Sunday, 27 April 2014

Very Inspiring Blogger Award + Revision Upbeat Song


I hope you've all had a wonderful week and have been enjoying the glorious sunshine and warm weather! We better enjoy it whilst it lasts! But like I said in my previous post, this isn't great for those who are revising...;p

So this post is long overdue, but a couple of weeks ago the very lovely Mallorie from (go check out her blog :D) nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It's extremely kind of her and I'm extremely flattered as well! It's so lovely to know that people enjoy what they read, and aren't sick of me basically:p Thank you so so much! 

So below are just a few rules:
1.Thank and link the amazing person that nominated you.
2.List the rules as well and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and remember to comment on their blogs to let them know you've nominated them. (Provide a link to your post)
5.This rule is optional you can proudly display the award logo anywhere on your blog e.g. on your sidebar and also follow the blogger that nominated you.

Here are some facts about myself:
1. I am five foot and a half, with that half being very very important! :p
2. I love candles and fairy lights, they make me very happy!
3. I just adore homeware in general. I can spend hours in the home sections of shops, as well as browsing online, pinterest, tumblr etc.
4. I am constantly hungry, even after meals...strange person haha.
5.  I basically live in my pyjamas, they're the first thing I change into when I get home. They're just so comfy!
6. I absolutely love music and dancing :)
7. Slugs, worms, leaches, bone/nail clicking or cracking, clowns are a few things that freak me out.

Here are a few lovely ladies I nominate (I definitely recommend checking their blogs:))-
Emma from Writing Essays with Wine is Totally Fine
Lily from Lil Loves
Clare from One Stop Savvy
Morgan from True Life of MK
Laura from Laura Lee Lou
Euge from Obsessed
Alice from The Style of London
Becky from This is Me My Blog
Clare from Bee Happy and Healthy
Becky from Peakcock Beauty
Laura from Blog Behind the Look
Moudy from Moudy and Melody
Jade from Silhouettes of Style
Antoinette from Letters to Antoinette
Fabianne from Cookies and Perfection

So the song I've been listening to recently is 'Timber' by Pitbull featuring Kesha. I'm not really a huge fan of either of them, and definitely not the lyrics or video (hence a lyric video below haha). I'm the kind of person who NEVER pays attention to the lyrics of a song. The only way for me to understand what any artist is singing is if I read the lyrics...or, if I really love the song, I literally have to listen to it 100000000 times to remember one verse...I really think there is something wrong with me. But anyway, when I do listen to a song, I usually like them for the beat, and I really like this one. It's a good motivational one for revision I think :)

So what have you guys been up to this weekend? 

Hope you enjoyed this little post and got to know a little bit more about me :) 

Take care and speak soon! 

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Petite Outfit Idea #5: Monochrome (Smart Casual)


I hope you're all making the most of the long weekend and glorious sunshine :) And I hope everyone had a great Easter! 

So today I have another outfit you all. I'm not sure whether many people feel the same as I do, but I absolutely hate it when events etc say 'Smart Casual'! I feel, for a girl, it's very difficult to know what to wear. You don't want to underdress but don't want to overdress either. Whereas a guy could go in a shirt and jeans/chinos which would be fine. So I thought I'd share one of my interpretations of 'Smart Casual'.
Petite Outfit Ideas: Smart Casual Monochrome || Life as a Petite
I really adore the monochrome look. It's so timeless and everyone can wear it well I think! It might seem a little boring but I just feel it's such a classic look :) I also love smart shorts and tie-neck tops. For me, they give a girly yet smart twist to an outfit.
Petite Outfit Ideas: Smart Casual Monochrome || Life as a Petite
Again I'm wearing my trusty Primark monochrome heels which I wore in these posts: Anniversary Outfit Idea and Business/Work Outfit. I just love them so much. I really want to get a black pair, but then I'd be tempted to get a nude one. I am also tempted to buy a bright coloured one, like a red...No, I've got to refrain myself from going mad haha. 
Petite Outfit Ideas: Yesstyle Lace Blouse || Life as a Petite
I must sound so boring ahah but I do love neutral/pastel colours. I don't think I particularly suit bright bold colours which is a shame because they're so beautiful esp to wear in summer :( But because of my love for more neutral colours and tie-neck tops, this blouse caught my eye. I just love how soft it looks and also the lace detailing at the back as well, which just gives it a bit more character.
Petite Outfit Ideas: Smart Shorts|| Life as a Petite'
These are actually my first pair of smart shorts - well I say they're smart shorts, they may well not be;p But I got these in Forever 21 in Hong Kong, and as they had a buy one get one free offer, I actually got these shorts for free! I love bargains far too much haha.  There's nothing too special about these shorts, just classic black 'smart' ones. But I like how there's a very subtle flare at the leg.

