Sunday, 18 September 2011

What's in my College bag?!

Hi everyone!
I only just started college so my bag is really tidy and currently just has all of my new school supplies in it, so I figured this was a good time to show what I keep in there. It's also kind of a back-to-school haul as this is all of the stuff I bought! So let's go...

First of all, my college bag is just a tote/shopper from Primark. For the first week of college, I was using a Cath Kidston printed shopper bag as they are super practical for school and college! They are a bit pricey at about £25 but they last for years so are definitely worth it! The only reason i'm not using my Cath Kidston for college anymore is that it was actually too big for me. I thought i'd need loads of room but I only have one course at college so I don't really, and it seemed silly carrying a big bag with not much inside! So I just got this Primark one. It's big enough for folders and books to fit in snugly without too much room, which I wanted. I'm not too keen on the tacky 'charm' on it or the green lining but it'll do for now!

The bag has one zip compartment inside, which I like, and two small open pockets. I like to keep my phone in one of the pockets, but the other isn't actually used. In the zip compartment however, I keep:
* A pen
* Scissors
* Glue Stick
* Sticky Notes - That way I don't lose them in my deep bag!

Ok, so in the main area of my bag, I keep:
* Folder with dividers/plastic wallets - WHSmiths and Wilkinsons
* 4 section A4 notepad - WHSmiths
* Small patterned notebook - The Works
* Random sheets from college.

* Makeup bag (used as pencil case) - Bodycare
* Umbrella - B & M
* Mini Pencil Crayons - Poundland
* Passionfruit Body Spray - Natural Collection at Boots

I also keep my college makeup bag in there, but i've not included it on this post as i'll be doing a seperate post on it soon!
So that's everything I keep in my college bag at the moment. I can't imagine it will change much over the year, apart from additional folders and more loose sheets! But you guys won't want to see that... I also keep an energy bar or some rice cakes in my bag to eat on short breaks inbetween lessons, but they vary each day :)

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and hopefully found it helpful in some way... ;)

Love Hayley

Saturday, 17 September 2011

College Clothing! ...

Hi everyone :)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I started College at the beginning of September and I just wanted to do a post for you all, to share a few of my college fashion 'essentials' with you. Starting at a new college is a nerve-wracking and stressful time for most people. There's lots of worries like meeting new people, travelling, being independent and managing the workload. But for someone with a profound interest in fashion and beauty, their main worry is probably 'what am I going to wear?'. It was for me anyway!

It sounds like a very shallow concern, but for me, fashion is how I show my personality. I'm generally a very shy person, especially in new surroundings, so I find fashion to be a good way of portraying myself to others, without even saying anything! So naturally, my mind started filling with lots of college outfit ideas and wonderful clothing combinations but after more thought, I realised some of my outfit ideas were not particularly practical! To get to college, I have to take a bus and then walk quite a lot, so I needed outfits to suit these needs. I imagine this is the case for a lot of other people too, which is why i'm going to share my 5 staple pieces for a college wardrobe :)

1. Leggings
A good pair of leggings can be so versatile and are so comfortable for lots of travelling. You can find them in different colours, patterns and styles at many places now so they are easy to work into your wardrobe. 

2. A Warm Coat/Jacket
This may seem obvious or boring, but a big warm coat is so important for me! There's nothing worse than walking in the freezing cold or getting rained on, so a big coat is a must. These can get pricey but it doesn't have to be the most fashionable one, just any that does the job and you feel comfortable in. 

3. Knitted Jumpers/Cardigans
I literally live in these in winter! I find them so comfy and warm, yet still fashionable. You can pair them with a bodycon skirt, jeans or leggings and some boots and you're good to go! I cannot say how happy I feel when i'm in big jumpers or cardi's, I love them.

4. Plain Shirts and Blouses
Simple, classy and stylish. I love the look of a sheer oversized blouse tucked into a skirt or trousers. They just look so effortless but so stylish and sophisticated. They're also great in neutral colours like brown, black and cream as they go with so many outfits and can be worn so many ways. You could wear the same blouse every day for a week (if you washed it of course) and make it look so different each day. Perfect!

5. Simple Skirts or Dresses
I love wearing skirts and dresses in the colder weather, which seems a little backwards as we usually wear them in summer. But I actually prefer them with some thick tights and warm scarves in the winter. They can be very versatile so are easy to mix and match throughout college time, and I find them to be quite comfy for travelling in (as long as they aren't super short and tight of course). 

So there we have my 5 must-haves for keeping you comfy and warm yet still stylish and chic at college! I hope you found them helpful and interesting, and that you can adapt them to suit your style and needs. 

What are your college/work clothing staples?


Friday, 16 September 2011

OOTD 16/09/2011 x

Hi everyone! 

So I have another Outfit of the Day post for you today. OOTD's are actually one of my favourite blog posts to read, as I get so inspired by seeing other people's outfits and how they style their clothes, so you may see quite a few from me! Today I had to go to college quickly and then I went shopping a little, so my outfit is just simple and easy to wear. My makeup was also super simple and natural as I wasn't really going anywhere. Hope you like it and let's get into it!

