Favourite Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Daisy

Favourite Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh - Red Lipstick RosieIsn’t it funny how little things can bring back moments and memories? One of the biggest triggers for me are smells. When my boyfriend and I first started dating, I had recently got a new perfume – Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh. That was four years ago, and I’ve been wearing it ever since.

I always loved the packaging for Marc Jacobs perfumes, each one pertaining to the name of the fragrance. Whenever I was in Boots I would always try out the different Daisy perfumes, the violet undertones reminded me of when I was little and my favourite sweets were Parma Violets. While I mostly can smell the violets, there’s also roses (my favourite flower), and raspberry (my favourite fruit), among others. Also, it’s the pink version of the Marc Jacobs Daisy range, and anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for anything pink! With it’s pretty flowery packaging, there really wasn’t any other choice for my favourite perfume.

Some perfumes are quite expensive, as with this one, so I couldn’t really afford it for a long time. But then my mum got me Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh for Christmas 2011. I was so pleased with it I didn’t open it for a couple months until February, when my boyfriend and I had our first date.

 

Which brings me back to memories. While I loved the perfume anyway, it’s taken on a whole new sentimental meaning for me. Every time I wear it it reminds me of our first few dates, the new and exciting, getting to know a person and falling in love with them. It reminds me of my wonderful boyfriend and the time that we share together. That’s what this fragrance means to me.

You can get it at Boots.com .
What’s your favourite fragrance?
Have a lovely day x

Clothing Haul: H&M, Miss Selfridge & More


Clothing Haul: H&M, Miss Selfridge & More - Red Lipstick RosieThis weekend my boyfriend and I took a little shopping trip to Exeter. It’s not a big city, but it’s quite beautiful, and has pretty much everything you need in one place. There’s a good range of high street stores, from high end to lower prices, including Zara, H&M, Superdry, Oasis, Topshop, Hollister, and Miss Selfridge. There’s also so many restaurants, including our favourite Nandos (one of only two in the whole of Devon), so we made a nice day of it. Here’s a little haul of what I got!

Primark:

I usually get my basic’s in Primark because it’s cheap, and they have pretty much every basic top or t-shirt you could wish for. I ended up picking up a couple of extras. I got the shoes and top I wanted, but I also found a burgundy pleated midi skirt (how could I say no?!), and they had so many pretty fairy lights, I had a hard time restraining myself. I ended up getting a basic set of fairy lights, and then a pretty set of rose-gold ball lights. I have a mild obsession with fairy lights and various other pretty home stuff.Primark Burgundy Pleated Midi Skirt - Clothing Haul: Red Lipstick Rosie

H&M:

I had some vouchers to spend, so next stop was H&M. Sometimes I really love H&M, and other times I go in there and can’t find a single thing that I like. Luckily this time, I found quite a few things! Our local H&M is sort of divided, with the downstairs being the more sophisticated ‘grown-up’ stuff, and upstairs being a more teen/young adult section (one that I always immediately headed to when I was a teenager). These days I go for both sections, but downstairs there was really nothing for me. My only other problem with H&M is that their sizing is a bit ridiculous, I seem to be one to two sizes bigger there than in any other store.H&M Tartan Pleated Skater Skirt - Clothing Haul: Red Lipstick RosieH&M Black High Waisted Trousers - Clothing Haul: Red Lipstick Rosie

H&M Bow Print Shirt - Clothing Haul: Red Lipstick RosieNew Look:

New Look is probably one of my favourite stores, it’s rare I go in there without finding something I want. On this occasion I was hunting for the midi skirt I spoke about it a previous post (read it here), which I couldn’t find in my local store (pretty devastating stuff!). However, I did pick up a pair of black court shoes that I’ve also been searching for. I had a fairly frustrating experience on this shopping trip, as I seemed unable to find a size 4 pair in any shop that had court shoes. So in New Look I tried on a pair of size 3’s, and much to my surprise, they pretty much fitted me! I also tried a different pair of shoes in size 4, and they kept slipping off at the heels, so while the size 3’s are a tiny bit tight, they won’t fall off causing me to break my ankle. Here’s to my ever-shrinking feet!New Look Black Court Shoes - Clothing Haul: Red Lipstick Rosie