Top: Yesstyle // Here
Shorts: Forever 21
Necklace: H Samuel

Shoes: Primark

Below is just a little photo I took whilst enjoying the lovely weather - Spring is beautiful isn't it?
Summer Flowers || Life as a Petite
So, my current favourite 'song' to listen to is this instrumental cover of Let it Go. If you love Frozen as much as I do (you can read why I'm so obsessed HERE) do check out this beyond amazing arrangement! These guys are so talented. I first came across Jon Schmidt at a time when I was obsessed with Love Story by Taylor Swift. He did a mashup between Love Story and Viva La Vida by Coldplay, with Steven Sharp Nelson, which is also completely fabulous. You can find it here: Love Story Meets Viva La VidaAnother reason I can't stop listening to/watching them is the fact that you can tell how much they love what they are doing, how much fun they are having, and that there is so much passion and emotion in every video they upload :)

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little outfit! What's your interpretation of Smart Casual? What would you wear?:)

Have a fab week everyone, take care and speak soon! 

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

TV // Co-Lab Thursday (Top 5 and John Legend)


I hope you're all having a fab week! I'm so sorry for being a bit quiet this week (and I apologise for being quiet the coming few weeks as well). I have revision and exams to blame :( I can't wait till it's all over so I can blog more :)

Although I've not had much time lately to really watch TV, as the topic this week for Co-Lab Thursday is TV I thought I'd share my Top 5 all time favourite shows. Like many I enjoy TV far too much and could spend hours just sitting in front of the TV/computer... not very healthy really...oh well:p  I've also done one TV marathon once before, and never again. I was such a zombie the next morning. I really wouldn't recommend it, unless you don't like sleep, which in my case was a bad move because I love sleep haha. 

So anyway onto my 5 favourite shows, in no particular order (Images from Google):

1) Merlin 
Okay I lied a little, this first one is in order of preference. Merlin is my all time favourite TV show.  Call me sad or weird, but even though this TV series ended in Dec 2012, I cry thinking that it's never coming back, every time. Do any of you ever feel that way? I hope I'm not the only one:p I've watched each episode numerous times and never get sick of it. I don't know what specifically about Merlin attracts me to it but it's just incredible, the cast, the story...everything...well apart from fact it ended! Let me stop there before I get carried away with ranting ;p

This is another TV series which makes me hate the BBC. The Hustle was amazing. It started with a bang, in my opinion, and finished on such a high. The writers of this TV series are complete geniuses , the cons they come up with are so fantastic it's insane. The worrying thing is, this probably does happen in the real world...

This totally glamorises the law profession, but it's so good! I can't believe season 3 has ended! I've never been so nervous watching a TV series. The acting is just spot on, and the chemistry between the actors are incredible. There isn't a character I don't like! Can't wait for it to be back in June!  

I actually don't know anyone who hasn't enjoyed Sherlock. It's so clever. Again brilliant writing from the BBC. One complaint though, why are there only 4 episodes per season??? I know they're 1hr30 mins long but...that's not enough! We want more;p Season 4 is planned and scripts are written/have been written, when they'll reach our screens is unknown. I really hope that it's not another 2 years again though...I'm also addicted to the American version of Sherlock. If any of you are missing Sherlock I'd definitely check out Elementary starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

Just love Doctor Who! I'm a bit of a cheater in sense that I only started getting into it when it came back onto our screens in 2005, so not a die-hard fan, but it's still one of my favourite programmes. I'm not sure how I feel about the new doctor though...Peter Capaldi was Caecillius in  Fires of Pompeii so I'll probably always see him as that...but he was a great in that episode so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt :p 

There are so many other shows I enjoy, but I'd be here forever listing them. Hope you enjoyed this post :) 

What are your favourite TV shows? I haven't watched Games of Thrones, Breaking Bad or Downtown Abbey etc, am I bad person? Are they really worth watching? I'd love to hear your thoughts and what you recommend! Of course it'll have to be after exams (booo :() but it's something to look forward to :)

Also I just wanted to share one of my current favourite songs to listen to at the moment. I might do this after every post :) It might be a new or old song, depending on what I've been listening to. I would love to hear what songs are your favourite at the moment as well! So for me, I've been loving John Legend's All of Me. It's such a sweet song, and especially as he wrote it for his wife! He's a fantastic singer live as well. 

