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Monday, 28 January 2013

thailand diary part two - chiang mai

Ok, Thailand diary part two.  It looks like I'm going to be trying to make these Thailand photos last as long as possible as I'm having some issues with outfit shots at the moment.  Unfortunately I have lost my photographer (the boy) as we are no longer living together (sob sob) and I don't have any where in my room I can prop the camera...looks like it may be time to purchase a tripod (advice please?).

So anyway, next stop in Thailand was Chiang Mai, which I loved!! Totally different to everywhere else we visited, LOADS to see and do, and the town has a great atmosphere..especially the old town which we only discovered on our last day (typical!).  It's also super cheap, £1.50 for a large beer, and about £3 for a meal, so if you're planning a trip to Thailand I definitely recommend Chiang Mai.

We crammed quite a lot in while we were there, elephant trekking, cookery course (which was awesome), and a bit of time round the pool.  We also went to the famous night market, pretty much every night we were there, and spent our pennies on fake Ray Ban sunglasses, traditional Thai dinner sets, and a fruit bowl shaped like an elephant (naturally!).

1. Elephant Trekking and Ox Cart Riding
3. The cooking course...we didn't cook those pink eggs, they are left to ferment for something crazy like 10 years and then they eat them, vom!
3. More elephants, butterflies, orchard farms and bamboo rafting

Next up in the Thailand diaries...the islands, and the National Park.

all about the girl

P.S. I start my new job today...correction, I started it at 9am this morning, I scheduled this post, so wish me luck please :)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

stylist's trend on trial, trialled: the english rose

It's true, I'm back with a trend on trial.  Unfortunately, we don't have Stylist in Carlisle (I don't think? Any Carlisle Bloggers correct me if I'm wrong), but I did manage to pick up last week's in Glasgow airport (at 2am in the morning...getting my priorities right!).  So, I thought what better post to come back from my hols with than a Trend on Trial.

Now, this week, it's the English Rose...hrmm.  Any other time of year, no problem.  But at the moment, I have a tan, and all I want to do is add lashings of bronzer and cling on to it for as long as possible.  I don't want to embrace the pale and interesting like I usually would, but not to be defeated, I gave it a go anyway...I just sobbed a little when I said goodbye to my bronzer.
So this is relatively easy to achieve, simple eyes (another reason to cry a little due to the lack of my beloved eyeliner), pink cheeks, a bit of highlighter and you're good to go.  I appreciate that this look looks beautiful on many people, I, however, do not like it.  I miss my eyeliner too much.  I can deal with the rosy blush, the highlighter and the pinky lips but it's just a bit too fresh faced for me.

So, here's hoping next week is something more up my street, the perfect glowing holiday look please Stylist.

What do you think? Do you embrace the English Rose?

all about the girl

P.S. My cases are still lost in transit (5 days later) so I don't have any of my favourite...hence the photos above.
P.P.S.  I desperately need a haircut...hence the photos above.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

thailand diary part one - bangkok

So here I am ready to bore you all with my first set of Thailand photos, I'm not sure yet quite how many posts I plan to turn this into, I'm just going to go with the flow.  As you can probably guess, the next few posts will be pretty photo heavy, and I didn't take any outfit shots while I was away! I think we were taking enough photos without another 200 of me posing :)

We landed in Bangkok at 10.30 am Thailand time, a pretty reasonable time to land you would think, but we'd not slept and it was 3.00 am UK time.  We decided that the best idea was to try and stay awake till the evening to avoid the dreaded jet lag (we lasted till 7pm!).  So as you can imagine the first few days were a total whirlwind, I was having issues with dizziness (any one know if that's a jet lag side affect?), and we barely managed to see the New Years Eve Fireworks.

However, we managed to squeeze in a trip to Chatachuk Market, which I'm sure I would have loved had a been feeling with it...we lasted 20 minutes and had to get out, as it was a bit crazy.  We saw Wat Pho, the famous reclining Buddha and got an obligatory Temple shot.

1. Wat Pho
2. A Temple
3. I had too much skin on show (as usual) and had to wear this fetching number
4. Bangkok from our hotel restaurant
5. New Years Eve...we just made it to midnight!

We spent two days at the end of the holiday in Bangkok as well, where we actual managed to enjoy it a bit to come soon.

Next up, Chiang Mai :)

all about the girl


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

back to life, back to reality

Yes, I'm back!! Here I am.  Well it's been, eek, a month since I sat down and wrote a post, and I'm having a total writers block, really need to get myself back into a routine...and reality.

So, as you may or may not know, I have been in Thailand for the past three weeks, before that was Christmas, and just before that I'd packed up and left London to move back home to little ol' Carlisle.  I thought I'd start by giving you a sneak preview of my Thailand pics, and when I get the rest off the boy I'll do one big, fat post...or maybe more than one, we took over 300 photos...this may take a while.

