Friday, 31 May 2013

H&M Wishlist

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ Mozart's house - Clean bandit♫ ♪

H&M  is a really good place to find vibrant pieces for Summer. Not only are they up to date with the latest trends, most of their clothes are super affordable, which is fab if you are a student like myself!
The patterned trousers are really on-trend and the vibrant colours in the blouse and dress are perfect of casual Summer afternoons.

Yellow Blouse - £19.99
Dress - £12.99
iPhone Case - £5.99
Trousers - £14.99
Sandals - £29.99
Bracelet Pack - £7.99
What do you think?
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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Life Update...

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ 'REVERSE SKYDIVING' - Hot Natured feat. Anabel Englund ♫ ♪

Here's just a little summary of the stuff that has been going on in my life lately! As I write this, I am packing up my things and will be moving out of my room in a few hours to board a plane back to London.

University
On the 24th May I sat my last exam and therefore my first year of university is OVER. I am really sad that I'll no longer be a Fresher but I know next year is going to be even better. I have sorted out accommodation with friends and I am moving into a more undergrad-friendly place, which is what I need. I really wanted to quit my course at the beginning because I hated the random modules we had to do that were not geology-related. But, after endless phone calls/texts/skype sessions with family and friends, I decided to stick it out for the whole year. I am still changing my course next year, but to another kind of geology.
I really do like it up here even though I still struggle to understand a thick Aberdonian accent (they can't understand me either!).
It's crazy to think that this time last year I was finishing up my A Levels and moving up here for Summer courses - how time flies!

Summer
I own this photo! 
It is unreal how much stuff I have planned over the next 15 weeks. Lots of trips to London, with a few holidays abroad too!
I am a HUGE music and theatre nerd, so of course I have planned a few trips to the BBC Proms and to see a some West End shows. There are lots of deals on (especially 'Kid's Week' and Lastminute) so make sure to grab a theatre bargain with those deals. I am also going abroad for a bit and it's going to be an amazing experience and an adventure!
I will also be finishing off the plays I started last Summer, oh don't I sound cultural, haha!
It's also festival time, YAY! I am seeing one of my favourite bands play with my sister and her uni friend and we will be camping out for a few days - haven't done that in about two years! 

Books
I am reading 'The Group' by MaryMcCarthy and it really is the original 'Sex and The City' from the 1930s. It's not Chick-Lit though, something entirely different.

Music
You must know by now that I cannot go a few minutes without listening to some kind of music, it's a part of me. At the moment I am setting up a holiday playlist and am looking for lots of great house dance tracks and also some fusion stuff too. Let me know if you have any band recommendations!
Tom Odell - I love everything about him, to be quite honest. Can't really say a bad word about the guy: his style, his voice, his piano-playing and song-writing skills are top notch. I am obsessed!  
Jessie Ware - 'Wildest Moments' is played non-stop in my flat! Check out my 'Style File' post on her HERE.
Fake Club - I saw them perform at the Company Mag party and they were INSANE! They an all-female rock band with tonnes of talent and attitude.
Disclosure - Looking forward to the album in a few days. I was in the same music class with one of them so it's great to see them doing so well and showcasing their talent to the world!
The 1975 - 'Chocolate' is such an infectious tune and I have been hunting around for more of their music. I like what I have heard so far.
Lana Del Rey - I LOVED her album when it came out and I often listen to the Paradise edition on Spotify. But, I fell in love with her voice even more when I heard 'Young and Beautiful' in The Great Gatsby film. I listen to it all the time and it doesn't get old - ever!                        
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Okay, so this guy isn't making music any more (he's long gone) but I still listen to the four movements of his fifth symphony and can hum the entire thing off by heart. If I had been able to do that last year, I might have got a A in my Music exam!

Fashion
Out with the old and in with the new! I am saying goodbye to my rather shocking wardrobe full of dull blacks and blues and am adding more colours and busy prints!
I did want to buy a pair on denim dungarees  but for some season I have gone off them. I am also going to wear more trousers this summer instead of skirts. Tribal/African print is my thing this year, and I love chunky statement necklaces too.

Beauty
I own this photo too!
My skin has been a mess recently, I not even joking. I just got so caught up in moving out, going out and revision that my skincare regime went out of the window. I was eating more junk food and obviously the results were not too great.
I am still drinking lots of  water and eats lots of kiwis (best summer fruit!), so I think my face will go back to being smooth and spot-free.
Make-up wise, I will be ditching the lip balm and go for vibrant matte colours, why not, right? I have a whole trunk of new beauty products to try back at home so I think I'll be fine.