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone :) Take care and speak soon! 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Bargain Time ft Frozen!


Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend :) 

As you can see from the title, this post has to do with Frozen...I know people have been obsessing about it, and I admit to being guilty of that...I just love the film so much and I'll list the reasons below :p  A bit behind everyone else, but never mind:p For those who've not watched Frozen, be warned that there are spoilers after the second picture :)

 Before that, however, I just wanted to mention a little bargain that I found, well actually was made aware of via emaill. I joined Topcashback a few months back and usually just delete their promotional emails, which I find a little annoying. Yes I could unsubscribe but you never know what treasures might be found;p And I'm so glad I didn't for this very reason: I got the Frozen DVD for FREE! I love Frozen and everything, but £10 for a DVD? Really? Maybe I don't love the film that much, I don't know haha.

Unfortunately this offer has already expired (sorry! I should've posted earlier) but I would highly recommend joining Topcashback. For those who have not heard of this website, basically you get cash back on your purchases from certain retailers such as Asos, Missguided, Boohoo etc. It's actually a really great site if you shop at these places often. Okay the cash back may not be that great but if you add it all up it can be quite a bit. Although I should warn you that the cash back doesn't come through very quickly...the retailers are very slow. If you think about it though,  there's nothing to lose really - it's a bonus to get cash back, and sign up is for free :) Just remember to login into Topcashback and make sure your transaction is recorded, BEFORE you start buying things, otherwise you won't get the cash back :)

Two of my favourite things all in one picture: Fairy lights and Frozen!
Wow that was a little bit long winded wasn't it...oopsy sorry! This last bargain of the week is going to be a lot shorter. As it's revision time a lot of highlighters and colour pens will be used. Do you any of you guys use Staedtler or Stabilo fine liners? They're good but pricey right? Well I have an alternative that is not only MUCH cheaper but also works just as well (okay granted that there may not be as many colours, but hey I'm not going to complain about a good bargain:p). So these fine liners below are from Asda at a bargain price of £1 per pack - yes, honestly one pound!! :)

So why do I like Frozen so much? Many of my reasons are similar to those who also adore the film. Although I love it, I have to admit that the storyline isn't the best from Disney.  Why I love this movie so much is mainly the emotional connection I feel for/with the characters, but more about that later when I list my reasons :)

1) Emotional meltdown moments - I have cried every single time I've watched the film. Sad? Maybe, but I have my reasons;p Elsa and Anna were the best of friends when they were younger and that had to end, pretty abruptly, when Elsa hit Anna's head with her magic. 
I have a sister who is one of bestest friends ever, and although we don't have any magical powers, which would be pretty cool but weird at the same time haha, thinking that I'd not be able to spend any time with her and just ignore her breaks my heart. I cry ever single time  Anna sings 'just let me in' in 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman'. The sadness, loneliness, confusion and hurt...just...I can't explain it, and am tearing up a little thinking about it :'( But also when Anna froze to ice near the end...I'm gone. Every single time:'(

2) Elsa and Anna. This is very much linked to my first reason. The very first scenes where Anna wanted to play with Elsa reminds me SO much I my childhood. My sister actually said something very similar to Anna about being awake because the sun is up;p 

3) Olaf. Some people don't like him because he's too cheesy. I love a bit of cheesy though. Plus everybody has been a child once with, at least some, innocent happy childhood memories, and Olaf just captures it. But also, although he's quite innocent I love how deep he is on love. So much, that his quote 'love is where you put someone's needs before your own' was my very first tweet..sad? Probably, oh well, I like it:p

4) Songs. As much as some people might not like them, they are very catchy! My favourites are probably 'Do you want to build a snowman' and 'Fixer Upper'. In relation to the last song, I don't think people give enough recognition to the Trolls. I love them so much, they're so cute!

