Saturday, 22 April 2017

Blogging Insecurities.



Blogging Insecurities
Blogging InsecuritiesBlogging Insecurities

Right off the bat I have a pretty good sense that this post is gonna be a long one at that. So if you're in for the long run, go put the kettle on and come back with plenty of custard creams to tide you over. Or if you want to just appreciate the sheer joy on my face eating that beautiful scone at the Great British Cupcakery months ago, then by all means... now is your time

As you're reading this I'll be either be halfway through deadlines stressed to the nines with a glass of Blossom Hill, or I'll be extremely proud of myself for not leaving everything last minute. Probably the latter, probably still have wine either way. (Sorry I've been away for a while, I'm busy with deadlines as you can guess).

When I first started blogging I wanted to introduce myself properly - but I was always way too nervous. I was terrified of someone from home catching wind of what I was doing and telling everybody else and the whole thing was enough to put me off for quite a long time. I live in a small town, I've got a bunch of wonderful people in my life but the thought of someone reading this from my old school or somebody I work with used to make me want to vomit. For a brief period of time I decided to create a separate Instagram and went by a hilarious name that I'd never repeat again, just because I was so scared of opinions, imagine that! 

Fast forward a few months and a few 'fuck it' moments later, Velvet Spring was born. Don't get me wrong, there's still things I wish I had the balls to do, I'd love to start my own YouTube channel but even now almost one year later the thought of somebody watching my videos, analysing my every move just totally freaks me out. I actually created one once and I was super proud of it, then my grandma *biggest fan* shared it on her Facebook page and I deleted it in seconds without a trace. And honestly, I know that there's still going to be a bunch of people who will give it the 'lol look at Jen, thinking she's a blogger' but that just doesn't phase me anymore, I'm proud of what I do! 

It's those little moments that I love most about blogging. It's the baby steps along the way that help you become the blogger you are. If you'd of told me a year back I'd be working with some of my favourite brands and actually attending blogging events by myself I'd of asked if you were feeling okay.

Don't get me wrong and I'm sure we all know at times it's overwhelming. You only have to mention the words SEO and Analytics to me and my brain goes into meltdown mode and I find myself reading blogging tips for hours. But it's so worth it, I've met bloggers who are nothing but lovely and it's that kind of community that will always encourage me to keep my butt in gear and do what I love. Shoutout to Curly and Wordy, It's Lauren Victoria and Pint Size Pixie.

So, to round off a very wordy and nothing but good vibes post...
 I'm going to admit a few home truth 'blogger mishaps' here:

I leave bobbles around my wrists that ruin good photos / I almost always have chipped polish / my hair is pretty straw-like because I switch up my colour like there's no tomorrow /  I'll have a blob of mascara somewhere around my eyelids without a doubt because I'm bloody useless at applying it / I'm adamant my face is wonky and it makes me very self-conscious so you'll never see a front-facing photo. But it's okay, I'm an imperfect blogger and that's exactly the way I want to be!

Thanks for reading, J x

Friday, 7 April 2017

How I Colour My Hair.

Warm Mahogany Colour Vibe
Warm Mahogany Colour Vibe

Hey peeps, happy Fri-yay. Sorry it's become a little quiet on my end, I've had a bit of a stressful week, you honestly couldn't write my life at times I tell ya. If anyone's looking for a clumsy / stressful / forgetful lead role for a very boring sitcom, hit me up.

Today's post comes as a bit of a unusual one for me,  I don't think I've ever posted about my hair. Like ever. It's literally my prized posession so even I'm shocked at that (even though it's in absoloute desperate need for a trim, please don't judge me bcos I'm judging myself trust me)

As you all probably know from my endless amount of selfies on instagram, I like to experiment with my hair quite a fair bit. Around half of my hair is bleached blonde, because I had a very long, boring, ombre look for quite some time. I grew tired of that look pretty much instantly and then realised blonde is an absolute bugger to cover up. So nine times out of ten, whenever I dyed over my hair everything was peachy dandy for a few weeks and I'd wake up one day and boom, the blonde was back.

So rather than relentlessly dyeing my hair until it's all gangly and straw-like, I've been scouting for ways to rejuvenate the blonde and make it a little more vibrant. Thank god for Colour:Vibe. The hair fairies over at Colour Vibe have miraculously found a way to keep my hair looking beautifully vibrant and it's so simple to use - even an idiot like me can do it. 

