New Years Resolutions

As we all know Christmas is over, the New Year has started and work form some reason has come back into our lives again. As always with each New Year we look back on the year we`ve just finished and look forward to trying at life again.

 

Last year was quite a big year for me, I actually accomplished a lot. I managed to get myself out of a rubbish minimum wage job into starting my career, I passed my driving test, I got a car and I secured a place on a teacher training programme starting this September. Since last year was so successful for my career I want to focus on my lifestyle and mainly money.

Resolutions:

  1. Stop wasting money on high end skin care because the bog standard Boots botanics works just as well for your skin.
  2. Stop buying clothes all the time that you end up almost never wearing.
  3. Each week commit to going to the gym at least 3 times and do yoga on the other days.
  4. Keep up making lunch for work but stop eating the other rubbish.
  5. STOP DRINKING DIET COKE!!

That last one is a biggie for me. I have for many years pretty much had an addiction to Diet Coke, its been my thing. I`ve always known that its really bad for me but now that I want to get serious about my heath and fitness its time to make it just a special treat not my main source of hydration.

 

Now these may not seem like huge changes, but thats the point. Anything too big and I won`t keep to it. These 5 little changes can have an impact on my life in a positive way and I`m hoping they will.

 

I hope you all have had a fabulous Christmas and an excellent New Year.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Crafting for Christmas. Making Bunting.

I have always loved one of a kind, hand made crafts. The fact that they are so personal and made with such love makes them so much more beautiful to me. Now I`ve never been particularly creative but luckily I have an amazing mother who is extremely talented when it comes to all things textiles. So with mother keeping an eye on me, I attempted to make my first ever lot of bunting.

 

*DISCLAIMER* I got a good way through and forgot to take photos so there will be a gap but I will try my best to fill it in with words.

 

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First thing I did was get an example of bunting that my mum had made to use as a guide but you could always just use anything triangular shaped or go free hand.

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Then I traced around it to create my pattern for my own bunting making sure to leave a seam allowance.

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This will be the pattern to use for cutting out the fabric and it can be kept for making more bunting at a later date.

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Next choose your fabric. I got these three from a local haberdashery shop and they were nice and cheap as they were run offs.

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Folding over the fabric for when you cut out the pattern just makes life easier as you will need two lots of fabric for each bit of bunting.

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Keep cutting out until you run out of fabric.

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Place two bits of fabric with the pattern sides facing each other as you will need to sew inside out. Now ids where I stopped taking photos because I`m super useful but from there you would pin the fabric in place and head to your sewing machine.

From there you sew all the way around the outside leaving a gap of about 4cm on one of the sides of the triangle so that you can turn it back to the right way round. Once you have turned it inside out to the pattern facing out cut some red ribbon into lengths of 10cm fold in half and place in the hole that is left.

Sew up the hole with the ribbon inside to make it look like the trunk of a Christmas tree.

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Find some fabric or ribbon that you want the bunting for hang from and attach using a button to look like the star on top of the Christmas tree.

Tidy up all the stray bits of thread and repeat the process for all the bits of fabric you have cut out until your bunting is complete.

 

And there you have it, a quick little guide to the worlds simplest bunting. Let me know if you try it out.

I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and a very happy New Year.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

15 of My Favourite Feelings.

I know I`ve been a little bit all over the place, but December has been a very stressful month. I`ve been applying for teacher training courses and have had interviews and its not an easy process. So I need a slightly less high maintenance post so here you have 15 of my favourite feelings.

  1. Finding a tenner in my coat pocket.
  2. Making my nephew laugh…that smile.
  3. When you FINALLY pop a stubborn spot.
  4. Being that one person your friend can talk to.
  5. When everyone loves what you`ve cooked.
  6. When you achieve that flawless base.
  7. The first glass of Diet Coke after a long day.
  8. Driving into work knowing that I love my job.
  9. The goosebumps you get when a song really hits home.
  10. Making my mum and dad proud.
  11. Wearing pjs, in no make up and no bra feeling beautiful.
  12. The quiet of a cricket ground before the crowds enter.
  13. Being in the arms of the man (or person) you love knowing he truly loves you.
  14. Being one of the lads when you`re a girl.
  15. Knowing that I am a kick ass woman and the best me I can be.

