Blog Eighteen in Twenty Eighteen

// B L O G  E I G H T E E N  I N  T W E N T Y  E I G H T E E N \\

As I write this I cannot help but be both a little sad and incredibly happy at the same time. I'm a little sad as 2018 was genuinely the best year of my life; no exaggeration therefore kissing goodbye to the year makes me want to sigh a little! I've packed in so much this year and have the best memories from it. With me starting it in my second term of first year university, I'm ending it in second year with a wealth of memories from holidays, trips, festivals with the best bunch of friends I can ask for. Yes, I do excuse you to go grab a sick bucket at how corny that does sound, but with 18 being my lucky number, the year 2018 did not let me down, it will forever be the year I look back on a think I legitimately lived my absolute best life; no pressure 2019!

Catching Up With Life | New York & Beyond

// C A T C H I N G  U P  W I T H  L I F E | 
N E W  Y O R K & B E Y O N D \\

Well well well, I've only gone and done it again - completely abandoned my blog, oops. In my defence, second year has well and truly been full on, chuck in a 5 day trip to New York end of November and you can probably see why updating this tiny part of internet hasn't been at the forefront of my mind! BUT, with me being home for Christmas as we speak, I thought it was finally time to catch up. Besides, I love looking back on my travel posts on this blog, however brief or small, so visiting such a bucket list city as New York should not be shunned. So here you are future Lisa; here's your blog post of New York!

A Weekend Back on Anglesey

// A  W E E K E N D  B A C K  O N  A N G L E S E Y \\

Well hello there, it's me again. Remember me? the girl who has well and truly deserted her blog over the past two months, the girl who has had an absolute mountain of work to do and has only now found a space 5 minutes to type.. yeah well she's back now (well I'll say momentarily!)   Just to illustrate just how busy I've been work-wise, the following blog post is actually from a weekend a few weeks back, when I went home to Anglesey to see family for a few days break. It's only two weekends later that I've managed to sit down and type this! So, not to put these photos to waste (and to FINALLY have a blog post up) I thought I share some snippets of the lovely few days I had back home. It included a lot of TV watching (an absolute luxury), a Food Festival, lots of Catch-ups as well as a lot of eating out, hope ya like it!

That Was September Folks!

// T  H A T  W A S  S E P T E M B E R  F O L K S! \\

Without sounding at all repetitive or cliché, where the help did September go?! In the blink of an eye I've moved back to Epsom, been out a lot (lol) and suddenly been thrown in deep into Second Year at Uni. It's been a strange month of getting back into a different routine and settling in once more to life independently, but I've also had the best month aside from the weird sleeping-in-a-different-bed. I've ticked off London Fashion Week (well, visiting outside to 'trend spot' for a module of work, more on that in a bit), being able to finally sing 22 by Taylor Swift (feels like yesterday I jokingly talked about it in this blog post) and like I said, be thrown back into university life. September is always a weird transitional month and as Autumn has officially ticked over, I can finally say I'm settled again and ready for what the last few months of 2018 bring!

The Book List #14 | The Mars Room

// T H E  B O O K  L I S T #14 | T H E  M A R S  R O O M \\

Here we are again, back with another book review blog post - I'm starting to think I could begin to call myself a book blogger? (HAHA I think I'll leave that title on the back burner for now) But for today, I have a few words to say about The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. A book I've seen endless praise for in ELLE, Vogue to name a few, you name the magazine, chances are their book section features this book. It's set in a women's prison in the US and follows Romy Hall. A woman doing life (plus 6 years) and follows the highs and lows of prison life. It's not for the faint hearted but boy does it open your eyes to the hard life served inside for life.

A Summer Long Effort of Crossing Things Off

// A  S U M M E R  L O N G  E F F O R T  O F  C R O S S I N G  
T H I N G S  O F F \\

Hello, back again and happy bank holiday Monday to you all! As we're up to the last bank holiday of the year, we've edged closer to the end of summer. In a matter of days we're into pumpkin spiced latte season (for reference, I have in fact tried one of those - wouldn't recommend, tasted very strange) and my birthday month OI OI. So, before we tick over into a new month (and season) I thought I'd reflect on everything I've achieved this summer and managed to 'tick off'. I may have mentioned these things along the way in various posts, but being the ever organised one, I wanted to integrate everything into one post as a little memento of my summer off from university. So with out further ado (future Lisa) this is what I managed to tick off during my long summer at home..

