Self-confessed pleather whore!

In case anyone hasn't heard of the whole '...whore' thing before, I'm not a complete wrongun I promise. It's a phrase that's been banded about for quite a while now, not just a result of my crude mind. Honest!

For e.g you may have seen a lot of bloggers confess to being Mac whore's, i.e somebody that owns way too many Mac products (I whole-heartedly admit to being one too!) A clothes whore - someone obsessed with shopping and buying clothes (again...guilty!) and a final example for you all, a fame whore - someone who craves fame, so...think reality stars, think z-listers turning up to the opening of an envelope, think Kris Jenner. Now you see where I'm coming from!

Anyway, before I get carried away with myself and get blocked from blogger for using the word whore way too many times I'll get to the actual point of the post. Yes, that would be helpful wouldn't it? So... I recently found a pair of pleather trousers (faux leather made from plastic for anyone whose not down with the kids. Down with the kids? Can't quite believe I just wrote that!) in H&M that I absolutely fell in love with.

Black, skinny and shiny, without looking cheap. The cut of the trousers are spot on for me, I personally cannot stand jeans/trousers that fit fine everywhere but then have a bit of can I put this...baggy crotch? Well, nothing else is springing to mind so baggy crotch it is! They're pretty true to size from my experience too, I got my usual size and they fit perfect. I did wear the pleather bad boys in this post here but I've posted some pictures below for you too...
A poor attempt at showing the non-existent 'baggy crotch' 
I just absolutely love these! So easy to dress down with a chunky knit or plain tee, but equally nice to dress up with a nice shirt, peplum etc.

Normally when I love something this much I buy it in every single colour..... 
...Why change the habit of a life time?! ;)

Ironically, they didn't have my size in the maroon trousers - my favourite pair - but that's nothing that a cheeky order off their website won't fix! Which leads me nicely onto where you can buy them if you so wish, online at H&M here or in stores for £24.99.

So that's the end of my little pleather ramble. I hope you enjoyed it and wasn't too insulted with the over the top usage of the word whore. You may have even learnt a little bit of lingo along the way too. Either way, if you got to this point without falling asleep, thank you!


OOTD: it's been a while...

Looking back, it's been quite a while since I've done an outfit post. I'm sure for those of you who don't really dig the whole 'dragged through a hedge backwards, uninspiring, and all round average' look, you'll be more than OK about that. But for those who don't mind a bit of casual, a bit everyday and let's be honest, a little bit ordinary...then I may have something that's right up your street! (am I the only one that will forever hear Cheryl Cole's Geordie accent when saying that phrase?)

I finally got my act together over the last week and met up with quite a few friends that I haven't seen in a while, looking back (I've done a lot of looking back haven't I?) at the pictures I kind of wished I'd made a bit more of an effort (Dear Friends, I do make a bit of an effort sometimes, I promise!) But you know what, I've been embracing comfort over style these days. Well, that's my excuse anyway. Onto the outfit, which obviously after the way I just described it, you're all hanging off the edge of your seats in anticipation to see....

Said boring outfit:
Sincere apologies for the poor attempt at trying to capture the trousers and jumper below. Lesson of the day learnt? Crotch shots are never attractive, ever. Camel toe or not, sorry...TMI!
Further apologies for the fact these pictures have possibly the most unglamourous backdrop. It was a case of dodgy background and relatively acceptable hair, or pretty landscape (well, as pretty as it gets in SE London) and getting rained on/blown away. I went for decent hair, believe it or not!

However, saying that, I did manage to find some shelter, grab my poor friend and quickly get a couple of shots before anyone came along and christened me an absolute twat!...
Jumper: Primark
Leather trousers (OK let's not lie, they're totally not real leather): H&M
Boots: some cheap shop that I literally cannot remember the name of. Helpful as ever!
Jacket that has been copied by just about every single store in the world: River Island
Bag: Mulberry
Watch: Michael Kors

So there you have it. If you're still awake after my rambly snooze fest post...well done (and thank you, you little troopers!)
Hope you enjoyed this post, thanks so much for reading! :)

The shameless TV post!

The title says it all about this post. A disclaimer, a warning in advance of sorts. Basically it's my way of telling you this post is going to be a bit self-indulgent, probably a little bit annoying but hopefully even just a tiny bit interesting. Ever the optimist eh? ;)

Earlier in the year I worked on the BBC's Young Apprentice, which is currently being aired in UK now. I always enjoy watching shows back that I've worked on and seeing how it translates to TV, although I'm pretty sure that I am possibly the worst person to watch them with. You know those ridiculously annoying people that always tell you what's about to happen before it actually happens, and therefore making it totally pointless to watch? Yeah...guilty as charged!

