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Top 5 Tuesday: January Favourites

Top 5 Tuesday: January Favourites

Hey everyone  

First off can I apologise in advance if the posts for the next week or so aren't formatted as they usually are - it's because my laptop is still at the laptop hospital so I am having to use my ancient laptop which lets just say is a little technically challenged!

Anyway, today I'm linking up with Rachel @ Just Peachy for Top 5 Tuesday

Here are my January Favourites... (is it just me or has January really flown by?!) 
1. Converse: I've wanted to get a new pair of converse for a while now because my beautiful sparkly pair that I had for my 16th birthday party had gotten really run down and worn out, so when I was in Manchester with Pa I went to get the simple black ones for everyday and ended up coming out of the shop with these amazingly awesome bright green ones to - my justification was that I could use them to spice up a neutral (read boring) outfit but really I think I was just in love with the colour - I mean, how cute will they be in the spring?!

2. Reading: One of my unwritten goals for this year is to keep up with my reading and English because I found that last semester I really missed studying English (I did English literally every year of schooling I've had, I never dropped it even when I had the chance!) and reading amazing pieces of literature - I still read just normal modern novels but I wanted to start reading some literary classics, so I decided that my first read was going to be The Great Gatsby - oh my lord it was amazing! Seriously, if you haven't already, go read it - there's a good reason it's a classic! Because it's only short it only took me a couple of days to read (I was reading it during my free's in uni) I've now moved on to Gone With the Wind which is considerably more lengthy! - and I'm loving it so far :)

3. Oreo's & Peanut Butter: Parent Trap flashback anyone? I have been loving this snack recently - naughty I know but perfect after a hard day of lectures and labs :)

4. Make Up Tuesdays: There is a lady that comes into my uni on a Tuesday with a stall full of amazingly discounted high-end make up products (total heaven, right?!) so my friends and I decided that every other Tuesday (we are students after all) we are going to go to this stall and treat ourselves to some make up. Today I picked up Benefit's Porefessional for just £15 (yes, you did read that right!) when it actually retails at £24.40 - bargain! Next on my list: a MAC Mineralised Skin Finish (Have any of you tried them? Are they as good as they look?) Gotta love Make Up Tuesdays!

5.Gossip Girl: I've finally caught up with the first four series of GG on DVD from my birthday and Christmas so I can no watch GG as it airs in the UK for the first time - last night was the first episode of series 5 and it was awesome! (side note; if anyone wants to throw me a Tiffany themed party then please feel free to go right ahead!)

fyi - it took me 2 hourse (!!!) to write this post, that's how slow this laptop is!
aHm xoxo



Hey everyone  

I have finally finished my exams - woop! Admittedly I only had three but they all contributed 75% to my overall module marks - scary stuff! I just feel like I spent so much time preparing and revising for them that it's been a long haul - that just cumulated in these last three days.

Anyways, I'm spending this weekend chilling out and just having some 'me' time.

Yesterday afternoon I drove Ma, Nam & I to the cinema to go and see Warhorse. I usually hate war films but because this revolved around a horse I really wanted to go and see it. It was an amazing film - so compelling and engaging - by engaging I mean I was literally sobbing my heart out at one point and hiding behind my scarf for at least 10 minutes at one point. The film made me so proud to have horses myself and to have a bond with them like in Warhorse - obviously not to the same degree of course but just a smidgen of it. I digress, my apologies - in my opinion Warhorse is a must see - it may even end up being one of the best films I see in 2012 (yes, yes, I know it's only January but even so, it was that good) but having said that, I don't think I could watch it again in a hurry - it was just too upsetting. You should watch it - I'd love to hear someone else's opinion about it :)

Last night, the bf had the night off work and we were planning on going out for a quiet meal somewhere local but I was so emotionally drained after the exams and Warhorse so we stayed in and ordered takeout instead - we discovered out fave takeout place had recently got an 'order online' facility so we did that - I may or may not have got a little overexcited about it :S

I plan on spending the rest of today having a Duvet Day in my onesie and reading - probably going to start either Looking for Alaska or The Great Gatsby - yay!

I will hopefully *fingers crossed* be participating in The Valentines Challenge from Neely, Amber and Casey (read about it here) so you can expect some frequent blogging from me :) Are any of you taking part too?

