Saturday, 30 June 2012

what was on my camera

Starting with a gross picture, my blood test war wound (it still looks like that).

How close the moon was on Thursday. It was beautiful!

A no-flash Mark looking at the moon with me :)

Yesterday, we printed off some photos. Several of which are en route to my house with the postman - letters from Mark to Phoebe, Phoenix, Indigo in reply to their post. Even one for mumma bear! The rest are for nana.

Due to the crazy weather we're having in England, the sky has been beautiful in the evenings. This was yesterday evening. The colours of the sky make me happy :)

Today Mark & I have been like passing ships. We ate breakfast together, then I went to work. I came back for lunch with Mark, then I went back to work. When I finished work at 5.30, Mark had started work at 4. Now he won't be home til nearly 1am!

This delightful dress arrived in the post for me this morning. I paid the grand total of £10.48 delivered for it, from Ebay. And I am in absolute love with it - at some point in the near future I will show you more. It is my favourite colour at the moment, complements my pale skin perfectly, and sits just below the knee (something I have been searching high and low for).

And finally, the moon tonight. I happened to glance out of the window (I spend most of my time staring out of windows) and caught the moon looking so proud. I dashed off to an upstairs window, and took a few photos. And quickly as I noticed it, it was gone :)

Friday, 29 June 2012


Some time ago, I stumbled upon this amazing website where all my hoarding dreams came true! Hello, Pinterest. Pinterest is a website that you sign up to and is basically like a giant storage space for all things fabulous/inspirational/funny/ANYTHING! You can add a Pin It Button to your internet browser, and pin away from anywhere you like.

Now, when I joined Pinterest, I had already hoarded thousands of images all over my trusty old laptop. So this website was really the answer to my prayers. As a girl who would save absolutely anything even remotely interesting, and a girl who loves organising things... I can say I am a true Pinterest devotee! I will show you a selection of my pins from different boards of mine (yes - you get to organise things into different spaces - amazing!).

First up, a few pins from my most treasured board 'Wonderful Words'. There are 605 pins on this board (and counting) - all full of inspirational, motivational, or just plain funny phrases or paragraphs or lists.

Secondly, a couple of pins from my Tattoos board. This board only has 83 pins so far, of beautifully designed skin. Do check them out if you like tattoos!

Now, rather than spend my entire night hoarding pictures here, because I simply can't decide on which pictures, I'm just going to link you to my Pinterest. I have pins upon pins upon pins, and I'm always adding more. If you have Pinterest, please leave your link as I would love to see your boards :) I hope you enjoy mine!

P.S. I am going to reorganise my Pinterest soon, as it needs splitting into more boards with more specific themes!! :)

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Boots Fruit Essence shampoo & conditioner review

You may remember, a few days ago I purchased the Boots Fruit Essence shampoo and conditioner in a 3 for 2 offer, for just £1.29 each. I chose the 'vibrant colour with Silk & Papaya extract' ones because there was no shampoo for the only other type left in my local Boots! Clearly the 3 for 2 was a big hit, and I know why!

My hair had been getting a little bit dry, because a while back I cut using conditioner out of my routine due to it weighing my hair down and making it appear dirty. Since then I'd been using Herbal Essences 2 in 1, but when other people started noticing how dry my hair had become, I thought that's it, enough is enough!!

I went along to my local Boots with the intention of purchasing both a shampoo and a conditioner (no more hair-dryer-outer 2 in 1 for me!). I spotted the Boots own brand Fruit Essence on a display at the front of the shop, and decided I'd give it a whirl. For just £1.29 a bottle, and on 3 for 2, it would have been rude not to!

I washed my hair with it the night before last, shampooing my hair twice, and then conditioning it. One thing I have to point out about both the shampoo and conditioner, is that the consistency is not as thick as other brands. It came out of the bottle quite fast so I couldn't control the amount as I would have. However, as they are 400ml bottles I definitely won't stop using it because of that. It lathers up really well, and as soon as I'd done the final rinse of the conditioner, my hair felt healthier.

I towel dried my hair, left it for half an hour and then blow dried it. My boyfriend even commented that my hair looked noticeably shiny (he has never before commented on the condition of my hair!). It smells absolutely delicious too! I will definitely continue using it, and at this price, I hope my local Boots stocks some more ASAP!