Miss Selfridge:

I’m a fairly new convert to Miss Selfridge. I don’t know why I didn’t used to shop in there, because now I want everything they have! It’s so pretty! There was a stunning dress that I wanted, and a crop top and skirt co-ord, which were both sadly out of my price range. I’ll wait for a sale. Talking of which, I found a stunning midi skirt in their current sale, black with a pink and gold floral pattern, it was £22 down from £49, but they had an extra 20% off so it was even less. My kind of deal! Miss Selfridge Floral Pleated Midi Skirt - Clothing Haul: Red Lipstick Rosie

So there is my little haul. I wish shopping trips could occur more often, sadly money is always an object!

Have a lovely day x

 

 

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February Favourites 2016

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick RosieSo I’m a little late on my February favourites, but I’m silly and forgetful, and it’s only two days late, right?! February was a busy month for me, with a few trips, Valentines Day, my sisters birthday, and my boyfriend and I’s anniversary, there was a lot going on. This year is flying by, how is it March already? It really is true, time only seems to speed up as you get older. 

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: New Look Tan Boxy JumperThis month I’ve been loving a jumper I got from New Look at the end of last month. It’s described as tan, but to me it’s a dark mustard colour, and I love it. It’s such a great colour for the wintery weather we’ve been having, and goes with my plethora of burgundy and denim clothing. Also it’s oversized and comfy. I do recommend for only £7.99.

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: Eyeko London Fat Liquid EyelinerI also started using a new liquid eyeliner. I do not get on with liquid eyeliner, I just can’t get the hang of making smooth clean lines, not wiggly uneven marks that look like a 5-year-old did it. However, I’ve been using the Eyeko London Fat Liquid Eyeliner, and it’s making things a whole lot easier! It’s essentially like a marker pen, and I love it! Granted I’m still not great at getting the flick right, but a Q-tip works wonders for fixing that.

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: New Look Daisy BootsI’ve been wearing a pair of boots I bought a couple years ago a lot. They’re black with a cute daisy print on them, and look so good with tights and floaty dresses. I’m pretty sure they came from the teen section at New Look, but my feet are quite small (and actually getting smaller – I’ve gone from a 5 to a 4, and am now verging on 3.5?!), which is actually something of a bonus, because kids shoes are a lot cheaper!

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: Aussie Luscious Long Leave In ConditionerI’ve also discovered the magic of leave-in conditioner this month! I wish I’d picked some up years ago, I always thought it would make my hair appear greasy (probably due to a bad experience in my teens), but it’s like magic! I’ve been using Aussie’s Luscious Long Miracle Recharge Lightweight Conditioning Spray, and I’m in love. It makes my hair feel amazing, it smooths down the crazy frizz that is my ends, and it actually helps keep the curl in my hair. And it’s definitely not greasy!

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: Mac Ruby WooMy boyfriend got me my first ever Mac lipstick for Christmas. Yep, first ever! Obviously the only choice for colour was Ruby Woo! And it is beautiful. Also the smell reminds me of Cadburys mini eggs, which I love, and it’s super matte. My only complaint is if you try to reapply during the day, it get’s all chalky and clumpy and I hate that! I end up taking it off and reapplying which isn’t ideal. Still pretty though.

Also my boyfriend and I have a new-found obsession with cinnamon buns. I don’t know what made us start eating them, but now we can’t stop. Ross usually just eats them on the way home from the supermarket, but I wait till we get home and put them in the microwave for a few seconds. The icing melts and goes all gooey, which obviously improves the whole thing. 

So there concludes my February favourites. Here’s to March!