Colour Vibe
Warm Mahogany Colour Vibe
These clever little bottles of hair dye act as a shampoo so you can cleanse, tone and care for your hair in your normal hair routine. I've currently been switching between  Warm Mahogany and  Warm Copper Gold to ensure my colour stays vibrant, it's sort of like a "your hair, but ten times better" moment I'm currently in the middle of. I get so giddy when it comes to washing my hair and giving it a blow dry to see the results because it's so instant.

Admittedly, at first I was sceptical, but after building up the colour through several uses I started to notice a huge difference and since it's only £2.99 a bottle, It's such an inexpensive way of colouring your hair. Not only that, I was so sick and tired of ruining my hair through bleach and poor colourants that it's so refreshing to be using a dye that's kind to my hair as it colours, since it's free from ammonia, peroxide and all that nonsense.

Thank you so much to the lovely Niamh at BrandNation for letting me test your wonderful products, I'd honestly recommend them to anyone in need of a colour boost! 

What's your vibe? Thanks for reading! X 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Pretty and Pink.


Happy April Fools day! eee can you believe how much I'm posting lately?! who would of thought that I'd finally find my blogging motivation smack bang in the middle of all my looming university deadlines.

In the gap fillers between trying to wrap my head around Trend Forecasting or when I've simply had enough of screaming at Photoshop waiting for a PR miracle to happen, I've been snap happy with some outfit shots. It's not a myth when people use the 'Student Life' phrase, believe me, being a broke ass student can be pretty tight at times, especially when it comes to clothes shopping.

That being said, I sometimes like to give myself the illusion that I have tonnes of money and buy pretty things just to feel sassy for a few moments before reality kicks in and back to the post office it goes. But in the midst of all this I thought I'd start to share some of my favourite affordable outfits with you all a few times a month, just incase you're in the same position as me because, you know... #studentlife.

I know some of you will be saying damn girl, just get a job! Believe me, I tried a job for a few weeks - juggling a full time degree in Fashion Communication with four individual modules on the go at once and then standing behind a chocolate counter thinking about uni work really didn't bode well. So I chose the poor life.

So without further ado, this Pink Oversized T-Shirt Dress at £7.99 is a steal. It's a gorgeous shade of pink and it's pretty versatile, I've worn this with a black turtleneck under and some tights and Converse for a colder day. Then like so, I just team it with my favourite denim jacket and a pair of battered Converse and the jobs a good one.
The only bummer about Bershka is they don't offer Student Discount at the mo, but with free delivery and free returns and the prices are pretty cheap regardless, I don't really mind all that much. Have you got any wardrobe staples from Bershka or do you recommend any cheap websites? Let me know!



Thanks for reading, J X


Monday, 27 March 2017

Levoi Nails Blogging Event.


Is there anything better than a complimentary glass of champagne and fresh pair of beautiful nails?! I had the pleasure of attending Levoi nails blogging event last Friday thanks to the lovely Laura, who runs the blogging platform Ellefluence.

Being a student in Newcastle, I'm surrounded by lots of different places to go pamper my nails and admittedly I'd never heard of Levoi, but I'm so glad I got the opportunity to visit! Situated on St Mary's place, it's pretty much right next to Northumbria University library and they offer student discount on Mondays... so you can imagine where I'm going to be spending my free time now! 

Levoi is hidden away down a couple of steps below street level, which is probably why oblivious me hadn't noticed it before, but it's definitely a place I won't forget. The whole salon is decorated beautifully and I knew from the minute I was handed a free glass of champagne that I'd love it here. 

What I found most interesting about the salon is that Levoi mix their own colours to suit the customer. I said I love dark green shades and within minutes the lovely owner, Anne, was able to mix me up the perfect colour exclusively for me. Though, I was so amazed by the variety of techniques they offer, I ended up covering the colour with a mix of glitters and chromes too! If you fall in love with one of Levoi's colours (which I'm sure you will), they're also  available to buy online, which I think is a perfect gifting opportunity. 

As you all know, I suffer from anxiety so initially I was sceptical about attending my first ever blogging event by myself. But the girls we're so friendly I was immediately put to ease and really enjoyed my time chatting away, I didn't want to leave! 