5) Sven. This cute happy going reindeer reminds me of me. I am a massive sucker for fairy lights and candles, and get so excited over them. They just give me such a warm fuzzy happy feeling. So, in the scene where Anna, Kristoff and Sven see the magical winter wonderland with dangly fairy lights things, the way Sven reacted is similar to how I react haha. Okay that's probably very weird;p

So those are my reasons why I love Frozen :) What are reasons for liking, or even disliking Frozen? :)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone! 
Take care and speak soon!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Spring // Co-Lab Thursday (Outfits and Seedlings)


I hope you're all having a wonderful week! 

Can't believe it's already been a week since the last Co-Lab Thursday and I just want to thank you all for reading my last post on Love (here if you'd like a look):) This week's topic is Spring.

I have a love-hate relationship with Spring. I love it because the weather gets warmer, it is brighter for longer and also means it is closer to summer!! But also because the flowers start blooming making everywhere look so beautiful. It is also a time to start growing little plants like the ones I have below. These were only 99p each from Wilkos!

Well that's the ideal Spring right? In the UK it's quite a different story haha. Although it's Spring it is still quite chilly with it raining quite heavily some days and cloudy most of the time. We have had a few days where it has been beautiful and sunny, but unfortunately Spring time means revision and exams...the sun is such a distraction....;p

I always find it difficult to dress for Spring because you never know what the weather's going to be like: whether it's going to be too cold, too warm, rainy... I thought I'd share some of my 'Spring' outfits. Most of them look more Autumn/winter appropriate to be honest, but with it being so unpredictable and gloomy in the UK, we'd be lucky to step out in just a t-shirt at the moment. 
Outfit 1                                         Outfit 2                                           Outfit 3
                Top: New Look                  Cami Swing Dress: Asos // Here            Parka: Yesstyle // Here
                  Skirt: Yesstyle                                Shoes: Amazon                    Fluffy Jumper: Boohoo // Here
               Bag: Vienna market                      Necklace: H.Samuel                       Jeans: River Island
             Shoes: Boohoo // Here                   Jacket: George (Asda)               Cut out Boots: Ebay // Here
                                                                 More on this outfit here 
                                                                    Outfit 4                                                   Outfit 5
                                                                      T-shirt:Next                                             T-Shirt: H&M // Here
                                                                      Jumper: Boohoo                                         Jeans: Miss Selfridge
                                                                        Satchel: Gift                                     Flats: TU Clothing (Sainsbury's)

I hope you liked this post :) I'd love to hear what you guys wear for Spring. I seem to be wear jeans most of the time...Also I'd love to hear thoughts on how you guys would pair the polka-dot skirt in Outfit 1, as I'm not actually to sure what it wear it with.

Also for those who have exams coming up in April/May/June, just a (very) early good luck to you all! Although it seems like such a chore now it'll all be worth it and then it'll be summer before you know it - keep at it guys :) 

Enjoy the rest of the week - it's the weekend soon :) Take care and speak soon!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Petite Outfit Idea #4: Mint Summer Chic (Smart Casual/Date)


How was everyone's weekend? It was a bit gloomy wasn't it? I swear it was sleeting a bit as well...I thought it was supposed to be Spring...

With 'supposed to be Spring' in mind I have a rather more Summer appropriate outfit for you guys today. I'm so impatient for Summer to arrive that I'm just dressing for it ;p

Petite Outfit Ideas: Mint Summer Outfit || Life as a Petite

Petite Outfit Ideas: Mint Summer Outfit || Life as a Petite
Links to websites are below :)

Thursday, 3 April 2014

What is Love?


I hope you're all having a good week :) Not long now till the weekend! 

So recently the lovely Laura from Girl Behind the Look followed me on Twitter under the name @ColabThursday. You can click here for more information about what it entails but it is basically a fantastic way to get bloggers involved. Bloggers who join get sent an email every Sunday on a certain topic which will get published every Thursday. And this week's topic is quite a big one: Love. The beauty of this entire collaboration concept is that you can write about that topic in whatever way you want, how ever you interpret it. 

Before I give my take on this topic I just want to say that I'm no love expert and don't profess to be one, everything here is what I feel, and I understand that everyone has their own interpretation and opinion. 

