Sunday

Nails // Essie Go Ginza

After having bright pinks and corals for my last few sets of nails, I felt like going for something a little more understated this time. I had a few different colours in mind and couldn't decide which, so I just stuck my hand in the bag and went for the first one I pulled out- Essie Go Ginza. (Yes, I have a bag of nail varnishes. I need some sort of actual storage system but, for now, a big Boots carrier bag under my dressing table will do).

Essie Go Ginza Swatch

Go Ginza is the palest lilac shade which is almost white under some lights. I love this because it seems to be a different colour every few minutes- from lilac, to grey, to white- and each one is really pretty. This also makes it really versatile so I don't need to worry about my nails clashing with my outfit. To be honest, this is not something I ever worry about, but it's still nice when they work well together. As with most Essie nail varnishes, Go Ginza is opaque from the first coat, so there are no patchy or streaky bits, and it has a lovely glossy finish. 

I'm so glad I pulled Go Ginza out of the bag. The pale, delicate shade is beautiful and I can't stop staring at my nails!

Saturday

Wishlist // Swimwear for Big Boobs

It's rare for me to go on holiday anywhere that requires swimwear. Not because I have anything against swimming, but just because I tend to go for city breaks and the hotels I stay in don't usually have a pool. 2017 is different. I have four trips coming up where I definitely need some swimwear. The only problem is my boobs don't tend to like your standard Primark bikinis and that's pretty annoying. If you're busty, you'll understand how frustrating it is to get cute swimwear to fit. I've had a look around and found the cutest bikinis and swimsuits for those of us with a bit more up top.
Swimwear bikini swimsuits for big boobs

Friday

Eurovision Travel

I can't believe it's Eurovision time again already but I am very glad it is. Last year, I wrote a post about my favourite Eurovision moments and I thought it would be fun to write another themed post this time. Initially, I'd promised myself that I was going to try to get hold of tickets for Eurovision this year but when Ukraine won, I decided against it. Hopefully I'll be able to buy tickets for next year, so I can't wait to find out who wins! Since I've never been able to attend Eurovision in person, I've instead written a post about some of the great cities I've visited that have hosted the contest (as well as some I'd love to visit!)

Eurovision host countries

Monday

OOTD // Embroidered Jumper

Let me tell you, I am all over this embroidery trend! I was so happy with my embroidered dress last year, so it thrills me that I can now buy embroidered boots, jackets, bags... the lot. This jumper is just one example and I love it!

Plus size embroidered jumper

Sunday

Review // Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer

Before we last went to Salzburg, I suddenly realised that I'd run out of primer. Rich was going into town so he offered to stop off and buy a new one. My plan was for him to pick up a replacement Bare Minerals Prime Time, but it's not stocked in my local store so Rich had the challenge of finding a suitable replacement. Bless him, he tried but he was completely overwhelmed and ended up being convinced by the salesman that the primer containing 'actual flakes of gold'- Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer- was the best one. As it turns out, he made a pretty good choice!

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer Review

Saturday

How are you voting?

I may be alone here but I bloody love election time! I just get so excited with all the build up, then I try to stay awake all night and usually end up falling asleep on the sofa. Last General Election, I wrote this post to showcase the range of different blogger voices, and there was no question in my mind that I would do it again this time round. 

General Election 2017

Friday

Nails // Topshop Pink Is The Colour

I often choose my nail colour with the weather in mind, so when it looked like we were going to have a nice, bright spring, I went for this gorgeous coral shade. Then the clouds and rain rolled in... At least it's nice to have colourful nails, even if the weather leaves a lot to be desired!

Topshop Pink is the Colour Orange Coral Nail Varnish Swatch

Thursday

May Wishlist

Doesn't feel much like summer is on the way yet, does it? The shops would have us think it is though, so I guess we'd better cross our fingers for warmer weather soon. At the end of the month I'm visiting Riga, and since the city appears to have a colour palette of reds, oranges and mustards, I've decided to theme my wishlist around that. 
May Wishlist

Wednesday

Review // Lush Melomint Bubble Bar

When the Lush Kitchen opened in 2014, this was one of the first products that caught my eye. Unfortunately I wasn't fast enough to snap one up, and although it's appeared several times since, it has always evaded me. Until now. Finally, finally, I managed to get hold of one! 