Anne, spent so much time with me - trust me to be the nightmare of the event! For some unbeknown reason my right hand wasn't curing well, but Anne persisted and wouldn't let me leave until my nails we're finished beautifully and I couldn't thank her enough. All of the team at Levoi paid great attention to detail and made sure every single nail was left looking fabulous, the level of professionalism was outstanding. 


Excuse the podgy fingers, but how gorgeous are those? they glitter so much in the sunlight, I keep catching myself checking them out! I was in the salon for around two hours until my nails finally started to play nice, I don't know about you but I don't know many nail technicians who would be willing to spend two hours making sure a single clients nails were that perfect! 

With prices starting at just £16, Levoi is such great value for such an amazing service the girls provided. As if that and the free champagne wasn't enough, I was treated to a hand massage at the end of my experience too which was a perfect way to end the day. If you're around the Newcastle area I would 100% recommend visiting Levoi, especially if you're on a student budget like me. Though I only experienced the nail treatment, I'm keen to try out Levoi's other services, as they're also experts in waxing, Hd brows and LVL lashes. 

You can book online at www.levoinails.com or call the salon on 0191 230 5859. Thank you so much to Ellefluence for organising the event and the lovely girls who worked wonders with my nails, I'll be back soon, I've already eyed up my next colour online.

Thanks for reading, J x




Saturday, 25 March 2017

Spring Skirts


Spring Styling

Spring Styling

Spring Styling

I bet you thought you wouldn't see this bloody marvellous graffiti wall again haha. Happy Saturday little loves! I hope it's a lush one. I'm so happy with how the weather is shaping out in England lately, I feel like I can finally start to come out of hibernation and wear nicer clothes (though still playing it safe with tights because cold legs are a no-go). I totally forgot about this little gem hidden away in the back of my wardrobe, I bought it in the Urban Outfitters sale about a year ago and I've fallen back in love with it, the colour is so pretty. Teamed with my good old faithful buckle boots and my city bag and I'm ready to bask in the sunshine. 

On another note, I attended my first ever blogging event alone yesterday and I didn't make a complete tit of myself so I'm pretty proud of that one. I'm genuinely the worst person for making situations ten times worse than they will be and I was stood outside for a good ten minutes trying to psyche myself up. I think it's SO important to push yourself out of your comfort zone at times, especially if you have anxiety like me. It was a great event and I also got some pretty gel nails in the process, win win! 



Hows your weekend going? Thanks for reading! X


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Beauty Edit: Clinique Chubby Sticks.

Clinique Chubby Sticks
Clinique Chubby Sticks

Hi guys n gals, happy Wednesday! A few weeks back I was lucky enough to win a competition Clinique was running for Valentines day. I never everrrrr win anything so I was over the moon when I found out, but then I realised they'd picked a whole bunch of winners so I was not so special haha, but nonetheless! I am so pleased with my little winning - A Clinique lipstick in shade 07 Super Strawberry

Now as you probably know I collect lipsticks like there's no tomorrow. I feel like I can't leave the house without putting something on my lips, no matter how bold or subtle it is, I feel naked going without. So you can imagine my excitement winning a new lip product to try out and a bloody good one at that. 

I've never ventured into Clinique's beauty range, I always have this predetermined idea that skincare should stick to being skincare and makeup brands should stick with selling makeup, so if i'm being brutally honest it's never really appealed to me all that much. Yet this lipstick has totally swerved my opinions and I'm left with an itch to try some more of Clinique's beauty range. 

On first impressions the Chubby Sticks are super moisturising, I've been suffering with pretty dry lips lately and this has been my go-to lip balm. They have a gorgeous subtle colour, this one in particular, Super Strawberry - is very sheer but leaves my lips a natural red 'just bitten' colour which I feel really emphasises my lips natural shade.

I also find the actual pencil shape applicator to be such a godsend. I can't be the only one who hates tin lip balms?! the thought of the germs from my fingers touching the product makes me feel queasy. So having a pencil-style applicator which I can just glide on my lips whenever they're feeling a little quenched is perfect. This shade itself is one i'd typically go for but now I've done my research I've got so many different shades I want to pick up too. So, suffering from dry lips and want a product that'll not only look pretty but help moisturise them? Chubby sticks are the ones for you.




