mickeys. The 4 silver baubles were too gorgeous to leave behind.

Contour Sticks £3
Oval Blending Brush £3
These are some of the first things I've bought from the Primark makeup range. I mentioned in a wishlist post that I wanted the highlighting crayon trio but the contour set caught my eye and is something I'd use more often. Oval blending brushes are all over the place at the moment and a £3 brush seemed like I good option to see what all the fuss was about. 

 Ankle Grazer Jeans £13
Chain Edge Pumps £3 (down from £8)
As a shorty the ankle grazer jeans actually mean I can find a normal pair of jeans without having to search for short leg sizes. These are casual and comfy and don't have too many rips or distressing. You can never go wrong with a pair of black pumps for wearing to work and these were a little sale bargain.

Super High Waist Jeans £8
Grey Jumper £7 
The super high waisted jeans from Primark are so comfortable and really good fit. They also seem to be going down and down in price. I repurchased a pair because my last ones are starting to fade slightly. It was really cold in Edinburgh so I was feeling the cosy jumper vibe. This grey jumper was by itself when I spotted it and it was in my size, what's the chances? This looks great with a statement necklace.

Black Trim Blouse £7
Shearling Waterfall Jacket £25 
I feel like I buy a blouse from Primark every time I go in. It's 100% part of my style, whether it's workwear, dressed up or casual. This one has hints of the pyjama shirt trend. The jacket has so many different materials, shearling, suede and leather it's a good one for wearing for nights out - it's gorgeous. It was in my September Primark wishlist so I was delighted to find it.

Stripe Long Sleeve Top £6
Burgundy Pinafore £10 
I love the pinafore trend right now and this burgundy colour is right up my street for Autumn so this was probably one of my favourite purchases. I bought the striped top to wear underneath, the perfect little Autumn outfit. Is anyone else on a mission to buy a pinafore in every colour?

 Just Chill Pyjama Jumper £9
Workout Leggings £5
I wanted to buy a onesie but while looking for one I spotted this jumper. It reminded me of a Victoria's Secret Pink jumper and it seemed like something I'd wear more often than a onesie. I bought the workout leggings to be able to go to Ryze, the trampoline park in Edinburgh. I had no workout clothes with me and it was a last minute decision to go so I had to make a purchase. How much fun are those places? So worth it.

Autumn in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a gorgeous city. The city I called home for 4 years while I was a student at university. We love to go back and visit, sometimes being a tourist and sometimes slipping back in to be a resident of the city. There's so many places to walk and explore. October is a lovely time to visit, though a hat, scarf and cosy jacket would be highly recommended. Wandering through Princes Street Gardens, next the hustle and bustle of the famous shopping street, taking in the beautiful scenery with bagpipes playing in the background. 

Princes Street Gardens

Squirrel in the Gardens

National Galleries of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle lit up at night

Edinburgh Castle from Castle Terrace

Climbing the steps next to the Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Arthur's Seat and view from Castle entrance

St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile

Advocate's Close dating back to 1544

The view down a Close