Polka Dot Passion

// P O L K A  D O T  P A S S I O N \\

Well well well, what do we have here?! A fashion post?! On my blog?! .. it's been a fair while hasn't it! Anyway, all joking aside (or am I joking? it really has been two whole months!) I finally found some inspiration to shoot a few photos of my new outfit, near enough from head-to-toe from Olive Clothing. A brand I discovered a few years ago on Instagram who do the most swoon-worthy clothes. I finally, after a little saving (they are just a tiny bit pricy) and much deliberating (so much choice, what to pick?!) decided to invest in a wrap skirt, a basic ribbed top and some oh-so pretty earrings to top the look...

ROUND UP | Because You Are Gold

// B E C A U S E  Y O U  A R E  G O L D\\

And so, in the blink of an eye, the first week of August is complete. In todays posted I simply want to round up a few things I've loved and turned to in the past week. I often find myself avoiding blogging, having this feeling that unless my blog posts are spectacular with a great message or have meaning, there isn't much point blogging anymore. But hell, if I want to report I've read Vogue this week than that's what imma do! I mean if no one cares to read, I'll be sure to haha

JULY: Bought, Did, Tried & Tested

//J U L Y: B O U G H T, D I D, T R I E D  &  T E S T E D\\

Since its been a couple of weeks since my last post, I thought a little catchup post was in order. July so far, despite the fact it has just FLOWN (anyone else feel this too?!) has been packed full of great things, I've accomplished a great milestone in my running, bought a few beauty goodies and been one hell of a good festival with one of my best friends. So without further a-do, continue reading to find out about all this great stuff and we will continue onwards and upwards towards August.. how the hell we're nearly in the eighth month of the year is beyond me, but let's all roll with it!

The Book List #13 | Kismet

// T H E  B O O K  L I S T #13 | K I S M E T \\

It's quite ironic that the thirteenth 'book list' post of mine is going to be a negative one. Well, that's being a little hasty, this was not a bad book, not a bad one at all. There were just a few things that stopped it being brilliant for me. Off the back of two books I've read that were absolutely outstanding I couldn't help but feel this book fell short in some ways. Really, its hard for me to put my finger on why this is but little things added up and despite the fact it wasn't a struggle to finish it - once I did I was glad to put it back on the book shelf....

June Picks & Favourites

// J U N E  P I C K S  &  F A V O U R I T E S \\

Well hello there again, I'm back on the blog today to talk about some recent purchases I've picked up lately which have quickly become treasured favourites. Some I have had sitting pretty for a fair few weeks, some being delivered since a matter of days. But nonetheless, all my picks from the month of June. As you can tell already, I have quite a taste in specific colour schemes when it comes to buying certain things - some would think I only buy items if they have shades of pink or cream in.. in some ways I don't think its so  far from the truth..! 

Snippets of.. Dublin

// S N I P P E T S  O F..  D U B L I N \\

Now that I'm back into routine, caught up on my sleep and finally had a few days to relax after a crazy two weeks, I thought I'd share some snippets from my trip to visit my uni friend in Dublin... a couple of days before jumping on the ferry over to Ireland I has just come back from a week away in Magaluf but of course it's not quite as picturesque over there, with the only photos I have on my phone being drunk selfies and videos.. so I've skipped over the whole making a blog post about that and rather keeping those photos for me to laugh at! Instead, I have some snippets of Dublin, specially the Temple Bar area, with it's quirky vintage shops and colourful buildings, I thought these photos would make more of a nice post to look at HA..

In A Right Ruffle

// I N  A  R I G H T  R U F F L E \\

More often then not, I'll buy an outfit (or even put an outfit together) and think "yeah it's a bit weird.. but I like it"- It's honestly quite funny just how many times this phrase leaves my mouth.. well the outfit in todays post is no different. A two-piece lilac number fresh from Tu at Sainsburys nonetheless - I know right; how many times have you answered 'Sainsburys' when someone asked where your outfit is from?! With their latest Graduate Fashion Week collection just launched, the minute I saw the advert pop up on Instagram for it, I was instantly besotted with this 60's inspired ruffles... 

The Book List #12 | Three Things About Elsie.

// T H R E E  T H I N G S  A B O U T  E L S I E \\

Ever read a book so powerful you simply cannot hide the tears? Ever read a book with such a twist you gasp so loud, your mum asks if everything is ok (haha)? Ever read a book so good you cannot read it fast enough, the pages are simply not turning quick enough? - I may be sounding a tad dramatic in this introduction right here, but I honestly can't not emphasise how good this book was. With a combination of mystery, happiness, a touch of sadness and just a little of a thriller mixed together, if you're looking for a book that will both make you smile as well as cry with sadness (and no, completely not in the way you'd think) then this book is one hundred percent is one to pick up this summer... 