Hope you all have an awesome weekend :)
aHm xoxo

My Week In Pictures...

My Week In Pictures...

Hey everyone 

It's Wednesday again which means it's time for my 'MWIP' post - yay :) 

When I was going through and re-writing my notes I discovered that I apparently like to doodle a lot :S

I'm loving my new 'Hug-a-Mug' - Isn't it so cute!

I was having a good hair day #andwhat

Spending the afternoons reading - lovely!

I've received the fourth series of GG for Christmas and I've been limiting my watching to one episode a night as a reward for spending the day revising - it's definitely my guilty pleasure

I have become legit obsessed with TinyTower on my iTouch - I now have 20 floors; feel free to be impressed, lol.

I've finally cracked how to draw alpha helices after 3 years - just in time for my exam!

The first Raspberry Iced Tea of the year. It's acceptable to go back to Summer drinks now that the Winter specials have disappeared from the coffee boards now, right?

Costa catch up with the vintage bestie, S. Yes, the large coffee cup was a big as her face!  

I have decidedly too many soft toys for a girl of my age - brought to my attention when my toy net fell down :(

The feeling of completing a mahussive to-do list never fails to make me happy :)

I've finally finished all of my revision, ready for my exams this week - ahead of schedule too - yay!

Hope you all had a good week :)
aHm xoxo

My Week in Pictures...

My Week in Pictures...

Hey everyone 

It's Wednesday which means it's time for my 'MWIP' post - woop :) I took so many pictures this week so it's been tough trying to decide which ones make it into this post.

I got my new bed!! So exciting, even though I did have to put it together myself and it's a guest bed so basically haad to put two beds together but heyho I still love it. It looks so cute and preppy with the pink and navy too <3

This piece of music has been torturing me all week! I absolutely love how it sounds but I just cannot for the life of me get it to sound how I want it to. I mean I can play it and it sounds like it should but it's not seamless yet - even more practice needed, oh well at least it will be great for a study break :)
I love getting belated Christmas presents - especially if they involve chocolate - yum!

This week I went to back to College for the presentation evening to pick up my A-Level certificates, and turns out 'd been nominated by my English teachers to win the prize for my English course - win!

Sleepovers with the bf before he had to go back to college :(

Midnight feasts at said sleepovers #omnomnom

The bf hiding behind laptrays as we cooking dinner

Found the most amazing candy shop that had just opened in town - american sweets cravings satisfied :)

Lickle Daisy Dog schnuggling with the bf's scarf - too cute!

The first light of my first Yankee Candle :)

Dinner time - the fruit balances out the chocolate, right?!

Revision, revision and more revsion! Roll next week (omg my exams are next week - that sure came around fast!) when my exams are over and I can party - ahem I mean study -  with the uni girls again :)

I hope you all enjoyed your weeks as much as I did :)

aHm xoxo

Top 5 Tuesday: School Supplies

Top 5 Tuesday: School Supplies

Hey everyone  
Today I'm linking up with Rachel @ Just Peachy for Top 5 Tuesday

I love buying stationery - that annual shopping trip to the office supplies store is probably my fave shopping trip of every year. I love just browsing the aisles and picking out stuff that is just the right balance between cuteness and practicality :) Does anyone else look forward to school supply shopping as much as I do?

So, here are my fave school supplies;

1. Pencil cases - this year I was so determined to only use one pencil case for uni (in high school I was a definite two pencil case kinda girl - one was never enough) but then I saw these two and I just could not choose between them - they are pink and green! -, so I got both - one for coloured pens and one for normal pens/pencils/ruler/etc. - I know, I'm obsessed.

2. Sticky notes - I seriously use these all the time! They are awesome for bookmarking pages in a text book, making little notes on in my planner - plus they come in amazingly bright colours - win!

3. Staedtler pens - these are my favourite pens to use when I'm revising - they make re-writing my notes so much easier because they're in pretty colours! 

As you can see I am slightly OCD about colour coordinating my stationery :S

4. Pretty notebooks - Now this one makes me seem a little crazy - I love buying pretty notebooks but I can never bring myself to use them because I think they're just to nice to use - instead I just store them in a special folder which makes me guilty every time I look at it because it seems like such a waste of money but somehow I just can't stop myself from buying them.