You can find the Fruit Essence vibrant colour shampoo here, and the Fruit Essence vibrant colour conditioner here. They are still on 3 for 2, and there are the other types on the Boots website too. I definitely recommend giving it a try :)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

birthday boy, bargains, birthday cake & nana's

Today is my fabulous boyfriend Mark's 22nd birthday :) we have had a lovely day celebrating it, and this post will be filled of photos of our day - including some new purchases and birthday cake! The above card, you probably can't see, but is addressed to "a wonderful Daddy"... and when Mark spotted that on the front of the card, you should have seen the look of panic flash across his face!! I was in stitches - the card was from Matisse, Munch & Rennie!!!! (the bears!).

Mark was treated by everyone, he had some lovely cards :) this one is from his mum and dad, who can't be here on the day. There is a photo of Mark on the card playing guitar - he received 3 guitar themed cards!

This was from mumma bear (my mum) - tickets for Mark & I to go and see Bon Iver on November 9th this year. A year since the exact date we saw him last year in Birmingham. We are very excited - thanks mumma bear! x

Mark's main present from me was this red PSP console and some games/films for it. He said it is very neat, and is very impressed with it! I'm pleased, he did ask for it, but I'm glad he likes it :) I am totally obsessed with LocoRoco - it is the funniest game ever, so if you get the opportunity, do try it!!

After my blood test this morning, Mark & I went into town and Mark spent some of his birthday money, and I some of my wages!!
Mark bought these lovely brown leather Firetrap high top trainers from TK Maxx - meant to be £65, in the Clearance for £22 - bargain!!

Raspberry Liquorice £1.79, Mini Marshmallow & Orange hot chocolate stir-in spoons £1.29 (all TK Maxx) - can't wait to try these stir-in hot chocolate spoons. The idea is to stir them into 200ml hot milk, but personally I fancy dipping it in a hot cup of tea and licking the chocolate block off the spoon (heaven!! for anyone else who has dipped chocolate in their tea like me).

I got this set of 3 animal books and stickers in Poundland - for £1 - what a bargain!! They look lovely, and Indigo will love them. This Cancer Research heart pin was from TK Maxx and is for Mark's nana, and I finally got around to getting some Wonka Bottle Caps. They were in game shop, for £1.49 and I'd seen a box for £5.99 in the American sweet shop. I remembered these from my childhood - but sadly they seem to have changed them. They aren't the hard boiled bottle cap sweets I expected - more like Refreshers now.

This is what I'd been looking for specifically today. I was in desperate need of a new hairbrush (TK Maxx £4 Clearance), and also some heat protection spray and dehumidifying spray (both Lee Stafford £1.99 each for 50ml, 3 for 2 at Boots). Does anyone else love the Foamburst shower gel?? It's my favourite shower gel - it smells so good! On offer for £2 at Asda.

Aside from my Epson black ink cartridge (£4.50 clearance, Asda), Mark bought all these games today. Mark was having a lucky day, as he found £5 on the floor, then when he bought these games they came to over £10 less than we'd thought. We realised later that we hadn't been charged for the Xbox game (Sonic Sega All Stars Racing).

Me with the birthday boy :)

Sorry for the low lighting of this photo, but I just wanted to show you this gorgeous Topshop feather kimono which I adopted from my mum's wardrobe. It's a delightful, chiffony, floaty like garment which makes you feel very feminine and delicate!

Mark & I did something we'd been meaning to for a while, we got passport booth photos - it was definitely a squeeze!!!

I baked Mark a lemon drizzle cake for his birthday, and I bought those relighting candles. Never again!! They were lethal!! We threw them in the sink to get them out in the end - it was quite funny afterwards! I sung for Mark :)

This is us down at nana's house with Craig (Mark's brother), who got Mark a very appreciated Mass Effect t-shirt.
We have had a lovely day, finished off with an Indian takeaway thanks to Mark's parents this evening (it was delicious, but we're both too full to think about food right now!!). I hope you've all had a lovely day - the return of the sunshine?! - hurray!!