It wasn't until I was making my list to help write up this post, that I realised; it's actually been a really good year! There's always going to be those moments I wish had gone better, but let's now dwell on our mistakes and instead focus on the good, there's always 2014 for me to make up for it!

Looking Back on 2013

December 31, 2013

It wasn't until I was making my list to help write up this post, that I realised; it's actually been a really good year! There's always going to be those moments I wish had gone better, but let's now dwell on our mistakes and instead focus on the good, there's always 2014 for me to make up for it!
Wednesday was our third and final day in Berlin and a very busy one too! I think we did well to see as much as we did in the short amount of time we were there. Berlin is an incredible city and there's so much to do and see, we're already thinking we want to go back sometime!

A Trip to Berlin - Part 3

December 30, 2013

Wednesday was our third and final day in Berlin and a very busy one too! I think we did well to see as much as we did in the short amount of time we were there. Berlin is an incredible city and there's so much to do and see, we're already thinking we want to go back sometime!
Tuesday we headed over to Berlin Zoo, when Andrew and I went to Edinburgh in the summer we visited the zoo there and I was really sad to find the polar bear had died. After doing some research I found Berlin Zoo has three polar bears (but their giant panda sadly died last summer) I know Zoos aren't everyone's cup of tea but for me, as long as the animals have a good amount of space and seem happy and looked after, I think it's a great way to see a range of different species in one place that you may not be able to anywhere else.

(this is another picture heavy post, you've been warned)

A Trip to Berlin - Part 2

December 27, 2013

Tuesday we headed over to Berlin Zoo, when Andrew and I went to Edinburgh in the summer we visited the zoo there and I was really sad to find the polar bear had died. After doing some research I found Berlin Zoo has three polar bears (but their giant panda sadly died last summer) I know Zoos aren't everyone's cup of tea but for me, as long as the animals have a good amount of space and seem happy and looked after, I think it's a great way to see a range of different species in one place that you may not be able to anywhere else.

(this is another picture heavy post, you've been warned)
You may remember that back in September I turned 21 and one of the presents by boyfriend surprised me with was a trip to Berlin. I'd kept saying how much I wanted to travel and get away from the oh so familiar sights of the North East (especially with my third year at uni having a pretty demanding workload) but I'd never expected he'd book a holiday for us! Last Sunday we left to travel down to Manchester and get on a plane to the German capital.

A Trip to Berlin - Part 1

December 23, 2013

You may remember that back in September I turned 21 and one of the presents by boyfriend surprised me with was a trip to Berlin. I'd kept saying how much I wanted to travel and get away from the oh so familiar sights of the North East (especially with my third year at uni having a pretty demanding workload) but I'd never expected he'd book a holiday for us! Last Sunday we left to travel down to Manchester and get on a plane to the German capital.

Today is Christmas Jumper Day, have you been wearing yours?

Christmas Jumper Day

December 13, 2013

Today is Christmas Jumper Day, have you been wearing yours?
 On Thursday I went through to the new Jack Wills store in Newcastle for a little look around, some live music and a couple of treats.

Jack Wills Christmas Party - Newcastle

December 09, 2013

 On Thursday I went through to the new Jack Wills store in Newcastle for a little look around, some live music and a couple of treats.
So it's now a month until Christmas and surely I'm not the only one who is excited?! I've even had my first wear of the Christmas jumper this year today, who knows tomorrow I may go looking for a mince pie!

Every year Lush have an incredibly range of Christmas goodies so I took myself along to my local store to find out more about what's on offer this year and take some snaps to share with you if you need any extra ideas.

Christmas at Lush

November 25, 2013

So it's now a month until Christmas and surely I'm not the only one who is excited?! I've even had my first wear of the Christmas jumper this year today, who knows tomorrow I may go looking for a mince pie!

Every year Lush have an incredibly range of Christmas goodies so I took myself along to my local store to find out more about what's on offer this year and take some snaps to share with you if you need any extra ideas.
Our second day in Manchester we went looking for Breaking Bad street art (I've got a story to share later in this post regarding a certain character) and wandered around a huge Christmas market before heading back home.

