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Valentine's Gift Guide: Cute Stuff to Buy Yourself

Valentine's Day is one of those things you either look forward to with dreamy eyes or mutter viciously under your breath about, and in this age of cynics, sarcasm and shady tweets it appears that most people tend to go for the latter. In the spirit of independence, loving yourself and all that good stuff I've put together a Valentine's gift guide with a difference - a whole lot of fabulous stuff that it's more than acceptable to treat yourself to, just in case those flowers and chocolates don't turn up. Check it:

Pink photo frame - Print out your best selfie on some glossy paper and give it pride of place on your dressing table as a daily reminder of how fierce you are. Or just frame a cute pic of you and your pals like a normal person. Whatever you want.
£6.99 from H&M Home


Lips Clutch - Pucker up hun. Bags are better than boys anyway.
£14 from Boohoo

Rose gold basket - For storing magazines/makeup/scrunched-up attempts at romantic poetry in a Tumblr-worthy way.
£10 from H&M Home (similar)

Calvin Klein set - The kind of underwear that says "oh these old things?" and "I am a model in my spare time" all at once. Perfect if you get last-minute lucky.
£30 + £20 from Urban Outfitters

Satin kimono - Only to be purchased if you have a 'boudoir' rather than a bedroom. (Hint: to turn your bedroom into a boudoir, get a box of matches and a few tealights from the Londis on the corner, spray some perfume on your pillows and scatter some petals from that wilting bouquet of flowers in the dining room. Voila! Fit for Marilyn.)
£19.99 from H&M

OPI nail set - So no one can say you're not festive. You may be spending the night in alone with Idris Elba and his perfect stubble, but you have pink nails and you made yourself a cocktail that has glitter in it. Val Day fun or what?
£29.99 from Very


Patent heeled boots - A three-course meal at an over-priced restaurant or these boots delivered to your door by a handsome DPD driver? Thought so.
£89 from Topshop


Scented candle - It's cute and marble-y, plus you'll already have the matches from your boudoir-creation.
£6.99 from H&M

The Fashion Book - Because FASHUN is LIFE darling. But seriously, this is basically the bible and let's be honest - no guy is gonna get you a present this perfect.
£7.95 from Waterstones


Teacup candle - No tea, no shade, and absolutely no need for a candle in the shape of a cup and saucer - but it's really fab. And to all those that don't get my RuPaul's Drag Race references please login to Netflix and educate yourself.
£3 from Very


Rose gold brush set - Is there any truer love than the one that is felt for a brand new makeup brush? It's that time of the year after all.
£65 from Zoeva


Pom pom keyring - If you're currently crowdfunding for your next Fendi (aren't we all?) then just give your existing bag collection a lil' cute-over for now. Ok, so this pom pom isn't Fendi either, but who's really going to know?
£3.99 from New Look


Chanel Chance - Life's just better when you smell like an absolute dream, and if you're as spritz-happy as me your Christmas perfume haul will probably be looking a little lacklustre already.
£49 from Boots

Ribbed high-neck crop - To be rolled all the way over your face in the unfortunate event of stumbling upon PDA, an awkward ex or some bad lighting.
£35.65 from UNIF

Matte Liquid Lipstick - Two words: SLAY. THEM.
£21.00 from MAC (in Dance With Me)

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The 10 Commandments of Social Media


I love Twitter, I adore Instagram, I'm fond of Snapchat and I'm mildly amused by Facebook. I probably spend a horrifying chunk of my life scrolling through other people's lives, and even though it brings me much joy and many LMAOs it also has the power to infuriate me beyond all belief. So, here is a definitive list of the cardinal sins of social media - as composed by me on a day when I ran out of chocolate milk and it didn’t stop raining - aka I was pissy af. 

1. Thou shalt not overshare. You know those people that come really close to your face when they talk to you? Those are the people that tweet about their trust issues, bowel movements and ingrown hairs.

2. Thou shalt not share utter crap on Facebook. No, I don’t want to see a man from Tennessee giving birth to triplets and yes, your cat looks cute, just like it did in the 67 other pictures you uploaded of it this week.


