Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Classic



In true Christina fashion, I have half of my Chicago photos on my dad's computer whilst he's gone away for a bit! But, that's no excuse for my break from the blog, in honesty the sun came out in Florida last week and I spent every minute enjoying it and trying to soak up the sun before I came back to England and the inevitable rain. Then I've been jetlagged, hanging with some family and on a back-to-school shopping trip - hence the break from the blog!
I got this Forever 21 dress in the store in Chicago and instantly fell in love. The red lips seem a perfect fit to go with the monochrome stripes, as well as my black flatforms to make it a simple classic look. This was my last night (I think - it all seems like a blur) in Chicago in which we went to a fab steakhouse before going to the Navy Pier to watch fireworks. Although apparently there are fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday watching the fireworks, sitting by the water with the Chicago skyline in view was a perfect moment. It's still moments like that that have made my holiday unforgettable!
Hopefully there will be some shots of Chicago soon and definitely some more outfits, but for the moment I'm going to continue (ahem, start) my holiday homework before going back next week (How is it the last week of Summer already?!)

Now Playing // Ariana Grande - My Everything

P.S. You've may have seen on Instagram (and if you havent, where have you been?) but I#ve had my haircut! What do you think of it?
P.P.S. Also, This is my 300th post, cheers to that.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

America Life Rambling







It is currently storming outside. And it has been all day so far. This is the third day in the row it has been like this. So yeah, Florida is fab when the sun is out but when a blanket of clouds blocks it, it isn't so fab. I've quickly nabbed my dad's laptop to give an update on my life and a type of photo diary through my phone post. 
I have taken so many photo's, some blog related, some photography related and others to capture memories but the problem is is that I don't have my usual editing tools on my dad's laptop so the Chicago posts will have to be delayed another week or so. However I have been taking quite a few snaps on my phone and have been frequently uploading them to Instagram so thought I would collate some together in this post. I'm rambling a lot aren't I? Bullet points may be best.
  • After a fairly sleepless Wednesday night I finally got my AS Level results at 3:30 in the morning here. The range of emotions was, and still is mixed. I was thoroughly pleased with half of my grades and disappointed in the other half, especially my History exam. But oh well, I can just try my best and pull it up next year!
  • We went to a baseball game last night to support the Tampa Bay Rays whom we've seen multiple times now. It wasn't the most exciting game but I still got into it - especially with our t-shirts - and we won!
  • Tonight we're going to an American Football game. I don't know any rules to it apart from what I learnt through films and TV shows, So could be interesting!
  • I've also done lots of shopping which I'm super excited for and am thinking possibly of a haul video when I come back?  So that is my life atm, bit of a pointless rambling post but I felt I needed to explain my life through bullet points!

From watching this video I've been reminded of one of my favourite quotes that I fancied sharing - 
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” 




Monday, 11 August 2014

Summer Shade



Top and Necklace - New Look. Shorts - Topshop. Kimono and Shoes - H&M.
I seem to love putting my hands in my hair...

I wore this outfit to a barbecue that I hosted for my friends just before I went away. I was stressing about what top to wear but luckily I found this peplum top in Madeleine's drawer which I think fits perfectly with this outfit. It's definitely one of my favourite outfits of the summer so far. I love the free flowing feel of this kimono and do wish I jumped on the bandwagon a bit earlier!  Also a lil' shout out to Vicky for being the photographer, obviously our time in Photography AS has paid off!
Right now I am sat inside jamming to 5SOS's album, taking a break from the sun and about to make a Mango shake with Madeleine. Chicago was a dream, my heart definitely belongs in a city but it has fully worn me out (You'll be getting the posts about that shortly when I've recovered!) but today is the first day of my week and a half long chill time in Florida. I've already spent hours in the pool and listened to a heap of new albums. Life is Good. 

 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Under the Downtown Neon Lights



I've been wanting to wear this playsuit for ageeeeeees. And luckily a couple of weeks ago when I had a summer bbq to go to for my friends gabby's birthday it was a perfect time! I love the fit of it, how it is tight and high neck at the top then flares out at the side, looking like a dress but is actually shorts. As you can tell basically, I'm a fan of this playsuit, good one Topshop!
Make sure your following me on instagram to keep up with my America posts, hopefully I'll be getting a great tan. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

What I'm Taking to America // Clothes
























So for my last instalment for this mini series I thought I would show you a collection of the clothes that I'm planning to take to America with me. These photo's show that my summer wardrobe mainly consists of black and white clothes with a hint of denim and the occasional pink and literally no other colours!
Shoes // I've got my pair of flatforms from H&M but because they do give me horrendous blisters I also purchased a pair of converse type trainers from New Look to add to my black shoe collection.
Dresses and Playsuits // All of these here can be worn casually in the day or dressed up in the evening, something useful to have in a city!
Tops and Shorts // This collection of shorts and top are all very inter-changeable. I think having lots of different separate pieces will work out well if I've stuck what to wear.
Bikini's // These high-waisted Topshop bottoms came the other day and I'm so excited to mix and match them with my various bikini tops.
Kimono's // I've got this H&M kimono and black cardi which are both perfect and lightweight to keep me warm in the cooler evenings.

