Wednesday, 7 May 2014

ZARA & HM shoes! | very small haul



Bright colours and patterns! Not something I've ever really been into before, but when I found these two pairs of shoes I immediately fell in love, I had no doubts buying them!
I'm basically just going to chit chat and review both these shoes that I bought the other week, 'cause they're kinda too pretty not to talk about!




These absolutely beautiful, bright coral block heel ballerinas, I managed to get for only £9.99! I was quite surprised at the price, but then I wasn't... I think that I was just taken aback by the fact I could get them for that much and they are amazing high quality, gorgeous colour and very comfortable on! Click the link below to be redirected to the site!

ZARA





So the pattern is FAUX snake skin, I do hope that's right! & quick fun fact, I don't actually like snakes, I have a massive fear of them, sometimes looking at these shoes too much scares me... Nonetheless! I love these and the pattern! The shoes themselves are incredibly comfy, I love the fact you can just slip these on with or without socks! They are a great addition to a plain outfit, I tend to wear a lot of black so these just help lift and complete the outfit. I wore a black long sleeved top from Gap and black Topshop jeans the other day, if I had just worn black pumps I think it'd have looked a little going to work, than a chilled outfit, so when I put these on instead, wham! It looked super trendy, and was comfortable at the same time! I got these from H&M for £24.99, I didn't mind paying this price, because I was really overly in love with them, and I've had no problems with them so far, unfortunately I can't find them on the website! But below is the link to the sneakers page where some are a lot cheaper, as of £7.99 to £12.99.



XOXO
'K'


Thursday, 24 April 2014

Garnier 'Summer body moisturising lotion sun-kissed look' | review

You guys do not understand just how much I love this Garnier product! I've always wished I had a tan all year round, rather than just in the summertime, and this product does just that. You get a 12hr moisturised body and a gradual natural looking tan, it really is the best of both worlds & also one of my favourite things about this gradual self tan is 1. the smell, I don't like apricots but the smell is just amazing, 2. applying it is easy, as the cream itself appears white, so you don't feel so intimidated putting it on and trying to even it out, 3. the colour isn't too orange, or too dark, it is literally what can only be described as sun-kissed, it really is! 4. as long as you apply the cream all over, you don't get any streak marks! And finally 5. what I find with a lot of the fake tans I have used, is that the minute you get a drop of water on where you've applied the tan, your lighter skin appears! Whereas with this self tan it doesn't happen, or at least with me it hasn't, and I really hope it doesn't!
I highly recommend this for anyone who's just like me and just wants a bit of colour all over throughout the year! I got it form Boots for just £7.50, and I purchased the 'light' sun-kissed look, there are a range of different contrasts you can choose from, so if you are interested you can just click the link below and it will take you directly to the Boots website, and straight onto the Garnier gradual tan page...

BOOTS




XOXO
'K'

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Spring scent

Daisy Marc Jacobs perfume

This perfume has got to be one of my favourite scents in general, but wearing it recently I realised that it is literally the perfect scent for Spring! I think that everyone has their own personal way of describing a certain scent and so for me I think that this is a very flexible scent, that you can wear casually during the day, and to also glam up at night.




I find it really hard to describe the smell of scents, because I feel that perfumes are made to create interesting and beautiful scents, rather than just copying the same smell of a flower... Nonetheless I am going to try for you! The smell is a mix of fruit and musk but not too much either way, so you don't get an overwhelming smell of fruit or musk. I keep smelling the perfume to try see if I could personally smell any kind of some sort of flower, considering also the brand and perfume is called 'Daisy', but I just cannot put a pin on it! You do get quite a strong scent off of it, some people don't mind this, but if you do the perfume is so easy to just apply in a small amount.



XOXO
'K'

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Coachella style queen VH

If you don't think that Vanessa Hudgens is the ultimate Coachella style queen, well... You are not on my good list... kidding of course, much love!
Vanessa has such a unique style with edge and quirkiness, and does she not only work her fashion, she styles her hair, makeup and accessories as well! Her style definitely never fails to impress and inspire me, I've admired her for so long and never bore. She dyed the majority of her hair blonde for the festival and has now added pink to the ends, she can literally pull off any style.







