Sunday, 24 November 2013

VR Round Up 24.11.13

*Weekdays *Munch *Afternoon Tea Peak District
*Sayings *TBT 2009 *Tamper Coffee, Sheffield

+ Where Have You Been - I realise I've been a bit awol over the last few weeks and blogging has been sparse to say the least. I think I just got swept up in life and needed a break. This week has been a blur of work, visitors to Sheffield, getting back into the gym and celebrating Thanksgiving!

+ Times Like These - In the last few weeks I've made the choice to finally do some of that travelling I told myself I'd do when I graduated 18 months ago...2014 is definitely going to be an exciting year. Sadly, I am packing up and leaving Sheffield when my work contract finishes just before Christmas and am hoping to leave the UK by the end of January. Scary or what eh?

+ Global Traveller - Swept up in the logistics of leaving Sheffield, I have not actually booked anything in terms of travel for the New Year. If you have been travelling or know someone who has and had a fantastic time, then I'd LOVE to hear about it?! Recommendations and advice would be greatly appreciated!
VR x

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Photo Rail #25

My Take: Coating By

What I'll be wearing to keep toastie this winter.

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

VR Round Up 10.11.13

*Guy Fawkes *Costa Christmas *Glamour Distraction
*Super Sundae *Chocolate & Hazelnut *B&W Selfie

+ Quiet One - Been on the quiet side this week just trying to avoid writing an unrealistically long Christmas wishlist (yes I know its only early November) and spending too much time watching New Girl and True Blood - ahh winter evenings!

+ Back To It - Rejoined the gym this week in a last ditch attempt to get motivated before I'm surrounded by all the edible delights that come along with Christmas (not that it's stopped my mass consumption of goodies this week).

VR x

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

VR Round Up 03.11.13

 Better two days late then never eh!

*Weird and Wonderful *Spooky Selfie *Early Riser *Spiced Apple Tea
*Pretty Package *Emerald Wrap Dress *Snout *Nap Time

+ Just My Luck - After the long awaited arrival of the Tom Odell concert, he only went and got ill and called the whole thing off. There have been Twitter promises of a new date but I was still a bit disappointed. So much so that I hopped on over to Ticketmaster and booked to see The 1975 in January...bring it on!

+ Back To My Roots - Headed down to London for a long overdue catch up with my nearest and dearest. Whilst it was all pretty rushed (cramming everything in to three days is tough) it was awesome to see so many lovely faces! I spent Saturday with family friends cafĂ© hopping in South London and in the evening treated my mum to a delicious Greek meal as a belated birthday present. Sunday was centred largely around the pub, takeout pizza and Monsters University and Sunday was spent in the local shopping centre Brent Cross stocking up for winter and drinking the first of the Starbucks Christmas coffees with friends. It was pretty hard to tear myself away, especially with my dog trying to hop in my suitcase at every opportunity!

VR x

Friday, 1 November 2013

October Favourites

1. After a few not so flattering post summer photos, I decided it was time to find a product with a bit of added coverage for the colder (inevitably paler) months. Revlon's Colorstay foundation comes highly recommended from a world of beauty bloggers/reviewers (I couldn't find anyone with a bad word to say about it). I picked Colorstay up from Boots for a steal at around £10 and I have never looked back. Aside from the annoying little fact the shade is a tad too dark for my skin (shop lighting is a pain in the ass!), its a fantastic product. It's easy to work in to the skin (so much so that I have opted for the hands on approach rather than brush) and it's buildable so I can opt for more or less coverage depending on my mood. The best thing about this product? It really does stay! Whether I'm partying away in a club in London or heading out to a gig in Sheffield, I'll arrive home with it still in tact at the end of the night. A downfall you ask? This is probably a personal annoyance but it doesn't have a pump so it's hard not to over pour and waste it.
2. With the days closing in and winter approaching, the cold was really getting to my skin and I felt like I needed something to treat my face and make it feel that bit better. I'm a big fan of the Simple products because they are exactly that - simple and kind to skin, which is exactly what I needed. I haven't noticed any miraculous improvements but for £3.99, who's complaining. I am not sure I'd necessarily run out to purchase a shelf load of this but for weekly use over the next couple of months this one seems a good choice.