I must say a MASSIVE thank you to my guest bloggers while I was away, they did a great job, and it was fab to have some posts to keep the blog going.  And I hope some of you found some new blogs to go and read, and enjoy them as much as I do!  Also, if you emailed me about guest posting and I didn't reply, I'M SO SORRY, I didn't mean to ignore anyone, and thank you for your interest :)

Now, I have to get used to my new life, I'm living (temporarily) with the rents, I'm starting a new job on Monday (eek) and I'm having to re-learn how to drive, I never seem to do things by half.

In other news, it turns out that there are several other Carlisle bloggers and we are currently trying to arrange a wee meet up.  If there are any more of you out there, drop me an email and I'll be sure to make sure you get invited.

Hope you haven't missed me too much, it's good to be back!

all about the girl

Thursday, 17 January 2013

What's in my bag….

Hello! I am Sally and write a little blog over at Sallytangle.  Since Caroline has swanned away to the very beautiful Thailand for most of January, she has very kindly allowed me to write a guest post over here at All About the Girl.  

I tend not to plan my blog posts too much and after agreeing to sneak in here i got a bit flustered at what on earth i was going to ramble on about to you lovely lot.  Since you don't know me too well, i thought a little peak into my bag might be a nice way to say hello.  If you like what's in my bag….you might like what's on my blog too, should you fancy some new reading.

I tend to try not to carry everything around in the whole wide world, and only keep my bag contents to absolute essentials.  This is very hard.
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This is my day to day bag - a lovely minty green Cambridge satchel which i was very lucky to get for Christmas from the Mr this year.  Its the exact same colour as my bike and perfect slinging across my little self whilst zipping about - with just enough room for the essentials.  
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Right, on with the nitty -gritty!

1)  Diary.  An absolute must for me.  I am generally very clumsy and forgetful (i get told i don't listen far too often).  This little Caroline Gardener diary means i remember my days off and everyone's birthday without having to check Facebook.  Plus its pretty too.

2)  Nuts.  Somebody really laughed at me the other day when i told them my little tin of nuts story.  I am always hungry.  Therefore it makes total and complete sense to me to carry a little tin of nuts around with me at all times.  Fruit gets squashed, chocolate melts (and we can't have that on my lovely satchel) and anything else is too big to fit in.  It does make an awful 'my bag's filled with pills type rattle' sometimes though…

3)  A bundle of jewellery.  Working for Monsoon/Accessorize means i have to wear an awful lot of current season accessories at all times.  I make that sound like its hard - it's not.  I could quite happily buy the entire shop.  So therefore i always have my little pouch filled with a little selection of current favourites.

4)  An emergency puncture repair kit for Willow.  That's my little bike by the way.  Self explanatory.  If and when her tyre pops/bursts/develops a hole it means i can fix it on the go.  I have no idea how to actually do that now i come to think of it.  

5)  An emergency rain poncho.  I carry my umbrella tied to my cross bar for in between cycling-type downpours.  But sometimes you get stranded, and if there is anything that's worse than walking in the rain without an umbrella….it is cycling in the rain.  Bleurgh.  

6)  Purse.  Again self explanatory.  The little press stud broke about two years ago and so it spends its days fastened with a hair bobble.  I know i should probably buy a new purse, but buying a new purse is a big deal.  I love the soft worn (to death) leather of this very old Ted Baker one, and its floral lining. 

7)  Chewing gum.  At work to stop me from eating whatever cake, biscuit or chocolates that somebody has annoyingly kindly brought in.  I have no stop button when it comes to sugary treats, so chewing gum is fab for making sure i don't start nibbling.  Or for just keeping my teeth clean on the go. 

8)  Hand sanitiser.  Boring i know but i am a complete clean freak, and like to have the option of cleaning my hands on the go too.  

9)  Keys.  Far too many keys, far too many keyrings.  I often think i should separate my work keys and house keys but i know i would lose them!!  I will just have to hope i don't leave these anywhere, or i shall be jobless and homeless! And lovely keyring…less!

So thats my bag and all its bits and bobs.  

It feels very strange to be posting somewhere else, but also quite nice - a little blog holiday!  I hope if i ever go away somewhere hot and sunny (chance would be a very fine thing) i can persuade Caroline to look after my little slice of the internet while i am away.  

Thank you so very much for reading my nonsense, and thank you a million times over to Caroline for having me here - if you liked it, please do pop over and say hello.

Monday, 14 January 2013

a unicorn tee!!