I hope you had a lovely month,
Rosie x

Liebster Award

Liebster Award: Red Lipstick RosieBig thank you to the lovely Roisin at Everythings Looking Rosie for nominating me for the Liebster Award! As a newbie it’s lovely to be supported in this way, and quite an honour. If you hadn’t nominated me, I would be nominating you! I wasn’t completely familiar with the award, but now I am, I’m extremely grateful! Here are the rules:Liebster Award: The Rules - Red Lipstick Rosie

Part 1: Questions From Everythings Looking Rosie

  1. How did you pick your blogs name?
    I’ve been wearing red lipstick since I was about 15, I wear it pretty much everyday, and have barely worn another colour since. As it’s essentially my signature look, I thought it would be an appropriate name!
  2. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
    Stop caring what other people think, and do what makes you happy. People are going to judge you and be mean, because that’s what people do. Find the ones who are kind and caring and hold on to them. And be one of those people yourself.
  3. What are 3 makeup items you could not live without?
    This actually works out very well for me, because as a general rule, I only use 3 items! A matte red lipstick (my current favourite is Mac Ruby Woo), concealer (I use Seventeen Staytime Concealer in Extra Fair), and mascara (I’m currently using Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara). This is my go-to unless I have more time (or just motivation) on my hands.
  4. Describe yourself in 3 words.
    Shy, sensitive, crazy. Yeah, that sounds about right!
  5. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Cheeseburgers. I love cheeseburgers.
  6. What’s your favourite post you’ve written?
    I think so far (because there haven’t been many yet) it would be my first post about singing (read it here). My singing journey is something very dear to me, and is something I’m continuing to work on.
  7. What’s your favourite makeup brand?
    This is a difficult one, I think at the moment I don’t strictly have a favourite at the moment (I haven’t found ‘the one’ yet!), but based on what is mostly in my makeup bag, I’d have to go with either Rimmel or Sleek.
  8. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    My absolute favourite place in the world is Grindelwald in Switzerland. If I could move there I would. It’s unbelievably beautiful, surrounded by mountains, the people are lovely, and the food is incredible. In the summer, the mountains are green and flowery, and its warm and sunny. But in the winter, its a real snowy wonderland. I love it there.
  9. What is your signature dish?
    I love to cook, I’m always looking for new recipes to try. But one of my best is a pasta dish, with chicken, bacon, peppers, tomato and mascarpone sauce, tortellini, and copious amounts of cheese. It’s really good (even if I do say so myself!). My mum and boyfriend loved it.
  10. What’s your favourite quote?
    Be kind.
  11. Your biggest pet peeve?
    Judgmental people and general unkindness. I can’t stand to see people judging others for their looks, life choices, career choice, sexuality, skin colour, size, or just anything. Live and let live. If it’s not hurting anyone, it’s none of your business. While everyone (including myself) has done at least one of those things in their life, it’s important to grow as a person and better yourself.

Part 2: 11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I went to a dance college for 3 years and I still can’t dance.
  2. I don’t like any sports. Not one (much to my boyfriends disappointment).
  3. When I was 12, I insisted on only wearing pink clothes (yes, really).
  4. When I was 16, I refused to wear trousers or jeans – skirts and dress only!
  5. I’ve never broken a bone, but someone did throw a rock at me and cut my head open when I was 11.
  6. I LOVE 40’s & 50’s style clothes and hair. 
  7. I can’t cope with anything gory or psychologically disturbing in any way – nightmares for weeks!
  8. I can only drink coffee if it’s mild, and full of copious amounts of cream and sugar. We’re talking about 7 teaspoons of sugar. Needless to say I don’t drink it very often.
  9. I love cheesecake, but only if it’s chocolate or vanilla, and I don’t eat the biscuit part. So actually I only like cheesecake filling.
  10. I always wanted to be in Downton Abbey.
  11. I have a mild obsession with fairy lights and candles. 

Part 3: Questions For My Nominees

  1. Where is your favourite place in the world?
  2. What is your favourite lipstick?
  3. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  4. What is your personal mantra?
  5. What is your one essential fashion item?
  6. If you could only shop in one clothes store for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
  7. What do you like to do in your free time?
  8. What’s your favourite movie?
  9. What are your handbag essentials?
  10. What is your favourite restaurant?
  11. Why did you start blogging?

Part 4: My Liebster Award Nominees

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

Ramblings By Alisha
A Girl Of Some Importance
Little Blog Of Beauty
Ninz Beauty
Sorbet Sundays
Dolly Dowsie
Color U Bold

So thankyou to Everything’s Looking Rosie, and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s responses!