Lush Melomint Bubble Bar Review

Tuesday

April Reading Round Up

April was not a good month for my reading. I can't even use the usual excuse- sure, I had some deadlines but they were all in the first two weeks. Beyond that? I think I was just a bit lazy! I'm making a promise to myself that May will be better!
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness The Goldfinch

Monday

OOTD // White Lace Dress

I know fluted sleeves are everywhere right now but I love them so much! I've got a lot of tops and dresses with these sleeves to take photos of so you better at least pretend you're also into them for the time being! This gorgeous white lace dress is from Simply Be and I've pretty much been wearing it everywhere for the past few weeks.
Plus size white dress
White lace dress: Simply Be
Black tights: ASOS
Black ankle boots: Missguided (Similar here)

Friday

University Catch Up // Semester Two

I can't believe that I only have three more deadlines until I finish my master's. When I first thought about studying my MA, it seemed like a hugely overwhelming and intimidating thing but here we are, almost at the end, and I feel like I've just been swept along with a studying tide. I was picked up in September, carried along for a while, and now I've been set down at the end looking back over the past year like How did I get here? The good news is that it was far less scary than I could ever have imagined. The bad news is I don't want it to end! Now that I'm approaching the tail end, let's have a look back over my second semester. 
University semester two catch up

Sunday

My Travel Wishlist

Travel never used to be at the forefront of my mind. I had a little flitter with it in 2011 when I went to Orlando, Amsterdam and Madrid in the period of 5 months (thank you student bursary) but, other than that, I wasn't too fussed. Until two years ago when Rich took me to Berlin and Paris for our anniversary and suddenly all I wanted to do was see the world. Last year I managed to travel a fair bit but there's still a lot more I want to experience. If I won the lottery tomorrow, these are the first visits I would make.
Travel wishlist

Wednesday

March Reading Round Up

It's nearly April so I should probably combine this post with next month's, especially as we're three weeks in and I haven't even finished one book yet (it's a chunky book, to be fair!), but I feel guilty about the complete and utter lack of content. Can't wait until I've finished these next two essays and I have time to blog again! Still, March was a pretty good reading month. Six books- and some big books at that- which kind of makes up for April's impending disappointment!
Stack of books

Sunday

Disney Store 30

These past few weeks, my life has been completely dominated by Disney. I'm off to Walt Disney World in 163 days (not that I have an app that counts down or anything...) so it feels like I've done nothing but plan. My dining reservations are all booked, I'm starting to buy special Disney clothes to wear, and my Instagram saved folder is 100% cute Disney images. So the timing for the Disney Store's 30th anniversary could not be any better! 
DisneyStore30

Thursday

OOTD // Dungarees

I think the last time I wore dungarees, I was about 3. I still remember this dark green cord pair I had. Oh, the 90s! I've toyed with the idea of trying a pair out for the past few years, and tested the waters with a couple of dungaree style dresses (here and here), but I've left it until now to go the whole hog. I saw this gorgeous black pair and I just couldn't resist giving it a go. Man, I wish I'd done it earlier! Plus size dungarees
Dungarees: H&M 
Top: Primark (similar here)
Shoes: Converse
Bag: Peacocks (similar here)

Sunday

A Mother-Daughter Day with Festival Place

Remember I wrote that post all about my mum for Mothers' Day (which she did see, by the way!)? Well we headed over to Festival Place for a mother-daughter day of pasta, shopping and frequent trips to see if the Debenhams brow bar was available.
Instax Mother Daughter

Saturday

Wishlist // Gingham Edit

You know how every now and then a trend comes along and sets your heart on fire? This is how I feel about gingham. I want absolutely everything! Yes, it can look a little bit primary school but I didn't spend 5 years training to be a primary school teacher just to throw it all away. My teaching days were spent taking style advice from 8 year olds so why stop now?
Gingham Wishlist

Friday

101 in 1001 XXXV

It's started dawning on me that there are only 9 months until my 1001 days are up and I still have 78 targets to complete. Well done me on completing a whole 23 already in the past 2 years *eyeroll* Some of these are a complete write off (buy a house, learn Japanese, visit Tokyo) while others are already primed to be achieved before the end of the year (visit Florida, read 125 books, get my teeth whitened). Those in the middle- the achievable goals that I have no concrete plans for- are the ones I'm focusing on in the next few months. Hopefully this summer will be filled with zorbing, steam trains and sightseeing. In the meantime, let's look at what I achieved in February and March. Spoiler alert: not much. 

#41 Visit a Lush spa
Lush Spa Poole
Finally! I've been planning this for so long, and even had one booked in September when I went to Liverpool but it was cancelled at the last minute. As a congratulations-on-doing-well-in-your-first-semester treat, I visited the original store in Poole for a Synaesthesia massage, which you can read all about here.