A Trip To Manchester (Part 2)

November 24, 2013

Our second day in Manchester we went looking for Breaking Bad street art (I've got a story to share later in this post regarding a certain character) and wandered around a huge Christmas market before heading back home.
My boyfriend and I had a little trip to Manchester last week to see Yellowcard. Rather than drive back home after the gig I decided we should stop over and make it more than just a one day round trip. Rather than make this post too photo heavy (and an essay) I've split it into two parts!

A Trip To Manchester (Part 1)

November 20, 2013

My boyfriend and I had a little trip to Manchester last week to see Yellowcard. Rather than drive back home after the gig I decided we should stop over and make it more than just a one day round trip. Rather than make this post too photo heavy (and an essay) I've split it into two parts!
On Thursday I went down to Manchester with my boyfriend for part of his birthday present. I'd ordered tickets for us to see Yellowcard on their Ocean Avenue Acoustic tour and decided we should make a full day (and a bit) of it!

We Could Leave This Town And Run Forever

November 17, 2013

On Thursday I went down to Manchester with my boyfriend for part of his birthday present. I'd ordered tickets for us to see Yellowcard on their Ocean Avenue Acoustic tour and decided we should make a full day (and a bit) of it!
On Tuesday I chatted to Don Broco as part of ASOS' #TodayIs Unwritten series. As someone who loves music and is a music editor for two different publications, you can imagine how excited I was to even be considered by ASOS to take part in the interview!

ASOS #TodayIs Unwritten with Don Broco

November 07, 2013

On Tuesday I chatted to Don Broco as part of ASOS' #TodayIs Unwritten series. As someone who loves music and is a music editor for two different publications, you can imagine how excited I was to even be considered by ASOS to take part in the interview!

My hair has had a slight ombré for a while but I'd been very tempted by Bleach London for too long and decided it was long enough and in a good enough condition to handle some bleach! 

DIY Ombré with Bleach London

November 06, 2013

My hair has had a slight ombré for a while but I'd been very tempted by Bleach London for too long and decided it was long enough and in a good enough condition to handle some bleach! 
So there's something I've been keeping quiet for a while and now I'm finally going to let you all know! On Tuesday I will be taking part in a Google+ Hangout with ASOS and Don Broco!
I'll be interviewing the lads so if you've got any questions you'd like me to ask, leave me a comment or tweet me with #TodayIs and hopefully your question will be answered!

Don't forget to join the hangout from 7pm on Tuesday 5th November!

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Don Broco & ASOS

November 03, 2013

So there's something I've been keeping quiet for a while and now I'm finally going to let you all know! On Tuesday I will be taking part in a Google+ Hangout with ASOS and Don Broco!
I'll be interviewing the lads so if you've got any questions you'd like me to ask, leave me a comment or tweet me with #TodayIs and hopefully your question will be answered!

Don't forget to join the hangout from 7pm on Tuesday 5th November!

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If you've looked at my Lives Online blog  or even Sunderland Live's tweets/website, you may already know of the Roker Park Lights. When I first heard about them this year I told Andrew he was taking me and he happily agreed (perhaps because I bribed him with Nando's first!) I like seeing different things on offer in the North East and the Roker Park Lights were a great reason to take my camera for a walk too!

Roker Park Lights

November 01, 2013


If you've looked at my Lives Online blog  or even Sunderland Live's tweets/website, you may already know of the Roker Park Lights. When I first heard about them this year I told Andrew he was taking me and he happily agreed (perhaps because I bribed him with Nando's first!) I like seeing different things on offer in the North East and the Roker Park Lights were a great reason to take my camera for a walk too!
my article in the paper | library view | theatre attire
waiting for the ballet | glass blowing | glass blowing again
ukulele | lots of conkers | autumn
hey blondie | sentimentals | face

2013: Week 43

October 29, 2013

my article in the paper | library view | theatre attire
waiting for the ballet | glass blowing | glass blowing again
ukulele | lots of conkers | autumn
hey blondie | sentimentals | face
L'Occitane Hand Cream - Free with Marie Claire/ £8 RRP

I first happened upon L'Occitane by accident. My Mam had received a gift set one Christmas and it just so happened (by a lucky coincidence) I was looking for a new hand cream around the same time. She offered the one from the gift set and since then I haven't looked back. I've also tried out their foot cream and I highly recommend it too!