XOXO
'K'

Garnier 'ultimate blends' Shampoo & conditioner | review



Hey there scrumptious! Hope you're happy and well! This post is a review, but I will also be sharing some of my own luscious hair tips! Lets crack on...

So my mum and I came across the Garnier 'ultimate blends' shampoo and conditioner, that has coconut oil and cocoa butter inside, which is part of what interested us in it! The main reason to why we purchased it (we share shampoos and conditioners to save money, cute I know *wink*), is because it's recommended for dry and frizzy hair, which I have most certainly been a victim of recently! Whilst using it I have had lovely soft hair, that also smells wonderful! Coconut oil is supposed to be extremely good for your hair, so I tend to trust products that have that included.

In the boots store there is a half price sale on the Garnier 'ultimate blends' hair products, so click the link below to check them out! 


Here is some of my favourite hair tips...

  1. My mum has ALWAYS encouraged me to do this, especially as I have very thick hair, but brush you hair every single day at least twice a day! An easy way I remember to do this is when I brush my teeth, I've paired the two together so I won't forget or not bother!
    I never used to bother brushing my hair, because I literally just could not be bothered, which was not good, as I would get killer nots that were incredibly hard to get out and I wasn't brushing out hairs that needed to come out. If you over brush your hair that can cause your hair to look greasy very quickly, so there is a limit, but it is so important to brush your hair to keep it healthy.
  2. Do not wash your hair every single day, unless you fell in mud or something like that, you get the idea. The less you wash your hair, the better, because although your hair gets greasy, your producing oils on your scalp that your hair needs to stay healthy. I remember a short period when I washed my hair excessively and it became greasy a lot more, because I was basically over-cleaning it.
    There are ways in which, if you decide not to wash your hair for a couple of days and it starts looking a little dirty or greasy, you can fix it by backcombing your hair, simply putting it up into a bun or ponytail, or using dry shampoo which is a very popular option. For dry shampoos I definitely recommend the Batiste ones, there are a lot to use from in terms of colour, smell and style! They do large, medium, small and travel size, so are appropriate for anything!
  3. When blowdrying your hair, when your hair is dry STOP! Otherwise if you continue drying you dry hair, it'll become more dry and damaged.
  4. When using heat products try and use heat protect, it may not completely protect your hair, but it helps enough! 
  5. TRIM YOUR ENDS! I hate trimming my hair, because in my eyes my hair just gets dramatically shorter, and I hate it. But it gets rid of those split ends, and helps your hair to grow faster!... So I hear...
So there are my top tips for now! 
Hope this post has interested you, or helped you in some way!

XOXO
'K'

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

YOUR TEA | review



FINALLY, I've gotten round to doing my Your Tea review. I've actually used it 2 or 3 times before, and still continue to! What I love about the tea is that it's not just a typical slimming detox tea because it doesn't produce a laxative effect. It cleanses your digestive system, which helps weight loss, clearer skin, easing bloating and helps boost your energy levels. If you'd like to read into more detail about the tea itself, as well as the other types they offer, here is the link...
YOUR TEA

My experience with Your Tea...
I've personally love this tea, because of the physical and mental aspects. It encourages and helps me be more motivated to excersise, eat healthily and stop snacking on unnecessary foods. When drinking Your Tea, my daily bloating has gone down a lot, and weight loss comes along nicely. It makes me feel nourished and fresh. Even though the tea that I have is the simple Your Tea, not the Her Tea, which specialises in skin clearing, this tea has still given me very healthy clear skin!

I think what some people forget is that everyones body is going to react differently to the particular tea, me for example, my body is used to natural and herbal foods and drinks, and reacts well to them. You're not instantly going to lose a stone from drinking the tea, especially not without doing any excersise or eating a balanced diet. On the other hand some people might! But in reality it takes just a little more effort than that.

Overall I do recommend Your Tea, as my personal experience has been very positive and bearable, that I look forward to getting another! Do look into it before you by it, making sure you understand the concept and that it is right for you. Hope this has helped any of you wanting to buy it, but haven't been sure, or encouraged you to try!

XOXO
'K'

Healthy tomato & pepper soup with bruschetta




Home-made healthy tomato and pepper soup, with bruschetta on the side.

