A Little Weekend Shopping

I can’t adhere to spending bans. There will always be a book, dress or coffee date which undermines my resolve but ultimately brings me a little joy. Today Sally, Katie and I met up for the first time in the new year and went shopping, there was a vintage fair in the guildhall and that alone is reason for a trip to town.

I managed to keep my spending below the £25 mark, if you exclude lunch and a slice of cake, but I’m happy with the pieces I picked up;

White Pie Crust Collar Blouse (£5 Primark)

This shirt has a collar detail, and huge sleeves; two trends I really bought into in 2017 and I don’t expect to fall out of love with anytime soon. This was picked up in a size 18, and I need to pop into the Habadashery before I wear this to work as the bust needs a couple hook and eyes to help the shirt sit flat.

I will always be drawn to a crisp white shirt, especially when such a simple androdyonous item has such feminine details.

Red and White Vertical Stripe Bow Blouse
(£10 Primark)

I have been eyeing this shirt up for what feels like the last month, but when I tried it on the for the first time today I fell in love. The shirt isn’t overly shaped, with only a couple darts near the bust, but it falls beautifully with the bow adding a very cute detail.

It would probably also benefit from a couple hook and eyes, but this is a trend with any button up blouse I own.

Blue and White Striped T Shirt (£4 Matalan)

I have a thing for striped shirts (generally horizontal stripes), normally I opt for black and white, but this blue and white shirt will probably be worn first thing next week. It’s ideal for work and will fit easily into my casual wardrobe, and the slightly thicker cotton top is ideal for the colder months.

Polka Dot Print Scarf (£4 Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair)

This silky printed scarf was the only thing I picked up from the vintage fair . Smaller than the fairs I’ve been to in the past, where space seemed to be lacking, I picked this out within minutes of getting to the main hall. I sifted through a basket of gorgeous scarves, and found this near the base knowing this would work perfectly as either a neck or head scarf. The neutral colour, and polka dots mean I’ll find it easy to wear.

I didn’t buy anything else from the vintage fair, after around twenty minutes I decamped to the cafe for a piece of cake and to read this months book club pick. I felt really uncomfortable at the fair, it was crowded and cramped and full of bottle necks of people, what I could actually see leant more towards retro eighties style (pins, vintage t shirts, oversized denim jackets) and wasn’t what I was searching for. Hopefully I’ll find a black wool beret at the next fair.

Now I’m off to make a cup of mint tea, and hang these up.

– Emily

Plymouth Blogger Brunches: 2018 #PlymBlogBrunch

So this post needs to start with an apology to the Plymouth Bloggers, at the tail end of 2017 the brunches dropped off completely. I decided to do a pantomime, and the combination of that and Christmas swallowed up all my free time and brain power. To prevent against the same thing happening this year, I have put some extra leg work into the brunches.

            
They will be scheduled in three’s, with booking placed for a table of eight as a starting point. Hopefully, making it easier for people to fit them around thier lives.

         
The first two brunches of the year are at relatively new restaurants to Plymouth (or at least to me); with the recently launched Bills Resturant (in the mall,where Ed’s Diner was previously) and Pier One, a Resturant based on Plymouth Barbican who’s Instagram account is full of dreamy Plymouth waterside views, and foods. The final Resturant is Seco Lounge, the popular brunch spot on Royal William Yard the bloggers haven’t visited since 2016.

        
Saturday 20th January – 10:00 Bill Cafe, Drake Circus (Facebook)
Saturday 17th February – 10:00 Pier One, Barbican (Facebook)
Saturday 3rd March – 10:00 Seco Lounge, Royal William Yard (Facebook)

If you’d like to attend a brunch, please comment below, or joun one of the corresponding linked Facebook events. Reservations have been made for each date, and can be amended to accommodate what everyone would like.

Looking forward to a year of breakfast food, new friends and blog chat.

– Emily

Psssst; if you have a suggestion of where you would like to go for a future brunch, please share!


New In My Makeupbag

I took a trip to Superdrug a couple weeks ago, the idea was to have a little browse and what needed up happening instead was four new makeup pieces coming home with me.

Matt Rose Nude, Eyes Uncovered – Collection – £3.99

I occasionally fancy playing about with eye colours but as someone terrible at anything more advanced than a swiping cream eyeshadow or liquid liner spending £30+ on a eyeshadow pallet doesn’t seem good economy.

