Christmas Haul 2014

Well hello there! How are you all? Wow, it feels strange (and nice) to be sat back in front the computer and blogging again! The past few months have been super busy for me but my first semester of university has finally come to an end (well, over a week ago now). The only times I've been able to sit in front of a computer has been mainly for essays, researching (and the occasional cheeky scroll through Facebook). I spent a few miserable nights at the library till midnight cramming in essays that were due only a few days after (which I will never do again let me tell you) so blogging has been completely neglected- something I will not let happen again in 2015! It's so nice to be home for the holidays and relax after a whirlwind few months in Liverpool.

Anyway- on with the post, as last years Christmas haul was such a success (it still gets views to this day!)...I thought I'd do a round up on all the things I got this if you're looking for future gift ideas, just want to treat yourself....or like me, are just generally nosey- then this post is for you, enjoy!

The stocking fillers!

I always love a new beauty or hair care product so I was over the moon when I unwrapped this Percy & Reed wonder balm. It claims to shine, moisturise, smoothen and define your hair and I can't wait to try it out. Primark is the perfect place for stocking fillers because you can find lovely little trinkets for just as little prices which will put a smile on anyone's face- like this gorgeous pair of earrings and classic diamante necklace did for me! I love a little quote- something you can read everyday or in times when you need a little positivity so a cute magnet like the one I got is perfect for a loved one too (it translates to "Happiness isn't a destination but a beautiful journey that lasts our whole life", all together now! "awwwwww")

I am a make up HOARDER so this diamante encrusted make up tool, Marilyn Monroe compact mirror and (£1!!!) falsies are my new favourite additions to my make up bag.

The big 'uns!

*Screams internally* I finally have my own copy of the long awaited and anticipated 'Girl Online'!!! Girl Online is written by Zoella, the first ever blogger I discovered before beginning my very own blog. I've already started reading it and I'm pretty hooked already. I've seen far too many articles around the interweb (I'm looking at you, Daily Mail) criticizing this book, saying it wasn't all written by Zoella, which I was fully aware of anyway. Zoe never started her blog intending to become an author but she had the idea for the story and I think that's pretty darn important too. I'm genuinely just amazed at where blogging has got people, it's inspiring!

I'm normally one of those people that only likes the more well known, branded perfumes...silly I know! Well, after receiving this floral delight, L'echappée Belle- I don't think i'll be swayed so much by the brand anymore because this perfume smells gorgeous and it's super inexpensive too! It has a lovely light, floral and fruity smell that is perfect for the spring/summer season ahead or for during the day to give you the perfect pick me up.

"Lucie, do you really need another necklace in your life?" YES. Yes, because you can never have too many necklaces in your life. This multi-coloured, bright neon, Cleopatra-esque beauty is from my lovely sister and boy does she know me well! It was bought in a small boutique store in Limoges (which she can't remember the name of...) but cause I love you guys so much I searched high and low online for as similar as I could find (I really tried guys), by Zara, which you can see by clicking here.

Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter! C'mon, everyone remembers that video. Eeee, I finally own it all on dvd, every single one of them. Now, I'm not one of those craycray Harry Potter fans that knows all the characters names and the story by heart but I've always loved it and it's a reminder of my childhood and for some reason, the perfect kind of film to watch around Christmas time. It's a classic movie and you'll still want to watch it in years to come.

Perfect party colours for the festive period, and this little set is from Primark. I'm already wearing the purple shade and it reminds me of the Cadbury's brand...mmm, chocolate.

I decided to be overly-cautious with my suitcase and ended up wasting 4kg worth of space so really, bringing my slippers wouldn't have been going 'overboard'. Luckily, my mum bought me a cute little pair from Primark (the exact same pair I have in Liverpool...) so now I have a pair in both my homes-perfect! I'm currently wearing them now and they are SO comfy!

SOCKS, GLORIOUS SOCKS. You just can't go wrong with a good pair of socks at Christmas. These are from Primark (again...) and are super comfy and stylish too.