Sorry this is a little short but I have to get back to interview preparation.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

 

For the Love of Leopard Print.

One thing you need to know about me is that I love leopard print. I will pretty much buy anything if it comes in leopard print. I`ve always had a pretty sizeable part of my wardrobe dedicated to leopard print since I was about 14. Now, I know that some people find it tacky and a bit crass but I just can`t get enough of it. I find it both sexy and sassy which are my two favourite things to be. So here is a quick look around my current leopard print clothing collection…

 

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H&M slip on trainers.
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ASOS platform brogues.
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H&M high waisted shorts.
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H&M slouchy trousers.
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H&M jumper.
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H&M slacks.

 

And just for good measure here`s a quick snap I took on Halloween of myself dressed as a leopard, mainly because it meant I didn`t have to buy anything new.

 

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So, please let me know if you also share my very real and very bank balance destroying obsession with leopard print.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

No7 Event and the First Time I had my Make-Up Done.

So last Thursday Emily and I were lucky enough to be invited to a No7 event here in Plymouth. It was to try out their Match Made service, which I had heard of but never tried myself. Now, No7 is a brand that I has always been around but I’ve never really thought of for myself. I remember stealing my first ever lipstick from my mum and it was a gorgeous plum shade by No7, and I loved it. Since hitting my twenties I’ve come to realise that the brands I associate with my mum are actually really great brands (why do mums always know best even with make up) and No7 is definitely an example of that.

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Cute set up at the event with personalised gift bag 🙂

They gave us a run down of the Match Made service and how it works and I made notes so I’ll pass those onto you. Well, the gist I got was they have a camera that has 200 LED lights and takes a picture of your clean skin (usually on the jawline because of less pigmentation). The camera then let’s you know your shade, one of 17 shades and then you can choose from 12 different types of coverages and finishes. From the shade you are given you can match your concealer, your powder, your lipstick and now your blusher. And so that’s how it works, it’s been running for a few years now and all products and developments are tested on over 2000 women to ensure quality.

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The products used on me.

At the event we had the Match Made service used on us and got our make-up done, something that I have never had done before and I loved it. My shade was Calico and I matched it to a lipstick called Pink Hint and a publisher called Peony Mist both muted pinks. The first thing they did on my skin was take off my original make-up using the Beautiful Skin  Cleanising Water, the I was moisturised using Beautiful Skin Day Cream and the Early Defense Eye Cream. Next was the Stay Perfect Primer which is a complete dupe for the Porefessional by Benefit but for a fraction of the price. After the primer was my foundation choice, I went for a foundation more light to medium coverage the Air Brush Away foundation in Calico and was lovely and light on the skin whilst being a decent coverage. Lastly, the Instant Radiance Concealer in 010 and the Match Made Concealer in 010 for under eyes and blemishes respectively.

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The Air Brush Away foundation used on me.

Overall, I really enjoyed the event and having my make-up done for the first time. Everyone was so friendly and chatty and it has really enamored me to No7 again. So, if you have a No7 at and near you try out their Match Made service I highly recommend it.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Get to Know Me: Sally!

Doing something a little different today. Thought you might like to get to know a little more about me. So a quick run through the basics my name is Sally, I’m 24 and I’m a TA at a secondary school. Now I’ve amended a bunch of questions from a tag I found so you can learn a little more about me. Now lets get started.

1: What are you wearing?
My ‘Tekkers’ hoody and some H&M sweat pants.

2: Ever been in love?
Yes and currently am.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Not yet :/

4: How tall are you?
I weirdly always seem to think that I’m taller than I am but I think I’m about 5’6”-5’7”.