Have any of you tried the Chubby sticks or is there any Clinique products you would recommend? 
let me know! Thanks for reading x 


Sunday, 12 March 2017

#BERSHKASTYLE



I'm a real laidback gal. I used to obsess so much over my appearance to a ridiculous level but growing older you seem to realise there's a lot more things to life than your perfectly curled hair or your perfectly primed outfits. (That's not to say Nathan didn't have to take hundreds of photos because I felt like I looked awful haha). Don't get me wrong, there's days where I really want to feel good about myself, but more than usual I'm bare effort, natural untameable hair well underway and I make a dash for soft, comfy clothing. 

This outfit screams ultimate comfort for me, my trusty old school vans that are so worn in they feel like slippers, my beloved joni jeans and my new favourite jumper from Bershka. How pretty are those arms! I love the frill detail, it's the perfect balance of boy-ish and adding a little femininity to a casual lazy day outfit. 

I was also kindly gifted this clutch bag which is a complete life saver because it's so roomy. I always struggle to find fashionable bags that hold all my necessities (like five different lipsticks, a hairbrush and a shit load of sharpies) but this is perfect, it's also got an attachable strap too for whenever a clutch is inconvenient - I love it. Thanks Koko Couture, you da best.



How's your Sunday, I hope it's a lovely one! Thanks for reading x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

THE £10 HIGHLIGHTER I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT

sleek solstice highlighting palette

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette -  Link Here

Happy Wednesday my little lovely ones! I hope it's a good one. Today I wanted to share my favourite highlighting palette because in all honesty, I think it deserves as many reviews as it can possibly get. The Sleek Solstice palette is currently only £10 to buy, meaning that each shade is only £2.50 (wow look at me doing math) and on the price alone it's a real winner. I think i've mentioned previously how I have a bit of a highlight addiction, I genuinely hoard and collect like there's no tomorrow and I've got a lot on complete different price scales, this palette beats them all.

I thought I'd give a mini breakdown on each shade because I think they all serve a different purpose but they're equally as gorgeous. The shade in the left corner of the palette, Ecliptic, is my favourite. It's the only cream based highlight in the palette and it's amazingly pigmented as you can tell from my swatches. It catches and reflects the light so well, I apply this on my brow bone and a tiny bit on the tip of my nose for an everyday look because it's very full on.

On the right of Equinox, there's Hemisphere, which is a gorgeous pink pearly highlight which is effortlessly blended. It's super easy to use and the right colour for a subtle everyday look. I've also tried applying this wet for a stronger look and it works just as well.

The bottom left shade is Subsolar, which is a banana / light yellow shade. This is the highlight I tend to wear on my cheeks for an everyday look if I'm having a simple makeup look. It's stunning! It's not too in your face, it blends seamlessly and it has gorgeous lasting power. I feel like with most of my highlighting palette's the pay off is good but the durability just doesn't seem to be there. But with this palette, I never have that problem.

Lastly, Equinox, which is a gorgeous shade for someone who has darker skin than me. I wear this if I'm wearing a full makeup look as I tend to wear darker foundation or some false tan underneath and it has a beautiful metallic sheen to compliment my tone. Plus it's very blendable, you can't go wrong.

Sleek Solstice Swatches
Sleek Solstice Swatches

Left to right swatches Hemisphere, Equinox, Subsolar and Ecliptic

If you haven't already gave this a go I recommend you do, one of the main things I love in general about this palette is that the highlight doesn't emphasise your pores which I find a lot of highlighters tend to do. This sits on your skin perfectly and lasts all day long. Even from the swatches you can see flash or no flash the highlight is super pigmented, for the asking price of just £10 I really don't think you can fault this one - plus the packaging is very blog-worthy. Win win! 

You can try it for yourself by clicking this link  here

Have you tried anything from Sleek, or did you love this palette too? let me know!
Thanks for reading x 


Saturday, 4 March 2017

SPRING READY WITH & OTHER STORIES

And Other Stories Spring Lookbook


Today is a little bit of a different post for Velvet Spring - but a pretty good one none the less! & Other Stories is a brand that I always see on the Blogosphere - special shoutout to Liv Purvis (What Olivia Did) who I see rocking & Other Stories all the time. But really I've never actually been too bothered by them, I don't feel like there's a fair amount of advertising for the brand and really I only ever give the website a quick ponder if I see Liv or someone wearing something pretty. 