So there you have it - What I'm planning on taking to America! Let me know if you like this mini-series, it was quite fun blogging everyday for a bit it must be said. I fly tomorrow (excited yet surreal) but have got a couple of posts lined up and plan to blog a bit in Florida. Anyway I better go and pack as I've got a haircut this evening (Yes, It's going even shorter!)

Albums bought for the plane - George Ezra, Clean Bandit and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Monday, 4 August 2014

What I'm Taking to America // Beauty Essentials

For my second installment of What I'm Taking to America I'm going to attempt to talk about some of the beauty items I am panning on taking. Now as you know, I am no beauty expert so I can't really talk to much in detail about everything because I don't really know, I just either like a product or I don't - and these are the ones I like!

Sleek Rose Gold Blush 926 // It has such a gorgeous subtle shimmer and the rose colour is lovely.
Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam // This is brand new but the shine and colour look dazzling and perfect for a summer glow.
Sun Cream // You can never have enough suncream!
After Sun Moisturiser // To lock in any tan I may have gotten and soothe my skin.
Sheer Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner // I'm hoping this and the sun will keep my blonde hair extra vibrant in colour.
L'oreal Nude Magique BB Cream // This is also new but I'm so excited to try this out, I wanted a lighter coverage on my face compared to normal as it is going to be hot there!
Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Waterproof mascara // A waterproof mascara is a must for the long lazy days by the pool.
Nivea Soft Moisturiser // My everyday moisturiser is needed even more after being in the sun all day.

So there you have it, my essential beauty items! What are your hliday beauty essentials?



Sunday, 3 August 2014

What I'm taking to America // Hand Luggage


Over the next couple of days I'm going to be doing a mini-series where I'm showing what I'm taking to America! Now I go this week but I haven't started packing yet but thought to start off with I'd show you what I'll be taking in my hand luggage, as its an 8 hour flight, I'll need some entertainment! Although I did see that Divergent is on the tv so that's a plus.
Bag // A standard backpack that is going to be super handy on the long sightseeing days in Chicago.
Journal // I love documenting what I'm feeling or any idea's I have in here.
Magazines // A must have on any flight.
Kindle // I need to update my reading list but my kindle and reading will be a major part of my holiday.
Sunglasses // For stepping out into the sunny Chicago skies.
Hair Ties // Always a must when I need to throw my hair into a top knot on the plane.
Carmex // I hate the dryness that comes with flying so this will most definitely be needed.
Headphones // I don't think I could handle my holiday - mostly my flight and sunbathing - without headphones.
Iphone Charger Case // Allows my phone to have double battery life which is great as the Iphone battery life is so rubbish and it would be dead after an hour of the flight!
Iphone // Because I just cannot seem to go anywhere with it.
Hope you enjoyed this small sneak peak into my packing, keep an eye out for more over the next couple of days!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Road Between

Skirt - River Island. Top and Shoes - H&M.
Just a super quick post before I go and watch dance moms and probably fall asleep on the sofa. I am so tired after a busy weekend which included of dancing, driving, a perfect summer barbeque with friends then more dancing. I wore this outfit to work on Friday - my flatforms from H&M finally came - and I still don't really know how I feel about the outfit though. Wearing a maxi was super comfy but then seeing it in this photo, I'm just not I can pull off a maxi skirt! 
I finally got my disposable camera photo's developed the other day and this is a shot of my beautiful garden in the rare english sun. I'm going to see the musical Once tomorrow with my mum after work tomorrow which I am really excited for, there is nothing much better than a West End show!

Now Playing -  Boom Clap by Charlie XCX - Love love love the summer vibes to this

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The End Where I Begin


Wearing: Top - H&M. Shorts - Topshop. Cardi - Boohoo.
I have been wearing these short non-stop this summer, and I'm really surprised they are only just making it on the blog. I got them way back in May on my personal shopping experience (see the video here - cheeky plug) and haven't really stopped wearing them since. They are such a simple piece but the lace and intricate detailing on them make them so much more. They are also super comfy, especially in hot weather - which I will be grateful for when I go to America! Yes, you heard it right, America! I'm going to Chicago and Florida during August and I can not explain how excited I am. To explore a new city, soak up the sun and obviously American shopping and food! I'm already thinking of outfit spots in Chicago, e.g. The Bean - which I just associate with The Vow and LOL. Then there are also the cool trains which feature heavily in Divergent and LOl. Ahhh how exciting! It's definitely my motivation for getting through this last week and a half of work!