I have enormous love for Italian and Spanish food, so my mum recently took me to a little Italian cafĂ©  called Corelli. It serves delicious food and drink, such as soups, sandwiches, fresh smoothies and juices... I decided to order their tomato and pepper soup, and immediately fell in love. The very next day my mum and I decided to re-create our own... & it turned out beautifully.

Ingredients | Soup

  •  6 big tomatoes 
  • 2-3 red and yellow peppers
  • 1 medium onion
  • basil pesto (and fresh basil) 
  • parsley
  • 1 vegetable stock
  • garlic infused olive oil
Instructions | Soup
  1. Chop up the peppers and place them in an oven-proof dish, covered with oil and grill for 20 minutes.
  2. Put the onion and olive oil into a pan and fry the onions until they are golden.
  3. When the onions are golden add half a glass of water with vegetable stock. Whilst doing this, add a mixture of basil pesto and/or fresh basil. 
  4. Once the fried vegetables are soft add them to the pan with 2tbsp of tomato puree, and cook for 20 minutes. During this time add some fresh parsley. 
  5. After the 20 minutes are up, blend the contents of the soup together and then cook for another 20 minutes. 
Ingredients | Bruschetta
  • Italian toasting bread
  • Italian mozzarella 
  • basil pesto
  • chopped tomatos 
Instructions | Bruschetta 
  1. First of all toast the bread until lightly golden.
  2. Add slices of mozzarella on top, spread the pesto, add the chopped tomatoes and then grill till the cheese has melted and the tomatoes have been grilled to your liking. 

Finally... ENJOY!

XOXO
'K'

Sunday, 23 March 2014

NYC DREAMIN'

NYC DREAMIN'

It's one of the places everyone dreams of visiting, I undoubtedly shared the same dream. Upon arriving there, I was quite nervous, probably because I was so far away from home, and I didn't want my expectations of New York to be too high, because I've always been someone who has quite high expectations and standards, not always intentionally, but I do tend to disappoint myself because of this. But after arriving, my nerves and worries drifted away and a huge sense of serenity overcame my body. Stepping into the Times Square, I glance above and around me, everything suddenly sets into slow motion. Taken aback by the lively thriving atmosphere that stood before me, I realised that this city is everything I ever thought it would be and everything that it's made out to be. Though I was extremely tired and lacking energy from travelling, the cities bright lights and enthusiasm kept me awake, and I couldn't contain my happiness and excitement for what was to come in the next few days.
My first breakfast in New York is something I'll never forget. A small diner across from the hotel we were staying at, seemed an suitable and easy option for breakfast. As I walked in I immediately fell in love with the 'diner' setting. It was like something from a movie, literally. Sat around a table with my closest friends who were also on the trip, we all ordered, though at first I honestly didn't what to pick. The options were dreamy, waffles, pancakes, fruit, eggs, french toast... I could have had it all! But I had to pick the popular french toast. It was absolutely beautiful, but my oh my, the size of it! I could barely even finish!
So many to-do things in New York, and I was very lucky to be able to do and see some of the spectacular things that the city has to offer. Though I cannot exactly remember the order in which we did them, here are some of my highlights...
Something again that I'll never forget is walking through both the Guggenheim Museum and The Met. I've never been so intrigued in a museum before, maybe it was the overwhelming fact that I was in the city of dreams, that made me instantly fall in love with everything it had to offer, or perhaps it really was the incredible artworks it had on show, and there's no doubt about it. I was constantly gazing in awe at everything I set my eyes on, everything interested me, and made me think. The city is a place for creativity and artists, and so much more, so it made a lot of sense to almost be over-admiring it's wonders and works. Walking up 1,224 feet high at night definitely brought back nerves, but I knew it was going to be worth it, and it most certainly was. Standing at the top of the Empire State Building just tops of the outstanding surrealism that New York had made me feel. Overlooking the city was spectacular, there's nothing like it. The shimmering lights from down below was almost the same as looking up at the night sky, it was magnificent and so dreamy.  The Grand Central station, central park, the subway, rockfeller ice rink, broadway, the food, the shops! I honestly couldn't get enough, in this city there truly was a wonderful attraction in every corner, no matter how big or small it was... you're always curious in New York City.


XOXO
'K'