The Suicidal Cut | #HairTime

We've all been there.

Years of growing, caring and nurturing. The compliments come in over you spectacular length. You receive them gratifyingly, claiming 'I grew it myself'.

Then, at that moment, you have the urge to commit suicide. Hair Suicide.

Does it sound familiar?

Three years, I think, since my last - shoulder - cut. It was an inverted bob with a fringe, a blatant attempt at the iconic era of Jessie J's Do it like a Dude. There is no real defense, I was thirteen and she was 'mega dope'.

Three years later, it's waist length, with a Zoella inspired ombre, (though I do significantly remember seeing Drew Barrymore with it, not long after my snip. 2 years before the rush for a half head of highlights). Oh, and I want the scissors.

Partly, I blame Arden Rose, for having beautiful short hair. The part is that whenever I manage to grow my hair to any significant length, the urge to cut kicks in. It take all my will power up not to, so much so that my will power to resist that chocolate Santa in beside me is little to none.

 Some pictures?



I think the comfort and simple nature of having long hair is what is preventing me from going under.

I've been used to long for quite a while. I think it's a little like a shield. I love the homeliness of it more than the actual rack of hair.

What would you do? Opinions?

Natalie xx

A re-introduction and 25 Questions



Hello,

It's been a while, hasn't it?

Well, I suppose it has. But since our last *proper* post I there have been a few changes. Like a new name. So, I thought it was more than just to re-introduce little, old me?

Basically, I'm sweet 16, living the high life (literally, 5'10'', yes, the weather is nice up here) in rainy old Britain. To bring your obvious wandering questions to a halt, it does rain a lot, I prefer coffee and no, I don't speak like that. Despite my current ambition to bag a role on Made in Chelsea!
Similar to a frenzy of girls, I want to move to London, live in a little flat with my bestest chum, work at a fashion magazine, and hopefully meet my very own Mr. Darcy (it was always Mark Darcy, Bridget).

25 Questions? Any takers?

What is your middle name?

Paige. Funny story actually, my dad wanted me to be called Paige. My mother didn't. She waited until my dad had left then signed the birth certificate as Natalie (Tilly). She was a wild one! 

Favourite subject (in school)?

Probably Business Studies. But, I'm looking forward to starting Photography next year!

Favourite Drink?

Coffee or Red Bush Tea. Warm drink lover.

Favourite Song, at the moment?

Of the Night - Bastille

What would you name your children?

For a boy, Noah or Isaac. For a girl, Lucia or Eliza.

Any Sports?

Ha, no. I was quite good at cricket, however, I'm not sure I was playing to the right rules. Needless to say, P.E. wasn't my favourite subject!

Favourite Book?

One Day, or The Perks Of Being a Wallflower.

Favourite colour?

Washed out pink or emerald green.

Favourite Animal?

Domestic animal would be a dog. A wild animal would be a Giraffe, they're tall, like me. We get each other!

Favourite Perfume?

Nina - Nina Ricci or Coco - Chanel

Favourite Holiday?

If we follow the British meaning, probably when I went America!

The American meaning, would have to be CHRISTMAS. I find wrapping presents therapeutic, just me?

Done with High School? 

Less than six months, *cue the happy, end scene dance of a musical*

Been abroad?
Indeed, 10 times! I love travelling!

Speak any Languages?

Dribs and Drabs of French. Even less Italian!

Siblings?

I live with one, another I don't (who lives with a step sibling) and one on the way (MY FIRST BRO)

Favourite Shop?

A little vintage shop near to where I live, or probably Topshop or Primark. Rather different, I know this!

Favourite Restaurant? 

I don't eat out enough to have a favourite restaurant. 

Do you like school?

Predominantly, yeah, it's quite cool!

Favourite Youtubers?

Beauty/Fashion: VoussantBeauetBelle, HelloOctober, LLYMLS, BeautyBaby44, Zoella, velvetgh0st ,SprinkleofGlittr, FashionRocksMySocks, Arden Rose and Meghan Reinks.

Other: KickthePJ, BertieBertG, Danisnotonfire, JacksGap, MusicalBethan, EmmaBlackery.

Favourite Movie:

Avengers Assemble, The Internship and One Day.

Favourite TV shows?

The Originals, The Carrie Diaries, Awkward, Doctor Who and Made in Chelsea.

PC or Mac?

Mac yearner, PC user.

What phone do you have?

This really old HTC desire. Hopefully getting the new HTC One Mini by Santa.

How tall are you?

5'10'' we've been through this already :P

Any Pets?

3 West Highland White Terriors. Polly (mumm dog), Piper (the lad), and Ellie (the lanky, angry dog)



This has been nice. We should do it again sometime!