L'Occitane & Marie Claire

October 28, 2013

L'Occitane Hand Cream - Free with Marie Claire/ £8 RRP

I first happened upon L'Occitane by accident. My Mam had received a gift set one Christmas and it just so happened (by a lucky coincidence) I was looking for a new hand cream around the same time. She offered the one from the gift set and since then I haven't looked back. I've also tried out their foot cream and I highly recommend it too!
A complete mix of films this Friday but all really effective storytelling in their own way and some incredible performances.

Film Friday #2

October 25, 2013

A complete mix of films this Friday but all really effective storytelling in their own way and some incredible performances.
carvery | sky | lights
baking scones | selfie | open day
coffee break | nice wheels | sunset
pizza | cinema | lives online catch up

2013: Week 42

October 22, 2013

carvery | sky | lights
baking scones | selfie | open day
coffee break | nice wheels | sunset
pizza | cinema | lives online catch up
 If you're someone who likes a good freebie when you treat yourself to new skincare, or someone who's partial to Clarins products, then I have something that may be right up your street.

Clarins Gift Of Beauty

October 16, 2013

 If you're someone who likes a good freebie when you treat yourself to new skincare, or someone who's partial to Clarins products, then I have something that may be right up your street.
treats | Clarins goodies | the skinniest jeans
Nando's! | cinema night | pink porridge

2013: Week 41

October 15, 2013

treats | Clarins goodies | the skinniest jeans
Nando's! | cinema night | pink porridge

silly cat | hot ribena | balloons still going strong
bath time | cupcakes | lovely car
fireworks | filming | coat weather

2013: Week 40

October 09, 2013

silly cat | hot ribena | balloons still going strong
bath time | cupcakes | lovely car
fireworks | filming | coat weather
Last Friday it was my 21st birthday! I'm not usually one to look forward to birthday too much, probably because I don't like all the fuss but I guess a bit extra was expected this year.

My 21st Birthday

October 02, 2013

Last Friday it was my 21st birthday! I'm not usually one to look forward to birthday too much, probably because I don't like all the fuss but I guess a bit extra was expected this year.
rainy hair | freshers fayre | out for food
happy birthday me | birthday breakfast | birthday face
favourite | gig time | the dangerous summer
caramelatte | finale EVER breaking bad | brand ambassador work

2013: Week 39

October 01, 2013

rainy hair | freshers fayre | out for food
happy birthday me | birthday breakfast | birthday face
favourite | gig time | the dangerous summer
caramelatte | finale EVER breaking bad | brand ambassador work

I can't quite believe it's the end of September already! I'm now 21, eek! I've made sure I don't repeat myself with anyone featured in this month's 'playlist' but I can tell you now, it was difficult!

The Playlist: September

September 28, 2013


I can't quite believe it's the end of September already! I'm now 21, eek! I've made sure I don't repeat myself with anyone featured in this month's 'playlist' but I can tell you now, it was difficult!
Last Friday I headed down to York for the day. I've been a couple times before but this time I was meeting up with my friend Adam, who lives in York when he isn't up in the North East for Uni so I had my own personal tour guide! 

York and Macaroons

September 25, 2013

Last Friday I headed down to York for the day. I've been a couple times before but this time I was meeting up with my friend Adam, who lives in York when he isn't up in the North East for Uni so I had my own personal tour guide! 
officially a lives online blogger | youtube fangirl | york | #minkmeetup
station | steadicam | moved to the dark side | just in The Journal, no biggie

2013: Week 38

September 24, 2013

officially a lives online blogger | youtube fangirl | york | #minkmeetup
station | steadicam | moved to the dark side | just in The Journal, no biggie
I go to the cinema a lot, since my boyfriend and I decided to get unlimited cinema passes back in April we go pretty much on a weekly basis. We definitely get our money's worth and there's the perk of advanced screenings too where we can see a film a couple of weeks before it's actual release. There was also the time we went to a 'secret screening' and it wasn't revealed what the film would be until we the lights went down and a short clip from the actors was played. If you're interested, it was Now You See Me and I felt like I should keep quiet about what happened so I didn't give too much away to anyone. Anyway, I've rambled on a bit there but my point was; I go to the cinema a lot so why don't I write more about the films I go to see? So here we have it, my first 'Film Friday' post...

