Monday, 5 October 2015


On my first day at my new job, I sat down at my own desk (my first ever own desk! Exciting!) and immediately tried to think of ways to make it my own. (Can you tell I'm really enjoying my job with all these work themed posts lately?!

It might sound stupid, but never having had my own desk before left me stumped in terms of what I thought I'd need on my desk. Obviously, I knew I needed the basic things like stationary, paper, notebooks etc but as I've become more and more settled into my new job, I've slowly began to add things to my little area to make it more personal.

These are, what I feel, the necessities to making a desk or work area really yours.

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Though I have yet to have a bad day, I know how important it is to have a nice photograph of those you love with you. Even when you're having a tough day, it can remind you that they're proud of you and you're doing this job to make them proud, that in most cases when the day is over you can go home and see them.

Such a necessity for when I'm tired or need a boost in the afternoon to get me through the rest of the day. I have a cute little emergency four pack in one of my drawers, ready and waiting for when I need them. 

I try to keep healthy snacks in my desk like breakfast bars etc but it doesn't hurt to have some chocolate or something cheeky like that hidden away for when you really need it. I'd also suggest things like tea bags and hot chocolate sachets for when those winter days really start rolling in...and, if you're like me and you're office is practically in the middle of nowhere and you can't yet drive, a spare lunch or something you can microwave is probably useful too, like a pot noodle or something in case you ever forget your lunch like I almost did last week.

Although I don't condone using your phone at work, having a spare phone charger lying about is always really beneficial in case of an emergency, like if you break down on the way home from work. I understand you can't predict this so would have to charge your phone in advance anyway, BUT, regardless of whether or not we think we'd need it, if our phone battery is running low and we have a charger to hand, we'll all still charge it at work, amiright?

Haha, just kidding. But I do have a little 'emergency' kit which would probably contain the same things as a morning-after-the-night-before-kit. It's just handbag stuff really - a body spray, chewing gum, hand/face wipes, dry shampoo etc. Just stuff that would come in useful in case I've had a stressful day and want to spruce up a bit, or I'm running late and don't have time to style my hair at home etc. Also, actual sort-of emergency items are really beneficial here too, like pain killers or plasters.

Technically this counts as stationary, which comes as a given, but highlighters are always necessary. The brighter the better.

Just for those days where the thought of going out for lunch is just too much. The office is cosy and warm, it saves time walking to the fridge to get your lunch rather then driving out somewhere and the thought of kicking back with a sandwich, a cuppa and a good book (albeit at your desk) is sometimes just what you need.

Depending on the feel of your workplace, you might be expected to wear smart shoes/heels. In my job, we sometimes have to go out and meet clients, so it's useful to have a pair of comfortable flats back at my desk for when I return. I can't ever imagine why I'd need fluffy socks but hey, what if one day it's peeing down with rain and I'm in flat shoes and they get ruined running from the car to the office? BAM. An excuse to wear fluffy socks. Which brings me to....

Like your mum always said, you should always keep one to hand. ALWAYS.

So there you have it. Will I even use half this stuff or miss it if I didn't have it? Probably not. But at least I know I'm prepared, my desk is fully stocked and that it looks damn pretty in the meantime...

Can you think of anything else I should have lying around in my desk - any must-have items? Let me know with a comment!

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Thursday, 1 October 2015


It's no secret around here that I'm a big horror movie fan. I grew up watching horror movies from such a young age, with my brother introducing me to classic films like A Nightmare on Elm Street when I was just 11 (or around that age).

Last Halloween I even set myself a task of reviewing all the B-list horror movies I had lying around my room after purchasing them cheap at CEX or the horror section in HMV...

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A constant in the horror world, Wes Craven - who also helped shape my love for gory slasher movies - passed away recently. He was known as one of the kings of horror and knowing that we'll no longer see him directing a new film again is a sad thought.

It's not often I promote or partake in competitions on the blog but this one I just HAD to feature. I'm sure many of us will be settling down to watch some of Wes Craven's best movies this Halloween - in fact, I'll probably spend an evening watching his movies alone as a small homeage to the king of horror (movies). 

If you'd like to do the same, I'm hosting a competition where you can win a Wes Craven box set! The box set will include some of his best classics such as Scream, Mind Ripper, The Hills Have Eyes, Last House on the Left and bonus DVD The American Nightmare.

This box set is the perfect companion for Halloween this year, to help with a seriously spooky film night. Grab your blankets and popcorn (and cushion to hide behind/teddy to help protect you) because the films are on me ;)

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Although H&M cosmetics isn't a new range entirely (it's something we've all been waiting for for a while now!), it's only recently I managed to get my hands on some of the products when they arrived in my store. 

