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Chocolate + Manicure = Bliss

Never mind my 18th birthday (spent at the Ballroom in Dunfermline… oh dear. Kill me please!), the biggest benchmark in my life so far has been buying my first ever flat with the ever calm and patient Olly.  No more panicking over staining the carpet or too many pinholes in the walls… This place is mine to do whatever I want to it!!!

So far, that’s boiled down to 2 things: turfing the back garden… and getting a biscuit jar.  To me, a biscuit jar is welcoming and homely. To accompany cups of tea and to offer to guests while trying to distract them from the fact that there are mountains of boxes still to be unpacked.

The main problem with having a biscuit jar is the fact that it means you have to have biscuits. I’m not really one for denying myself something when the mood takes me, and the mood for a biscuit strikes a whole lot more often when you actually have biscuits in the house.  Right now, it’s chocolate and caramel digestives.

So, if I have this much love for a plain old chocolate biscuit, imagine how I jumped at the chance to attend the launch for the new offering from Cadbury, the Dairy Milk Bliss bar!!

The Bliss bar is a lighter chocolate bar consisting of the classic Dairy Milk chocolate shell, filled with a soft vanilla mousse. Sweet but not too sweet. If I didn’t loathe the word ‘moreish’, I might just describe the Bliss bar as such.

And if that wasn’t good enough, Cadbury’s has teamed up with one of my favourite nail varnish brands (it’s true! Check back to my post re: egg trays and nail varnish…) Nails Inc. to produce 2 new limited edition colours – Vanilla Bliss and Cocoa Bliss.

Vanilla Bliss is a very pale, cream shade, with a subtle gold shimmer. A striking nude which is both romantic and classy.  As much as I’ve tried, I don’t generally suit nude tones, but this works for me.

Cocoa Bliss is a shade that I know will be staple colour for me this winter. Its deep chocolate tone is very on-trend this season and is the perfect way to add a touch of glamour to your outfit.

And adding the cherry to the chocolatey, nail varnishy cake, I got a complimentary manicure to test the shades and a Bliss bar to get me through the bus journey home!!

…now I just have to wait till National Chocolate Week when the Bliss bar is launched so I can buy another one.  Damn munchies.

Vanilla Bliss and Cocoa Bliss by Nails Inc. are available from 13th October 2010.

RRP: £11.

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Emergency!!

Which of these say ‘First Aid Kit’?

Studious? And tartan… I’m Scottish, I can’t not like tartan.

Some wee monsters?

Angry, square Hello Kitty?

Which is most comforting in the face of medical emergency? Or when you’re looking for hangover Ibuprofen?

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It might be huge, spiky and completely out of control, but look how pretty the roses from our rose bush are:

Instead of the traditional rose style blooms, it produces very wide ‘David Austin’ style flowers.  I only know that name because a friend had his teacup roses in her bridal bouquet last year.

Such a shame we had to butcher the bush instead of pruning it… it was just too big.

Apparently it’ll reflower in a year or two (otherwise I’ll never google ‘rose pruning’ again).

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Bag Lady

Don’t you hate it when you have money to spend but you can’t find anything that you want to buy? Admittedly it doesn’t happen to me very often…the ‘having money’ bit, there’s always something I want to buy.

Right now, I think I need a new bag. I’m a bit bored of my current handbag. It’s too small (but looks like it should be big enough), too fiddly, and the strap is too long (I had to tie it in a knot). I have to carry a whole seperate bag for all the stuff that I can’t fit in the first bag. Dull.

So consider the Rosa from Oasis.  Sienna coloured leather, with plaited leather straps and a large rose embelishment. Big enough to fit my purse, book and makeup bag, but pretty enough to take to afternoon tea…

Or…The tapestry day bag from Miss Selfridge.  Pretty with a vintage Granny vibe but practical in an ‘can actually use it!’ way.  But I made a decision a while back to only buy leather day bags and turfed out all of my faux leather tat. Maybe the rule doesn’t count if the bag isn’t actually trying to look like leather?

Or…

The Sequins Reeds clutch from French Connection. It’s not practical, it’s not very big, it’s not even actually a day bag. But it’s so cute!! Frilly and sparkly. It comes in black too, but it’s not quite as sweet. This one makes me think of sheep.

I could never buy it though, I’d ruin it irreparably in less that 30 minutes and then be angry for days. Just not worth it.

So there you have it. Three bags but no money. Eurgh.

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Chuck check.

Yes yes, I’m obviously trying to channel my inner Blair Waldorf with this little cap-sleeved, checked mini dress.

Worn with yellow tights, a string of pearls and two-tone heeled brogues, all I’d need is a Serena. Or a Chuck.

River Island

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OMFG it’s GG!

How happy am I that Gossip Girl season 4 has started?

I’ve been absolutely hooked since the first episode ever when Serena burst back into town, eating yoghurt at lunch.

It’s not just the fact that they are 17, gorgeous, and absolutely loaded (it really doesn’t! The OC had all that, and I didn’t bat an eyelid). It’s the clothes. The bloody clothes! If only I’d grown up with more than a Bay Trading in my town… (and if only I’d never gotten a perm..)

S&B. It is absolutely impossible to pick a favourite.

Please can we be friends? Pleeeeeease?! Because I think we have the same size feet and I’d really like to borrow your monotone, heeled loafers.

For crying out loud, I’m really going to have to start thinking about my hair more.  But it might take more that a squirt of Elnett to help me when it comes to this little look… I do have similar shoes though.

I also have a bike with a basket and I kind of thought that my bike experiences would be like this… riding on sunny days in the Hamptons, little sundress, not a hair out of place…

Scraped knees weren’t really part of the deal.

Eurgh… they’ll never let me in the gang now!

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Conundrum solved?!

I think I’ve discovered why I go through phases of having nothing to wear while simultaneously having a wardrobe that’s bursting at the seams (and that’s after hogging half of Olly’s wardobe too…). It’s appears to be caused by my silly, fickle mind and results in buying duplicates.

Buying the same thing in 3 colours seems like a great idea when you’ve found something that you love and want to wear it all the time. It’s not such a great idea when you’ve decided that you’re totally bored of the shape of the heel and you can’t bear to look at it/them.

You can tell the the cream pair is the oldest (and the only that I paid full price for). Look how I’ve managed to destroy the straps.

The red pair were bought in the Christmas sale.  I debated if I needed 2 pairs of shoes in different colours but was pushed into it by mum who was bored of waiting for me, and wanted to go to Starbucks.

The third pair were a little ebay bargain and cost less than 1/5 of the price of the cream shoes.

And this is just the tip of the bulk buying iceberg.

Shoes from Topshop

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