Film Friday #1

September 20, 2013

I go to the cinema a lot, since my boyfriend and I decided to get unlimited cinema passes back in April we go pretty much on a weekly basis. We definitely get our money's worth and there's the perk of advanced screenings too where we can see a film a couple of weeks before it's actual release. There was also the time we went to a 'secret screening' and it wasn't revealed what the film would be until we the lights went down and a short clip from the actors was played. If you're interested, it was Now You See Me and I felt like I should keep quiet about what happened so I didn't give too much away to anyone. Anyway, I've rambled on a bit there but my point was; I go to the cinema a lot so why don't I write more about the films I go to see? So here we have it, my first 'Film Friday' post...
 You may or may not know that I'm a big fan of shirts, particularly checked ones and to be even more particular, ones from Jack Wills. My red checked one is possibly my favourite shirt I own, it's so cosy and soft and great for layering.  This denim shirt actually belongs to my boyfriend but since I've been wearing it for about a month after he left it at my house, it's become a really easy thing to throw on.

Boyfriend Shirt

September 19, 2013

 You may or may not know that I'm a big fan of shirts, particularly checked ones and to be even more particular, ones from Jack Wills. My red checked one is possibly my favourite shirt I own, it's so cosy and soft and great for layering.  This denim shirt actually belongs to my boyfriend but since I've been wearing it for about a month after he left it at my house, it's become a really easy thing to throw on.

“We’ve been a band for the past twenty years”, Jim Adkins tells the crowd after the opening track, ‘I Will Steal You Back’. It’s incredible to think that the Arizona band have managed to battle it out and remain just as strong an influence on their fans and indeed the ‘emo’ music scene as they were in the early 2000’s.

LIVE REVIEW: Jimmy Eat World

September 18, 2013


“We’ve been a band for the past twenty years”, Jim Adkins tells the crowd after the opening track, ‘I Will Steal You Back’. It’s incredible to think that the Arizona band have managed to battle it out and remain just as strong an influence on their fans and indeed the ‘emo’ music scene as they were in the early 2000’s.
Moroccanoil Treatment* -  £12.85 - Amazing Hair

If like me; you're fond of straightening your hair, maybe sometimes you forget about the heat defence spray until afterwards (we've all done it, right?) and it's a little on the dry/ damaged side then I have a product that you seriously need to try out!

REVIEW: Moroccanoil Treatment

September 13, 2013

Moroccanoil Treatment* -  £12.85 - Amazing Hair

If like me; you're fond of straightening your hair, maybe sometimes you forget about the heat defence spray until afterwards (we've all done it, right?) and it's a little on the dry/ damaged side then I have a product that you seriously need to try out!

On Wednesday afternoon, as I left the Sunderland Live office, I noticed a voicemail waiting on my phone. I immediately thought it was related to the job interview I'd had the week prior but it turned out to be something even better and consequently I made one of the most spontaneous decisions I've ever done!

The Network 2013

August 29, 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, as I left the Sunderland Live office, I noticed a voicemail waiting on my phone. I immediately thought it was related to the job interview I'd had the week prior but it turned out to be something even better and consequently I made one of the most spontaneous decisions I've ever done!
I've heard quite a bit about these new 'Moisture Match' creams launched by Garnier so when I saw them on offer in Tesco (for around £2) I thought I'd give one a go!

Garnier Moisture Match Cream

August 17, 2013

I've heard quite a bit about these new 'Moisture Match' creams launched by Garnier so when I saw them on offer in Tesco (for around £2) I thought I'd give one a go!
Yesterday I took myself along to the beautiful Malmaison Hotel on Newcastle's Quayside for a lovely blogger 'meet up'.

