Might be a few weeks early but was just having a browse through Etsy and ended up scrawling through their sellers’ Valentine’s cards this year; they’re so witty- I just cannot get enough. So how could I not make a top 10 list? In no particular order, here are 10 of my favourites that are bound to put a smug grin on your significant other’s face… (Click the pictures for the Etsy site)
This one comes courtesy from YourMumRang , a London based seller with a variety of cheeky food related cards painted delicately with water-colours.
For those of you who don’t like to beat around the bush (hahahaha see what I did there?) this one’s right up your street from SmuttyDraws
Which bitch wouldn’t want to receive this fine ass card?!Dewlawdees
How adorable is this?! They also have a range of other animals in their shop so check it out HERE
If you’re not really the soppy type like me then maybe this is more your cuppa tea
I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this one…
…A lot of you can probably relate to this one too
This one I’m including purely because I know my good friend Beth will love it, (private joke guys- sorry).
This one goes out to all my fellow ‘Friends’ fans
For those of you who are playing it cool, but not that cool.
So, this year saying the January sales have been disappointing would be a massive understatement and I was left feeling slightly down about my lack of bargains – that is until I found the ASOS sale! Over 70% off on literally thousands of items, I could’ve kitted myself out for the next two years, no problem!
So at a grand total of £37 these are what I purchased…
The most expensive of my purchases was this gorgeous cobalt scarf-print dress for about £27, from ASOS it’s self. It’s one of those dresses you can wear any season and to any occasion so I consider this a cheap investment rather than a drain on my bank balance ;)
Next up is this bargain at about £7.50, it looks ridiculously good on- I was actually quite shocked! In fact I may well order the blue version of it before it’s out of stock – (if it’s not already).
Last but not least this tee by Jacqueline De Yong, there are 2 things I justified this buy with…
- It was £3.50 … no I’m not high, it really was £3.50!
- ‘H’ is my 2nd initial so..
- Ok there’s 3 reasons, I just really wanted it okay – quit it with the 3rd degree man
Also you may be wondering why my walls are manky and unpainted/wallpapered – no I don’t live in a crack den, my wall had damp so my parents started drying it out whilst I was at uni!
Above is my friend Steph and I before we ventured out on the town for NYE.
Steph (left), is wearing a mesh H&M dress with shoes from
Primani Primark and I’m wearing a dark green play-suit from Missguided, waist belt (that kept falling off) from New Look and shoes which I sort of accidentally bought from Just Fab, for £35.
Now to the point of this post…
I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of a new year’s resolution this year but nothing’s coming to mind. I don’t smoke, I’m not over weight and I don’t shoot heroin into my eye balls so all of the obvious options are fairly futile to me. Then I thought why should I change something about myself just because it’s time to buy a new calendar again? The only thing I could maybe promise for 2014 is to keep my room tidy but I don’t make promises if I have no intention to keep them sooooooo – that’s not gonna happen!
Instead I think I’ll make some goals for myself…
Some more ambitious than others but I’ll take a punt at it at least!
“Thirty-five is the perfect age for a woman, so much so that many women have decided to adopt it for the rest of their lives”
This year a much loved national treasure returns to our bookshelves in the form of a scatty, clumsy and potty-mouthed Bridget Jones. From author, Helen Fielding’s previous installments you might be expecting another hopelessly brilliant rom-com about Bridget’s longing for Mr Mark Darcy but unfortunately this edition has a darker twist.
Written in the present day, Bridget is now a 50 year old mother of two, struggling with balancing her work and social life as well as the children’s school runs in classic Jones style. Things many of us can certainly identify with, but unfortunately her issues with using Twitter are the least of her problems as she mourns the loss of her beloved husband Mark, who died four years ago in a tragic accident. Many were shocked when it became public knowledge that Fielding had killed off a much loved heart-throb, but I feel it allows Bridget to have a much greater depth than her somewhat ditsy appearance permits.
The novel gives Bridget’s personal reflections in diary form as she reluctantly tries to start dating again to move on with life after Mark, whose memory haunts her in every decision she makes. It basically forms the structure for an anti-self-help book on dating as Jones makes every mistake possible in the new-age of modern dating; from drunken texting to online dating- she hopelessly tries it all in her own hilarious way.
After many years of patient waiting Jones’s fans were treated to one final chapter of the domestic chaos and calamity after the films that made her famous, this edition does not disappoint as young Bridget has grown older and wiser with her readers who are now facing their own mid-life crises. Perhaps not to the same extent as Bridget’s issues with head lice infestations and stomach-bug epidemics but if anything her rather messy life brings a certain degree of reassurance to the rest of us, that just because the living room hasn’t been cleaned for a while and we’ve become slightly more reliant on ready meals recently doesn’t mean that we hopeless/lazy people! It simply means we are busy, successful women with more on our minds than dusting round the plasma screen television.
A laugh-out-loud read you’ll really struggle to put down in a hurry.
ALSO, if you’re really into reading then you should definitely consider having a look at my best friend Hollie’s blog
So as the New Year begins it’s only natural for 2014′s future prom queens to be scouring the internet for their perfect prom dresses – all with a dream dress idea in the back of their minds I’m sure. When I was 15 I actually did my work experience in a prom dress boutique in my home town and what I’ll always remember is these girls coming in with very specific ideas for their dress and leaving with something completely different BUT something that would most likely suit them a lot better than their previous idea.
The easiest way to stun everyone in your prom dress is to pick a colour that you wouldn’t usually wear, for example if you wear a lot of black maybe go for something really bright like a nice red dress… red after all has a reputation for being a stand-out sexy colour and is sure to have everyone’s eyes on you and you alone.
However if you really want to find your perfect prom dress, it’s important to shop for your body shape. If any of you are fans of Gok Wan like me you’ll know that by dressing for your shape you can really enhance your appearance to another level- to find out which body shape you are please check out: http://www.bodyshapefashionadvice.com/
I personally fit into the boring rectangular shape category, which basically means I’m slim but not well endowed in the curves department so when I’m shopping I go for clothes which will give the illusion of a curvaceous figure. To do this I go for dresses which highlight my boobs – maybe with a lower neckline in a fitted fabric that also emphasizes my small waist with some kind of frilled/pleated design.
Such as the gorgeous pink dress above, for just £69.99! I’ve genuinely never seen such a vast selection of prom dresses for such cheap prices… if only I could go back in time and have my prom again!
One of the most common body shapes is the pear shape- meaning you’re blessed with a more curvaceous derrière but with less up top. The key to championing the pear shape is to balance out your proportions, in terms of a prom dress your best option is a dress with some form of embellishment around the chest and floor length floaty material such as chiffon; this sweetheart neckline is not only gorgeous but will be gorgeous on you too…
Next up is the envied hourglass shape – if you’re lucky to have big boobs as well as a nice arse and slim waist then congratulations you have won at life! For you the key is in the waistline, look out for a dress with an embellished or belted waist
This dress couldn’t be more perfect for an hourglass gal and for £89 you really will not find any cheaper!
Whatever your shape or budget http://www.1dress.co.uk is well worth a gander, I really wish I knew about them before my prom in which I ended up going in a cheap dress I found in new look…
It seemed like a good idea at the time but looking back I’d have been able to get a dress 5X as nice from 1dress for about the same price!
Remember kids, take your time and choose wisely!