Friday, 30 January 2015

Best Buys for Beating The January Blues

Many of us feel the pinch after the great Christmas shop and with that in mind the Fort Birmingham, which is an out of town shopping centre, have come up with a campaign called ‘Best Buys for Beating The January Blues’ to get us out enjoying shopping on a budget.

I was invited to create an outfit for under £50 and with the vast array of fashion retailers in the Fort it was a challenge that I was quite excited about. They have everything from Oasis, Warehouse, Miss Selfridge, New Look, Next, Debenhams and Dorothy Perkins to name just a few, so some of my favourite shops in there. The Fort Shopping park is located in Castle Bromwich, just off the M6.

This is also my first outfit post, so without further ado...

Metallic Vest Top* – Next £14
Cardigan* – New Look £19.99
Jeans* – New Look £12.99
Shoes - Own

This lovely sparkly top is from Next, I was immediately drawn to it because in winter we often get used to wearing plain coloured jumpers and I wanted something that stood out a bit. This is perfect for dressing up an otherwise plain outfit and it could also be dressed up with some tailored trousers.

The midi cardigan from New Look is from their new season and as well as being stylish, it’s super comfy and warm too.

Lastly, the skinny jeans are also from New Look. They have a big range of various styles so it’s quite easy finding a fit that you like.

That’s not all! The Fort are also giving away £50 of vouchers to eliminate those January blues. All you have to do is comment, retweet or favourite your favourite outfit from the three bloggers on the Fort's page. Here is the link to mine.

I hope you enjoyed this post and good luck!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Winter Wonderland and my first KIKO Haul

A few weeks ago I went to the annual Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park for the first time. I got the train in the morning, followed by a 20 minute walk to Hyde Park.

I reached there about half an hour after opening and there was already quite a lot of people making the way there.

It really did look like a Santa's Grotto with all the signs and stalls everywhere!

There was more food places than I could count but there was really limited seating in some places, and none in most.

I went with my Sister and we had booked tickets to the Zippos Christmas Circus which cost about £30 for both of us.

The circus was so much more fun than I had anticipated! There were a whole host of acrobats who were all wonderful! 

After the circus we had a look around some stalls although it was getting quite packed!

We had hot chocolate and crepes (with Kinda Bueno). The hot chocolate wasn't that good for £2.50 but the crepes for £4.50 each were delicious.

We then ventured further into Hyde Park by Lake Serpentine after Winter Wonderland! There were lot's of swans and the police riding horseback (which isn't something I see everyday)!

After Winter Wonderland we went to Oxford Street and stopped at Pizza Hut for a late lunch. I got a deep pan which was incredibly filling (I couldn't move!).

We then paid Hamleys a visit which was so packed it took ages to go round the whole shop!
Infact the streets were so packed that people had taken to walking in the road! I have no idea if this is the norm or not!

Finally, a visit to London isn't complete without stopping off at the Kiko store on Regents Street. The atmosphere in there was incredible, it was full of people swatching lipsticks. I got an eyelash curler, to replace my Elf one that broke. Plus a Smart lip pencil in 710 Rouge Noir that was on sale from £2.50 to £1.90! It's back to £2.50 here but it's the perfect shade for a dark/berry lip. I'm pretty sure I'm going to love this liner, I had brought an essence lip liner in 05 Soft Berry but it made me look like I had grey lips.

I also got a Smart lipstick in 914 Amaranth which was on sale from £3.90 to £2.50. It's back to £3.90 here but it's a lovely berry/vampy lipstick. Lastly I got a ultra glossy stylo with spf 15 in 807 Red Coral, which was on sale for £3.50 from £4.90 here. It's actually a present for my Sister as she wanted a more sheer lipstick that was moisturising. She dabs this on and it looks lovely, like a soft coral but not overly glossy.

This all come up to £13.80 however it was also Black Friday weekend when we went so I checked the website beforehand and saw they had a 30% off code which I got sent in an email. So overall I paid £9.66 for all of these goodies! There'll be a full review on each product once I've tried them out for a while.

Overall, I had a great time and I'd definitely recommend it. 
I'd love to hear if you went to Winder Wonderland or if you picked anything up from Kiko recently too!