Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year's Eve: A Beauty Round Up

Whether you're going to a party or staying in with friends or family tonight, it's always fun to dress up a bit for New Year's Eve. Need some inspiration? Here's a (last minute) roundup of the beauty products I'll be using on top of my usual makeup routine for some added sparkle and glow...

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Lessons I've Learned in 2014

University really isn't for everyone. Quitting isn't always cowardly.

It's pointless to regret anything that was necessary.

There will always be bad days. Sometimes it isn't a simple matter of learning to manage your emotions; sometimes you need to allow yourself to take a time out.

Go outside at least once every day, even on the really bad days.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Of Note: 8 Great Online Reads

I think Bloglovin’ is my happy place. After finally logging in again on my shiny new Macbook, (six months + no laptop = one unhappy Rachel) I’m not sure how I ever lived without it for a week, let alone half a year! I’ve discovered and rediscovered so many beautiful blogs over the past month or so that I'm never short on great posts to read. Here's a roundup of my favourite online reads, recently:

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

ALG December Playlist

As I write this, my 12 year old next door neighbour is singing yelling Fancy by Iggy Azalea at the top of his voice. It's a treat, but has no real relevance to this post, so, anyway...

I should probably start by warning you that the mix of music I'm listening to this month is less 'eclectic' and more just, weird... it's not all that often that you get Ariana Grande, Norah Jones, London Grammar and Dire Straits in the same playlist, but whatever. Rather than going into detail on each song/artist, just a few things:

- Two Weeks is kind of weird and sexy in equal measures, and FKA twigs is probably the coolest person ever, too. Oh, and she gets to wake up next to Robert Pattinson... dream.

- Break Free is an ANTHEM (I take my use of capitals very seriously) and I will happily pretend not to care what anyone else has to say on the matter. I wasn't going to include it, but I think my playlists each month should be a true reflection of what I've been listening to, guilty pleasures or otherwise, don't you?

- Sultans of Swing reminds me of winter nights snuggled up by the fire when I was little, with the sound of the Straits filling the house. It's one of the most nostalgic and comforting songs I know, and I always find myself listening to it around this time of year.

- Ditto Turn Me On.

- I really wanted to include Hozier's cover of Arctic Monkeys, but went for Cherry Wine as a just-as-good substitute. Have this as a little Christmas bonus, though:

Listen to the playlist below (you can 'follow' it to listen to later, if you like).

What are you playing on repeat this month? Any not-so-guilty pleasures in your playlist?

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Of Note: Pinterest

After a long day in the office, some evenings are for going straight to the gym, being sociable or generally doing, you know, something. That said, some evenings are for quick changes into slob attire (read: instant bra removal) and clambering straight into bed with your laptop, where, if you're anything like me, the Pinterest tab is almost never closed.

Tonight is one of those nights. A slob night, if you will. Slob nights like these were made for Pinterest, and I've been pinning my little heart out lately. Here's a roundup of some of my favourites this week:

001. This pretty pin makes me want to get married or throw a huge Gossip Girl-esque party purely so I have an excuse to fill a room with pendant lights. Er, I'll keep dreaming...

002. I'm all over metallic home decor details and indoor planters lately, so this pin is right up my street. I'm making it my mission to get my hands on this amazing Iina Vuorivirta circular mirror, or something similar, in time for moving in to mine and K's cute little house in January.

003. I love type, I love illustrations, and I sure as hell love Emma Watson's #HeForShe speech. This pin ticks a whole lot of boxes, dunnit?

004. Messy hair, knitwear and the perfect lariat. I'd like to find a lariat like this Free People offering for less than £168, please!

005. I'm suffering from major wanderlust at the moment and this photograph of a road in Guizhou, China makes my soul hurt. So. Beautiful.

Follow me on Pinterest, I love finding new boards to follow!

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