I've been studying the brand (for what feels like years now...) as part of my recent university project - I'm literally becoming obsessed. I thought I would share with you a few lot of my favourite things. Since we're in the midst of planning our spring wardrobes, & Other Stories have the perfect balance of transitional items. From the pastel hues to the brighter floral patterns which make perfect wardrobe staples - and don't get me started on that daisy bag and that green gingham two piece, is it justifiable to buy everything?




thanks for reading! x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

MY FEBRUARY FAVOURITES

Beauty Favourites

Hello March, jeez you crept up quickly! it felt like two minutes ago I was heading back for my second term at university and now I'm less than two months away from finishing.. what a terrifying but relieving thought that is haha. Anyway, I thought I'd share with you a few of my favourite beauty products I've been gravitating towards this February. It's a pretty good mix! usually, I'm a firm favourites kind of gal but I've tried and tested a few new things from high street brands such as Rimmel and Maybelline this month and I'm pretty impressed! 

Before I get into it, 980 Bloglovin' followers - how mental is that?! I remember the days when I'd sit here and look at my thirty followers and think oh my god am I ever going to get anywhere? if you're reading this and feeling disheartened by that pesky old number - don't. I'm living proof that a bit of self-motivation and pixie dust will get you places. So thank you to all of you who have stuck by my bad lighting days and uncontrollable rants, you're the best.

Rimmel Magnif'Eyes PaletteRimmel Clear Brow gel

Brow This Way  Link Here / Magnif'eyes Palette  Link Here

Ok, so first things first I thought I'd talk about my beloved brow gel. This product has literally revolutionised my brow game and I don't think I could ever be without it again. As I usually just use my ABH dip brow, I've never really seen a use for setting my brows, so I just bought it on a whim thinking I might try it for no makeup/effort days. I'm so pleasantly surprised, I use the clear gel to set my brows into place and since it's a gel, this helps the pomade glide on effortlessly, it's like they were made for each other - and for around four pounds it's a great price to repurchase. The other Rimmel product I've been loving lately is my Magnif'eyes palette in the keep calm & wear gold shade. This palette is gorgeous since I've been getting into eyeshadow a lot more lately I've been leaning towards this for neutral everyday looks. It's a perfect balance of matte and shimmer shades and the shimmers are really pigmented - especially if you apply them wet! 

Soap And Glory MotherPucker Lipstick

Soap And Glory Lipstick  Link Here

This is a lippy I've featured before in one of my monthly favourites but I feel it deserves another mention because I wear this pretty much non-stop. I'm such a huge fan of Soap & Glory's skincare and bath and body range so I wasn't really sure what to expect from their makeup range but I'm really impressed. I've repurchased this 'Perfect Day' shade three times now and really I don't think I can live without it. It's a perfect nude brown, velvet teddy-esque shade for an everyday wear, but without a Mac price tag. The lasting power is pretty good too, though if you are to top it up during the day it doesn't get that awful gritty feeling like most lipsticks do. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow

The Falsies Push Up Lash  Link Here / Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow  Link Here

The next brand I want to talk about is another high street favourite, Maybelline. You know when a product is so good that you feel like you want to personally thank the person who created it for making your makeup so damn good? that's how I feel about the new Falsies Push Up Angel Lash (even though I forgot to get a close-up pic).  I won't go too much into it because I feel like pretty much every blogger on the planet owns this mascara, but I 100% recommend it. I was quite sceptical at first because the brush is.. 'odd looking?' but I think it's the way the brush has been designed that makes the mascara so good - if  you're a lover of the Falsies range, definitely try this new one! I also picked up another shade of the Colour Tattoo eyeshadow's to try - this being the Eternal Gold shade. It's super pigmented though, so when I wear it i tend to blend it with a few darker colours so it's not too in your face, but overall it's a gorgeous shimmery shade and the lasting power is amazing. 

Last but not least, the honourable mentions. Thank you to Anastasia Beverly Hills for always allowing my contour to stay on-fleek with the  Cream Contour Kit in the shade Light . Even though I hate that you don't sell the cream refills yet and I have to fork out almost £40 everytime I need a new shade, you're worth it I guess. The  Sleek Solstice Highlighting palette that doesn't even need a write up because I'm sure everyone knows that this is the best highlighter you can get your hands on. And a huge thank you to Real Techniques for the  Deluxe Crease and Angled Shadow brushes, making my eyes always perfectly blended this February. 