Have a lovely day x

Diary: Bowling, Swimming & Anniversary

Diary: Bowling, Swimming, & AnniversaryI went ten-pin bowling with some of my family for the first time in years, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is! We’d booked about 2 hours worth, and it flew by. We started with the sides/barriers down (like proper grown-ups) but after about half an hour of repeated gutter-balls, we sheepishly asked for them to be put up (we’re a talented bunch). I didn’t think I would be very good, and I’m not, but I was nowhere near as bad as I thought I would be! I even got a spare on my first go! Surprisingly, my boyfriend was not great at bowling to start with (sorry sweetie), and he’s usually good at everything. By the end of the game he had got the hang of it, and was actually pretty good at getting strikes and spares, but at the start.. Oh my. I honestly thought he was going to accidentally kill someone, he was so aggressive with the ball! He even managed to get it jammed on the other side of the barrier in the gutter. It was quite something. It was such a good laugh though, I haven’t been bowling in so long, I didn’t remember what I’d been missing. So I think this is going to have to be a more frequent thing.

We went swimming too, which again I’m really not very good at (are you noticing a pattern? Bad at cycling, bad at bowling, bad at swimming). I can swim, I’m just not a strong swimmer. And I always swallow too much water which makes me feel really sick and bloated. But it was such good fun, we went to a pool that had a lot of slides and rapids and so on, so I mostly felt like I was halfway drowning, especially on the rapids. I actually wore the Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour, and it honestly didn’t budge, despite the fact I spent half my time there underwater! (Full review here). I want to swim more, a few times a week maybe, as I need to do more for my fitness. 

I’ve been trying out more green tea this week, and I found gingerbread flavour! It’s so good! I was a bit worried because when I opened the box it smelt like sage stuffing (not exactly what you want in your tea), and the teabag smelt like strong ginger. But once it was stewing it smelt amazing, ginger and golden syrup. And it doesn’t taste too bad either, it’s a vast improvement on standard green tea. I also tried apple, which is bearable, but not as good as gingerbread. Either way, I’m going to stick to drinking it, as long as I keep finding flavours I like. I’ve also been trying to eat more vegetables and less meat this week. I made a pretty good pasta dish, which will be going into my recipe book (I get a little obsessed with collecting recipes).

My boyfriend and I also had our 4 year anniversary on Sunday, so we had a nice weekend together. We went shopping to treat ourselves to a few little pieces, as we don’t really go shopping often, and then we went to Nandos. Nandos is sort of a staple restaurant in our relationship. I introduced Ross to Nandos when we were first dating, and once we moved to London, it became a regular thing for us. Since we’ve come back to Devon, we haven’t eaten there so much. In London, they’re everywhere, but in there’s only two Nandos in the whole of Devon, and that’s pretty much it until you get to Bristol. So in a fit of tradition and nostalgia, that where we ate. On Sunday we went to Teignmouth – somewhere we used to go for walks when we were first dating – and played adventure golf. It was really nice, but so so cold and windy! So we ordered pizza when we got back. It was a simple and sweet weekend together. I’m very lucky.

I hope you had a lovely week.
Rosie x

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer

Normally I’m not a big fan of lip glosses – they’re sticky, un-pigmented, they fade quickly, and my hair always gets stuck to them. However,  the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer is something of an exception. 

While in the form of a gloss with the same shiny lacquer-like effect, they have the pigment and staying power of a lipstick. The pigment is ridiculous, one swipe is completely opaque, I don’t even need to re-dip the applicator to get full coverage. The doe-foot applicator is comfortable and hugs to the shape of your lips. Their staying power is actually pretty good as they do have a staining effect, although the gloss-effect does fade. However, as they’re not transfer-proof, you’ll need to touch up after eating or drinking. As they’re not a matte gloss, they touch up perfectly with no peeling or crumbling. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer is available in 13 shades on Boots.com for £6.49 (Get them here). I currently have 4 shades, Eclipse, Big Bang, Stellar, and Across The Universe.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Eclipse

Eclipse

Eclipse is a deep plum red shade.

 

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Big Bang

Big Bang

Big Bang is a bright coral-based red.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in StellarStellar is a bright barbie pink.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Across The UniverseAcross The Universe is a darker brick-based red.

There are many more shades available in nudes, pinks and purples. These are so comfortable to wear, and are only £6.49.
Will you be picking up any of these?