Thursday

Review // Lush 29 High Street Perfume

A few months ago, I managed to score a bottle of Lush 29 High Street Shower Gel in the Kitchen and it was the most exciting thing ever. Without a doubt, it was my favourite ever Lush scent because it is literally the smell of the stores. I know a lot of people moan about it but for me, it's a fragrance that always makes me happy. Then I heard a rumour that you can buy bottles of perfume with the same scent... but they're only available in the original Poole shop. Well, as you may remember, I visited the Poole Lush Spa a little while ago and what do you know? It's true! I snapped up a bottle and I am absolutely in love with it!
Lush 29 High Street Perfume Review

Celebrating Mothers' Day

My mum is one of the strangest people I know... and I mean that in a nice way. With Mothers' Day coming up, Festival Place got in touch to offer my mum a day of lunch and shopping with one of their Festival Place gift cardsWhen I was at uni, my mum bought me a Festival Place gift card for Christmas so it's a nice little cyclical gift. In preparation for our weekend ahead, I'm sharing the weird things about my mum that make her, well, my mum.
Mummy

Tuesday

Book Wishlist // Little Black Classics

If you ask me, the Little Black Classics are genius. Super cheap introductory volumes of classic authors? Yes please! I have a bunch of the first run (you can see my collection here) After the success of the first collection, Penguin released a second batch and they are cheap as chips! £1 for the books of around 60 pages, and £2 for those that are around 120 pages, they're ideal quick reads to try out those authors who may have intimidated you before. I definitely know that feeling!
Little Black Classics Wishlist

Monday

Nails // Essie Buy Me a Cameo

Because I'm very organised (hah!), I bought some nail wheels or whatever those things are called to catalogue all my nail varnishes. When I was flicking through trying to choose my next colour, my eyes fell upon Essie Buy Me a Cameo, which was a gorgeous metallic rose gold. Unfortunately, it didn't quite turn out that colour on my actual nails.
Essie Buy Me a Cameo swatch review

Sunday

Review // Lush Mothers' Day Collection 2017

There's nothing I love more than a themed Lush collection. The Valentine's range this year was so good that I didn't believe the Mothers' Day one could compete. After all, it was hugely disappointing last year. What do you know, I was wrong! There's a huge number of products- if we include knot wraps and gift sets, there are over 20 products, and most of them have never been seen before. Exciting stuff! 
Lush Mothers' Day 2017 Review

Tuesday

February Reading Round Up

I went from reading 14 books in January to just 3 in February. That's not great, is it? I don't even know why it dropped so much- I was way busier in January than I've been this month. Perhaps it's because I don't have any short books left over, or because I've been tackling the bloody massive Order of the Phoenix for a couple of weeks. Either way, there's no denying that February wasn't the most productive of reading months.

Monday

OOTD // Grey knit dress

Every now and then, I buy an item of clothing that becomes an instant staple. This grey knit dress is one of those. Since purchasing it in January, I've hardly worn anything else. It's just so comfy and it works for every occasion. The best part? It was £10 from Primark! Billy bargain!
Primary grey knit dress

Sunday

Review // Lush Spa Synaesthesia Massage

I've wanted a Lush massage for years but somehow it never quite happened. When I eventually booked one in Liverpool during the summer, it was cancelled when staff discovered on the day that they'd double-booked the therapist. It wasn't until the end of February that I finally managed to experience it. Thankfully it was worth the wait!
Lush 29 High Street Poole

Thursday

The book that shaped me (and book bundle giveaway!)

It's World Book Day and Anjalee at Two Different Worlds had the genius idea of creating a collaboration between four bloggers to celebrate the books that made us fall in love with reading. Each of us will choose one book to write about, and then we've each chosen a book to giveaway as part of a joint bundle. Details of the other bloggers and giveaway are at the bottom of the post. Book bundle giveaway

Wednesday

World Book Day Wishlist

If you're anything like me, you don't need an excuse to buy cute, bookish gifts. If you are one of those people who needs a bit more convincing, good news! It's World Book Day and that means you have the perfect reason to treat yourself to some literary goodies. Have a look at my picks for some inspiration.
World Book Day wishlist
Hogwarts Express t shirt // Matilda book worm sweatshirt // Mad Hatter pin
Roald Dahl notebooks // Pandora book charm // Book journal
Personal library kit // Rebecca mug // You Are Here bookmark
The Great Gatsby Penguin book bag // Literary Listography book // Deluxe Gruffalo gift set
Yes, that's a fancy Gruffalo box set. Yes, I'm an adult. No, I don't have kids. I just love the Gruffalo, OK???