Have you discovered any beauty products this month that you love? let me know. 
Thanks for reading!







Friday, 24 February 2017

A WEEKEND IN PARIS

Bonjour Mon Cheri! 

This past month has been somewhat of an unintended break from blogging, the minute I got settled back into university my motivation went straight out the window. I think sometimes you need time to remind yourself why you do it / if it's worth investing time in and if I can squeeze it into my university routine. 

I'm not going to beat around the bush, I was pretty upset with my recent module grades which are probably why I've not had the motivation to blog as I've been focusing on bettering myself. But I feel like things are finally on the up! I've started my work experience with PunkyPins, which is an adorable pins and patch company that you should definitely check out, link here (the Stranger Things collection is amazing).

As I got ready to start my first day, I received an unexpected email from Closer Magazine offering me an intern this summer with their fashion and beauty department eek - if that's not something to grin about I don't know what is! I think visiting Disneyland the week before definitely worked its magic.

If you follow me on Instagram you're more than likely going to know I visited Paris last weekend, sorry for the shameless mushy posts. As I've mentioned before, my boyfriend surprised me for Christmas with this little getaway as it was to celebrate our 4 year anniversary... no clue how he's managed to cope with me for that long, I'm shocked too. 

After several moments of getting lost; losing a phone, a terrifying flight and just generally a whirlwind of a weekend. I thought I'd share some of my favourite photos and highlights with you all. Apologies in advance for the crappy quality of some of these photos, I didn't wanna drag my little Olympus around Paris with me so the next best thing was my iPhone. Be prepared for lots of strange facial expressions from yours truly as I 100% don't photograph well under pressure ha.


First Stop: Pont des Arts Bridge


I swear I wasn't intentionally trying to get my tattoo in the photo - I'm really not that kind of gal don't worry haha. Before jetting off I was aware that the lovelock bridge had collapsed some time ago, but I assumed they took the locks off and replaced it with new wire. So you can imagine how upset I was to find that they'd replaced the wire with hard plastic so there was absolutely no way to place a lock on it! I'd went to the effort to buy a cute personalised lock with kittens on and I couldn't place it anywhere so it's still sat in my bag! I think I'm going to have to think of a nicer place to pop it on my travels. But besides that, it was such a sunny day and I don't think I could ever get sick of Paris, it's truly beautiful.

Next Stop: The River Seine


This isn't something I'd usually want to share but I thought it'd be quite useful for someone who wants to visit Paris. Whilst we we're messing around taking photos at the Louvre, we noticed someone had left a pushchair with a black backpack in it right next to us. Obviously given the recent terrorist issues with Paris we pretty much shot out of there as fast as we could. I just think it's so important to keep your wits about you! After that ordeal (which we assume was a false alarm) we walked along the River Seine to calm our nerves. I 100% recommend you do this, our weekend was rushed because we had one day in Paris and one in Disneyland but if I was to do it again, I'd totally take a picnic to enjoy at the river bank, it's a gorgeous view and it's a really peaceful break from the city.


The Highlight: Paris By Night


Paris by night is an absolute must. I've been to Paris a couple of times but never ventured to Eiffel Tower by night and I'd never seen the tower sparkle. It's such an amazing thing to watch and everyone around you is counting down the minutes til the tower sparkles on the hour. We climbed up to the top of the Palais de Chaillot viewpoint to get a real view which you can see in the first photo. We sat on a bench and grabbed a crepe from a nearby stall, it was perfect! Even though Paris in february is out of season, it was still as lively as you'd imagine and I'd definitely reccommend going at this time as it's a whole lot cheaper than summer - and the weather was pretty good too!

The Treat: Disneyland Paris


Of course, what trip would be complete without a Disneyfreak like me visiting the happiest place on earth?! we deliberated going so much, but since Nathan hasn't been before I thought it was absolutely essential for us to visit. After being totally pooped out from our long day in Paris and knowing the fireworks weren't on til 9:30pm, we decided to go a little later than usual. This was a mistake! not realising the FastPass tickets are only available on the morning we missed our opportunity to skip a few queues. This meant we didn't get to do much because a lot of the wait times we're 90 minutes! But we squeezed in the main rides, stuffed our face with chocolate goodies and admired the Disney Dreams firework show at night. 