Entertainment
I have not watched proper TV in months, but I have been glued to a few shows that I have been catching up on online:
Nashville - I have missed the last five episodes, but I'll catch up over the Summer. I was never a big fan of Country music, but this show is turning that around for me. The acting and singing is amazing! 
The Fall - Lord knows how I started watching this program, it's really freaky. The fact that the main serial killer is really good-looking doesn't help the situation too...
The Apprentice - This series is not as good as the last few, but I still watch it religiously every week. 
Made In Chelsea - I love it. I don't care if people think they are just posh twats, they are very entertaining and I love all the dramas!

I wish you all the best if you are sitting exams, going on holiday, working and so on! Have a good break when you can!
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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Style File #11: Jessie Ware

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪Wildest Moments (acoustic) - Jessie Ware♫ ♪

Jessie Ware is one of my favourite artists at the moment. Her song 'Wildest Moments' is played constantly in my flat and that is not going to stop any time soon! She was one to the biggest breakthrough artists last year and this year has been massive for her too with lots of gigs and festivals planned. 
Now onto fashion: this woman looks good in everything, it's almost freaky. On photo-shoots and just walking around on the street, she can rock the casual (slightly androgynous) look and the dolled-up look with such ease.
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I really like this look! Clashing prints are massive at the moment and Jessie has mastered looking elegant wearing a bralet (it's harder than it looks!)
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Jessie at today's Radio One's Big Weekend. She wore this for her set and then changed into an edgier kimono for a special appearance with Disclosure. She wore a lovely cherry-coloured skater shirt and I want to know where it is from! Her cardigan wrap is 
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Here is more evidence of Jessie's versatile style! It's very well styled and the huge hooped earrings to great with it. I call this the 'Taylor Swift Look' as Taylor wears outfits like this a lot (especially when in the UK).
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Wish clashing prints, dogstooth print, florals and pastels, Jessie is always bang on the trends, but adds her own twists to them (mainly through accessories and jewellery).
What do think of her style? Let me know below! You can find out more about Jessie HERE and follow her on twitter HERE
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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Bakewell Tarts

A note from Joelle...
I cook when I'm stressed out. So at around 2am, I headed down the corridor and into the kitchen to bake something. I had a tiny bit of ground almonds, sugar, jam, butter and flour and had no idea what to make. 
It then hit me... Bakewell Tarts! It's simple shortcrust (butter, flour, sugar and water), then a small jam layer and then an almond flavoured light sponge on top - sorted!
Last year, I invented 'Posh Girl's Bakewell Flapjacks' which has similar ingredients so you can check that out also!
Ingredients:
Filling:
150g Butter
150g Caster Sugar
2 eggs
Vanilla extract
Splash of milk ( to aerate instead of baking powder)
150g Ground almonds
1-2 table spoons Raspberry Jam
Icing Sugar (for finish)

Pastry:
225 Unsalted Butter
375g Plain Flour
75g Caster Sugar
Splash of cold water
Making the short crust pastry: rub together the butter and the flour with your fingertips. Tap the edges of the bowl to bring all the large crumbs to the surface. Keep rubbing until the crumbs are slightly yellow and fine.
Then add the sugar to the crumbs and water (if you need it) to form a dough.
Sprinkle some flour over your flat surface and rolling pin
Roll out the dough until it is roughly 3-4mm thick
Cut out circles and place in a grease-proof muffin tray
To make the sponge: beat the butter, sugar, then add vanilla an eggs. Lightly fold in ground almonds. Add some milk to loosen the mixture
Place the pastry in first, then a medium size of jam
Cover the jam with the cake mix and then place in the over for about 35 mins (or until golden brown)
The jam will be SUPER hot once out of the oven, so please wait at least 30 mins before tasting it!!
Once cooled, duct with icing sugar and/or flaked almonds and serve! It's delicious warm (with some ice cream or cream) or cold and a little treat!
Et Voilà! 
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Style File #10: A*M*E

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ 'City Lights' - a*m*e ♫ ♪

 A*M*E already has a very vibrant and fierce style!
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I love this girl and her music! I think she is a year younger than me and has already had a Number 1 hit (what have I done with my life? haha!). She has sky-rocketed this year and I almost saw her live at the Company Rising Stars party, but she had to cancel at last minute as she went straight to Number 1 that day! Nonetheless, her style is one of my favourites and from what I have seen, hasn't put a foot wrong. 
She works the African print very well and is bang on trend with incorporating it into a matching blazer and trouser combo!
There is also something very Harajuku-esque about her make up and style too., which adds another dimension of quirkiness and flare.
I also like the way she switches up her hair styles, one day with long raven-coloured weave and then with a sophisticated natural bob cut. 
It's good to see that she is not being made to look much older than her years and is just having fun with her style and music.
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Black Neon Aztec Print Midi Dress
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Pink Cross Back Prom Dress
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Image 4 of ASOS Africa Printed Trouser in Loose Fit
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Get the look:
Image 2 of ASOS Africa Printed Jumpsuit with Cross Back Detail
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Looking forward to her album!
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Best Dressed: Billboard Awards 2013

