Saturday, 31 December 2011

A selection of illustrations I've produced this year 

Highlights and a low from this year
 All in all this years been pretty good, I've done a lot of lovely things, visited lots of nice places, started my final year of university and as you can all see spent a ridonculous amount of time with Pete. : ]
I'm really pleased with the progress I've made this year with my illustration and can't wait to graduate in may.
Highlights include:
going to Tenby for the 3rd year in a row.
Pete got a new car and we said goodbye to the faithful red Punto Delilah.
I turned 21 and really feel like I've grown up a lot.
Spent a lot of the summer with my bestie Beth before she went back to Nottingham.
Changed my hair about a million times.
Went to a few amazing gigs including Taking Back Sunday, wednesday 13 and You Me At Six.
Finally started this blog.

The only major low point for me was the death of my amazing Grandad, he was and always will be my hero, he was always so supportive and encouraging and I know he was proud to see me go to university. This year I plan to make him proud and graduate with at least a 2:1, I miss him every single day but I know he's still around looking over the family and especially my nan.
Love you Grandad.

Resolutions/Wishes for 2012:

-Graduate with a decent grade
-Become employed preferrably in the creative industry
-Start saving to move out with Pete
-Visit at least 10 new places
-Meet lots of new people
-Adopt a tiger (in memory of my Grandad)
-If I manage to move out this year I def want to get a cat or two; a black and white one called Spock and a ginger one called Biscuit.
-Get into a routine of blogging and have weekly/monthly features.
-And as always every year I say I'll eat healthier, drink less and exercise more.

Hope everyone has a fabulous 2012
feel free to tell me your resolutions.

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Friday, 30 December 2011

sales shopping (but mostly just shopping)

Turquoise Love

I've wanted the ring for awhile and was lucky enough to find it in the sale at river island reduced from £10 to £3! The turtle necklace which is quite big and on a slightly tacky looking gold chain was a present from my mom I think it was from primark and it is rather tacky but I love it and the skull was a lovely gift from my friends Freya and Dan for my birthday they also got me an amazing ceramic sugar skull trinket box and matching brooch.

£25 river island
My lovely nan didn't know what to get me for my 21st so she decided awhile ago to start collecting any 50p's she had and set them aside until my birthday and by the time my birthday arrived there was almost £100 worth so i was rather chuffed. I was in rather desperate need of a new bag and saw this a couple of weeks ago and loved it, it's a slightly lighter blue than the picture suggests and is the perfect size for everyday use so I decided to buy it and it's a good job I did as the same day my old bag finally gave up on me  and the strap ripped off. I also decided to buy myself Lola by Marc Jacobs as I've been lusting after it for months but couldn't really justify the price and I'd seen the gift set on sale at The Perfume Shop for £32.99 so I went back to get it and was pleasantly surprised that it had dropped even further and was now just £24.50. I've saved the rest of my birthday money until I start uni again and can go to Birmingham to Urban Outfitters and maybe Forbidden Planet.