Nat x

The KingMasta of eliminating Blackheads | Neutrogena Visibly Clear BH Eliminating Scrub

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Black Head Eliminating Scrub


Hi guys, sorry for being a little MIA; this is the first actual post I've written in a while! Just a hell of a lot of work, but I managed a A in French and to bring my D to a B in two weeks in English Lit and managed another A in the Sciences, it's worth it.

However, exam stress and the changing seasons have been FAR from kind on my skin. This year I've experienced a black head EPIDEMIC! I haven't had them bad since I was 13 and didn't know how to remove make-up, this Autumn, it's been awful. Nothing had shifted them, not even my holy grail 'Clean and Clear: Blackhead Clearing Cleanser' which usually does the trick. 
So, in desperate attempt to get gone I raided the shelves of Tesco and found this little King. Although, now I'm kind of peeved that Boots had it for cheaper, it's been awesome! I haven't been THIS clear in a while. It literally is action from day 1!


Can we all appreciate my awkwardness in photo's? As I try and tell you how to wash your face! Very nice, Nat, very nice! 

What are your blackhead holy grails? Any offers are loved!

Tilly xx

Lucy Watson, your hair. Please.

As sit here, graciously slurping on my hazelnut latte and catching up on Made in Chelsea, beyond the burning desire to be a  Chelsea socialite I notice that I am a little smitten with Lucy's hair.


Am I wrong? After reading an interview with her I found out that she is very self conscious about her hair, but I think it's the best on the show. Lovely soft and gradual ombre it really is stunning. In fact it's got me thinking about taking a plunge into the depths of peroxide once more! I think that ombre alone is such a versatile and flattering style. It adds depth and concept to ones hair, especially when I my hair going through the winter blues. Then, it easily transactions into summer with beachy waves and salt spray! 

But, her dark hair was also gorgeous! In fact, can we just settle on the fact that Watson is precious. #TeamWatson this season. Don't you agree? The Louise and Spenny thing is getting old and personally, I want a Stevie plot line. That would be lovely! 

Who has the best hair in Chelsea, for you? Ooh, and what are you thinking for this latest season?

Tilly x

Dear Primark, one is least pleased.



Primark. Consider this my rant of the century!



It probably won't be, but I'm fuming.

Now, Primark is infamous across the UK for it's cheap, mishap clothing. I've heard the horror stories, you get what you pay for, I know. But, apart from a stitch or so out, I'd never had a problem. In fact, I've got a pair of boots that I've had 3 years, now, from Primark! Predominantly, if the clothing has had a bit of wear and tear, I can get over it, for what it's worth. 

However, this took the biscuit.




Not one leg, both legs!
I can deal with it if I had worn them for my £10 worth. But I had worn them once. They were fine, then I put them on today had breakfast looked down and 'hey, I can see my legs.'

It's not even as if I was trying to squeeze my  size 12 arse into a size six?

Not happy, primark!



Tilly x

The Final Sun(ny)day


 Concluding we are well into October, I think it's only fair to say that we are reaching our final SUNdays with pretty blue skies, a view-able ground. So we all hiked up to my grandparent's house to make a day of the nice weather, despite me having a ton of homework!

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few pictures I snapped while I faced the back field. The first one is a picture of my Nan's pear tree. When I took it I didn't realise how phenomenal the sky looked. It's stunning!

The  apple tree


Dog #1
Dog #2
We made a turn over with the apples! 

The front porch, with new trees!

Close up of the tree!





It's coming!! (this was taken in March! Remember the snow, in march? March?!)


That is all. Shabby, lazy post. I've been busy! 

(Prior) Winter/Autumn Lipsticks/ Reviews



I love switching seasons because it gives me an excuse to switch my make-up. Who can complain?

In all honesty, I think that make-up is such a personal thing that although I love to mix it up when the seasons change, it stays quite similar from season to season. I'm not one to follow make-up trends (unless they're fabulous) but prefer to find what I think best expresses me through my make-up.

A big belief of mine is that a various lipstick colours can transform any dull outfit/face, into an instant 'I made an effort!'. They're like the casual dresses of make-up!

Here are my main 3 for this Autumn/Winter!



1) Maybelline Color Sensation Lipstick in Galactic Mauve

Is quite a mauve/purple/nude colour, with tiny specs of gold glitter. It comes out very sheer on the lips, so don't be frightened of the definite purple tone to it. I think it goes with most my nude/smokey make-up looks, it doesn't add too much; just enough. Unlike other Maybelline Color Sensations I've had, from some experience this just hasn't stayed on as long, but I'm not too bother because it doesn't leave my lips dry when it does fade.

£7.19 (Superdrug)

2) MUA Lipstick Shade 1 (not on website)

Is a cherry/Vampy red depending on how much you apply. I don't think the classic red lip needs much justification, but I think this brand does. MUA offer extremely cheap product with a mediocre range and quality. This particular lipstick (though it's the only MUA one I own, suggest any others?) stays on my lips for a solid 2/3 hours without need of re applying; however, friends have reported that she was reapplying every 30-45 minutes to keep it bold. Change of formula? I don't know! But, really, for £1 I struggle to complain!