A wonderful little book with gorgeous pictures and everything about the famous actress, Marilyn Monroe. For my film studies course, we analysed 'My week with Marilyn' and ever since then, I've become pretty fascinated by her and why still to this day she is such an iconic woman so I can't wait to get dug into this book! This particular book is in French but if you don't parler français, then here are some great English written alternatives here.

The Tate Liverpool is currently doing an Andy Warhol exhibition (more info here) which I am yet to visit but while my mum and dad were over to see me they made a cheeky stop at the gift shop after the exhibition and splurged on a few goodies including this notepad with the famous pop art drawing of Marilyn herself. It's perfect for a diary, to do lists, doodling or taking down notes in lectures to make your stationery set a bit more jazzy.

CHOCOLATE CADBURY BUTTONS. What more is there to be said here? Oh and a little polaroid of me with presents and a cuppa in hand on Christmas morning.

Dun dun dunnnnn! So, I saved the best for last. My first ever record player (by BigBen Sound) *screams* & *dances with joy*. I've always wanted to own a record player myself because I just love the retro sound and I've been eager to finally play my dad's old records (Pink Floyd's Ummagumma, Led Zeppelin I, David Bowie etc) so to now have my own is a delight! I've gotten pretty lazy with music, just downloading bad quality tracks or settling for whatever's in the charts so I think using vinyl makes me appreciate music more. My dad's taught me the correct way (or a ritual as he calls it!) to handle vinyls- taking it out it's inner sleeve, placing it on the player properly, handling it by the edges, flipping it round for the other side of the vinyl and how to correctly use the needle...which involves a lot more discipline for me than just flicking a switch on my Ipod and clicking a button. It just makes the whole process of listening to music more enjoyable! Liverpool has a great music scene and record stores scattered everywhere so I can finally buy some and have somewhere to play them, yey!

So, that's a wrap for this year. I hope you all had a fantastic day, ate wonderful food and spent time with your loved ones! What did you get this year? If anyone else has done a haul, do leave a link in the comments below as i'm a nosey so and so I'd love to see them!


Review | Liverpool's Affordable Vintage Fair

Vintage is something I have always loved and admired so when I heard that there was a Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair happening right in Liverpool (thanks to Facebook!), I knew I had to go and check it out...and I was not disappointed. 

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair was born 7 years ago in the lovely town of Leeds as an aim to create a place where amazing vintage traders from all over the UK could showcase their vintage garments, jewels, home ware and more. It's the ultimate treasure trove for vintage lovers. The fair is held in over 30 cities in the UK, so if it sounds like your kind of thing, take a look at their website here or visit their Facebook page for more information- it's well worth a visit.

Me and my friends headed into town to the grand Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral where the fair was held, with our purses at the ready to find some vintage bargains...

One of my favourite stands was The Vintage Corner (pictured on right) who had an amazing selection of jewelled, sparkly tops that I was instantly drawn to. They also have a store in Waterloo, Liverpool as well which I am dying to go and check out.

My vintage bargain find of the day...

I found this beautiful vintage satchel right at the start of the fair, it was like vintage love at first sight. I begged my parents to come back to the fair with me (who are over to visit) and let me buy this, thanks M&D! The bag is in perfect condition and it looks like it's never been used at all so I'm really happy to have found such a bargain, considering the very similar classic Cambridge satchel is at a whopping £108! I think vintage is becoming my new best friend...

As for my friends, I can confirm they all had a great time there too, leaving with bags and bags of new additions to their wardrobes. It was so much more fun than trawling round a high street store as each item was so different from the other and had a story to tell. There was also tea and cake being served next door if you needed to take a break from the shopping and you just can't go wrong when tea and cake is involved.

Whether you're into clothes, jewellery, collectables or homeware ...there is literally something for everyone at Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair. 