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Monday

Review // Wahaca Southampton

I adore Mexican food but I'd never been to Wahaca. How bad is that? Thankfully, the brand new Southampton restaurant rectified that when they invited me to try some of their Mexican dishes. I had no idea what to expect but I had such a wonderful experience. I can't praise them enough!
Wahaca Southampton Review

Sunday

Differences in Undergraduate and Master's Study

Without blowing my own trumpet, I breezed through my undergrad study. Naively, I thought that working on a master's would be similar. More difficult concepts, perhaps, but more or less the same structure. Yeah, I was wrong. 
Differences between undergraduate and master's degrees

Friday

Wishlist // Ankle Boot Edit

I'm a relative newcomer to the world of ankle boots, having only started wearing them a year ago. I have no idea what took me so long but I haven't looked back since. They're now an absolute staple of my wardrobe and, if you ask me, you can never have too many pairs! 
Ankle boot wishlist

Embroidered ankle boots // Lace up velvet ankle boots // Velvet heel ankle boots
Lightning bolt ankle boots // Tapestry ankle boots // Bow ankle boots
Embroidered heel ankle boots // Silver mirror ankle boots // Purple ankle boots 
Buckle ankle boots // Sequin ankle boots // Silver glitter ankle boots

Which boots shall I buy? All of them? Yeah, I agree!

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Thursday

Review // Half a Sixpence

My favourite film ever is Oliver!, and I love the proper old-fashioned British musical aspect of it. Those huge musical numbers with everybody dancing in unison, and the complete immersion in this different world. When I saw the cast of Half a Sixpence perform on Children in Need, I got the impression that this was in a similar vein. I enjoyed the performance so much that I made it a priority to buy tickets to see it myself. Spoiler alert: That was a brilliant decision!
Half a Sixpence Musical Theatre Review

Tuesday

Book Wishlist // Blogging & Career

Every book I've ever read based around blogging has been a massive disappointment. That doesn't mean I've given up hope though. I've heard some really great things about a number of books which are all waiting patiently in my Amazon wishlist. If you want to up your blogging or career game (or both!), then hopefully these are perfect!
Blogging and career book wishlist

Monday

OOTD // Heart Print Blouse

I had saved this post for just before Valentine's Day. I saved it so well that I didn't actually use it before Valentine's Day at all. Who would have guessed that studying takes up more time than teaching? Still, better late than never I suppose! Smart plus size outfit

Sunday

Nails // Essie Cascade Cool

Since Helen offered me some of her nail varnishes, I've had the perfect excuse to experiment. She's much more adventurous than me so I've ended up with lots of exciting glitters, as well as colours I don't tend to gravitate towards, such as greens and blues. I was fully planning to go well out of my comfort zone with an incredible purple glitter... and then I reverted to the pink. In my defence, I thought pink would be more appropriate for Valentine's Day and I fully intend to go for the glitter next time!
Essie Cascade Cool Swatch

Saturday

Review // Lush Valentine's Day 2017

Is there anything more exciting than Lush seasonal collections? Last year I was pretty disappointed with the Valentine's Day range but I'm a lot more impressed this time round. There's more choice, for one thing, and the products look super cute!
Lush Valentine's Collection 2017

Friday

Valentine's Wishlist

Love it or hate it, Valentine's is upon us! Personally I love a tacky heart-adorned top or two. You better believe I already have a little love-themed outfit ready!
valentines wishlist
Heart backpack // Sheer heart socks // Heart earrings // Heart jumper
Kiss me pyjamas (curve / petite) // Hate heart t shirt // Heartbreaker pants // Heartbreak Hotel robe

Hooray for cheesy seasonal-themed clothing, right?

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Thursday

10 best things to do in Salzburg

You know I love Salzburg, right? I could probably create a whole new blog dedicated to the city- Becky Bedburg?- but that might be taking niche a little too far. Instead, I'll just pop up the odd post dedicated to Salzburg. I'm starting with my ten favourite things to do in true countdown fashion. It's worth noting that I obviously haven't done everything there is to experience so this may well change in the future. Most of the attractions in Salzburg are free with the Salzburg Card, which I really recommend getting (not an ad, just my opinion!) but I've listed the standard full price for adults. I've also popped in a little link to my posts about each item so you can read my experience.
Best things to do in Salzburg

Friday

101 in 1001 XXXIV

January hasn't been a particularly eventful month.I know I keep banging on about deadlines but they seriously took over my life so I didn't even get the chance to work on my goals, with a couple of exceptions. 