£1 (Superdrug)

3) MAC Angel

The colour is a classic salmon/pink/nude. By far my favourite nude, in need of re-purchasing. Although, on some days, I find it drys a little, if I apply a sheer balm before I am usually fine! My only problem is the price. Now at £15, it's quite a stretch for me! At best on minimum wage, I can't really afford to give money away on lipstick! Any suggestions for 'Angel' dupes?

What are your Autumn/Winter lipsticks?

Tilly x

Accessories 101: The Scarf

The humble scarf is utterly fantastic.

To mask your neck and chest from the bitter outside to giving some life to your circle skirt and shirt. Tie around you head, much resembling a washer-woman from the 40's, or to belt up your jeans. The simplest to go from ab-drab to ab-fab is a scarf. Trust me on this one!

However,  scarves aren't all that easy. A pink pin-striped hello kitty scarf won't do quite as much justice as a Chanel stole.

But let's keep it primary and stick to the three best scarves, or ways of perfecting your scarf.


1) The Equestrian Scarves


http://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/product/index.jsp?productId=18053251
My favourite type of chic scarves. I like the square ones best as I can tie them around my neck in a bow like a neck tie, very vogue! Ralph Lauren have their infamous array of scarves, the ones which should be in my scarf drawer but apparently my bank account disagrees!




2) The Stole


http://www.chanel.com/en_GB/fashion/products/scarves/
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Often mistaken for a wrap, being  longer and wider but I think that they come into the category? Let's pretend if you don't because I don't think any 'scarf' collection is quite complete without one. My Nan has an amazing collection of stoles that she's collected from Italy and over her travel. Ones that I would very much like to 'borrow', I'd also not mind a Chanel Stole, but I don't think my bank account is quite up for it yet!

Click here for some very expensive Stoles
Click here for some actually affordable ones






3) The Classic Woolly Scarf


Does this need an explanation. I think not, they're cozy and predominantly chic! Especially when they're Coco Chanel


Less affordable scarves
Rather affordable scarves





So, to conclude, get some scarves in your life!

Nat x

The Diet of Brace Face |



Oh, well look at that; I have a brace (and also a lob sided smile, I just noticed).  Today, this brace face had her train tracks tightened (yes, they are aching, thank you for asking), and she (I) was reminded of 'THE BRACE DIET'.

Now, if you a new to the concept of braces, they glue weights on each tooth and connect them with a wire that pulls your teeth either closer or further apart, whichever is applicable. If you are familiar with braces, you'll know that they are very sore for the first few days of being on or tightened. Thus, 'THE BRACE DIET'.

Although, I would never recommend this diet for a continuous use, soups/liquids are just about all that you can get past your mouth for the first few days. It's like you mouth is theoretically clamped together. But, if -for whatever reason - you need to go by a 'liquid to mouth' diet, I thought I'd share some light on some things to eat.


    1) Soup Obvious, but brilliant. The best thing about soups is that there is SO many variations, it's impossible to get bored. Being to lovely blogger I am, I thought I'd share some yummy flavours that you must try!

    2) Smoothies Home made smoothies are the best, especially if you keep them healthy! Okay, so these may not technically be classed as a 'meal' but they are nice and filling to have rather than a snack, or if you want something to eat as a desert. Smoothie ideas? Check out this site: Mmm, smoothies
    3) Yogurts are scrummy. I love the Muller ones, I could live of them even if I wasn't in pain. If you are a girl who won't eat processed, I found a link to make your own yogurt at home. Just click on me, to take you there. I wouldn't add the nuts like on the picture below, but that one is my own picture, and we had nuts. Nuts will be a no go for a few months! 





    So, I gave you those. I also thought I'd offer my knowledge to help you get over the pain stage, as effortlessly and smoothly as possible, and even some general tips for braces. Yes, you are welcome!

    1. TEAR THAT FOOD, when you want to transfer to solids, tear it up as small as you can. It's less to chew, thus hurting less.
    2. If you want your 5-a-day, although it may not be quite as good as raw, boil your veg to make them softer. I also recommend banana's for munching!
    3. Avoid meat intake when possible. Steaks and ribs can be hard and hurtful to chew.
    4. Eat SLOW. It helps, just trust me on this one, it helps.
    5. Do regular salt rinses, it works as an anti septic to prevent painful infections.
    Okay, that's pretty much it, but just DON'T FORGET TO BRUSH. LIKE EVER!

    I thought I'd still put some motivation up, because you know, why not?




