The BoeJack Bag

Photos taken by Jit Pal

Leather 'Boejack design' bag c/o | Doc Martens: Ebay | Jeans: Primark | Collar shirt top: Primark | (Faux) leather jacket: Zara

I sometimes refer to myself as a bit of a 'bag lady' as no matter where i'm going, I always seems to have a bag on me to carry around my essentials. So, when the lovely people over at sent over this beaut of a handbag- I fell in. is an online fashion store created to promote unique and independent designers just like Boejack designs. This bag is made from real leather in a rich burgundy colour (which just happens to go perfectly with my DM's hoho), Japanese linen fabric and a hint of blue even comes with a detachable chain strap so it can be used as a carry about clutch instead. It's the perfect size-not too big and not too small...just like in the story of Goldielocks, it's just right! I can fit everything in there I need without having to carry any extra bags around with me, it's like the answer to my fashion prayers!

The quality of the bag is on point and I can see it lasting me a lifetime. I really can't fault it and I cannot wait to wear it even more! It's also easy peasy to return your item if you are not satisfied (which I really doubt you would be) from as they offer 15 days free returns! You can check out more of their wonderful range of bags here.


Current Beauty Favourites

One of my favourite things to do is go into Boots, Superdrug or any other beauty store and spend ages pouring my eyes over all the different beauty counters and brands testing out all the different products. While out in Liverpool shopping yesterday with some friends, I did just this...and also left with a bagful of things that I just had to share with you...considering it cost me an arm & a leg- I thought i'd atleast make a blog post out of it too as we all love a little haul. I haven't been for a big beauty sweep in a long long time so it was in need that I get stocked up. Enjoy!

From left clockwise:

1. Collection 2000 Luscious lashes: Liverpool seems to be rubbing off on me somehow, next i'll be wearing fake nails and walking round with rollers in my hair (ok, maybe not). These were only an impulse buy, which I will be using for Halloween. They were very cheap compared to other brands so I went for these and they also give a nice cat-eye effect.

2. Maybelline Linerefine Expression kajal soft kohl eyeliner: I was on the hunt for some white eyeliner for my Halloween costume/make up look for next week and they seemed to be sold out in every other brand so I went for Maybelline. White eyeliner also looks fab lined on the inner part of your eyes to give that more wide awake look, something that will really benefit me at the moment.

3. Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in 006 warm beige: As I mentioned not long ago in my 'Brand focus' post, Rimmel is literally my go-to, all time favourite brand and I have been using this powder since I ever started wearing make up. I bought it in warm beige this time, unlike my usual ivory as i'd like to have a bit more colour on my face rather than ressembling Caspar the friendly ghost.

4. Seventeen Stay Pout lipstick in 'Just a fling': I was looking around for a nice nude pink lipshade to wear day-to-day as I only have bright and dark colours which I mainly use for nights out. This nude lippy makes for a nice alternative without going OTT but still finishes off my daily make up look nicely.

5. Neutrogena Blackhead eliminating daily scrub: I've recently been having a bad case of blackheads on my nose, which I never used to get before and all of sudden I have loads of them, so I thought I'd give this scrub a go and see if it will get rid of the pesky things.

6. Sally Hansen Airbrush legs: Ok, maybe I am really turning into a scouse lass. Me? Fake tan?! The last time I ever used fake tan was when I was about 13. It was by Johnsons and I would be sure of making the perfect application only to wake up the next morning with giant 'cheesy puff' legs (like that scene from Angus, Thongs and perfect snogging)...and honestly I never thought I'd go back to those days. But, i'm always open to trying something new and this spray seems like the perfect alternative. It's spray-on, leaves a nice medium glow and can be washed off easily with some soap and water.

7. Rimmel Match Perfection SPF18 foundation in 101 classic ivory: My MAC foundation which I bought 1 whole year ago, just ran out (pretty impressive) so this was definitely needed. My student budget is a bit too tight for £25 foundations so Rimmel is the perfect alternative. 

8. Rimmel Exaggerate in 063 eastend snob: The closest I can get to achieving lips a la Miss Angelina Jolie, the better. So, I decided to invest in a good lip-liner which just happens to go perfectly with the lipstick I bought...well, it was planned actually. Nevetheless, they go perfectly together and give the perfect nude lip finish to my everyday make up.