VR x

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Coating By

'Tis the season of wrapping up warm and these little beauties let you do so in style! I always struggle with making decisions on coats because of the endless eventualities to consider - What will it go with? Style over warmth? Cost against number of wears? Last year, this was so much so that somehow I just couldn't say no and ended up with a closet full of them.

Well, this year a pattern has clearly emerged as I seem to have chosen three structured blazeresque coats to lust over.
Now to narrow it down to just one....




VR x

Sunday, 27 October 2013

VR Round Up 27.10.13

*Shameless Selfie *Blurred Bastille *Pizza Rocket
*Poor Mans Fondue *Loughborough *Ladies 

+ Bastille - A friend had a spare ticket to see Bastille so on Wednesday night I headed on down to the O2 Academy to see them. I'm a big Bastille fan so to see them live was such a treat. They put on a great show but (like most gigs) it was all over way too soon. I've got tickets to see Tom Odell next week so at least it's not too long until I'll see some live music again. 

+ Loughborough - A friend from my University days celebrated her 23rd birthday last week so her and a friend had a joint house party and night out in their home town of Loughborough this weekend. Of course we all piled in the car and headed down for a night of catching up and drunken frolics. It was so lovely to see everyone and was a great excuse to wear my new (favourite) H&M a-line skirt. 

VR x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Photo Rail #24

My Take: The A Team
Warning: Mirror shots are not ideal but camera is kaput!

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

VR Round Up 20.10.13

*Plait Up Do *Fancie Fridays *Weekend Coffee
*Marmadukes Sheffield *Photobooth *Box Set

+ Work Hard, Play Hard - This pretty much sums itself up. Whilst working hard is obviously important, so is having fun and my hard earned wages have been going on lots of that this week. Took a trip to see Captain Philips (fantastic film, well worth a see and incredible performance from Tom Hanks), had an evening of pizza and cocktails and had a boozy night with inexcusable dancing, double vodkas and beer pong (my aim needs some work I'll add). 

Fancie Fridays - This has become a tradition in the office and whilst I am excited to work my way through ever possible flavour (if you follow Fancie on Facebook you'll see how irresistible they make their cakes look) I'm not sure my bank balance nor my health will be best pleased. But hey, carrot cake makes it a veg right?

+ True Blood -  My colleague has lent me the True Blood box set and I'm already six hours in and hooked. Lucky I have Seasons One to Four to keep me entertained!  

VR x

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The A Team

Being in a full time job when the temperature does a sudden nose dive can be really bloody annoying. This is not only because I want to curl up in a ball and hibernate in the bed (ideally until Christmas) but figuring out what to wear that will be warm, fashionable and functional is can be a pain in the ass (and subsequently expensive).

Cue the A-Line cut skirt making it's way on to my radar and saving my fashion sanity. Skirts aren't really a go-to item for me (I prefer dresses or skinny jeans with blouses) but whether it's the simplicity of this cut or that I just fancied a change - I am really liking the A-line...




 I do realise that my lust list above annoyingly features models inappropriately dressed for the colder months of the year but (like I have) envisage the skirts teamed with silky shirts and courts for work and chunky knits, thick tights and ankle boots for days off. Perfect!

VR x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

VR Round Up 13.10.13

*Festive Feeding *Gig *For The Face *Fancie Fridays 
*Beauty Storage *Products Galore *Winter Slippers *Baby Grape

+ Come And Go  - Been a bit quiet on the blog front this week as I've been desperately trying to sort my new flat out whilst juggling work and a life away from it all. Whilst it's not finished, the flat is definitely looking more like a home than an empty shell and I even managed to squeeze in a date night on Tuesday, a gig on Wednesday and had a very unplanned but late night last night (it's always the way when you promise yourself you're only going out for one drink).

Love Where You Live - I have made it a new little mission of mine to be more interested and educated in the city that I live. I've already got list of places to see, things to do and stuff to try and I'm really excited to see what Sheffield has to offer (especially as the Peak District is literally on my doorstep).

VR x