30 Jan 2012

Sue's Little Gems

Sue's Little Gems is a joint venture that is run by me and my mum. We've both been making jewellery for the past few years and last July we decided to develop our hobby into something more! For now we're only on Facebook, but we've got a lot of projects lined up for the next few months that will hopefully grab a few more customers. Making jewellery is something we both love to do, and with me being off school a lot of the time it's nice to have something to focus on. Take a look through our albums, see if there's anything you fancy! We can try to replicate any of the pieces that have already been sold as best as possible, but each piece is one of a kind so no two things will be identical.
As I said before, we've got a few ideas up our sleeves that will hopefully be put in to action over the coming months. I'll keep you posted on here, or you can 'like' us on Facebook!


28 Jan 2012

My Patterned Legging Obsession

L-R: Mum's old leopard print, vintage fairisle, monochrome Aztec - New Look, £10,
chains & leopard - Primark, £6, grey & cream scarves - Primark, £6
If you've been reading my blog before then you'll know that I have a slight obsession with patterned leggings. Luckily for me they're all the rage these days! Primark have got a particularly good selection of leggings at the moment, for only £6 each, bargain. I'm currently after a pair of plain velvet leggings but haven't had a chance to have a look yet. New Look have also got a great range of various patterns in right now, some were about £18 if I remember correctly. Leggings are perfect for me at the moment as I do a lot of lounging about the house, but it means I can get out of my pyjamas from time to time and still feel comfortable. My mum's recently given me a massive bag of all her old leggings and there's some great ones in there that I'll maybe post on here soon!


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25 Jan 2012

Christmas & NYE Outfits

NYE outfit (left) Dress: Rare @ Topshop - £15; Heels: New Look - £10
Christmas outfit (right) Dress: Love @ Topshop - £10; Heels: Primark - £16
I'm a bit late posting these outfits, but better late than never! My Christmas outfit was actually for my school dance, but I just always refer to it as my Christmas outfit. On Christmas day itself I actually wore a black velvet dress from Missguided, but I don't have any photographs so will try get a decent outfit snap of it at some point in the future. I loved the colour of the dress, as well as the shape. Those heels were HELL to walk in and I definitely couldn't dance in them, but I'm a sucker for leopard print and I just had to have them.
On New Year's Eve I had friends round to mine for a Just Dance extravaganza as usual. The heels were super comfortable, I'd been looking for a nice pair of chunky black wedges for a while and I spotted these in the New Look sale along with my boots! The dress itself wasn't planned, as I'd picked out a dress at Urban Outfitters from the Renewal section and got it put by so my boyfriend could use his staff discount for it, but due to a cock mix-up in the shop they ended up giving it to someone else! Safe to say I was a bit peeved, but in my mad dash to find a dress on Hogmanay itself I found this beauty hidden on the Topshop sale rail. I absolutely love it, so I guess it's not too bad that I missed out on my original dress!


23 Jan 2012

The boots.

Were £70, reduced to £35 - New Look

I'd been looking for the perfect pair of boots for a while when I spotted these, but at £70 they were a little bit pricey for me! I was still debating buying them at full price, but when I went in to New Look in the middle of the jam-packed sales and spotted them at half price I was desperate to have them. Even more so when the last pair in the shop was my size! They are the perfect height and so comfortable. I'm only 5'2 and my friends are all 5'7 or above, so heels are a big part of my life, but all of mine are more 'party' shoes so finally I have a pair of casual heels that make me feel a bit less small! They're definitely one of my pricier purchases - I'm a bit of a Primark junkie - but I know they'll last a long time and I'll get plenty of wear out of them. Sadly I've not managed to wear them much because I've not been out much, every time I look at them I just want to put them on with my PJs!


22 Jan 2012

What I Wore: Minnie Mouse

Dress (worn as top) - H&M
Shorts - Primark
Belt - Matalan
Not a great outfit photo, I'm still trying to find my best spot and angle for taking them, but I felt like I'd share it anyway. Whenever I wear this dress for some reason I feel like Minnie Mouse, polkadots seem to have that effect on me. These shorts are one of my favourite pairs but are a tiny bit big for me so need a decent belt! I find it hard to find a belt that fit's properly because I tend to wear them around my waist or chest instead of hips.
I've been really good this weekend and have written up lots of blog posts for the next couple of weeks, so no matter how I'm feeling there will be some activity on here! Thank god for the schedule feature. I've written up a very long list of lots of posts that I'll be putting up every couple of days or so just to keep some consistency. I'm hoping to have enough time to write a couple of posts in between but I've got a busy couple of weeks coming up and I can't rely on my health to be good to me so who knows. This is one of those in between posts! How do you feel about people scheduling posts?