9. Seventeen doll'd up mascara in black: I raved about this mascara back in my 'current beauty favourites' post and here I am, raving about it again. This is honestly one of my favourite mascaras and for once, it's not by Rimmel. I literally cannot fault it and the packaging is pretty cute too.

10. Barry M dazzle dust in 106: I plan to use this mixed a bit in my foundation for that dewy, glowy look.

11. Rimmel Wake me up concealer: Yes, your eyes do not fool you, I have bought yet again something else by Rimmel. These late nights out and early mornings have been giving me some unattractive panda eyes so I decided to invest in a good concealer. I've heard good things about this on other blogs so I have a feeling this may be the cure to my eyebags.

12. Mitchum 48hr oxygen deodorant: Ok, I know it's a bit random to throw deodorant into a beauty post and people would rather not discuss their bodily odours but I think it's something people should take care of...ever been on public transport beside someone smelly? Yeah, well now you'll understand why i'm trying to promote this. This is my all time favourite and I highly recommend it. It's inexpensive and really does the lasts ages and it doesn't have an overpowering smell either. 

13. Barry M nail polishes, Matte in 440 espresso and Gelly hi-shine in 439 blood orange: After getting rid of most of my nail polishes (which i'd had for a lifetime and had all gone gloopy)- I headed to the boss of nail polishes, Mr Barry M. My friend recommended the Matte version to me which I have never tried...and you can never go wrong with a classic red nail and this Gelly version gurantees a super shiny finish.

...And that's me (finally) finished, told you it was a going to be a big haul. It feels good to get back into writing beauty posts, I love doing them! Now that I'm living back in England, trips to Boots and such will be becoming a lot more regular, I apologise in advance to my bank account.

Stay tuned for an outfit post very soon!


An Interview With...Estella Mason

You may remember Estella who featured in my post: 'Behind The Scenes | Estella Mason Photography & Styling' back in July last year. Well, I'm back today with another episode of my 'An Interview With...' series where, this time, Estella shares with us how it all began, where she gets her inspiration from, her tips for other aspiring photographers wanting to make it in the business and more. Grab yourself a cuppa, be inspired and enjoy.

How did you first discover your love for photography?
I think my first interest in photography started when I was about 14. I used to dress my friends up and take photos of them in the garden and around the house just for fun, but I was quite serious about a career in photography by the time I was 16. I did some work experience with some great photographers who taught me a lot; Jessica Turale, Mark Cowles and Wolfgang Glowaki.

What was your first ever camera?
I got my first camera when I was 12 or 13, for Christmas from my Nan. It was a tiny compact digital, Vivitar brand. 

Where do you get your inspiration for your photographs?
I draw inspiration from a variety of different sources including other artists; Tim Walker, Kirsty Mitchell, Aela Labbe and so many more. I also regularly go on 'Pinterest', it’s a fantastic way to find inspiration and reference it to use later on. I am a very observant person, I like to take in my surroundings and if I find something that inspires me I photograph it. 

How would you describe your style of photography?
My style has definitely changed and developed over the years and I still can’t say I have one particular style but I like to mix fine art with fashion. My photographs almost always include people. I enjoy constructing extravagant sets for my shoots but also enjoy photographic simple details and fleeting moments.

Pick 3 of your current favourite photographs you've taken and why (in no particular order)

1. "Grandmother" there is something alluring about this photograph for me. (click here for the full 'Nostalgia' shoot) 

2. Von Rock family photograph; I love the unplanned poses in this image. (click here for the full 'Von Rock' shoot)

3. "Frida Kahlo"; this is one of my favourite shoots that I've done, it was so much fun to put together and I am such a big fan of Frida Kahlo. (click here for full shoot of 'Frida Kahlo')

Share with us one of your favourite images and why. 
“The Ghost Swift” by Kirsty Mitchell. I strive to create images so seamless, her eye for detail is incredible. This particular image is my favourite amongst her enchanting “Wonderland” series.

