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Sunday, 22 April 2018

I absolutely love reading, and have recently made it my goal to try and get through more books. This can sometimes seem a little difficult when you have a busy life, but I have found that picking up a novel instead of going on my phone or watching the TV has been rather rewarding - and it has also enabled me to read a fair few books recently, some of which I will now talk a little about...

The Catcher In The Rye - by J.D Salinger

I had heard so many good things about this book that I was desperate to finally give it a read, and so when I saw it at WHSmiths in the airport before my recent holiday, I knew that it would perfect to take with me.

A whole host of people have said that they've loved this book so much that they read it in one sitting - although I would never personally be able to do that with any book, I did manage to get through it in a couple of days which I think is pretty good going. In any case, The Catcher In The Rye is definitely page turner, and I really enjoyed it's coming-of-age theme wherein we follow the character of Holden Caulfield through many trials and tribulations.

Keeping it Casual with Converse

Sunday, 15 April 2018

For some time, I have known that I need to add some new trainers to my shoe collection, considering that my other pairs have been worn a lot (and I mean, a lot), and are now looking pretty trashed. However, deciding on which trainers to purchase is always a bit of a nightmare, considering that the range of brands and style is so vast - yet, after a bit of a search for inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest, I did feel quite keen on getting some Converse High Tops, and so was pretty happy when I found some in my size.

I never normally opt for high tops when I buy new footwear, and usually just go for the basic low trainer style. However, recently I have really been fancying a bit of a change from that and after seeing high tops being worn in such a cool ways and with very nice outfits via social media, it definitely seemed like the right time for me to add some to my collection too.What's more, I also decided on getting them in black because of the sheer practicality of the colour - firstly, black high tops are pretty iconic, secondly they will definitely pair well with so many outfits that I own, and thirdly the dark colour won't perhaps attract so much dirt as lighter ones might.

At a price of £55, I do always see the purchase of Converse as an investment as I know from past experience that they are comfy shoes that seem to last forever (and also always come up looking as good as new after a quick whirl in the washing machine). I have got to the stage now where I would much rather pay that bit more for a pair of decent shoes, with the knowledge that they will last me years, than go for the cheaper option - and so far, I have been mightily impressed with these shoes as despite my apprehensions they haven't been all too difficult to break-in, and have actually been perfect to cope with the miles that I tend to walk.

It has been a bit of a change for me to wear a more causal style of footwear, owing to how I am so prone to putting on a pair of my rather smart Dr Martens... Despite this though, I am loving my new high tops and can't wait to pair them with everything from culottes to shirt dresses over the next few months.

Olivia xo

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Manchester - Places to Visit

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Manchester has to be one of my favourite cities - for me, it has everything including good shops, good places to eat & drink, and good vibes... Therefore, after my most recent visit, I thought I would share some of my favourite places that I have been to in Manchester with you all!

Coat - M&S (no longer available)
Jumper - Pull&Bear
Jeans - M&S
Bag - Penguin Books

Another New Lipstick...

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Strangely enough, it does feel like an awfully long while since I bought myself a new lipstick - and so, on a recent trip to Boots, I thought that it was about time that I added to my collection once again...

After purchasing a lipstick from Bourjois back in the Autumn, and discovering the wonderful quality of their items , I decided to opt for another lip product from the brand. It was a really difficult decision to choose just what type of lipstick, and also what shade to pick ; although, after much deliberation, I went for one of the 'Rouge Edition Velvet' lipsticks, in the shade 'Beau Brun'.

This particular shade seems, in my opinion, to be perfect for the coming Spring months, because although it is a nude colour, it does also contain some red undertones that make it that little bit brighter. As well as this, I also love the matte finish of the lipstick (I do just absolutely love matte lip products!), as well as the little applicator that makes applying this product really simple.

I do think that Bourjois lipsticks are pretty reasonably priced too - £8.49 definitely doesn't seem like a bad price to pay for a decent quality product such as this, although my only concern with this lipstick is that it perhaps doesn't have as good a staying power as other drugstore lipsticks. Although, I did actually get to buy mine with a voucher that I had had for my Birthday, so it was still a bargain anyway.

It is really lovely to be able to add a lipstick that I can wear day and night to my collection, and because of this, I am absolutely going to be popping a bit of 'Beau Brun' on fairly often over the next few weeks and months.

Olivia xo

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A New, Blue Nail Polish

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

I am a bit of nail polish obsessive (although you may have already noticed that, due to the frequent stream of posts I have uploaded about new nail products over the past couple of years), and so always seem to be on the look out for a new product to add to my collection.

Seeing as I recently went on holiday, this happened to mean a trip to duty free - where, I was fortunate enough to notice an OPI stand full of nail polishes, and where I discovered the beautiful blue shade of varnish that you can see below!

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