3. Thou shalt not caption thy photos with lyrics from R’n’B slow jams. Selfies (probably) won’t bring him/her back so just give it up. This is not 2006.

4. Thou shalt not post pictures of half-eaten meals. Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to see what you had for lunch - just have a shred of respect for the basic laws of the universe and show us before you've inhaled half of it.

5. Thou shalt not indirect.
 This is the number one rule of life and everyone knows it. Beware the *tears of laughter* emoji - favourite of frenemies and bitter exes.


6. Thou shalt not use the hashtag in vain. Desp hashtaggers, we see you, even if you think you've tricked us with a classic 'tag and delete'. What was a #girlswithink doing under a picture of your new trainers, pray tell?

7. Thou shalt not take a half-nude and pretend it was to show off your new necklace/belt/bedsheets.
 Being honest with yourself is the first step towards thirst-quenching.


8. Thou shalt not send blurry, unidentifiable snapchats. In fact, if you have an Android or a phone that was made 5+ years ago just please spare us – I’ve never seen emojis like that before and they make me very uncomfortable, like when I see someone wearing a "Guchi" t-shirt.

9. Thou shalt not assume hashtagging #unpopularopinion makes your highly offensive comment okay.
I’m cool with a healthy debate, as long as you're cool with the ENTIRE WORLD knowing you think Donald Trump "kind of has a point."

10. Thou 
shalt not post seven statuses about how you're "going off social media for a while." Nope, no one is going to beg you to stay. Not even the seventh time. Off with you.

Disclaimer: I'm probably a hypocrite.

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9 of the most fabulous coats on ASOS

So you don't have to trawl through all 3 million of them, here are 9 of the most fabulous items of winter outwear ASOS has to offer - links below:

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Sissy That Walk: Ten SS16 looks I would like to own immediately


With London and New York Fashion Weeks behind us (always my faves) and Milan well underway, I pretty much couldn't wait any longer to share some of the catwalk pieces I've gasped at so far. Although I'm a fan of all fashion I can't afford, from couture to Ready-to-Wear, the things that make me tingly tend to be items I feel like I could actually get away with strutting around in myself. I have no idea why, because, let's be frank, I ain't getting ANY of it ANYtime soon. But designer clothing excites me all the same, and there's no harm in dreaming. So here are 10 of the outfits that I've loved and lusted after from the SS16 collections so far - a kind of 'if I wasn't such a peasant this would be my christmas list' list. VoilĂ :

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Burberry Prorsum

BOSS

Zeynep Kartal

Vera Wang

Topshop Unique


 

Topshop Unique

Oscar de la Renta

Joseph

Jonathan Cohen

Givenchy

(Not sure if I'd rather wear this unreal dress or just wear Joan Smalls' skin...)
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Photo credit: Vogue.co.uk
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A Gift Guide That's Pretty Damn Glam

After a month of complete and utter blogger's block I have returned with a vengeance - and I come bearing gifts.

With just over 2 weeks til' Christmas we are about to enter panic-buying season, and nothing is more stressful than going shopping without any idea of what to get. 

Everyone knows the best presents are personal. Going for something that suits a person's style/personality is always a winner - and avoids the embarrassing recycled gift situation.

If you're having a mental block about what to get your friend and time's running out, I bring you inspiration in the form of my 3 all-time fave fictional characters - all very different but all equally fabulous.

All that's left to do is decide - is she a Holly, a Carrie, or a Regina?


