Sunday, 26 January 2014

NYC Haul; Bethany Mota Collection

Bethany Mota (MacBarbie07) is my favourite Youtuber and one of my style icons, she wears the cutest clothes and when I found out she was releasing a clothing line at Aeropostale I was so excited! I then found out that the line was being released 2 weeks before I went to New York, I was over the moon and was determined to buy as much from the line as I could.

First of all is the t-shirts, they only had a few left in my size so I got all of those designs. These tees are so soft and comfy, I love to wear them around the house as well as dressing them up for a trip to town.

I also picked up this motavator top whichever made free with any purchase from the line. It is a one size fits all so is a little loose on me so pairs perfectly with the floral skirt for a girly look or with some jeans for a more casual look.

Next up is the jumpers, I really love all these jumpers as there is somethingfor every occasion. I love to wear the grey heart jumper around the house with some leggings, it is made out of the softest material and it is oversized making it perfect loungewear. I adore this fox jumper, it is so warm and it is slightly cropped so goes great with some high waisted jeans.

My favourite jumper is this deep red knitted one, it has no back and is joined together with a black bow which makes it so adorable!
To go with my t-shirts and jumpers I bought some bottoms to match. I don't own any plain denim shorts so decided to pick up this basic essential item. I also grabbed this adorable pair of sweater leggings, they are so warm which is perfect for UK weather. I was so desperate for this floral skirt that the shop assistant actually took it off a mannequin for me as it was the only one in my size, it is so light and flows and I have already worn it on several occasions.
Finally, I picked up some one piece items. First up this crochet jumper, it is so beautifully made and is long enough to be worn on its own or paired with a skirt or jeans. I fell in love with this lace leotard and picked it up both in black and white, they are so versatile and super cute. And last but not least, I bought this daisy dress in the same pattern as the skirt. I have been trying to buy more dresses as they are perfect for all seasons and this one was perfect.
This line is made up of the cutest designs and features the most beautiful colours, it is also so reasonably priced and at the moment a lot of the line is on sale, so check it out as soon as possible before it all sells out! Click here to view the whole range!

Beth's clothing line is definitely one of my favourites and I really hope she continues the collection because I can't wait to see what else she comes up with!




Thursday, 23 January 2014

DIY 2014 Memory Jar

In my last post I talked about my New Years Resolutions. One of my resolutions was to be more positive and enjoy every moment, one way I do this is by writing in a memory jar. Whenever someone or something makes me smile or laugh I write it on a piece if paper and put it in the memory jar. On New Years Eve, you open up the jar and read all the great memories from the past year. I did this last year and it was so great to look back over how great the year had been. The best part is that you remember the small things that you may have forgotten about and I found they were the best memories as it is always the little things that put a smile on your face.

The memory jar is so easy to make because you only need one thing, a jar! You can reuse an old jar that you have in your house, or do what I did and buy one. I bought this one last year because I really wanted to use a Kilner jar as I think they have a very shabby chic feel to them. I bought his jar for around £3 at a local shop in the crafts area, you can pick them up almost anywhere though.
If you want you can decorate your jar however I decided not to as I liked the look of the jar on its own. One suggestion I would make is that you put some paper and a pen or pencil in the jar as it motivates you to write something as you do not have to search for some scrap paper beforehand.
Now just fill the jar with notes. I like to fold the notes up and put the date on the back so that I remember when everything happened. You can write anything you want on the paper, last year I had everything from getting 100% on a test to seeing my favourite people in concert. The memory jar is meant to encourage you to focus on the positives whether they are small or huge and I guarantee that when you read back over them at the end if the year you will have a huge smile on your face.
And why not get the whole family involved, leave the jar in your living room and let everybody chip in, it will lead to a great family bonding session on New Years as you share your funny stories with everyone.
Are you going to make one? Do you have any tips on staying positive, leave a comment below because I would love to hear from you!



Sunday, 19 January 2014

New Years Resolutions and the A Grade Challenge

Last year I posted my New Year's Resolutions which you can check out here. Looking back at them, I managed to keep some of them, I definitley feel like I became a happier and better person last year however I majorly failed at others *cough* posting every week and learning the guitar, oops!
However, this year I have some new resolutions, and I am going to be blogging about them throughout the year.

1- Become more organised. I have already started this by sorting out my wardrobe, and buying a set of storage shelves. Throughout the year I am going to attempt to post some of my tips and tricks to staying organised.

2- To be more positive and enjoy every moment. When I was in New York I bought Demi Lovato Staying Strong 365 days a year which is filled with inspirational quotes and goals for every day of the year, I have decided to read the quote every day and aim towards the goal. My friends have also been enjoying it as I come in every day and share the quote with them. It is a great way to stay positive and to spread the positivity. Another thing I have done this year, which I also did last year was to create a memory jar, which I am going to post about next week.

3- To cross more off my bucket list. If you are a regular reader, you will know I have started to blog about my bucket list, and this year I hope to cross even more off my list, and of course share it with you. If you want to read more about my bucket list click here.

4-To achieve the best results I can in my GCSEs. This summer I am taking my GCSEs, I am taking a total of 21 exams resulting in 12 final GCSEs, so far I have completed my English Language and I got an A overall. Getting that A has proven to me that I can achieve the grades that I want if I am motivated to do so. 

Image from A Chic Lifestyle 
So, this year I hope to achieve Straight A's/A*'s (except for Spanish and Drama where I am aiming for a B). To help motivate me, Ellie and I have both signed up for the A* Grade Challenge. If you want to find out more about click on the link or the badge to the right. Basically a group of bloggers including myself are all going to be blogging about our attempts to achieve our grades. The idea is that by blogging about it we will be motivated to achieve our grades and can read and share tips on revision etc. The best thing is anybody can join, you don't have to be a blogger, just visit the link and find out more. When you sign up you will be included in a mailing list which means you will be sent weekly emails with advice, motivation tips etc. So will you be joining the A* Grade Challenge?
 Leave a comment below telling me what your New Years resolutions
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Experience Christmas In New York

* Sorry this post is super late but I have been so busy these past few weeks that I have barely had time to sit down*
One of my biggest dreams has always been to visit New York, I love the place, and it has always been on the top of my list of places to visit. Early last year my Dad told me we were going to go to New York and I screamed so loud Australia probably heard me. However, it got better as he searched for flights and hotels and eventually decided the best time to go would be late December, I was going to New York for Christmas!!!

Whilst I was there I crossed loads off my bucket list such as:

(I drove past it on the way to the airport)
I can honestly say I had the best time of my life, and it was my first time on holiday with just my Dad so it was great to spend some time with him. If that wasn't enough he also decided that for my Christmas present he was going to take me on a shopping spree in New York so I bought so many clothes, the majority of which were from Bethany Mota's line at Aeropostale, and I will be doing some haul posts in the near future!!

Here are some photos from my trip:

We went on a ferry trip around the river

Had coffee outside the Flat Iron building

My favourite was going on a helicopter trip
And seeing the most amazing view of the city
We visited central park
And saw the city decorated for Christmas
and of course the Rockefeller Christmas tree!
The Cartier shop was beautiful
And I met a soldier at F.A.O. SCHWARZ
We went to Macy's and caught the one day sale!
Our hotel was just off Times Square
We went up the Empire State building during the day
And at night

And of course I had to find Waverly Place!
Like I said, I had the most amazing time in New York, it was just as perfect as I hoped. I want to say a huge thank you to my wonderful Dad for taking me on this once in a lifetime trip and making it so amazing, I honestly can't thank him enough for what he does for me, I am so so grateful for everything and I could not ask for a better Dad!
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