Event: Meet Up At Mal

August 11, 2013

Yesterday I took myself along to the beautiful Malmaison Hotel on Newcastle's Quayside for a lovely blogger 'meet up'.
I recently visited a local MAC counter with a bunch of empties to participate in the 'back2mac' scheme. I came away with a lighter bag and the lovely Crosswires.

MAC Crosswires

August 05, 2013

I recently visited a local MAC counter with a bunch of empties to participate in the 'back2mac' scheme. I came away with a lighter bag and the lovely Crosswires.
Last Friday I was invited along to the 'Great British Cupcakery' bakehouse and parlour 'Prohibition' launch party. My invite explained there would be cocktails and cupcakes, with optional 1920's style dress. As I don't own anything remotely fitting for the era, I popped on a bright dress and away I went down the quayside.

GB Cupcakery Launch Party

June 20, 2013

Last Friday I was invited along to the 'Great British Cupcakery' bakehouse and parlour 'Prohibition' launch party. My invite explained there would be cocktails and cupcakes, with optional 1920's style dress. As I don't own anything remotely fitting for the era, I popped on a bright dress and away I went down the quayside.
Last Thursday I received a phone call. A very exciting phone call, may I add. 

Bon Jovi Tour Team

June 15, 2013

Last Thursday I received a phone call. A very exciting phone call, may I add. 
Now I was never one to jump on the BB cream bandwagon when that hype came around, but I'm definitely raving about this CC cream!

Clinique CC Cream

May 30, 2013

Now I was never one to jump on the BB cream bandwagon when that hype came around, but I'm definitely raving about this CC cream!
 MAC's recent collaboration with Paramore's Hayley Williams flew off the (virtual) shelves and from what I can tell, it's been a huge hit. I perused the items and found myself drawn towards 'Sounds Like Noise'. There was no way I could've pulled off wearing the coral eyeshadow, as pretty as it looked in the pan and swatches I'd seen. I don't have any matte lipsticks from MAC but I've only heard good things, so with that in mind, I had to get my hands on the Hayley Williams lipstick.

MAC Sounds Like Noise

May 10, 2013

 MAC's recent collaboration with Paramore's Hayley Williams flew off the (virtual) shelves and from what I can tell, it's been a huge hit. I perused the items and found myself drawn towards 'Sounds Like Noise'. There was no way I could've pulled off wearing the coral eyeshadow, as pretty as it looked in the pan and swatches I'd seen. I don't have any matte lipsticks from MAC but I've only heard good things, so with that in mind, I had to get my hands on the Hayley Williams lipstick.

Hi! Noticed anything different? (hint, hint...it's the hair) 

A much needed change...

April 08, 2013


Hi! Noticed anything different? (hint, hint...it's the hair) 

OOTD #1: Is This Spring?

April 03, 2013

Fake Up Concealer - Benefit £18.50*
 I was lucky to be invited along to the launch event of Fake Up in Newcastle a couple weeks ago, which you can read about here. Since then I've been putting Fake Up to the test to see what I think and it's safe to say, I am very impressed!

Benefit Fake Up

March 24, 2013

Fake Up Concealer - Benefit £18.50*
 I was lucky to be invited along to the launch event of Fake Up in Newcastle a couple weeks ago, which you can read about here. Since then I've been putting Fake Up to the test to see what I think and it's safe to say, I am very impressed!
Last night I went to my first ever bloggers event, the Benefit 'FakeUp' launch. I'll admit I was nervous about going, since it was the first event I'd been invited to, I didn't know what to expect and I was going alone. A little bit of encouragement from the lovely boyfriend was all I needed I think. I'm sure he enjoyed my ramble about make up and the event when I saw him afterwards!

Benefit #FakeUp event

March 06, 2013

Last night I went to my first ever bloggers event, the Benefit 'FakeUp' launch. I'll admit I was nervous about going, since it was the first event I'd been invited to, I didn't know what to expect and I was going alone. A little bit of encouragement from the lovely boyfriend was all I needed I think. I'm sure he enjoyed my ramble about make up and the event when I saw him afterwards!
I've finally bought a NARS blush after a great deal of deliberation. I'd seen numerous posts by some of my favourite bloggers mentioning the blushes and after reading through their favourites, I opted to go for 'Deep Throat'. It also just so happened that when I ordered it (from ASOS) there was a 25% student discount offer on, which pretty much settled it.