The next of my lovely guest bloggers is Kirsty, she has very kindly do an outfit post for me...and I love her unicorn tee!  You can go check out her fab blog here, and I suggest you do :)

Hello, firstly I just want to say thanks to Caroline for letting me guest post on her blog! I've got an outfit post for you since that's what I mostly do on my blog.

I've been umming and ahhing over midi skirts and whether or not they suit me for ages, but I think I've hit the jackpot with this one. Until now I'd only tried floaty, pleated ones which really weren't flattering on me but I really like this - plus it keeps my legs warm which is a top selling point given how freezing it's been lately! At £20 it's pretty decent too and Topshop have it in loads of different colours and prints - I've got my eye on the purple cosmic print one!

Tee - Orange Circle  
Skirt – Topshop

I think this skirt would be really easy to dress up with a sheer top and some heels but I wanted to look fairly casual so I teamed it with my Orange Circle unicorn tee. 

If you haven't checked out the Orange Circle website (link: I'd highly recommend doing so. Be prepared to spend forever trying to decide what to buy though - I spend a good couple of hours trying to narrow it down to 2 t-shirts! 
Thanks for reading and I hope you've enjoyed my post! 
Kirsty x

Thursday, 10 January 2013

classic 50's make-up look

Next up from my Guest Posts is the lovely Anna, Anna contacted me offering to guest post while I was away...after stalking her blog I discovered I went to school with her hubby, and actually knew her vaguely through a friend of friend years ago...small world.  Anyway, Anna is here with a 50's make up look, she looks beautiful, and now I'm back in Carlisle, I know where I'm going to be going to get my make up done!!

Hi everyone, I’m Anna from The lovely Caroline has let me take over her fabulous blog today which I am very excited about so I thought I would share one of my favourite makeup looks for winter with you all and talk you through how I achieved this look.

I think the key to carrying off a bold lip and winged eyeliner is to keep the skin flawless and the eyes matt. I started by smoothing on some Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer before applying my Lancome Teint Renergie Lift Foundation in shade 010. I love this foundation to give a medium coverage finish that is not too dewy but doesn’t leave the skin looking flat either, I think Lancome foundations are slightly over looked in the blogging world but I personally think they are great quality and they come in a brilliant range of shades, especially for paler skin tones. 

I then concealed my under eye area with Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 04 Neutral Fair. I chose this concealer as unlike other pen concealers this one doesn’t have a reflective quality so is great for creating a semi matt finish to the skin.  I finished off the base with a dusting of MAC Transparent Finishing Powder through the centre of my face to counteract any shine.

When I wear a strong lip I like to balance it out by going slightly darker with my brows so I brushed them into shape before filling them in with Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in 18 Sable (bottom right in the picture) and then set them in place with Estee Lauder Clear Brow Gel.

I used a Bobbie Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Bone all over the eyelid and up to the brow, which acts as a primer as well as a base colour. I then contoured my socket with a combination of Naked and Buck, two of the Matte colours in the Urban Decay Naked Palette to give some shape and definition to the eyes. I then added a touch of MAC Naked Pigment to the centre of the eyelid to give dimension.

I used Smashbox limitless eyeliner in Onyx to line the upper lash line and wing out, I normally use Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner but I recently won this Smashbox liner in a giveaway and I have been loving using it, it’s very long lasting and doesn’t smudge at all. To finish my eyes I curled my lashes with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and then applied two coats of Dior Diorshow Extase mascara in black.

I kept my cheeks subtle with a touch of contouring along the cheek bone with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in shade 1 Golden Light and then Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in shade 6 Powder Pink.

To finish the look I applied one of my favourite lipsticks – Chanel Rouge Allure in shade 18 Sexy

I hope you like this look and found this post interesting, if you did give me a tweet @OTDTblog and let me know! Thanks for reading, Anna x

Monday, 7 January 2013

trend watch: knitwear

The next of my wonderful guest post-ers is Liya, you can check out her blog over here, this girl has a wardrobe I want to raid, and beautiful photography...go go go! Any Liya, yes hopefully I will be bringing back Trend on Trials in the new year.

Hi fab readers of AATG! I am Liya from The NuLiya here reporting in for a trend watch post. With the weather going slightly at 27 degree Celsius now, not sure about you guys! It is already the coldest for me so don't be jealous. I still wish for colder days. Meanwhile, i hope that Caroline is having a smooth sailing trip and moving back to her nest easily. ( So we could see more of her Trend On Trial post, oh i miss those! hint hint) 

Today's trend watch is dedicated to both the hot/cold side of the world with probably most loved/hated item by any one. Anyone? Knitwear!
If you think they are just for nannies or lazy people, you are wrong, knitwear are now labelled as vintage (well, for some) and trendy especially for fall season, think Lana Del Rey in the soft pink angora sweater if you are not convinced. Whether is cosy jumpers or silky cashmere, textured or not. They are perfect for a lot of occasions.  You can dressed them in many ways or one.