Have a lovely day x

Style Favourites: Midi Skirt

Style Favourites: Midi SkirtOne of my all time favourite style items is the midi skirt. Classic and feminine, you can dress them up or dress them down, heels or flats, crop tops or jumpers. Plus it’s a great length for me (I don’t like my knees – is that weird?), so it’s always a staple item for me. I love the midi skirt, and I’m always looking for new ones to add to my wardrobe. So here’s a little collection of the midi skirts currently in stores (basically my own wishlist!).

Zara Floral Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtZara – £39.99 (Get it here). Beautiful floral print, wide pleats, perfect with a cream crop-top and pink strappy court shoes.

Boohoo Check Print Tulle Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtBoohoo – £25 (Get it here). I adore tulle skirts, they make me feel like a ballerina fairy (I promise I’m not a 5 year-old). This one also comes in pink and baby blue, and has a faint check pattern.

Asos Wine Pleated Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtASOS – £30 (Get it here). Floaty pleated skirts are beautiful, and this one comes in several colours.

New Look Shell Pink Pleated Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtNew Look – £24.99 (Get it here). More floaty pleated skirts! This one comes in shell pink and a gorgeous light grey. Perfect for spring!

Zara Grey Jersey Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtZara – £12.99 (Get it here). This basic skirt is a flattering fit, and made of comfortable material. At £12.99 how could you go wrong? It also comes in baby pink and black.

Boohoo Pink Floral Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtBoohoo – £18 (Get it here). Boohoo has a tonne of pretty floral midi skirts, so if this one isn’t exactly to your taste, you may find another on their site.

Topshop Pink Layered Tulle Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtTopshop – £39 (Get it here). Another stunning tulle midi skirt, this one a little more traditional, in a lovely baby pink.

New Look Black Floral Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtNew Look – £26.99 (Get it here). This is one of my favourites, combining floaty pleats with floral patterns for a stunning finish.

So there we have it, a round up of my current favourite midi skirts. What are your style favourites?

Have a lovely day x

Singing: Learning To Belt

Singing: Learning To BeltIn my first few years of singing I was taught just to ‘belt’, or an approximation of it which was basically shout-singing. For those who don’t know, belting is one of many vocal techniques or sounds. It is generally set in the lower or chest register (generally speaking, the voice you speak with), and is a strong clear sound, used in pop music and musical theatre. When I started learning to sing, I didn’t know the proper technique, and I wasn’t taught it. I was told I had to belt everything (people seem to most impressed or consider you a better singer if you can belt high), so I shouted most things that I sang, which resulted in many sore throats and losing my voice several times. I had no idea that this was wrong, because it was all I knew.

Then I had my fourth singing teacher, and she changed everything. She was classically trained, so taught me the same way. I started using my ‘head-voice’ more and more (higher register), until I was almost solely using the higher register. My voice became very strong in this area, to the point where I was able to create a sound fairly similar to that of belt technique, but without the damage to my voice. It lacked the same tone and clarity, but it’s volume and control lent a similar sound. I continued like this for several years, with my next teacher reinforcing the same technique. By the end of this, I had a very classical and ‘legit MT’ sound to my voice, and my range was approaching soprano. My teacher had said it was important to make your head voice strong, because the lower you can sing in you head register, the easier it would be to blend with your chest register. This is true for classical singing.

It wasn’t until I went to college that I learnt to belt again. I was so terrified of trying it again, afraid of cracking and making mistakes when surrounded by so many more talented singers. For the duration of my first year, I mainly cheated it, using my ‘fake belt’ head voice to get by. However, in my second year, I had a bit of a breakthrough. Up till then I’d been managing to belt B below middle C (B5), but during an audition for a section in the end-of-year showcase, I accidentally belted a C# at the end of What Kind Of Fool (Saturday Night Fever). This may not sound like a huge difference, but a semitone can make a surprising difference, and this was two! It happened quite by accident, but I was chosen to sing the song in the show, which I honestly could not believe, as I felt my audition had gone so badly.