5: How much do you weigh?
God knows, I don’t weigh myself or keep track of my weight. Never have don’t want to.

6: Any tattoos?
Yeah I have 8. 3 big-ish ones and 5 little ones.

7: Any piercings?
Again 8 but only 2 are still open. Wish I still had both sides of my nose pierced, everyone hated it but I loved the look of two nose rings on either side.

8: OTP?
I’m going to assume that means Otter Training Partner and no I don’t have one. Though I wish I had an Otter.

9: Favourite show?
Of all time; The OC. For right now; Sons of Anarchy.

10: Favourite bands?
A few years ago I made a decision that when asked The Killers would be my favourite band and they are.

11: Something you miss?
Living at uni. Having my best friends living down the street not all over the country.

12: Favourite song?
Spaceman – The Killers.

13: How old are you?
In my body 24, in my soul 83.

14: Zodiac sign?
Taurus…I’m such a Taurus.

15: Quality you look for in a partner?
The ability to laugh at oneself.

16: Favourite Quote?
Never take life too seriously, you won’t get out alive.

17: Favourite actor?
Either Robert DeNiro or Emma Stone.

18: Favourite colour?
Yellow any kind of yellow.

19: Loud music or soft?
Loud music even if its soft.

20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
To my bed and snuggle up.

21: Ever been in a physical fight?
I’ve been in many mosh pits so basically yes.

22: Turn on?
Being slightly left of centre. Being just weird and odd enough.

23: Turn off?
Selfishness.

24: Fears?
That my skin will always be this terrible and I’ll never grow out of bad skin. Oh and the destructive power of the sea.

25: Last time you said you loved someone?
About 2 hours ago on the phone to my boyfriend.

26: Last book you read?
The Wild by Cheryl Strayed. So so good, now I just need to watch the film.

27: The book you’re currently reading?
Slightly different; Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder.

28: Last show you watched?
The Real Housewives of Orange County.

29: Last person you talked to?
My father was asking me what I was doing up in my room.

30: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
He’s my boyfriend and he’s sporadically texting me whilst he games. Basically I get a little text every time he has to re-spawn or something.

31: Place you want to visit?
South Africa so badly. Trinidad and Tobago again because I have a bit of family out there that I’d love see again. And Nashville because I love me a country singing cowboy.

32: Do you have a crush?
Yes on my boy and maybe Chibs from Sons of Anarchy. God bless those scars and dimples.

33: Last time you kissed someone?
This morning when I said goodbye to my boyfriend before we both left for work.

34: Favourite flavour of sweet?
The red wine gums.

35: What instruments do you play?
I used to play the flute but I haven’t since I was about 15.

36: Favourite piece of jewellery?
A heart necklace my boyfriend got me for our first Valentine’s that I really didn’t expect to get.

37: Last sport you played?
Probably badminton, I used to play that with my friends.

38: Last song you sang?
I blasted out some Adele on the drive home from work.

So that’s a little insight into me. Might do something like this again soon so you can get to know the person behind the blog.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Hello World: Stereotypical First Blog Post


So this blog has been a long time coming, Sally and I have been sending fashion and beauty obsessed texts to each other for around two years and fantasising about the bloggers, vloggers and youtubers we’d like to be best friends with.  After one enthusiastic discussion too many, we realised we were beginning to bore some of our friends and the penny dropped. We spent the next couple months bandying ideas around.

So now we are launching May To October. We have a new creative project to throw our efforts into and a space where we can share our thoughts and obsessions. We have quite differing tastes, though they cross over, where I have a love for flouncy dresses, winged eyeliner and false lashes, Sally veers towards a bold lip, Vans and Yankee Candles. However show us a good brogue or a charity shop bursting with clothes and we are both in our element.

This could best be described as a lifestyle blog, launched by two recent graduates living in sunny (ahem) Cornwall. We hope you like it.

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Sally and Emily


Our regular blogging schedule is weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.