It could be your Nana's knitwear you are wearing or a brand new one, it will always keep its promise on making you warmer and comfy with the correct fabric. If you find it a little hot for the weather, a cropped one will get some air circulation going on there. If not, some oversized ones or layering it up with collared shirts will do the job.

Personally for me, i love all kinds of knitwear in cardigan form or top especially printed ones like the leopard jumper from Topshop featured here. So far i have purchased a thick knitted tribal prints one and they are so pretty in cream and white, i will have to do an outfit post of that very soon. ( or maybe i already had since this is a scheduled post! In that case, just pop by my blog whenever your fingers are free. )

What about you, do you indulge in Knitwear?

Friday, 4 January 2013

a little hello and a happy new year

Ahh the wonders of a scheduled post, well I am indeed on the other side of the world right now, and I'm hoping I've managed to keep well away from a computer, but I didn't want you all to miss my face too much, so here I am.

My last set of photos from my London flat, let's hope I have some decent light and more interesting back drops from my new residence (aka, the parents!).  

I'm going to keep this short and sweet, it was meant to be a full outfit post, but the outfit didn't come out looking so great (although I loved it in real life, so annoying when that happens!) but I liked my hair and make up, so instead you've got a couple of mug shots.

Studded Shorts and Blazer - Warehouse
Body and Necklace - Topshop

I hope you all had wonderful Christmas' and New Years, and I'll see you in 2013.

all about the girl

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

winter saviours for face, body and hair

So here it is the first of my lovely Guest Post-er's while I'm away.  This is from Katie, and I think you should all go check out her blog, with a variety of different types of posts you won't be bored!

Hello I'm Katie and I blog over at Caroline has very kindly allowed me to do a guest post for her - so here it is!

I thought I would do a post on my Winter saviors for my face, body and hair. 
Left to right: Korres Thyme and Honey Moisturiser, Superdrug kids detangling spray, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Calamine Lotion, Elemis Freshskin Skin Glow, Body Shop Hair Mask.

Firstly my hair is very prone to knotting resulting in it falling out. I am very cautious of this especially during the winter when it is very rainy and windy. Sometimes it can be a nightmare trying to get a brush through the back of my hair, just at the nape of my neck. The detangling spray is obviously from the kids section of shampoos in Superdrug. For some reason they don't really make as much detangling spray for us grown-ups! Anyway, this works just fine and smells delicious. It's pear scented and make your hair incredibly easy to brush.

I tend to use this spray usually when my hair is wet and I brush it through with my Tangle Teezer (I should have included that in this post as it is a God send!). Then I just dry and style as normal, it kinda reminds me of a leave in conditioner, although I have used it in my dry hair and it worked just as well. It doesn't leave a greasy or oily residue either. I think this is priced around £1.50 ish for a large bottle!

My other hair savior is the Body Shop hair mask - or in fact any decent hair mask. They are just perfect for getting your hair in a manageable condition and for giving it a treat every now and again. I also use Body Shop's normal conditioner from the same range which is really lovely too. I will never be without a good hair mask and conditioner in my shower!

Korres moisturiser is something I picked up really recently, but now I wondering how I lived without it. It does exactly what it says on the tin and without a doubt moisturises for 24 hours. It's really thick and yummy and perfect for winter skin when it gets just that little bit too dry. I also use this as a lip balm over night - literally nothing makes my lips as soft as this.The only down side is it doesn't have a SPF in which I feel is important all year round - but thankfully my make up does so it's not a major problem! I managed to pick this up for a mere £7.99 in TKMaxx but I would certainly pay £19 full price.

I don't think much needs to be said about this product. Liz Earle cleanse and polish is probably the most talked about skincare product in the blogesphere. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. So moisturising yet so light and it works WONDERS on my acne-prone skin. I will always re-purchase.

Calamine lotion - this is my secret to reducing spot size, redness and inflammation a little on a cotton bud and dab on. This really helps during the winter as it doesn't dry out the skin much like acne creams do. This smells like Chicken Pox (you know what I mean) but it does the job. I don't use this on my face really just for my back and chest area.

Lastly Elemis Skin Glow exfoliator - this is great at removing debris, dirt and any dry skin, but is also really gentle and kind. This is fab to use when your skin is sensitive from the nasty weather outside or the central heating is playing havoc with it. It's got a gorgeous orange-y scent and feels lovely on your skin, I picked this up from Superdrug for £11.99 - I think it's on offer at the moment though!

What are your winter skin saviors? 

Thank you Caroline for allowing me to blog for you!

Katie xx 
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