 1.THE HOLLY:

First of all, if you haven't seen Breakfast at Tiffany's, do yourself a favour and watch it immediately. Holly Golightly is the original New York City it-girl and she just oozes elegance. If you've got a particularly classy friend who likes to look expensive at all times, check out the Holly-inspired gift guide below for some ideas...
Xmas Gift Guide - Holly Golightly

BUY IT: Fur Stole - £9, Eye Mask - £9, Lipstick - £26, Gloves - £38
Style Book - £12, Sunnies - £25, Earrings - £4, Robe - £24



2.THE REGINA:

We all know a Regina George. Whether it be the popularity, the overwhelming presence of pink (on wednesdays, naturally) or the downright bitchiness, there is no shame in channelling a bit of mean girl attitude when the time is right. Here are some gift ideas for your local queen bee, white gold hoops included...
Xmas Gift Guide - Regina George

BUY IT: Lipgloss - £14.50, Jumper - £16, Mug - £10, Book - £15, Shoes - £45
Clutch - £10, Skirt - £25, Phone Case - £6



3.THE CARRIE:

Last but by no means least, Carrie Bradshaw. She's always overdressed, always on the go and never afraid to push the sartorial boat out. If your pal is creative, hardworking or just downright fabulous, treat her to one of these glam pressies...

xmas gift guide - carrie bradshaw
BUY IT: Skirt - £34, Candle - £1.99, Mug - £5, Pencils - £13, Notebook - £12, Lipstick - £48, Watch - £45, Clutch - £45, Book - £7, Necklace - £10, Shoes - £60

And if your bestie doesn't identify with any of the above? 
Buy her a pair of festive socks - it's her own fault for not being fabulous enough.

Happy shopping!
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BACK TO UNI - A Mini Room Tour






It's that time of the year again and it's safe to say I'm more than a bit freaked out to be starting my third and final year at uni. I've had the best summer and I'm looking forward to getting back into the routine of uni life, but I am most definitely in denial about entering the 'real' world when it's all over - can't my life just consist of noodles and wine and lie-ins forever? 
As I've arrived a bit earlier than most of my flatmates I've kind of been twiddling my thumbs for the last couple of days (even though I should probably be reading ferociously to prepare myself for the first seminars next week...) so I thought I'd take a couple of snaps to show you guys my humble term-time dwelling. I love my little room, and although there's not a huge amount of space (it's so small that I couldn't take a whole-room picture, apologies) it's cosy and an all-round good deal considering it is student accommodation. 
I'm 100% one of those people who's mood is affected by their surroundings, so as soon as I moved in I busied myself with making the empty room a bit more 'me'. Minus the hideous brown carpet and TRAGIC wardrobe (had to leave half my clothes at home - don't want to talk about it) the room is now definitely less drab and more fab. Here's to third year!
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10 things I learned at V festival 2014


Yesterday I arrived home after 3 nights at V Festival in Stafford looking like I'd been locked in solitary confinement for 3 months. Don't get me wrong - I had a fab time with the loveliest people - but it's safe to say that I'm a girl who likes her creature comforts. Amongst all the fist-pumping/shouty singing, I picked up a few important lessons from my weekend in Weston Park (which I think probably apply to the majority of English festivals)so here they are:

1. You can only buy one type of food at a festival, and that is the beige variety. Deal with it.

2. Although the words 'mosh pit' conjure up images of heavy metal and nosebleeds, the English version tends to be more like a group of pre-pubescent boys politely bumping into each other whilst ferociously head-banging to Example.

3. Bum cheeks are the new black.

4. If you're feeling the cold, the most effective way to warm up is by going to a silent disco and doing the running man to Whitney Houston whilst everyone else is rapping to Tinie Tempah.

5. Never ever enter a port-a-loo without mentally preparing yourself for the horrors you will inevitably face. I wasn't ready; now I do a lot of rocking back and forth/staring into space whilst softly singing 'Everybody Hurts'.

6. Sometimes you'll be at the front of the crowd air punching for your life, sometimes you'll be half a mile away with a 7ft man mountain blocking your view of the tiny speck that everyone assures you is Lily Allen. That's just life.

7. Tents are all fun and games until you're having a wrestling match with the poles in torrential rain at 8am on Monday morning.

8. This is the only occasion where you can get away with wearing a poncho (apart from being on a log flume/in a small mountain village in Mexico), so make the most of it.

9. Do not name your future child Alan/Steve unless you want them to spend the rest of their life being shouted at by random drunk people from across a field. 

10. Justin Timberlake is a living god. Fact.
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