5. Planners - the one on the left (from WH Smiths) if the one I use as a standard planner for uni and my free time and the one on the right (from Paperchase - they always have the cutest things!) is the one in which I write down all my to-do lists for uni work - boring but at least the pretty felt cover distracts me, lol.

aHm xoxo

Yankee Candle Virginity...

Yankee Candle Virginity...

Hey everyone  

So, this week I went to the local outlet mall with Ma and came across a  shop that had mahussive selection of Yankee Candles - win! I've been thinking about purchasing a Yankee Candle for myself for ages now, but I just never got around to it, but then the bf gave Ma the French Lavender large candle for Christmas and I am just obsessed with how awesome it looks on her vanity in her room, so I just had to get one for myself!

So anyway, I stood in front of this very extensive selection of Yankee Candles in complete awe and having absolutely no idea of where to begin. Cutting a long story short, I spent a fair while browsing through many different scents and came to the conclusion that I'm not a big fan of spicy or overly floral scents. 

Armed with this new knowledge I went for just picking out candles which I thought had pretty appealing names and heres what I ended up with;

 “So real you can almost hear sleigh bells...the tingle of a frosty breeze blowing through icy pines.”
I was honestly drawn to this one a) because it was on sale (woop!) and b) because I wanted a wintery scent but one that wasn't too Christmassy and this is perfect!

 “An intoxicating and masculine blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne.”
As soon as I smelled this I knew I had to have it - it's my perfect dark, smoldering scent that has so many different layers to it - definite favourite!

“A cool and calm stroll by the river...watery green notes with hints of sage, amber and oak.”
This one is going to be perfect for those stressful days, the scent is so strongly realistic that if you close your eyes you really could be next to a river! - a great scent to bring in spring!

Have any of you tried Yankee Candles? If so, what are your fave scents?
aHm xoxo

Back in to Lush...

Back in to Lush...

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I recently made the decision to go back to Lush. If you haven't heard of this company then seriously go check them out! They make the most amazing bath bombs, bubble bars, etc. for the best bath time experience! I used to be obsessed with Lush about 5 years ago but I think I over indulged and just got a bit bored of having a bath bomb in every bath, lol. But, after watching countless beauty guru's on YT bang on about Lush I was enticed back into giving them another try, after all it was no fault of the company that I just got bored of their products, in fact it served me right for just buying the same products religiously!

I decided that I was going to plan out what I was going to buy first by looking at their website - otherwise I just knew that I would walk into the store, get overcome by the amazing smells and end up buying a ridiculous lot of products that I probably wouldn't even like. So, I perused the website via searching for my favourite scent - jasmine (so light and not too overpowering)and then just ending up looking through every single page they had on their site! I eventually ended up narrowing it down (and I use this term very loosely!) to these:

Ma, Nam and I then went to my local Lush store a few days ago and I picked up a few things from my list:

I've been hearing a lot of good things about lip scrubs recently and when I saw the name of this - how quintessentially Southern?! - I couldn't resist! The fact that it tastes exactly like mint chocolate doesn't hurt either!

Apparently this Dragons Egg Bath Ballistic promises to turn my bath gold - how luxurious! - and contains popping candy! And it smells of jasmine and citrus - yummy!

This Ballistic is called Phoenix Rising - if name alone wasn't cool enough to make me buy it this excerpt from the Lush website will! "She’ll release gentle shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to leave your skin feather-soft. Exotic essential oils of fruit and spices take your mind on a flight of fancy to distant shores where you are lying on a beach drinking spiced rum." It's always not long after New Year that I start daydreaming of summer and this definitely gets me in the summer mood :)

First off, how amazing does this Bubble Bar look?! It's called Sunnyside - again it will apparently turn your bath t liquid gold and smells super fruity. It's supposed to help you too look forward and leave the bad things behind so how perfect is it for the New Year?! Plus quite frankly I'm a sucker for anything sparkly!

I was so proud of myself for sticking to my list and not getting distracted by all the yummy smells in the store  - yay me :)

Are you a Lush fan? What are you're Lush faves?

aHm xoxo