For the rest of the term, I worked on strengthening that C#, and added a new song to my repertoire (one which is now probably my most favourite to sing), How Did We Come To This from The Wild Party. This song is so dramatic and stunning, but it has a lot of sustained C#’s throughout, which terrified me. But I mastered it. My singing teacher was so encouraging, and so determined that I could do it, that I almost started believing her. I find it hard to pinpoint the exact technique that helped me achieve it, but it was mostly to just go for it and not worry about how it sounded. Then came the placement, finding the most comfortable way to place the note to get the sound I wanted. I think this may be different for each person, and it’s certainly different for each note and vowel sound.

My favourite technique – or maybe it’s just the one that physically feels like it’s working – is anchoring. Anchoring is a technique used to shift tension away from your throat and vocal cords, freeing them up to work. There’s different ways to do it, some people like to stand up against a wall and push their back into the wall, or face the wall and push their hands into it. The one I use is planting my feet and anchoring them down, or pushing them down. I prefer this one because it feels like there’s no tension in the whole of my upper body, so no risk of tensing my vocal cords or neck. 

By the end of my 3rd year at college, I was much more comfortable with belting up to a C#, and even started touching on a D. I was still very wary of trying new notes, and would always be asking and checking with my teacher if it was a note I could sing, rather than just trying and seeing if I could do it. But I had gone from not being able to belt anything higher than an A to starting to practise a D. Three whole notes probably doesn’t seem a lot, but for me it was a huge difference.

After I left college, I didn’t sing properly for a long time, but once I did I realised my capabilities had improved further. Upon trying to belt a D I found it quite comfortable, which shocked me. It turns out, for me personally, having no one there to hear me crack and make mistakes made it so much easier to find out what I could really do. Employing the same techniques I learnt at college, I could suddenly hit notes I’d only ever dreamed of before. Recently I hit an F (!!) while messing around in my kitchen singing Hurt by Christina Aguilera. I was actually singing in the wrong key, which meant I sang a whole tone higher than the original (the note in question is an E in the original song). It was unintentional, and I couldn’t believe what I’d just sung once I checked the note. I sang it again, and again, and again, reveling in how comfortable it felt. Eventually I recorded a little clip to see how it sounded (a little rough, but I hit it!).

 

I’m going to continue strengthening this area of my voice, and see if there’s more I can achieve. I often slip back into my ‘fake belt’ head voice, because it’s so comfortable for me, and it’s hard to break a habit of several years. But I’m working on it.

If you’d like to here more, I’m posting some clips to my instagram here.

Have a lovely day x

Diary: Cycling, Spa & Segways

Diary: Cycling, Spa & SegwaysI cycled this week. Yes, actually cycled. Exercise DVD last week, and cycling this week?! What’s going on?! I haven’t gone cycling since I was about 13, and I forgot that I suck at it. And also, it’s kind of hard! Well for me anyway. My legs ached, I couldn’t balance well, I crashed into EVERYTHING, and just generally got in everyone’s way. But it was quite nice too, as long as the way was fairly flat. I can’t go uphill, I had to get off and push the bike up. So maybe (just maybe) I could do it again. Regularly..? I know my boyfriend would probably like that!

I also kind of want a segway now. I was absolutely terrified going on it the first time this week, but it’s fun! I was mostly scared of falling off and going too fast (I’m of a nervous disposition, had you noticed?), but you can’t go very fast, and it’s hard to fall off unless you’re a bit stupid with it. It’s a weird sensation to get used to, tipping your weight to move, and pushing your arms to either side to turn. It reminded me a little of skiing somehow, but a little less risky than plunging down a mountain! 

I went to a spa too, which for the most part consisted of me feeling like I was drowning in steam, but steam that smelt nice. You can read about my experience in full here.

I love going out to eat, but I’m usually a creature of habit, my boyfriend and I often stick to what we know with our favourite Nando’s. But we tried out Frankie & Bennie’s this week, and I loved it! The atmosphere is great with 50s and 60s music playing in the background, and an old American diner feel to it. And there’s so much food to choose from! It took me so long to decide (and we both said we need to go again just to try some more of the menu), but I ended up with a four cheese pizza with red onion, and it was delicious, proper thin crust, just the right amount of sauce, and loads of cheese. I love cheese far too much. They also have free refills on soft drinks. We didn’t get a chance to try the dessert menu, which in my opinion is fairly tragic, but there’s always next time.