Anyway let's begin:)

Image from Google

So what is love? I don't think it's a thing that can really be described with words. It's so vast, complex and wonderful at the same time that no words can do it justice. We all have loves whether it be family, friends, significant other, food, fashion, sleeping, animals etc. As everyone loves different things to various degrees it's impossible for me to talk about them individually so I'd like to talk about love in terms of relationships with your significant other. 

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

"Our love is like the wind. I can't see it, but I can feel it"  Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember 

What is love?
There's no straight answer to this as it's the sort of feeling that becomes so overwhelming and amazing at the same time it can't be ignored. 

These are some of feelings I associate with love personally: Happy/Content, Fulfilment, Worthwhile, Passion. On top of these amazing feelings though are a few key ingredients to make sure that that love is everlasting: Respect, Compromise, Understanding, Appreciation.

Can love conquer all?
To me I honestly believe that love has no bounds, in the sense that if two people love each other that much nothing can get in between them. Of course that has to be qualified realistically. For example love can't feed the family or find you a job. But I believe it can make you better to want to be a better person to achieve the things you want. To me love should motivate you to be the best you can be because you have someone who believe in you and loves you for who you are and what you can be. 
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage"  Lao Tzu

Love should never be taken for granted, it should be treasured and nurtured
It has to also be remembered that love should never be taken for granted. For someone to give you their heart wholeheartedly is an honour and privilege and it shouldn't be stored away, forgotten or, worst smash to pieces. Love shouldn't be an effort or chore, but something that comes naturally. With that though is the need to be cautious about 'forgetting about it'/taking it for granted. You should always tell your significant other than you love them. That isn't too be clingy or attention seeking but it is to remind them and show them that you still do love and care about them. It shouldn't be said just for the sake of saying it though, it should be genuine and come from the heart. 

Love is about compromising. Two people loving each other, no matter how similar they are, are bound to have some clashes. It's expected. But love should allow you to work through those differences and make compromises. Sometimes a person can love the other so much that they are willing to give up everything to please their other half. If you're willing to accept such sacrafice on their part, are you really loving them? Isn't that taking advantage a little bit?

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” – John Lennon

Love above everything?
This I will separate into two parts: a) Being blinded by love, and b) loving imperfections.

a) Blinded by love

We are all susceptible to it. On one end of the spectrum, when we love someone, we are in a totally different world. We think that everything about that one person is so perfect and they don't seem to have any faults, or at least we brush them aside. Whereas on the other end of the scale, when we hate a person, we are so enveloped in the hate that we ignore or can't see all their good aspects.  I'm in no way here to tell or even in the position to tell anybody who they should love or not. Love whoever your heart takes you to. However, don't be blinded by love so much that it takes you away from others that are the closest to you. I don't think a relationship should take you away from your family. It's natural to stand up for the one you love (in terms of significant other) especially when you know them better than maybe your family or friends because you've known them for longer or because you've just spent more time with them so understand them better. There will be cases where families/friends would want to break two people up for the wrong reasons like jealousy, being controlling etc. If that's the case stand up for your relationship and fight for it. There must be a solid reason why they don't like your choice in partner and it can't be something trivial or unreasonable. However, friends and family have your best interests at heart and won't want you hurt, so if they voice their concerns always remember to take it into account and try to see things from their point of view. It might just be a misunderstanding but you've got to try to build the relationship between them rather than burn the bridges. 

b) Loving everything despite their imperfections

There is no such thing as a perfect guy or girl. Perfection is not only subjective, it is unrealistic. Love isn't something that should conform to society or whatever, it should be something natural and personal to you and your partner. There is no such thing as perfection. Everybody has flaws, but that is what makes us human. What makes love so powerful is being able to see someone's 'imperfections', and loving them for those 'imperfections'.

"Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another." —Emma, Jane Austen

My take on love may be considered either too naive, unrealistic or too cold etc. Again I am in no position to dictate who you should love or why you should do something. Being in the love is one of the most beautiful feelings in the entire world. You can tell when someone's in love because they are happy :) Love is a very powerful thing that, in my opinion, should not be thrown around so readily and easily. And once you feel that explosion of passion and emotion, always work at it, and never take it for granted. 

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV

I'm sorry for the long post! I hope you guys enjoyed it :) 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on love:) What is love to you?

Take care and speak soon!


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