NARS 'Deep Throat' Blush

February 26, 2013

I've finally bought a NARS blush after a great deal of deliberation. I'd seen numerous posts by some of my favourite bloggers mentioning the blushes and after reading through their favourites, I opted to go for 'Deep Throat'. It also just so happened that when I ordered it (from ASOS) there was a 25% student discount offer on, which pretty much settled it.
I've seen this tag cropping up on lots of blogs and thought I'd join in and let you know a little more about me than you may already know!

25 Facts About Me

February 10, 2013

I've seen this tag cropping up on lots of blogs and thought I'd join in and let you know a little more about me than you may already know!
It seems that everyone and their Mother has this palette, nevertheless, I'm gonna give my two cents on it too! I received this for Christmas (which seems like ages ago when I type that now doesn't it?!) and I didn't expect it at all. Yes I'd seen it online and really wanted to get it, but it was a complete surprise when I unwrapped it. Turns out my Mam had seen it and knew I would've liked it! Thanks Mumma!

Urban Decay: Naked Basics

February 09, 2013

It seems that everyone and their Mother has this palette, nevertheless, I'm gonna give my two cents on it too! I received this for Christmas (which seems like ages ago when I type that now doesn't it?!) and I didn't expect it at all. Yes I'd seen it online and really wanted to get it, but it was a complete surprise when I unwrapped it. Turns out my Mam had seen it and knew I would've liked it! Thanks Mumma!
It's been snowing all across the country this past week or so hasn't it? You may know from previous posts, or if you know me personally, I love snow! I always get really excited when it snows, even though I probably shouldn't since I'm 20..well 21 this year now I come to think about it! Eep!

Snow Day!

January 24, 2013

It's been snowing all across the country this past week or so hasn't it? You may know from previous posts, or if you know me personally, I love snow! I always get really excited when it snows, even though I probably shouldn't since I'm 20..well 21 this year now I come to think about it! Eep!

The week before last I browsing the makeup section in my local Boots store. I'd been to a meeting in town and after watching several of Kate's (gh0stparties) videos I'd seen how much she loves a certain Clinique mascara, naturally, I was intrigued to go and have a closer look.

I was chatting to the counter girl, Claire about Clinique's different mascaras and she was really helpful and friendly. I normally feel intimidated when I go up to a beauty counter and look at the products, it just makes me feel a bit awkward and I'm not too sure why really. Surely I can't be the only one? Whilst chatting, Claire asked me if I wanted to go along for a free makeover the following week; there would be no obligation to buy products and she'd give me some free samples to take away with me. So, after purchasing the mascara, I booked myself in for the following Friday and off I went.

Clinique Makeover

January 20, 2013

The week before last I browsing the makeup section in my local Boots store. I'd been to a meeting in town and after watching several of Kate's (gh0stparties) videos I'd seen how much she loves a certain Clinique mascara, naturally, I was intrigued to go and have a closer look.

I was chatting to the counter girl, Claire about Clinique's different mascaras and she was really helpful and friendly. I normally feel intimidated when I go up to a beauty counter and look at the products, it just makes me feel a bit awkward and I'm not too sure why really. Surely I can't be the only one? Whilst chatting, Claire asked me if I wanted to go along for a free makeover the following week; there would be no obligation to buy products and she'd give me some free samples to take away with me. So, after purchasing the mascara, I booked myself in for the following Friday and off I went.

Amplified Creme Lipstick 'Blankety' - MAC £16.50

Blankety is actually a lipstick shade I asked for as a Christmas gift. It is another nude shade, similar to Creme Cup, just a slightly different formula.

MAC Blankety Lipstick

January 10, 2013

Amplified Creme Lipstick 'Blankety' - MAC £16.50

Blankety is actually a lipstick shade I asked for as a Christmas gift. It is another nude shade, similar to Creme Cup, just a slightly different formula.

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