Sunday, 13 January 2013

Something Sweet

Hello everyone! How is 2013 treating you so far? I've had a wonderful weekend and have struggled to find time to write a decent post so I'm sorry if this one isn't very good.
It's about the scents I've been wearing a lot of recently which is a Hollister body mist and a Harajuku Lovers perfume.
 The Hollister mist is in 'Laguna Beach' and it smells so fruity. The fact it's a mist also means it is really light and perfect to wear on warmer days. You can buy it for £12 from the Hollister website here. I have also got my eye on the 'Silver Strand Beach' mist as it smells absolutely gorgeous.
  The second scent I've been wearing is from the Harajuku Lovers' winter collection last year and I have it in 'G'. I'm so gutted as I've recently run out of it but I loved the smell. It's also quite fruity but with more of a coconuty twist. The musky smell makes it good for when it is a little more chilly. You can no longer buy this specific winter one (unless you are prepared to do some serious shopping around) but you can buy the original 'G' fragrance Amazon for just £9.77! Thanks for reading guys and hope you have a great week!

Monday, 7 January 2013

You've seen the world, what did it look like?

I have an absolute passion for travelling and - despite being awful at geography- plan to travel the world exploring new and different countries, even if it's the last thing I do. I find maps the most exciting things and they really fascinate me (sad I know) so when I saw this tshirt I knew I just HAD to have it! It is by Tee and Cake at Topshop and I bought it in summer so I don't think they have it in stock anymore. It has a really deep-cut neck and comes down at the back as you can see. I think it cost me around £22 and although I don't really like the fabric because it makes me sweat more than usual when it is warmer, I loved the print too much to walk away from it. I don't think I'd buy another Tee and Cake tshirt again due to the fabric unless there was another particular print I fell in love with.

I also love the label on the inside of the tshirts. It does have a cut along line but I know I'd lose it if I cut it off. It has the ingredients to make the perfect cake which I think is a great little addition to the tshirt.
Great Britain - Home Sweet Home!

You can buy Tee and Cake clothing here! <3 the Oscar Wilde T.

Title Song - Wolf Pack // The Vaccines (I saw them live in Birmingham in November with my friends Emilia and Ebony and they were AMAZING! Well worth the 7 hour round trip looking like a zombie in school the next day) 

P.s. Sorry about the lack of focus on some of the photos. 

Twitter: chloeacrowl
Instagram: chloabella 

We watched the sun coming up easy, while the rain came a'tumbling down

Hello everybody!
This morning I've been eating grapefruit, doing RE work and revising for english (boo exams boo), all whilst unashamedly listening to Cody Simpson.
I've decided that I've earned myself a little break and so I'm gracing you with my presence this afternoon with two posts! What could be better? This post is about my favourite products that I simply cannot be without.

Don't be fooled by the almost summery theme going on here with the after sun and the sea salt spray. I use these products all year round and I love them.

I always have a bottle of after sun in the bathroom cupboard due to my pale skin and a tendency to burn even in March/April weather, but over the winter months I have been using it as a moisturiser. I use the Garnier Ambre Solaire after sun because it's really lightweight which I love as I hate feeling sticky. Also, the aloe vera in it makes it extra soothing. I put it on after a hot bath to calm my skin and the smell always reminds me of the summer holidays. You can buy it from any leading drug stores (Boots, Superdrug, etc.) and it costs £6.99. What's not to love, eh?

The second product I use all year round is the Lee Stafford Beach Babe sea salt spray. I bought it last Easter after nicking some off of my aunt and falling in love with it. I have long, thick, wavy hair which is perfect to work with this kind of thing and it makes me wonder how I ever coped without it before. I love the texture and shine of my hair after just stepping out of the sea and with this spray I can recreate that look all year round. I simply spray it 10-15 times onto my hair (don't go too heavy near to the roots though, it can make your hair look and feel greasy) after towel drying it and then use my hairdryer to dry the rest of my hair, scrunching it as I go along. It contains extra sunflower oil for shine and a 'ProMineral complex of dead sea salts and 26 minerals'. I am personally a fan of the smell but I am aware that others aren't so much. You can buy it from Boots pharmacy for £7.49.