Layering Playsuits for Unpredictable UK Weather

//  L A Y E R I N G  F O R  U N P R E D I C T A B L E  W E A T H E R\\
This is a collaborative post but all writing and opinions are my own!

Aaaah the British weather, one minute we're jumping for joy at the sight of the sun, next thing we know we're reluctantly digging out the winter coat to fight the chill. Its an inevitable thing in this country which can make choosing what (and how) to wear clothes just that bit more tricky.
One piece of clothing I just love to wear during the Summer, when the sun is actually shining is a Playsuit. For the days when the beach is calling and bare legs are a necessity, there's nothing better. In today's post I wanted to show a few ways I love to style a playsuit, but for those days when you can't quite be sure it'll be warm enough.. you're legs may be out but how to cover those goose bumps? Well, these are a couple of my suggestions. 

Pink Trousers & Bunny Ears

// P I N K  T R O U S E R S  &  B U N N Y  E A R S \\

Pink Trousers. They're not for everyone, but they're certainly the ones for me. With us being deep into Spring and on the cusp of Summer, it was time I brought a little colour to my wardrobe. I'll admit, I'm never one for an all black and grey colour palette, but with the long dark winter, the pastels and brights have always been on the back burner. It's only really been the last couple of months that my wardrobe has brightened up. Having spotted these bright trousers all along the high street, it was ASOS' overing of high-waisted-cigarette pink trousers that caught my eye. Thinking they'd be a bugger to style, I've actually worn them a good few times in the past few weeks and boy are they getting a lot more wears in the coming months.. 

Snippets of... Easter at Home

// S N I P P E T S  O F .. E A S T E R  A T  H O M E \\

And so, as I spend my final few days at home of my Easter Break, before returning to university; I thought now would be a good time to write up a little 'snippets' post of all the great thing I've done over the past couple of weeks. It's been a lovely fortnight at home, yes albeit a little boring, but nonetheless absolutely lovely to catch up with my mum, family and handful of friends. It's actually been a fortnight of eating out a lot (and I don't mean the cheap Weatherspoons breakfast I'm so used to at uni!) as well as lovely day trips and well overdue catchups with school friends I haven't seen probably far too long. As I type this, I feel lucky to have all this when I return home, but my god am I looking forward to having the independent uni life back (& seeing my uni friends!) but for the time being, here's a few Easter snippets of my time back home on Anglesey! 

The Book List #11 | MISFIT.

// T H E  B O O K  L I S T  #1 1 |  M I S F I T \\

It seems lately I've become quite the book worm. In a matter of 3 weeks, I've bought, read and completed this book; I honestly don't think I've ever read a book that quickly in my life before! The book I'm on about is Misfit by Charli Howard, a book with that ever eye-catching millennial pink cover and big title, a book, I will admit, I did judge by its cover (anything pink is always a winner for me!) but most importantly, a book that didn't disappoint. The fact I read it so quickly was 100% down to its witty, incredibly honest and sometimes shocking story. A memoir of a girl who really has had it tough.. and I mean tough.

The Clash of the Colours

// T H E  C L A S H  O F  T H E  C O L O U R S \\

Well, Well, Well, its been a little while hasn't it?.. I can only apologies! I think the last time I put together any sort of post on here was about a month ago.. seems like I've been enjoying life too much (& had one hell of a stressful deadline) to content with, which really isn't all that bad. But alas, Easter is here, I'm back home on Anglesey for a few weeks, so whilst life has calmed down, I've had time to blog a bit.. yay!  In today's post I wanted to (finally) put up a fashion post, an outfit inspired by the ever fashionable bloggers of Instagram as well as Spring finally appearing from behind the snow clouds. Which only begs the question; is Spring dressing here to stay?... let's PRAY so!

Pops of Pink & Purple

//P O P S  O F  P I N K  &  P U R P L E \\

With studying a fashion course at university, I always feel a little overwhelmed with the fashion industry as a whole. This trickles down to the clothes I decide to wear, what I post on social media and even the types of posts I decide to put on this blog.. I'm forever questioning, is this fashion enough? Well, in keeping with this I thought I'd try and make more of an effort to show my everyday outfits/new purchases... a little like what I used to do on this blog, before uni took over! This includes a lot of pink and a new lilac purchase from a few weeks back, as spring is round the corner now so it's time to dig out the lighter shades!

Snippets of.. Amsterdam

//S N I P P E T S  O F.. A M S T E R D A M\\
Remember a few posts back I said I wanted 2018 to be a great year, well having a little city break getaway to Amsterdam a few weeks into the new year sure counts towards it so far being great? Well I certainly think so. Last week, during our uni reading week, me and my four friends took ourselves away for a four day break and well a truly had a great time. With all the pretty canals and streets there was plenty to see so I've compiled all my favourite snippets into one post for you all to see (but more so for me to look back on!), enjoy!