    Natie Noodles x

    J'adore Dior

    I was doing my usual browsing of the internet, in which I found myself once again drawn to the Vogue website. Oh gosh.
    www.vogue.co.uk < Pretty much where I waste my day drooling at designers that are far from my league, todays being Christian Dior's Autumn/Winter 2013/14 collection. Soon I found myself day dreaming of actually being able to wear these, then my rocket in the clouds cam crashing down when I realised I'm an unemployed teen who can barely afford a pack of Wriggly's Extra chewing gum. So, I concluded the best I could do is share my opinion with you. Shall we begin?

    Copyright to GoRunway
    Is this not perfect in a dress? The dog tooth pattern up top is stunning. Personally, dog tooth is one of my favourite winter patterns. It's also a pattern that goes from season to season like a bad cold. It always adds a vintage kind of feel to an outfit, don't you think? Also, the black midi skirt with the grey panel. I literally adore midi's, unfortunately I always find I just look frumpy in them. Unlike this model, maybe I could look that good in a midi if I had a dress like this. Maybe I should ask my mum for an extra special birthday prezzie? The way the midi and almost bandeau like top mesh together is just so delicate and elegant, I honestly think I'm in love.


    Copyright to GoRunway
    Handbags, clutches, purses = my secret obsession. Considering I go school; the majority of bags I use are intended to hold folders and books thus rather large and bordering tatty nowadays. Despite my lack of grand bags it has never stopped me living in awe on the ones that reside in my computer screen. Much like this one. I can honestly say, I've never seen anything quite as cute as this. The pastel colour scheme is... just pastel perfect, need I say more? Plus, that little shoe on the front. It's almost child like, yet runway worthy. Christian Dior, you've done it again; addicted me to yet another one of your flawless creations that I certainly can't afford.

    Copyright to GoRunway

    It's a gracious day when a mere picture of a piece of art work such as this literally makes me gasp. Again, Dior nips at the idea that genius is found in the most childish of fashions. The simple shoes decorate the sublime white body-con dress, then that white sheer skirt just finishes it all off. I'm done, seriously done. I have no words to offer but it's just simply breath taking to me. Please tell me we'll have dupes on the market soon, please? I need one of these in my life! Christian, are you trying to kill me with your brilliance?




    Copyright to GoRunway
    I was a little iffy on whether or not to comment on the make-up in this post, but why not? It's almost just as perfect. Runway make-up always seems to captivate me like no other make-up does. I'm not sure whether it's the craftsmanship, show stopping feel or whether I'm just in love with the idea of catwalks, I just love it. The ombre lips had me in an instant, does anyone know how to do them at home? I really do hope they're achievable, they're just endorsing! Oh, but wait, the statement eyeliner too? I'm on the train track of loving and hating it. I always find that's the best place to be though, it wouldn't be statement else.




    What's you favourite designer and their work? Or season?

    Love,
    Tilly x

    Lovely Labels

    Why, oh why must all my taste be for items that cost a arm and a leg to a wretched teen girl as myself. Jeffery Campbell's and American Apparel why must you be so out of reach. Flipping the pages of magazine after magazine my heart sinks as the reality anchors down that the beauties I adore are too out of reach. Aspiring for gold but only ever reaching copper. Why am I yet another moronic follower to hefty price tags and pretty little things.
    Hopefully, I wish so mighty, I may not be the only one who finds it near impossible and highly improbably not to succumb to infinite numbers on the labels. I thought I should share my weaknesses with you in hope of a companion on my frightful quest to stop my expensive addiction.

    Picture belongs to www.office.co.uk(see link)

    Aren't these just perfect? Poste Mistress Victoria zip up boot black numbuck, pricing at £130 in office isn't quite the price I need for someone with a hole in their wallet. It's just everything about them though, the cork/wood heal, swede black boot and the little pull on the ankle.  I think they're are absolutely the most precious thing ever. I NEED them in my life.
    See the boots...

    Picture belongs to www.nastygal.com


    This is like the beautiful outcome when rogue met class. The black peak at the front and open back(see link) give it such an urban, almost naughty feel but the black lace gives such a sophisticated aroma.
    A little black dress like this can be dressed up or down; in my opinion a staple for any girls wardrobe.
    However this Lulu dress prices at £84.62 on Naughty Gal which is considered rather pricey for the lack of material in it. Nether the less, it is stunning.
    Want to see the Lulu dress for yourself?


                                                                                     
    Picture belongs to http://store.americanapparel.co.uk/
    SHORTS, light wash, denim shorts. The vintage feel to them makes the butterflies in my stomach flap with glee. I literally have no words, just look at them. They're my summer go to. However being American Apparel the cost isn't quite as appealing. Grossing at £52.00 is a little out of price range for a pair of shorts. Maybe if they were a full legnth jean I could begin to justify but they're not. They're just stunning.
    Check 'em out?




    Have I found a friend?




    Tilly