Finally, I get really dry and cracked lips all year round which is not only painful but also looks really ugly, especially if I want to wear a lipstick. So to chuck to chap I usually use little pots of Vaseline. It soothes my lips and is also useful to put on any blisters or sores on my skin. It's made with petroleum jelly which I'm sure you're probably all aware of and  makes my lips extra soft. I always try to carry one in my school or sports bag or in my pockets. At the moment I am using the cocoa butter pot and I love the smell and the taste of it, but my other favourites are the aloe vera and the rosy lips pots. You can buy at least the original pot at nearly all pharmacies and they are usually priced around £1.99.

You can buy all of the products here! Thank you for reading.

Title song - Coming Up Easy // Paolo Nutini (I've loved him ever since he came to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and I went to watch him)

Twitter: chloeacrowl
Instagram: chloabella

Sunday, 6 January 2013

What's a spot of rain between old friends?

On Friday, my friend Emilia and I decided to meet up and go on a bit of an adventure. The weather was grim and drizzly (typical ol' Blighty) but we head outdoors anyway. Here are a few of the pictures I took...
'A room with a view'

'But I fell in love on the seaside'
Emilia 'kicking the bar' for luck

A walk along the coastal path

'Whatever we lose (a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea'  E.E. Cummings
Twitter: chloeacrowl
Instagram: chloabella

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Somewhere beyond the sea, somewhere waiting for me

Hello everybody, I hope you're enjoying your weekend.
This is my first ever outfit post (eek) and I'm a little rusty on the whole standing in front of the camera and not behind it! If anyone has any tips on how to stand and what works and doesn't work that'd be so very much appreciated. My little friend joining me is my 8/9 month old puppy Ziggy Stardust (usually just Ziggy) and he, on the other hand, is definitely not camera shy!
I picked up this gorgeous lightweight, mint green jumper from Topshop and I adore it. It's a lovely colour and can be layered up during the cold weather or worn as a light jumper in the warmer months. It cost £36 and it is also over-sized which I love! I wore it with a sheer ivory shirt also from Topshop which cost £38. It has some pretty detailing on the front and is really comfortable to wear.  However it is very sheer so when I wear it alone I'd be sure to put a vest top on underneath. My shorts were from Urban Outfitters and I bought them last summer so I'm not sure whether or not they still stock them. I love to wear them with tights (Marks & Sparks do the best tights) in the winter as they are really comfy and go with almost anything. They are a definite go-to item in my wardrobe. Finally, I wore my Dr Martens shoes which I bought for school on Thursday. They cost £90 which is expensive but they have a reputation for being good quality and I can already tell the cost-per-wear will more than make up for the cost!

Twitter: chloeacrowl
Instagram: chloabella

Friday, 4 January 2013

Hungry Hands

Hello my lovelies, I hope you're all well!
I was given this Soap & Glory 'Hand Food' hand cream as a present for Christmas and thought it definitely deserved to be written about. Having only used a few Soap & Glory products in the past I was very impressed with this product. It smells amazing and isn't greasy on your hands which is perfect. Also when my hands are dry and chapped in the winter months (when will they end?!) it soothes them and softens them almost instantly. This will definitely be becoming a staple in my bag - I love it! It costs £5 and you can buy it here.

All good things come in small packages

It's a new year and with a new year comes new (or revived) things and blogging for me is one of them. So here goes. I hope you enjoy!

I bought this Mac foundation on a recent shopping trip with my family and I'm already in love with it! I have really pale skin which makes it difficult to find a foundation that matches my complexion exactly but with the help of a lovely lady at the Mac counter in the Cardiff Debenhams, I think I've found 'the one'.
 It's the Studio Fix Fluid and provides a medium to full coverage which can be built up. I got it in the shade NW10. It also has an SPF of 15 which is perfect to keep away those free radicals (I definitely read that term somewhere). I paid £20.50 for it (without the pump) which I was slightly hesitant to pay at first but now I am so glad!

I also bought this Topshop lipstick in the colour Whimsical. It's a perfect coral pink with a summer pop to it (I know I'm 6 months early but I already cannot wait!) which I love. Although it is very similar to the Barry M lipstick in 147 the creamy texture makes it far more wearable and easier to put on. I have a feeling this will be the first of many lipsticks from Topshop for me. It cost £8 which I think is a very reasonable price for it.

(P.S. Sorry for shoving my face in there in the first post haha)