Overall, it's been a great weekend and I came back dying to visit again, I think Paris will always be my favourite place. Are any of you off to Paris soon? let me know! x

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Valentines edit.

Can you believe we're almost at the end of January? christmas seems like yesterday. Though, with the end of January creeping up on us it's time for us guys n gals to get excited about my favourite day of the year - vday. This year in particular is pretty damn special for me because it signifies that me and nath have managed to tolerate each other for a whole four years!!!!! I feel so old and weird saying that, time really does fly by when you're having fun. Rather than being super mushy because I can guarantee you probably won't want to hear it, I just thought I'd tell you all I'm off to PARÌ! Nathan surprised me for christmas and I'm so excited.

Paris is by far my favourite place on the entire earth (so far) so to share this experience with Nath is going to be pretty great - I'm sure I'll keep you all updated. On another note, how fitting is this cute little makeup bag? It's like the  Lifestyle Blogger Company telepathically guessed I was off to Paris, I love it and I can't wait to carry my bits and bobs in it. 

More to the point, I thought I'd put together some of my favourite gift ideas. Traditional flowers are a cute gift but for my fellow bblogger and fblogger gals out there.. there's some really adorable limited edition (perfectly instagrammable) gifts you can get especially. Including this  Paul and Joe blush gift set. How CUTE. If any of you know me and listen to my ramblings, you'll know how much I love cats.. and coincidentally the colour pink - so I obviously had to have it, look at that little face brush too, i can't bare to use it!

So ladies, if you want to subtly shove this in your partners face or give a few cheeky hints thats totally fine by me, or if you're single AF and feel like treating yourself because why the hell not. I hope you every single one of you has a wonderful Valentines day, I can't wait to share mine with you all.




Thursday, 12 January 2017

A natural look with Sleek Makeup.

Happy first beauty review of the year to me! and it's a bloody good one. Sleek are a brand that I'd never really delved into until I was at a festival this year and my friend saved my life borrowing me her contour duo. Since then I've always kept an eye on the brand, so when I seen this 'Box Of Tricks' offer at half price in Boots at the boxing day sales, I quickly snapped it up without hesitation. I was so excited when I opened it!


The box holds my beloved face contour kit (having more than one is always good), the blogger favourite Solstice highlighting palette, a Vintage Romance eyeshadow palette good enough to give Anastasia Beverley Hills a run for their money and much more. There's only one product I wouldn't use in this box, which is the Twist Up liner.. but that's only because I can't apply eyeliner for the life of me - it's still a great product, I'm just useless.

I was gonna swatch the whole box and give a run-through but I'm tired of just swatches, I for one always want to see the products actually on somebody's face, rather than a really long colourful arm, so I decided to create a natural look that I'd wear day-to-day. My base is Mac Studio Fix and I've prepped my face with Laura Mercier primer and used Mac Fix to keep everything together, but besides that everything on my face came out of this little box which i think is quite spectacular. 

Voila. I'm impressed! the highlighting palette in particular is my now my favourite. I can't fathom how much I love these products considering they're so inexpensive. I never ever wear powder bronzers as I've used my Anastasia contour kit for so long I'm used to creams - yet Sleek's contour duo blends effortlessly and it's the perfect shade to add some definition to my face. I'm also a sucker for a good red shade as some of you may know, so you can imagine how happy I was that I managed to get one in this box. Have you ever tried anything from Sleek you'd recommend? I need more! 

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A flash of red.


It's Velvet Spring's first outfit post of the year! and it's one that I thoroughly dislike but I'm putting it out anyway because I spent a seemingly endless amount of time trying to get nice outfit photos and out of the hundreds, there's two that are okay (what the hell is that awful shadow???).. so two it is, i'll survive. I thought I'd share this outfit because it's built on all of my recent sale buys. honestly this year hasn't really been the best for sales but it hasn't stopped me spending haha. I love these shoes, i was so happy when they were reduced and i'm so tempted to get them in more colours - they just add a little extra to a casual outfit. That paired with my bargain shoulder bag from forever 21 (£6 i may add) and i'm ready to go. Though after taking these photos, I got in a sulk about how i dislike them and here i am sat in bed in my pyjamas again. But i'm sure I'll actually venture outdoors wearing this at some point haha. Hope you enjoyed reading this! 


culottes: zara  link / shoes: asos  link  / bag: forever 21  link / top: boohoo link

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tally ho! jen x 

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