Friday, 31 December 2010

2010: Another Year Over

Hope you had a wonderful evening brining in the New Year. I'm a little late with this post but wanted to do a round-up of 2010 - I'm not usually one for getting overly excited about the new year or making resolutions but 2010 was one of the best years of my life and it just feels right to sit back and reflect on everything that's happened and look forward to what 2011 will bring.



Starting the year with snow, a new addition to the family: Sonny the canary, placing my bets and wearing my hat at Ascot, learning how to make sushi, the Elephant Parade taking over London - they made me smile everytime I walked past one, watching the tennis and eating strawberries (minus the cream) at Wimbledon, graduating with a First Class degree, mini-breaks in Milan, Munich and Barcelona, pumpkin carving at Halloween, an epic 6 week Australian adventure and feeling festive at Somerset House.

What a year!

Goals for 2011:

2011 is going to be a big year too. I'm starting law school in February and starting my job in September. I'm no longer a student and will be taking my first steps in the scary adult world. However, I still want it to be a fun-filled and memorable-for-all-the-right-reasons year. So, I resolve to...

Think before I purchase. This applies to everything - fashion, make-up, food. I'm trying to stop impulse buying and buying for the sake of buying. I need to evolve my style and invest in quality classic pieces rather than throw-away fashion. I also have plenty of make-up so the things I do buy will be things that I really, really want from brands that I know work for me and that I'll actually use.

I look after my skin better. I will find a skincare routine and stick to it and I will NOT pick my spots. I'm so guilty picking and squeezing and it's just disgusting. Admitting my bad habit is the first step towards stopping it, right?

I will drink more water and less Diet Coke. Ok, so I say this every day but I have a bit of a Diet Coke problem and I'm trying to cut back. Water is free and 100 times better for my skin, hair and body. Although I do believe in "everything in moderation" and I don't drink/smoke/do drugs so one can a day is not going to kill me!

I will try to prepare more food from scratch and eat less processed food. I think my diet is pretty healthy (my work colleagues nearly died of shock when I ate an M&S mini bite last week) but I want to try new things, prepare more of my own food and hopefully have more energy and better skin and hair as a result.

I will improve my fitness and work towards a fitness goal. I'm bored of gymming just to burn calories and want to feel as if I've achieved something more than "woo, 500 calories burnt today". I'd love to take part in the Race For Life or something similar.

I will worry less and be more positive. I'm always worrying about things going wrong, failing at what I'm doing and reading far too much into silly situations. I hope that this year has shown me what I can achieve and that I should have a bit more confidence in my own abilities. I'm not going to go all arrogant and big-headed but I am going to try to believe in myself more and not attribute every good thing that happens to luck/a fluke.

And finally...

I will continue to blog - I can't imagine my life without blogging now and I will definitely be keeping it up in the new year. I've discovered so many new products, found a lot of inspiration and "met" some genuinely lovely girls through blogging and so here's to another year of it!

What are your resolutions?

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Three Days

Until Christmas! I can't say I'm feeling very festive at the moment but maybe the Christmas spirit will hit me soon. I still feel like I'm acclimatising to the cold since coming back from Australia and haven't really done any Christmas shopping (apart from for my parents who are getting Aussie gifts). I've really missed all the build up this year, last year I was still at uni and it's so strange not having that "end of term" feeling at this time of year or all the build up and parties that I went to last year. I guess "real life" doesn't have terms and essays to hand in...

I'm sure you're all sick to death about hearing of all the snow over the past few days. I've been stuck at work since Saturday (there are worse places to get stuck than central London) but yesterday I had to go on an emergency clothes shopping trip so that I had something to wear to work today! I ended up getting the dress I'm wearing in these pictures, a leopard print cardi and a long sleeve top all for £17 in the H&M sale. I also got a few new pairs of good old M&S tights to tide me over until I get back home tomorrow.


I'm bringing some festivity to my outfit with my sequin hairband. I made this out of a strip of elasticated sequins from the John Lewis haberdashery, held together with a mini safety pin. Took about 5 minutes to make and cost less than a pound!

Are you feeling festive? Let me know your festive outfit and make-up tips!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

A Few Of My Favourite Things: December 19th

This week I've been loving...


1. Ice-skating at Somerset House

Definitely worth braving the freezing weather for. The ice ring is so beautiful and gliding around (oh, how I wish!) on the ice in the shadow of a Tiffany-decorated Christmas tree certainly left me feeling festive!

2. Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds at the Tate Modern

I love the Tate Modern and this exhbition is amazing. It really has to be seen in real life to be appreciated. The meaning behind it is so clever and there's a short film on how the exhibit was created - each of the seeds has been painted by hand. Just wow.

3. Shell Lipbalm

Another Aussie purchase. This beautiful shell is filled half with vanilla and half with strawberry lipbalm. I can't bear to actually start using it, it's just too pretty!

4. Kerastase Hair Treatments

These arrived in the post for me after I requested them on the Kerastase website. I love free samples and hopefully my dried out hair will love these products.

5. Tim Tams!

These are the Australian equivalent of Penguin bars (do they even still make Penguins?) and are very yummy! I brought back a few packs of them as gifts although am tempted to keep these caramel ones for myself.

In less exciting camera has broken again. I've been so unlucky with them this year, it's the second one that's broken although luckily this time I'd only had it for 3 months so I was able to take it back to Boots and get a refund. Now I just have the task of finding and buying a new one...I'm thinking of investing in a slightly better one as I take so many photos and high quality photos make such a difference to how a blog is perceived. I'm probably going to get this one but would be very grateful if you had any suggestions as to what I should get. I really miss being able to take outfit shots as at the moment all I have is my iPhone camera. Normal serive will be resumed asap!

What have you been loving this week?

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Shell Ring

How gorgeous is this ring? It's made from a real shell, so pretty. It's actually really comfortable to wear as it fits my finger perfectly. It may be a little summery but I'm wearing it regardless - I bought it when I was in Byron Bay a few weeks ago so every time I see it it reminds me of the amazing time I had travelling (haha, I sound like such a cliched "Gap Yah") and brings back memories of some much-needed sun!


Ring: Bongo Beads, Byron Bay
Nails: Essie - Lollipop

It also makes me think of these chocolates, which I used to love when I was little!

What accessories are you loving at the moment?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

I'm Back!

At 5am yesterday morning, after 23 hours on a plane, I arrived back at Heathrow after my 5 week Australian adventure. I was so sad to leave Australia, the sun and my new found travel companions behind but I'll always have my memories of the trip and the 500-odd photos that I took while I was there. And rather more clothes and souvenirs than I ever thought could possibly fit in my bag...

Anyway, now that I'm back I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of all things blog-related. I really missed posting regularly (internet was ridiculously expensive and broadband hasn't yet reached the outback) so hopefully I'll have some inspiration after my break. My plans for the next couple of days are to catch up on a lot of sleep, share some of my photos from my trip and get some much-needed Christmas spirit! It was so hard to feel Christmassy out in the sun but now I'm back home to -2 degrees some Christmas cheer is the only thing that's going to get me through the next couple of weeks.

I also have some plans for LilyLipstick - before I went away my blog turned a year old and I'm nearly at 300 followers so I think a little giveaway is in order to thank you guys for sticking with me.

I'll leave you with a few pictures from my travels:





Making friends with a snake, a night out in the outback, Uluru, water lilies
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