Now Playing - The End Where I Begin by The Script (How did I only just find out this was a song?!)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Those Lazy Denim Days







 Dress - Primark. Hat - New Look. Shoes - Office.
A denim dress just shouts a lazy hot summers day. So this morning when I didn’t have to jump out of bed and commute to London but could have a lie-in and mooch around in a standard teenage girl fashion, this dress stood out to me. Then when the thought of blog photo’s popped into my head I finally braved this New Look hat which I’ve had since last Autumn but have never been brave enough to sport it. So this afternoon we had a drive (yes, I drove!) until we found this adorable spot and started snapping away.
My life this week has been exhausting but in a good way. I managed to nab myself a 3 week internship at a PR company in London. Although the commute is tiring I’m learning so much interesting stuff whilst enjoying a snapshot of London life!
Tonight I’m off to see The Fault in Our Stars for the third time and I honestly can’t wait. Then tomorrow I’m hoping it’ll be another sunny day to laze around in.


Now Playing - Nina by Ed Sheeran ( One of my favourite artists singing about another of my favourite artists = pure bliss!)


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Thoughts, Expectations and Reality

Hello, I am actually alive. I did not plan for a week and a half long hiatus from my blog, it just kind of happened. I had a busy week last week as it was the last four days of school before summer and in the evenings I had my first full run through's of my dance show (which is coming up this weekend!) then I actually *shock horror* went out to a couple of party/gatherings so it was safe to say I was pretty damn tired.
This week I have been stuck at home in the days and have been at, what feels like my second home, my dance school in the evenings. Most of my friends from school are currently having a girly holiday in Corfu which sadly I couldn't go to because of my dance show, then because of my parents working I am stuck at home accompanied by my laptop, food and television. But you may be thinking, well why haven't you blogged Christina? But the truth is, Ive been feeling quite unmotivated. As well as not having any prime time to capture good and worthy outfit photo's I felt that I couldn't post if it was not an outfit post. However today I had a little revelation, that who cares if it isn't an outfit post? If I want to blog I should! So therefor I come to you today with a post, slightly inspired by Sonja's style of blogging, that relates my life and feelings at the moment. Let me know what you think of this type of post, I'm a bit nervous about posting it but I need to break down that barrier of what I should post and what I want to post.
Photo's and Gifs from my tumblr!
A couple of weeks ago my mum and I sat down on a Sunday evening to introduce ourselves into the world of Audrey. I had seen Breakfast at Tiffany's before but that was it, before that we found lurking in the back of my grandma's cupboard the 'Ultimate Audrey Hepburn collection.' After watching Funny Face and Roman Holiday we were both pleasantly surprised! The films were funny. Much more funnier that we had both imagined, therefore she is now my queen.  And also, how on point is Audrey's eyebrow game here? 
 
How beautiful is Elle Fanning? I still haven't seen Maleficent but Elle has recently been on the cover of Teen Vogue and Company and both the interviews were so interesting as well as the photoshoots,  inspiring. I especially loved the Bridgette Bardot inspired look in the Teen Vogue photoshoot, Elle just pulled it off so well and looked gorgeous!
 
As you can probably tell - I love Black and White photo's. These two photo's just ooze the 'cool' tumblr girl feel that most girls wish they had. The grunge and effortless look of the outfit on the left and the salty beachy hair on the right hand side emphasize my need and expectations for summer. 
This photo is pure perfection. My life at the moment is heavily surrounded by the image of dance. The past couple of weeks I've had evenings in the studio that start at six and go on until ten, and that's happened at least twice a week for a good few weeks. Although they have been hard and challenging, especially dancing this much during my exam period I feel like it is all going to pay off on Sunday. Our annual dance show is this weekend and I can't even explain how excited yet nervous I am for it. I want to give my teachers justice to the dances they've created as well as do myself proud as well as not let my friends down. We've all worked so hard and I really hope, well I know, it will all pay off!

A few gifs that I feel explain my expectations and dreams of a fun filled summer contrasted with the reality of me sitting at home writing this blog post about to go drink some coffee, eat a chocolate cornflake cake, re-watch Make it or Break it whilst ironing (because I'm a lovely daughter.) Isn't my life just really exciting?
But I did upload a new youtube video earlier, make sure you check it out and subscribe, pleaseeeee!


Now Playing - Nashville Season 2, Volume 2 album, especially this song.