But you know what, we worked bloody hard on that show so I think I can be forgiven for getting a bit over-excited can't I? Let's face it, it could've been so much worse. I mean, imagine if I was actually sad enough to wait until the credits come up at the end, watch out for my name like a hawk, pause it when it finally does come and then take a picture of the screen. Now THAT really would be sad..............
If Carlsberg did ashamed faces....

Enough of the silly jokes - which are becoming quite a speciality of mine these days - here are a couple of pictures from my time on the show.
The Young Apprentice team at the screening of the first show. Cheesy 'you're fired' team photo, check!
Multiple screen grabs of your name, therefore making you a fully fledged saddo, check!
I know what you're thinking, well actually I don't...but I'm guessing it's one of the following, a) she's outdone herself in the loser stakes (I didn't think that was possible either!) or b) Lord Sugar's let himself go these days. Either way, you would be 100% correct! 
"You're Fired!" 

I think it's fair to say I should be fired for those cheeseball pictures!

So there you have it. And because no good TV post would be complete without a shameless plug at the end, Young Apprentice just happens to be on tonight (what a coincidence, there's good timing for you, you'd almost think I'd planned that one!) and every Thursday on BBC 1 at 9.00pm.

Hope you enjoyed this post guys, thanks for reading :)


REVIEW: Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm

I don't know about you, but sometimes when I read other people's blog posts or just about other people's lives in general, I feel a little bit...boring. I'm not the most daring when it comes to style, so you won't be seeing any meat dresses over here (yes Lady Gaga I'm looking at you) or Chewbacca style hair (I love you Cheryl Cole but in the words of Nicole Scherzinger..."no baby, no!") I haven't got much balls when it comes to make up either, you're looking at the nude lip's biggest fan here. So I was a bit conscious that I might need to start being a bit more 'out there' on here, step out the box a bit. I mean, the next thing you know I'll be reviewing a bloody lip balm.

Oh, hold on.... that's awkward!

Jokes aside, I know a post on a lip balm may seem a liiiittle snore worthy but i'm telling you, this bad boy does magical things. (Apparently I used to over-exaggerate a lot at'd never guess would you?)

Onto the product, Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip balm. First of all, congrats to Nuxe for making a lip balm that never fails to make a complete prat of me when trying to pronounce it out loud. Oh it's done an amazing job of that, believe me! But secondly and more importantly, congrats on making a lip balm good enough for me to chuck out every other one that I have. No mean feat, I assure you!
Here's what Nuxe say about Reve de Miel:

"Effective by nature
A repairing, nourishing lip balm with a rich, delicious texture to restore suppleness and comfort to dry and chapped lips. A must-have product: one is sold every 28 seconds throughout the world*! A repairing, nourishing lip balm with a rich, delicious texture to restore suppleness and comfort to dry and chapped lips. A must-have product: one is sold every 28 seconds throughout the world *!
Precious benefits for my skin"

They also give you a load of facts and figures but to be completely honest, I was bored after the first line. To cut a long story short, Nuxe reckons a lot of people like their lip balm, but what about me?

Well, here goes. First of all, the texture? It's like nothing I've ever felt before in a lip balm. It has a kind of waxy texture, as well as that, there's also a slightly gritty feel - wax and grit, I'm doing a great job of selling this product aren't I? - which does actually disappear almost immediately once you've rubbed it into your lips. One of the things that impresses me the most is how long is lasts on the lips, put it on before you go to bed at night...and when you wake up you can actually still feel it there, moisturising away, clever little thing!
Onto the scent, in all honesty scents of products never bother me too much (unless something smells like it's just been plucked out of a bin or something) and the Reve de Miel has quite a non-offensive lemony, citrus scent. Nothing too strong, nothing too overpowering...I like it!

Now details aside, let's just cut to the chase, does the product actually work? Erm, in a word...YES! If you've got dry, chapped lips (there's an attractive image I'm building here) this balm will heal, soothe, soften, moisturise and basically just save your lips lives. God...I love a good adjective!

I can't say enough good words about this product (that's a lie, I'm about to ramble some more...sorry) Another thing I love is that it's a matte balm which means it looks completely natural, and also does a great job over lipsticks, moisturising without making the colour too glossy.

I need to wrap this up now because I'm embarrassing myself how passionate I'm getting over a lip balm. You can find the Nuxe Reve de Miel online at Feel Unique and also in stores at Space NK, both for £9.50, which I know does sound quite expensive but you do get a good 15g of product and I can see this lasting me a long time! (a cynic would say that's just me trying to justify myself, hmm!)

So there you have it, the lip balm that made me throw away all others as, quite frankly, they just do not compare! Hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading! :)

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