Credit to Ruq for the photo above!

The Book List #10 | Two in One.

// T H E  B O O K  L I S T  #10\\
I feel like, no matter how many 'to-do lists' or New Years resolutions I make about 'reading more books' I'll never be the sort of person to constantly find themselves deep in a book. I do love to read, but I'm the sort of person that can also go weeks without even touching one.. safe to say its good job this isn't a book review blog (is that what you'd call it?!) ALAS, today I have not one, but two books to tell 'ya about. Because, despite what I've just said, I've completed two of late... ok it might have taken me about 5 months to read the first one (oops) but nevertheless, I finally completed it. So sit back and let me tell you about 'Holding Up The Universe' by Jennifer Nivan and 'An Abundance of Katherines' by John Green (and if you don't fancy reading about these, this is your chance to run haha!) 

My Treasured Pastel Nail Shades

// M Y  T R E A S U R E D  P A S T E L  N A I L  S H A D E S \\

As it gets closer and closer to Spring, my excitement levels grow more and more, purely because I can start wearing the prettiest shades fo them all. My favourite shades since god knows when.. PASTELS. Pushing aside the dark reds, dark greens... dark everythings of the season previous, pastels in Spring bring new life to any wardrobe, it makes for a fresh start and has that crisp feel. Lately, I've pick out the pastels from my rather extensive nail polish collection and worn them, with a lot of love, on my nails. This has only made me more excited for the season coming up. I wanted to talk through some of my favourite pastel nail varnishes I've worn the past week and generally give a few suggestions for polishes that may not be still on the market, because despite my nail varnish collection being large, some are embarrassingly old by now.. that doesn't mean there aren't exact copies out there, if the world runs out of pastel nail shades, it would be a very sad day!

Snippets of.. Camden Town

// S N I P P E T S  O F.. C A M D E N  T O W N \\
Here I go again, taking another solo trip to another part of London I've never been to before, when did I become this independent?! Yesterday, I visited North London to Camden, a place I've heard my friends rave about but never had I been. What did I think? Great for photos but ever so slightly intimidating for someone on their own (was it the fact it was busy? because it was a Saturday? Who knows but with company I know I'd love it a lot more!) Although, I got some great snaps during my wander around.. turns out despite the factor it was pouring with rain, the white cloud made for AMAZING lighting! You've just got to love London sometimes, haven't you?!

Finding Inspiration to Write & Other Things in January..

// J A N U A R Y \\

Its a funny thing, this blogging malarkey. Recently, I have really let it go. Barely even thinking about it. Generally, the thought of having to take photos, whatever related, and write would be the last of my priorities. Uni work and visiting 'Spoons being more up the list (lol) Well the past few days, this motivation to blog has come back and suddenly I want to write about aaaaall the things. So, yano what I'm doing, yeah you go it, writing a blog post! I found the inspiration to write again in January so let me talk you through a few things that have happened in the first month of the year.. I'll give you a hint to one of them, its that thing covering my forehead in the pictures HAHA.. you guessed it yet?

Making 2018 My Year

// M A K I N G  2 0 1 8  M Y  Y E A R \\

The number 18 has always been my lucky number. Its the date of my birthday in September. The date of my mum's in March and my close cousins in February. Its the number my Nain (grandma) lives at and its even the number of my blog (but that's solely based on lack of inspiration for blog names back in 2014 HAHA).. Weirdly too, 18 is in my new university halls postcode. I've always considered 18 my favourite number. So, when the clock struck midnight and 2018 was upon me, I suddenly thought 2018 has to be a luckly year.. has to be. I mean I started the year with a bad Fever followed by Tonsillitis which is quite ironic because that's incredibly unlucky. BUT, now I'm back to full health (& back in routine at uni) I'm setting myself some incredibly vague goals.. but realistic. Small ways I actually want this year to go (& hopefully will) Besides, what better time then '18, huh? 

Sentimental Value

 // S E N T I M E N T A L  V A L U E \ \

In a world of endless clothes buying, fast fashion and reckless spending (or is that just me?) how many pieces in your wardrobe would you say you cherish? Do you have anything inparticular you know you'll never part with, pass on to your (hopefully) daughter (or even granddaughter?) I have to say, if I were lucky enough to have endless designer items of value, then yes perhaps. I mean I have the odd accessories piece I paid an arm and leg for which will never leave me EVER. But, up until this Christmas, I'd never really had a item of clothing that had any meaning, any value. So, I went about changing that..