The website itself has a large range of products, including some gorgeous lipstick pencils available in a variety of beautiful colours, but, annoyingly, some H&M products are only available online and some are only available in shops. I think, however, having the majority of products only available in shops is kind of a good idea in this case because with make up, people often like to test it in person or at least get a proper look at something rather then relying on a screen to broadcast the true representation of the shade.

Two products I picked up in store and am absolutely loving at the moment is a gorgeous kabuki mini brush - which is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen - and a mini set of lipsticks, which again are super cute and small and extremely beneficial for me.

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Kabuki mini brush, £2.99 and lipstick set, £3.99, both H&M
I'm guilty of taking up to five different lipsticks out with me on a night out, all in varying shades. This is because I often leave the house in a gorgeous deep gothic shade in red or purple or plum, and this often lasts for about half the night. Half way through the night, as I get more and more tipsy, I begin to mix it with another nude/subtle shade, because at this point I'm finding it hard to apply lipstick neatly and it's ending up halfway up my face every time I buy a drink without a straw. A few hours later I give up and tend to go for a less bold shade, often in baby pink..and then towards the end of the night when I'm overall looking really messy, I tend to revert back to a bold red lipstick, feeling that at if the rest of my face looks horrid, at least my lips look fine (and can draw people's attention away from the messy parts).

This never really bodes well for me because I can often drop lipsticks when drunk, break them or lose them altogether.

So having a mini collection of lipsticks in five varying shades is absolutely ideal for me, especially as they fit into my going out bag perfectly, no matter how small it is! On top of that, the shades are particularly gorgeous and last a fair while, as tested by me on a night out recently.

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Please excuse my shoddy photography skills, I thought using my super cute desk planner would provide a nice background. It does not.

The kit offers a really nice variation of colours too, from a pale nude to a deep gothic purple, meaning there's a shade for whatever the occasion or whatever your mood is.

The mini brush is again really helpful on a night out when reapplying blusher and such, even though I've barely used it because it's just too damn pretty. And soft. It's super soft too.

I also have on good authority that the bronzer in H&M at the moment is very good too - a work colleague tells me it has even coverage and with three different sections, there will be a shade for you whether you're pale or tanned - or you can mix all three. Perfect. This is again quite beneficial to me personally as I'm naturally kinda pale, so being able to have an application that has a light shade for day-to-day use and then a darker shade for evening use for example is really useful.

I'm not saying these cosmetics are absolute lifesavers or out there products that are total game changers, but they're not entirely crap either and for their low price, they get the job done and they get it done well. They're great for handbag essentials.

What do you think of the H&M cosmetics range? Will you be purchasing anything from the collection soon? Let me know with a comment below!

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Sunday, 27 September 2015


This week I started a new job - hence the lack of posts! There are tons of benefits and reasons why I love this job, and one of those reasons is that I get to sit on my arse all day with my own actual desk! I'm lazy - I know. Having my own desk makes me feel like an adult and makes me feel super sophisticated. I've began bookmarking lots of pretty and useful products for my own little station, to help me feel more organised and help the desk itself feel more 'me'. 

I am a stationary whore so love shopping for all stuff like that. So below, I have blogged about my stationary wish list! Here's some things I want to buy to make my desk the most efficient and prettiest in the office..

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Mystic Rose A6 exercise books - set of 3, £5.00, Paperchase
I am absolutely loving the new Mystic Rose collection at Paperchase, and not just because it contains skulls. This gothic chic collection offers the perfect opportunity for me to show off my 'edgy' side in the office, and I particularly love the skulls leather journal, and the set of three exercise books, as shown above. I think these would look super cool on my desk, ready for when I need to jot down lots of notes. Plus, it's from Paperchase. That just says it all really. Paperchase is like crack in the working girl world, it's ridiculously easy to get addicted.

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The planner to rule all planners, I have fallen head over heels in love with this beautiful and quirky planner. It features inspirational sayings, weekly crazy prompts (to spice up your life if its seeming a little dull lately) and even stickers. STICKERS PEOPLE. I suppose if I'm really honest, it's the hashtag on Instagram that really sold it for me. Search #bandoplanner and see all the bold and beautiful ways people have customised theirs. It might not be cheap, but it's certainly worth it...

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Edelweiss Applique Pencil Case, £7.00, Accessorize
Be still my beating heart for Accessorize is like my kryptonite. I mean, sure, I'm totally addicted to Paperchase too, but Accessorize tends to meet my jewelry (and accessories, duh) need. However they've got some beaut stuff in at the moment so I couldn't resist a mooch. I did receive a beautiful to do list notebook and pen from my (old *sob*) colleagues at my works leaving do (thanks girls!). I have a gift voucher to spend (again, thanks girls) and think it would be spent wisely on this matching pencil case. My pens end up everywhere. Yesterday I spent ten minutes thinking I was going crazy as I looked everywhere around and on my desk to find a pen lid that had fallen off, only to later find it a few feet behind me. How it got there I'll never know, but the point is this gorgeous pencil case is NECESSARY.