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪'Red Lipstick' - Skint and Demoralised ♫ ♪

Last night was the US Billboard Awards and there were some real its and misses in on the red carpet (looking straight at you Madonna!). It was odd looking through the photos to create this list because the celebs that I thought would look awful made it on this list and the ones I thought was look great, errrm, didn't. Oh well, that's fashion (and styling) for you!
Pictures are from here and below are the outfits that really stood out for me.
Worst dressed: Miley Cyrus Balmain SS13
Miley Cyrus in Balmain - Even I have to admit that she looks so fierce and fabulous in the picture. The jumpsuit was a good choice an monochrome is bang on trend

Best dressed: Shania Twain Pavoni by Mikael D
Shania Twain in Pavoni by Mikael D - It's a lovely dress, but I don't think it was suited for this particular ceremony. She does look really good though
Best dressed: Taylor Swift Zuhair Murad Pre-Fall 2013
Taylor Swift in Zurhair Murad - really nice sculpted dress in a really striking cobalt blue
Best dressed: Emmy Rossum Zuhair Murad AW13
Emmy Rossum also in Zuhair Murad - she look quite gaunt but the velvet gown is beautiful (black on trend for this spring) with those polka-dots and it's a flattering shape. 
Best dressed: Nicki Minaj
I honestly never thought Nicki would be one of my outfit favourites, but doesn't she look great when she tones it down a bit?
Who was your best dressed?

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Topshop Peel Off Nails

A note from Joelle...
Hi guys! Just a quick post today!
I bought this and another polish at Topshop during the 2 for £8 deal in Easter.
It's a gorgeous royal cobalt blue, which has been my favourite colour for years! I saw it and bought it without knowing it was a 'peel-off' polish. I was a bit like 'But I don't want my polish to peel off', but a gave it a go. I didn't really know how it would turn out...
You need two coats of this! After about a week it will begin to peel off slowly. You can remove it in one piece (without nail polish remover!) or you can just top up the colour. Even  if you forget to use a base coat, the vibrant blue does not stain your nails! Also, when you make a mess and it goes on your skin around the nail, just wait a few seconds for it to dry and then peel it off - so easy!

Have you tried anything like this before?
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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Quotes Of The Week

A note from Joelle...
Happy Sunday everyone! It's the start of a new week, so here are some nice quotes for you to think about. If you are a uni student like me, your exams are probably about to start. I have one tomorrow and then a few more during the week, so I won't be blogging as much this week. 
Here are three amazing quotes for this week! Enjoy!
"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great" ~ Orison Swett Marden
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"Well done is better than well said" ~ Benjamin Franklin
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Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity ~ Kahlil Gibran
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PS: Do you have final and exams this month? Here's a little pep-talk from our favourite man...
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Friday, 17 May 2013

The 'Deen Scene: CARGO Blogger Event

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Rey♫ ♪

Last Thursday evening, I went along to a beauty blogger event in Debenhams. It was a great blogger meetup at the newest counter, CARGO. This is a Canadian brand that has opened it's first ever UK store right here in Aberdeen. I was not familiar with this brand before this event, but I left having learnt quite a bit and was excited to try what I had bought (and have a cheeky rummage through the goody bag!).
The NEBE Bloggers!!

The CARGO beauticians were incredibly friendly and got stuck in straight away with makeovers and tutorials. I went bare-faced (just a bit of primer) to make try the new products first hand. I honestly didn't think that there would be much make-up in my dark shade, but the lovely beautician knew her stuff and found the perfect match for me in seconds. I was so amazed and the foundation and blusher coverage was so light and smooth!
I purchased an amazing 2-in-1 blusher and lipstick in a rosy berry colour called 'Santorini'. I am obsessed with it now!
I am also impressed that they have colours for a huge varieties of skin tones. I was matched straight away with a foundation, and it didn't even have to be mixed with another shade (typical make-up procedure for darker lasses!). The products are also really affordable, which was great.
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The foundations are in pouches (inspired by Capri Sun drinks!) and I  did think it odd at first, but I now realise how practical it is. You can squeeze out every drop the of foundation you paid or and it's travel-size!
This is the lightest foundation I have every had on my face - I could hardly feel it, and I must admit, my skin looked pretty good. It was not oily at all, which is hard to find in a foundation.
2-in-1 concealer and foundation!
Many thanks to Laura from Liparazzi for organising yet another brilliant event (the nibbles were great too!). A big thanks goes to Aberdeen Debenhams and the CARGO ladies too for all their help. They were very generous with their goody-bags as well (I feel very spoilt!).  It was great to meet some new faces and some NEBE bloggers I met last week. Loving our community and will miss it when I leave uni in two weeks! 
If you would like to know more about CARGO, please check out their site HERE and their twitter HERE. Their next opening will be in Dundee!
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