21 Jan 2012

Hello 2012.

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Well 2012 is finally here and as usual, I've got some goals for the year. I'm really hoping that this will be a good year, albeit starting off stressfully, it should hopefully improve towards the end - as long as we don't all die in December...

1. Get better
This is probably my main goal for this year, although it's not necessarily something I have a lot of control over. I'm so sick and tired of constantly being ill and moping about the house, I'm just desperate to get better. Slow and steady wins the race, I guess!

2. Get in to better shape
I've never been the most motivated person, so keeping in shape is a bit of a struggle for me. After spending the past 7 months mostly in my bed this will be hard, but needs to be done. Not quite ready to get back to the gym just yet, but hopefully I will be soon.

3. Be more organised
This applies to a lot of places, including here. I've decided that I need to be much more consistent with this blog if I really want it to work! However this also applies to life in general, and also school. I'm one of the messiest people you will meet and my forgetful mind doesn't come in handy when it comes to school - and the dreaded studying. Exam's are going to be hard this year, but now everything is relying on my 6th year instead so it's a bit of a weight off of my shoulders, until August at least.

4. Watch 100 'classic' movies
Seeing as I have an awful lot of time on my hands at the moment I feel this will hopefully be quite easy! Up until last year I was never really in to films that much, but now I've made myself a list of well-known and loved films to work my way through. I'm already up to 9!

5. Save some money!
Saving money is something I really struggle with, I'm a bit of a spendaholic. So far I'm doing alright, but there's a lot of stuff coming up that will wipe my poor bank account out. Finding a job would reaaaaally help here, but nowhere seems to want to hire me and my health's not the most reliable! Come March I'll have been job hunting for a year with no luck :( Hopefully that will change this year.

These are kind of general aims, but hopefully they'll be achievable and it'll benefit me in the long run.


18 Jan 2012

Goodbye, 2011

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So we're over half way through the first month of 2012, and after a little break I'm finally set get to work on the blog! I think the best way to kick-start this blogging year would be a round-up of what went on in the last year. 
January saw the beginning of the run up to my Standard Grade exams, starting with lots and lots of folio deadlines that I somehow, being one of the most disorganised people I know, managed to successfully meet. 

February was a pretty quiet month for me, I spent a lot of time in Manchester for my Grandma's 70th birthday and for the very first time my whole family was in the same building at once! I have quite a big family.

In March I was lucky enough to get a lovely new netbook that is now my trusty blogging partner. At this point, the pressure of exams was really building, with only a month to go.

April brought about the dreaded exams! Albeit right at the end of the month, but it was still April. The sun decided to make a sneaky appearance this month, not for too long but sun is sun! I also saw one of my absolute favourite musicians - Katy Perry - for the first time this year.

May was consumed by exams, and my hard work obviously paid off! 

In June I started my 5th year of high school - the notoriously hard highers. I only had to endure a couple of weeks of these before finally breaking up for summer.

In July I spent a week in Yorkshire, enjoying the thrills of Flamingo Land and the gorgeous countryside. This was also the month that I turned 16 and to celebrate I had a lovely lunch with the girls then spent a weekend shopping in Manchester with my boyfriend. It was quite an occasion, as it was the first time I'd ever been to Manchester without my mum, but all of my family live there so I wasn't quite alone. My mum & I also launched our online jewellery business, a hobby we'd both had for a while.

August was where this year started to go downhill and I first fell ill, I must warn you that the remaining months were pretty uneventful due to the long periods of time I spent between the hospital and my bed. 

September was mostly spent in the hospital, as it was the first full month of this mystery illness and at that point was still a slightly emergency situation. 

In October I went to my first wedding (minus my Mum & Dad's) which was my boyfriend's brothers. It was an absolutely lovely day, I'm definitely one of those people who get emotional at weddings. I also spent a week in Amsterdam, which was fantastic. It is a beautiful place and the break was much needed.

November started off fantastically, with me getting to see Katy Perry for a second time. There was almost a third but the experience just exhausted me and I took a bad turn. 

And finally we have December, yet another month mostly taken over by illness, but it also brought about one of my favourite times of year - Christmas! I love Christmas as it means spending time with my family all together, and of course presents. 

Looking back over 2011 reminds me just how much I did actually manage to do in the year, and all of the good times, rather than the last half of the year which was under a constant shadow. Thank you for staying put during this year, here's to many more!
Next up, my 2012 dreams!

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