Charles Worthington salt spray £6.29
Benefit POREfessionally Pretty set £23.50
Too Faced glitter glue primer £16.50
I also made a few beauty purchases in Boots. Firstly the salt spray which I've been wanting to try for awhile, I washed my hair and put this on before blow drying and it definitely gave my hair a lot  more volume although it didn't appear to be any more wavy or tousled. But after a couple of hours it was quite wavy and beachy looking and stayed lovely and big all day, it was a tad drying on the ends but with some herbal essences split end protection cream just on the tips this issue was resolved, all in all I'd definitely buy it again.
I absolutely LOVE the POREfessional, as with all benefit stuff it's a bit pricey but I got this limited edition set with mini erase paste and girl meets pearl for the same price as the POREfessional on its own and you really don't need to use a lot. It's very silky and easy to apply and comes with a little lesson in the box, you can put it on both under and over make-up so you can touch up during the day if need be, I'll definitely be adding this to my routine from now on. I do like the girl meets pearl but I'm not sure I'd buy a full size  one as I prefer moon beam. The erase paste is also brilliant and a little goes along way, however the sets were only available with no.2 which is  tad dark for my extremely pale complexion.
I been debating which eye-shadow primer to get for a little while and decided to go with the glitter glue by Too Faced as I have a slight glitter obsession and have had issues with getting loose glitter to stay where I put it (and trust me waking up to find glitter in your actual eyeball is not particularly pleasant). I was originally going to go with Benefits Stay Don't Stray primer but have read quite a few reviews saying it's not too great and having tested it instore I can see why people have issues with it as the pump does give you a lot more product then you could possibly need at once. I haven't tried my primer yet but I'll let you know how it goes, I'll possibly use it tomorrow as it's new years eve which to me inevitably means glitter.
My plans for new year are pretty low key this year, going to a friends house before walking or stumbling (depends how much rose wine is consumed) to our local for the actual midnight celebrations and I get to start another year with my lovely boyfriend which is always a bonus.

Now after an unintentionally lengthy post,  I'm going to go and have a nice hot bath with some kind of lush item and maybe a glass of wine or raspberry Sourz and lemonade which is amazing! hopefully the steam will make me feel a bit better as I think I've caught my parents cold and am feeling kind of gross.

So what do you guys have planned for new years? 

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Monday, 26 December 2011

What a lovely day

Had a lovely Christmas so far; went up town to a few bars on Christmas eve eve for a friends 21st and got very, very merry and drank some lovely squashed frogs. Woke up the next day at 5am and had a lovely if very hungover mini Christmas with the boyfriend. We cooked frozen pizza and 40p garlic bread while watching Elf  and a Muppets Christmas Carol, he got me an absolutely Huge mug from the Disney store with a little Stitch sat in it. Christmas day itself has been really wonderful and particularly sentimental this year although it was kinda weird as it's the first year without my lovely grandad sat at the end of the table with a musical Christmas tie on but I'm sure he was there in spirit. Got an absolute mountain of lush stuff and the house smells delightful, got some benefit make-up from mom and the best friend and drank rather a lot of rose wine, really couldn't have asked for a better day.
Tomorrow the festivities continue with a nice brunch out with the family and Pete then off to Pete's nan's for a non Christmas party and possibly staying at Pete's for the night. I may try and brave the insanity at merry hill on Tuesday, as its just a walk from Pete's and there's no way I'd have the patience for the car park, try and grab a bargain with my birthday money or buy more benefit stuff. 
All in all this years had a lot of low points but I'm so grateful for everything especially my lovely family and Pete. I'm so looking forward to next year already, lots of great things to come; loads of friends celebrating their 21st birthdays, 4 year anniversary with Pete, going to my first ever wedding as my friend Sophie's asked me to be brides maid, graduating from university and hoping this time next year to be employed and saving to move out.
Well I'm off to sleep, maybe I'll get lucky and have another dream where I'm best friends with Leonard Nimoy.
Hope everyones had a magical Christmas, Live long and prosper.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Just a little hello

Just a little introductory entry to get me started, thought I'd start one of my new years resolutions early.
I've tried blogging before and always given up or forgotten about it but I'll try and  update this weekly.
So I just turned the big 21 and am currently in my third year of an illustration degree
Loves include:
Cats, Pete, glitter, Lush, 80's movies, Benefit make-up, shoes, turquoise things, Spock/Leonard Nimoy, Chiquito's, rose wine, creativity, trips to Tenby, singing in the car, Barry M nail varnish, cocktails, friends, hair dye, Evan Rachel Wood, flamingos and much more ...
Annoyances include: over sleeping, packed public transport, arrogance, mushrooms, insensitive people, people with too much fake tan, cold tea and Jeremy Clarkson.

All pictures I post are mine unless otherwise credited, to see more of my illustrations view my Facebook page:

Oh and I'm  a HUGE tea addict.

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