Clothing i'm wearing:
* Brown Cardigan - New Look
* Dress, worn as top - Miss Selfridge
* Jeans - New Look
* Belt - New Look
* Shoes - ASDA, for only £13!

Makeup i'm wearing:
* MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
* Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
* Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
* Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara
* EOS Lip Balm in Lemon Drop


Thursday, 15 September 2011

OOTD 15/09/2011

Hi everyone!

Just a quick Outfit of the Day post today! I'm not going anywhere special, just out and about getting things done so my outfit isn't too spectacular, but hey, it's comfy and keeps me warm so it doesn't matter :) So here's my outfit! (Please excuse the awkward poses haha)

* Camel Cardigan - New Look
* Printed Shirt - Primark
* Bodycon Skirt - Peacocks
* Brown Belt - New Look
* Patterned Tights - New Look
* Brown Moccasins - River Island

* Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
* MAC Studio Finish Concealer
* Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
* Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner - Black Ink
* Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara
* New CID Cosmetics i-gloss in Spice Berry

Hope you enjoyed!


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Oh August...

Hi everyone!

I'm back! It really feels like i've not blogged in months. But actually, I think it's only been about one month. August went by so quickly yet painfully for me, and truthfully, I feel like I wasted the month. I was at home a lot of the month and had plenty of oppurtunities to blog but every time I tried to, my heart just wasn't in it and I didn't feel in the mood. The main reason for this being the fact that I was incredibly stressed throughout August.

I'd made a late application for college back in June, and i'd been told that a place on the course was unlikely. I kept trying at various times all summer though, and when it came to the middle of August I still didn't have a place and I began to panic. Various things had happened that meant I didn't want to go to my other school anymore and college was the place I wanted to go so badly! So for the rest of August I carried on visiting the college and enquiring and gradually got more stressed and run-down and reached quite a low point in life for me. At the end of August, however, I got my Exam results back. I then went from being so mentally tired, to being absolutely ecstatic! I'd got great results that I was over-the-moon about and went straight to college. They interviewed me and sent me home. An hour later I recieved a call informing me I had a place on the course! I thanked them and danced around my house with tears of joy. It was the best feeling in the world!

So yes, August brought me tears, anxiety and lots of stress. But it also brought me a feeling of relief and joy that i'd never felt before. And although i'd had a really tough month, I came out of it feeling 10x happier and it was the best end to an awful month! I hope you can understand that I didn't want to blog during that time. But now that I am finally at college and at a really comfortable point in my life, you can expect blog posts a lot more regularly!

I hope you enjoyed - if that's the right word - this more personal post. I tried not to make it too detailed or depressing! Just wanted to give an update :) normal blog posts shall now resume!


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Update + FOTD!

Hi everyone, sorry I have been a bit MIA the past week, but i've found myself quite busy during the days which meant no time to blog. And then the past few days I didn't feel in the right mood to blog after watching all of these horrible riots on the news and seeing all of the awful damage being caused. But it looks as though most places have been calm recently and work can now be started towards cleaning up the aftermath of the riots, which is at least some good news.

Bad news aside, however, i've had quite a busy week, seeing friends and getting a lot of stuff organised in my house and such. I am working on fitting time to blog into my days, even when i'm busy though so posts should hopefully become more regular :)

Seeing as I was doing this 'update' post today, I thought I may as well include a Face of the Day picture for you. My makeup was very simple, however I added a pop of colour to brighten my face a bit, as we had quite miserable weather today. And once you get to know me, you'll know that I really am a very neutral kinda girl when it comes to everyday makeup, so I only really add a pop of colour like this when i'm feeling particularly adventurous! But hey ho, here's my face! :

Makeup used:
*MAC Studio Fix Fluid - NC20
*Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - Light 2
*Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick - Beige 3
*Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder - Pale Yellow 1 
*Natural Collection Eyeshadow - Asteroid
*Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara - Black 01
*Clinique Long Last Lipstick - Rose Shimmer 61

What's your favourite product to brighten up your face with?

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

NOTD: Summery Sky-Blue

Hi everyone!
If you saw my last blog post (Boots Mini Haul) you'll know that I brought a nice new blue nail polish from Ruby & Millie. Well I was quite excited to try out the polish so painted my nails in it today.

First of all, I love the colour! It's a really summery and pretty sky blue shade and is perfect for these bright summer days. I was actually looking for a nice summery shade of blue so i'm happy I found this one. However, i'm not too keen on the very unimaginitive name 'Blue' for the polish... But hey ho!

The polish is nice to apply, although it was a little gloopy which I presumed was down to it being stored in a really warm place, so I kept mine in the fridge for an hour or so earlier and it's now a lot easier to apply. It doesn't take too long to dry, which I like, and has quite a nice glossy finish.

Overall I really like this nail polish, and seeing as it was only £2.75, you can't grumble! I'll be getting lots of wear out of this polish during the rest of Summer, and I think it will be nice for Winter too.

What do you think of the colour?