What type of session do you enjoy the most, e.g.: wedding, fashion, portrait etc.?
I enjoy doing my personal work the most because it allows me to be experimental. I also love doing styled fashion portraits. 

Who is your favourite photographer and why?
This is way too hard!! I have so many but I would have to say (as mentioned earlier) Tim Walker is a huge inspiration. He creates these unbelievable and elaborate sets for his photographs.

What advice could you offer to someone aspiring to start their own photography business?
Make use of social networks and portfolio sites; post your work everywhere (whilst being cautious of copyright). Facebook is amazing for exposure and allows anyone around the globe to find you. NEVER say no to an opportunity, even if there is nothing in it for you, there is always exposure. Anything is possible so stay humble and work hard and success will follow. I also believe it is so important to be passionate about what you're doing. 

Where do you see your photography career going in the future?
I hope to be able to travel with my business and be involved in editorials, meet other people in the industry and gain as much experience as I can. I hope to continue exhibiting, maybe even around the world.

And finally, a few fun questions... what's your favourite food?
Hmm, is all food an answer?!  Probably chocolate! 

and your favourite item of clothing?
I have a tailored Esprit blazer that I absolutely wear to death! I would have to say it’s probably a favourite. I can dress it up with some black pants, a shirt and heels or dress it down with a flannelette shirt and ripped boyfriend jeans.

What are your go-to pair of shoes?
Boots. I literally have 10 times the amount of boots than I do summer shoes!

...aaand that's a wrap for today! You can check out Estella's fantastic work on her Facebook page or visit her Behance page for her current projects and full shoots. I hope you all enjoyed the second episode of many more interviews to come, I really love doing them. If you're an "up and coming" blogger, artist, musician/band, author or other photographers- anything...all you creative people out there (yes, you!) don't hesitate to contact me as I'd love to feature more and more interviews on here. Click here to view my previous interview with blogger Gladys Doris Dave.


My University Bedroom | Decor & Interior Ideas

Duvet cover & pillow cover set: Kirsty Allsopp range bought in TK Maxx (buy it here) | Union Jack pillow: No idea (similar here)
Photos: my own... | Coaster: Primark | Box of tissues (the design was too cute to resist): Tesco | Buddha: Charity shop
Leopard print storage basket: Primark | Kings of Leon poster: Ebay | Lamp: Bhs | Bunting: gift

Pen holder: carboot sale
Yes those are avacados...
Polka dot coffee cup: Primark

Union jack hearts: Ecogem (France) | File storage: TK Maxx
So, I thought I'd prepare a little post for the nosey lot out there (like myself heh) that like to see inside people's rooms, where they buy their things or just get some tips/ideas for themselves and for your university bedroom by showing you all my unversity bedroom. Or should I say, temporary, university bedroom. I was one of the unfortunate lot (well depends how you look at it really) that got put in accommodation that will be soon refurbished or one really knows to be honest. So, come Christmas, I'll be somewhere else! Nevertheless, I wanted to make my new room as homely and comfortable as possible for the time that I am here by adding a few personal touches considering the room is, ahem, is a bit bland and tasteless (green curtains anyone?). I went shopping MAD in Primark seeing as I couldn't bring a lot of it over from France but was surprised at the great variety and quality at Primark's home range. I've listed above where you can find most of things I bought, if there's something I didn't mention- feel free to comment and i'll try and work out where I got it...I buy a lot of things so it's hard for me to remember it all...

Other room essentials i'd recommend are ipod speakers/radio, mugs/glasses, dvd's to watch on lazy days, slippers & a dressing gown, giraffe onesie (optional)...i'd also recommend going to a pound shop/pound savers for anything else. I got tons of things from there and it cost me next to nothing which is always good when you're on a tight student budget!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it maybe gave you some tips for your university rooms/bedrooms in general. If you've done a similar post i'd love to see it so please comment a link to your post!