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Hopes and Dreams and Wishes Desk Jotter, Not On The High Street, £9.95
Not On the High Street is normally reserved browsing for close to Christmas, or close families birthdays, because everything is just so glam (and pricy) but today I lured on to have a mooch and found this Hopes, Dreams and Wishes Desk Jotter. CUTEST. THING. EVER. I want it now basically. How cute (and beneficial) would this look on somebody's desk?

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Rifle Paper and Co is like that an older sister of all stationary companies - prettier and smarter than you and they just ooze sophistication. To me, the beautiful products of this company are just way too stunning for me. I wear over sized cardigans, trip over nothing and spend most weekends completely in bed. Plus my hand writing is way too messy. The ranges from Rifle Paper and Co are just too good for me but I pine for them anyway. I feel like to order any would make me a real proper grown up and would mean I'd really have to up my game...none the less, I want it all. I particularly love their to-do notepads, as shown above, and I really love the Do or Die notepad, feeling that it mixes pretty and edgy altogether to make me fall in love. Plus, Rifle Paper and Co looks like an expensive range but their items are actually super affordable.

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Thursday, 17 September 2015


Ever since I was little, I've loved reading magazines, and, as I've grown up, most especially the monthly glossies. As much as I adore blogging, there's always been something so great about settling down with a magazine, physically turning the pages and reading the features and advice pages as if it were all written by a friend. To this day, I can never have a bath unless I have a magazine with me! In the past few years, we've had to say goodbye to some of the best, such as More! Magazine (which I was particularly sad about since I'd had an internship there!) and Company, which I loved because it really tried to embrace the essence of blogging into print and kind of worked too. It makes me sad to think that the rise of online writing might be slowly killing print media, but I do believe there's still hope!

A firm favourite of mine over the years has always been Cosmopolitan, but I will admit, even though I religiously buy it every month, over the past year or so I have found myself flicking through it more and more as opposed to reading. I found the features no longer reached out to me personally and there was always far too much fashion that didn't appeal to me. I have always liked Cosmopolitan though for the fact that it's one of few women's magazines that actually write about real issues.

I was pleasantly surprised to pick up Cosmopolitan this month and see that it has had a little bit of a re-brand! It hasn't changed a whole bunch but with a new editor and some new designs, it has a fresh new look and I have to say I really bloody love it. It still covers the real issues which I adore, but there's a bunch of new features that I'm really loving too.

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Some things I really loved about this issue included the full feature on everyone's girl crush right now - Ruby Rose. It was kind of like a mini guide to achieving her look - not just her fashion sense or her make up, but her overall, including her hair and such. I thought this was pretty cool and think this idea would go well. Some ladies I'd love to see featured within this, er, feature, would include Millie Mackintosh (who oozes that super classy look) and Taylor Momsen (my personal punk rock queen).

Another feature I loved was a page all about sprucing up your work desks, including some lovely desk products. I haven't seen this in magazines before and I can't think why, considering most ladies magazines are aimed at young professional ladies. Plus, we all love stationary.

The work out fashion and plus size fashion were firm favourites of mine too. Plus size fashion is always a good thing in my books (er, magazines rather), and as always, it's refreshing to see some lovely clothes aimed at people of all sizes. The work out fashion was very cool in my eyes, we all want to look good when we work out (well we want our outfits to look good) and I personally find that shopping for cute sports clothes really motivates me to actually go and put it on and work out.

Fashion wise, I loved the guide on how to wear a gilet. Not a bunch of pages displaying the nicest gilets around, but an actual guide on how to wear it. Thank you fashion gods, you've just made one of winter's biggest trends a hell of a lot easier for a loser like me. 

Also, Caroline Flack as a cover star. The woman irks me for some reason, but I love how down to earth she is and how she's not Kim Kardashian or Jodie Marsh. Not that I could ever imagine Cosmo featuring Jodie Marsh as a cover star, but you get my point. Out with the ladies who are famous for, well, nothing much really, and in with the real cool inspiring woman who we should all be looking up to.

Although I haven't spoken about any real issues that are new in this months issue, it's because despite all these really cool new parts, real issues have always been included in Cosmopolitan luckily. These new things that they've decided to write about have just put some more fun back into the magazine and made it more of a pleasure to read again! It's refreshing and I think with so many magazines giving up, it's a sure fire way to keep my favourite woman's monthly going.

Have you read this months issue of Cosmopolitan yet? What do you think? Let me know with a comment!

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