This small pallette has had really good reviews, and let’s me play with some colours I never usually use. Its also the perfect size for travel, which when I have 2 city breaks planned for 2018, multiple hen dos and a wedding is a big plus. Ive used it once. And adored the colours, pigments and blendability.

Rosie, Velvet Kiss Lip Cream – Collection – £2.99


Pretty simple reasons for picking this up; it’s less than three pound, I love the other colours I have, and a red lip makes me very happy.

Bourjois Brow Palette – Brunette – £
7.99



I have a brow zines pallette that I love, and I want a second brow powder for the make up I keep at Matts, but don’t want to splash out on a Benefit Product I don’t necessarily need. They didn’t have a swatch option in store but I this felt like the best colour match.

The dark shade is very close to my natural brow colour, the spoolie brush and applicator are lovely (though I prefer full size brushes) and the highlight colour is very soft and creamy.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Pen Black Shock – £
9.99
This I was hoping would be a dupe for the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner. Application wise it’s pretty close (If a touch thicker) however the wing of my liner didnt last more than five hours before it started smudging and creasing. At almost £10 I far prefer the Benefit Product, but this is and adequate stop gap.

 

What have you picked up recently?

– Emily

Plymouth Turtle Bay Launch Night

Sometimes all you need in life is good food, the company of some incredible friends and delicious drinks.

Last Thursday, I got to visit the new Turtle Bay, with Nicole. We got hugged within moments of entering , and skipped the rum punch to grab some delicious mocktails. Nicole is teetotal, and I’m not a big drinker (a choice I make partially from being a light weight, and also because I’d rather spend that five or ten pound on a new pair of earrings or book any day of the week).

We found a wall of fairy lights, took the obligatory selfies and boomerangs before going for a wander round the restaurant.

We found Jemma and Corinna, and Adam and Alice found us. The rest of the evening consisted of far too many drinks (the mojihto was incredible, and definetly alcoholic), sampling everything that flew by, trying to spot Milly and being blown away by how cute the toilets were.

There were almost 800 people in the venue, and when the live music started Alice and I hovered back and stole quarters of pineapples studded with prawns whilst everyone else rushed to get a better view.

This time last year the most interesting thing I could be doing in the same venue would be watching someone get annoyed at the self service kiosk in the post office.

Thank you Turtle Bay for a very fun evening. Now…. To make a dinner reservation for my birthday next week…

– Emily

 

Turtle Bay launched its 230 seat restaurant Sunday 22nd October. Slightly exciting fact: this is the furthest south restaurant they have in the UK at present.

All photos from official photographer at the launch event.

What’s In My Handbag First Day At Work 

This is a throwback post.

Twelve months ago today, I walked through the doors of my office after murdering the surname of my supervisor. I remember feeling distinctly overwhelmed after reading through some of the forty SLA’s, and being shown the processes that would fit into our day-to-day lives, watching Dee answer an email faster than seemed physically possible (with hind sight, she was using auto correct shortcuts). One thing I did twelve months ago was start a post, which I didn’t publish, linked to preparing for my first day:

  • Lunchbox
  • Waterbottle
  • Fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Purse
  • Glasses
  • Umbrella
  • Scarf
  • Pencil case
  • Make up
  • Handcream
  • Kindle
  • Spare canvas bag
  • Ipod and headphones
  • A tub of brownies

Some of this is from previous first day experience; I’ve had jobs where there was no stationery on my first day, and another where there was no desk. So bringing a notebook, and a few pens meant I knew I could take the 10000 notes I wanted, the water bottle avoided the potential politics of using someone else’s mug, and the brownies linked into a joke from my final interview.

– Emily

– Emily

Nine Things I Learnt From Being A Bridesmaid

I don’t if I’ve mentioned it, but I was recently a bridesmaid. A few weeks ago one of my best friends married her best friend at the prettiest Dorset venue and I got to play Bridesmaid along with three of the other women who she loved dearly. Anyway, what I wanted to do was pull together a lost, on the things I learnt from being a Bridesmaid;

Your best friends best friends, are probably awesome

I shared my bridesmaid duties with three lovely girls, who cared as much for Hannah as I did. Through being involved with the planning, helping arrange a Hen do, decorating a venue, and all other wedding duties I have made at least one friend I expect to have for a long time.