Winter Coats

Autumn's officially here so that means big cosy jumpers, hot chocolates and the most essential - coats. I would be a coat hoarder if my wardrobe was big enough...and if my student budget allowed it. I picked out some of my faves from the high street to share with you favourite being the boyfriend coat. I bought one last year (see post here) and I plan to dig it out again this year - it's a timeless piece...add some brogues, a chunky knit, jeans and a fedora and say 'come at me, Autumn!'

An Interview With...Gladys Doris Dave

Gladys is the founder and voice behind Doris Dave, a personal style blog where she posts about her travels, outfits and other life happenings. The blog was started back in 2011 as a bit of fun but now with over 1000 followers (Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin' combined) and over 5000 on LookBook, to say her blog has been a success would be an understatement. Gladys is a belgian/filipino/german, graphic design student based in Ghent in Belgium and she was kind enough to answer some questions and give us an insight into the life of a personal style blogger...

What made you want to start a blog?

I started blogging when I was in high school, it wasn't anything serious. Just a blog with bits and bobs about life that I shared with friends. But in the summer before my first year of college, I travelled to Stockholm with a friend. And this city just changed my view of fashion and creativity. During that time, I was following tons of other fashion and personal style bloggers. That triggered me to create my own too!

Is there a particular person, era or thing that inspires your style? 

My school and my friends are the ones that inspire me the most.

What will be your three key wardrobe pieces for Autumn 2014?

Oversized coats, fedora hats and chunky oversized sweaters! 

Vintage or high-street- which do you prefer and why?

Both! I think it's a great way to mix and match. A vintage piece is perfect and mostly unique, so you won't see others wearing the same thing!

Which are you three favourite outfits from your blog? 

When you're not blogging, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Probably messing around with Indesign, Illustrator or Photoshop with some rap playing in the background. Besides that I like to hang out in cafes and pubs with friends!

What's your favourite fashion magazine?

I don't particularly have a favourite. Here are some of the ones I like: ELLE, Purple Fashion Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland magazine...

Has blogging given you any exciting opportunities?

Yes! Loads of new adventures! It has given me the opportunity to work on different projects, like YSL Black Opium (more soon on the blog), Ghentstreets (, but also meeting other creative people!

Who is your target reader for your blog?

People that are interested in fashion and art.

And finally, what advice would you give to would-be bloggers?

Create a clean theme, take quality pictures, write about what you love, be consistent, socialize... and have fun with it!
You can check out Gladys's blog here where you can browse through her blog archive and find all the links to her other social networks too. What did you think of this post? More interviews in the future on this blog I'm thinking!


Life In Liverpool So Far

So it's already been a week since I hopped on a plane with my two very large suitcases, hand luggage and laptop in tow to make my journey to Liverpool for my studies. It certainly wasn't easy but here I am sitting in my university room, feeling 'at home' with more friends and contacts than I had before leaving...not to mention the week long hangover i've been having and the freshers flu that has finally caught up with me...i'm surprised I'm even capable of writing this blog post. I don't think I realised how much moving away from home would affect me. I was crying like a baby on the first night when my mum left me - but i'm not crying into my pillow anymore, so s'all good. I've been out (almost) every night dancing to the likes of Zane Lowe and GoT's Kristain Nairn, strolled the streets of Liverpool town centre and soaked up my new surroundings for the next 3 years. Whilst getting lost the other day (for a good two hours...) I found myself walking down the hidden streets where I admired the vibrant street art, the quirky buildings and cute bars and restaurants...

Reality will finally settle in on Monday when lectures start but I actually feel excited about a course i'm doing - for the first time ever, shocking! Anyway, this post was slightly more lifestyle-y/diary related but I wanted to share how it was going for me and also make up for my lack of posting lately. I'll be doing a lot more once lectures start so I will try and make room for review posts and day to day things. I think as a young student, moving to a big city where there's lots of things to do is definitely the right thing for me and I can still enjoy my home back in rural France, best of both worlds.

Welcome to Liverpool!
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