And we also had a naughty McDonald’s as it was my sisters birthday, and my dad, step-mum and brother had come up for a visit. I was planning on making pasta with lots of veggies, but that will wait now. After the rather indulgent week I’ve had, I think I need to work on a healthier diet, and possibly a proper fitness regime (more cycling, dare I say it!). I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, and recently I’ve been craving a lot of vegetables. So I’ll start there, along with my green tea (trying out gingerbread flavour this week!).

I hope you’ve had a lovely week.
Rosie x

Clark’s Village + Mini Haul

Clark's Village + Mini Haul I don’t have much experience with outlets. Perhaps I’ve never realised their full potential, the cheap prices of perfectly good items from seasons past, but on my travels this week I discovered the wonder of Clark’s Village in Somerset. Clark’s Village is a whole shopping ‘village’ full of discounted brands. I was initially sceptical, as I had had a quick read of their store list online and wasn’t particularly impressed. However, once I got there I realised how wrong I was. There was only a few brand names that I actually recognised, and I wasn’t overly interested in those. But after wandering around a little, I found some stunning boutiques that I’d never heard of, and fell in love! 

The first I almost walked right past, but I spotted a gorgeous navy trench coat in the window, and dragged my boyfriend inside. And my goodness, was I glad I did! Sugarhill Boutique was full of dresses, jumpers and blouses that were just exactly my style. Floaty dresses, adorable blouses with peter pan collars, and cute prints everywhere. There was so much I wanted, but I’m on a fairly strict budget, so I settled for this gorgeous cardigan.

Sugarhill Boutique Burgundy Cat Cardigan - Clark's Village + Mini Haul

Sugarhill Boutique Burgundy Cat Cardigan – £15

This stunning cardi was £15 down from £54! Plus, I got it as part of a deal because my mum wanted a jumper that was also £15, which meant we got both for £25 – £12.50 each! And it’s so soft and comfy. I always see people wearing printed cardigans, and I’ve never found one I wanted! At least, not one that’s in my price range. So I was so happy to pick this one up, burgundy with cute little cream cat prints on it (I actually thought they were owls at first…) at such a bargain price! Sugarhill Boutique is definitely going to be one that I check out more from now on. I could have bought half the store! I also had my eye on a floaty short-sleeve midi dress (navy with tiny white polka-dots), an cream blouse with a pastel coloured owl print, and a pale turquoise top with a peter pan collar and a swan silhouette print. I wanted it all.

The other store I wandered into was Yumi, which had some gorgeous dresses, however what I actually picked up was an absolutely stunning dress from Mela Loves London.

Mela Loves London White/Navy Rose Skater Dress - Clark's Village + Mini Haul

Mela Loves London White/Navy Rose Print Skater Dress – £18

This is exactly the kind of dress that I dream about finding. Floaty chiffon skirt pulled in at the waist, fitted bodice with a boat neck, and that blue rose print! It’s like a dream come true! I got this for only £18, down from £27. Not such a big saving as the cardigan, but so so worth it. I love the vintage inspired style of it, the colours are beautiful, and the fit is so flattering. Again, I will be checking out both Yumi and Mela Loves London more in the future.

I almost snagged a gorgeous pair of shoes in the M&S outlet, but they didn’t have my size, and for £9 I was pretty upset! They were black suede-effect pointed court shoes, with cut outs on the side, the kind of shoes that go with anything, and exactly the kind of shoes I’ve been searching for! And of course I popped into the Lindt store (how could I resist?!) and got some Lindors, and chili chocolate. My boyfriend also picked up a pair of £40 sweatpants for £4 (seriously!) in Saltrock.

I’ll be on the look out for outlets in my area, as this one was a 2-hour drive away, but I will definitely be returning to Clark’s Village again. We were there for a few hours, and only managed to look in about half the shops! There’s so much to choose from, and some lovely restaurants too. You can find almost anything you could need, home-ware, clothing, underwear, sports gear, chocolate, kitchen-ware and more! The savings you can make are unbelievable, so I’ll keep you posted if I find any other outlets or discount stores that come close!

Have you got an outlet store in your area? Or have you been to Clark’s Village?

Have a lovely day x