Group work is just as stressful outside of university

The day I graduated I was doing a secret little happy dance (whenever my stress migrane wasn’t trying to destroy my brain) at the knowledge group work was over. How wri3ng I was; there was a Hen do which needed planning by my friends nearest and dearest in my near future. I think planning anything with a group of people you don’t know, when your only method of contact is a group chat is naturally and inadvertently stressful.

How to dethorn roses

Whilst setting up the venue I asked the florist (which was a friend of the couple) if she needed a hand, and I got set about de-thorning roses. It’s ridiculously easy, you just use a nail to pop the thorns off (being careful of the tiny ones).

How to make a pocket square 

Josh didn’t have a pocket square to match his tie, and it was my job to fashion the thing. After over complicating how to cut the darn thing, I sat in a corner sewing those four corners by hand as neatly as I could.

There are some wonderful photos of my moody little concentration face in the background of people getting thier hair and make up done.

I can, actually, go braless

I don’t own a strapless bra, once I passed an E cup I found the style didn’t work for me, and I wasn’t about fork up £40 for a Basque I’d wear once, so I nervously went braless for the day. I didn’t embarrass myself, or look as terrible ad I worried I would sans brassiere, thank goodness for corset backed dresses and the supported they offer.

Flower girls will become your BFFs


Hannah had two adorable flower girls, one who was around three and shy, and the other incredibly charming and enthusiastic eight year old. All the bridesmaids spent the prep, wedding day, and reception chatting away, playing with or dancing with her.

Small things will be unintentionally overlooked 


The centre pieces were really beautiful hurricane lanterns (which had been hand polished the night before!) filled with Moss, ivy, fairy lights and candles. After the Wedding Buffet Connie and I (along with our partners) blew out each candle, switched on the lights, and re lit each candle.

We also made the boys move the seating plan before the meal, because it wasn’t in the best place.


Wedding withdrawl is a thing

I am still missing Hannah and Josh’s Wedding. From the excitement of getting the venue ready the night before, and the 7 am start time on the day to add some finishing touches, walking down a aisle ahead of my friend in her fairy tale dress to giggling with one of the bridesmaids and our partners throughout the day. I can see why Heidi and Seal renewed thier vows so often.

The professional photos, seem to take forever 


As I have mentioned here, my partner is a wedding photographer and I know first hand how time consuming editing photos from one incredible day can be. This is the first time I’ve experienced what it’s like to be on the other end, and I cannot wait to see everything from the formal shots to the portraits, first dance and everything in between.

– Emily

😘👰 🎩

Four New Beauty Bits I’m Loving


I never really need an excuse for a lunchtime browse of Superdrug or Boots, add a wedding into the mix and I have a few new bits that won’t be far from my washbag for a little while.

Birth of Venus

This Jelly facemask leaves my skin feeling soft, moisturised and just amazing. It lasts six months, doesn’t need to be chilled, and you only need the smallest pinch to cover your whole face. I was gifted a tub of this at a Lush event a few weeks back, and I’ve used it about once a week (including the night before Hannah’s wedding).

£6.95 shop here

Batiste – Stylist Texture Me Texturizing Spray

This came in a Glossybox a couple months back, and I really like what it does to a braided hair style. This really adds some grip and hold to a style, without stickiness like hairsprays. I only use this on dirty hair, it’s impossible to brush this out without doing damage to my hair in the process so I wash it put instead.

£4.49 shop here

Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream Cotton

I knew after the makeup trial I wanted a dupe for the lipstick I would be wearing at Hannah’s wedding day, mainly because I found the delilah version so drying. A wondeful lady in my local Superdrug helped me swatch lip products for about 10 minutes to find a close match, and I adore this colour. It’s not drying, long lasting and lightly staining, wears nicely and has been in my handbag ever day since the wedding.

£2.99 shop here

Mitchum Advanced Control Anti Perspirant & Deodorant 

With a full day of bridesmaid duties in a maxi dress, I knew I needed a heavy duty deodorant. Fleur De Force frequently sings the praises of the Mitchum Deodorants, so I grabbed one to try out. And it’s now easily my favourite deodorant /antiperspirant . It was incredibly effective, both at the wedding and during the week whilst running around with my cousins.

£2.89 shop here 

– Emily