#56 Watch 50 new-to-me films 25/50
David Brent Life on the Road
Right at the beginning of the month, we watched David Brent: Life on the Road. We're big Ricky Gervais/ David Brent fans so obviously we loved it. I've only got until December 31st to watch another 25. Better get a move on! Must remember to watch two films a month from now on! 

#66 See 5 shows 9/5
Half a Sixpence

Thursday

Reading Wrap Up // January

Look at all these books, guys! Look at them! Count them- there are 13 but I forgot one when I took the photo. I read fourteen books in January! That's nearly a whole quarter of my yearly target. Woohoo! 
Pile of books reading round up

Wednesday

Marks & Spencer Wishlist

Guys, I've had a revelation. Yes I love ASOS and Primark as much as the next blogger but then I went to M&S to buy some homeware and seriously, their clothes are amazing. I know, I know. I sound like a posh granny right now but I promise it's not just me showing my age. Spurred on by this, I did a little investigating with an open mind and discovered some really gorgeous items. 
Marks and Spencer wishlist
Striped bodycon dress // Floral short sleeved jumper // Floral embroidered jumper // Frill sleeve dress
Sausage dog purse // Geometric skirt // Preppy cardigan // Nude scallop ballet pumps

The best part of shopping in more unusual shops? You can pretty much guarantee that there won't be a million other bloggers wearing the same outfit. Sure, I'm going to be buying just as much on ASOS as I always have but I'll definitely be keeping an open mind from now on!

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Tuesday

University Catch Up // After Semester One

In the middle of my first semester, I wrote a little university catch up to explain more about my modules, and promised to update later once I'd completed my assignments. That time is now so strap yourselves in and get ready for another morbid stroll with the Master of Death. Is it too early/ arrogant/ downright weird to start calling myself that?
university catch up

Wednesday

How I rate books

In my last reading round up post, I mentioned that I've been using a percentage system to rate my books. Before, I used to just apply the old 5-star approach but I found I gave pretty much every book 3 stars. It also didn't give me much in the way of comparing books. Having a specific number makes it a lot easier to rate books. It took me a little while to decide on my criteria but I've come up with a simple system and I'd like to share it with you.
Reviewing and rating books method

Tuesday

Beauty Empties

Time for another sporadic beauty empties post! No matter how much I try to post regularly, they somehow always end up being forgotten about until I get fed up of empty packaging cluttering up my house. I'm pretty sure this isn't all of it because this doesn't look like a lot for 6 months worth!
Lush beauty empties

Sunday

Nails // Illamasqua Vice

Nobody is prouder of my nail journey than Helen. When we first met way back in our early blogging days, my nails were bitten into practically non-existent stubs and I never even attempted to paint them because I was so terrible at it. Helen, on the other hand, always has impeccably neat nails. I know she's very impressed with the difference a few years has made! Recently, she told me that she was having a clear out and offered to let me rifle through her nail varnish reject pile. What I wasn't expecting was for her to hand me a carrier bag filled to the brim with bottles of the most beautiful colours to take home. I can't even tell you how happy it made me- I bought those little nail wheel things and catalogued every single one. When I next got my nails done, I couldn't wait to try one of my new shades, and settled on Illamasqua Vice- this deep purple/burgundy shade.
Illamasqua Vice Swatch

Saturday

BUNAC Summer in the States

One day, a very long time ago (well, ok about ten years ago), I saw an advert about summer camps in the UK and sent off for a brochure. It was delivered to my uni halls and, as a trainee teacher, I was ridiculously excited by the prospect of spending my summer working with kids in America. I told my mum all about it but she convinced me to save up for a year first. Then I met Rich, moved in with him and suddenly it wasn't very practical to spend weeks abroad. I'm still bitter about it tbh... Anyway, the point is, when BUNAC invited me to head down to Dirty Bones in London and find out about their American summer opportunities, that excitable 18 year old popped up again. I couldn't resist learning more. Dirty Bones Kensington

Thursday

Distance Learning Pros and Cons

If I'm completely honest, I was pretty disappointed when I found out my master's was only offered as a distance learning course. I was all excited about getting back on campus and living uni life but unfortunately I just had to go along with it. To my surprise, I love it! Sure there are downsides but the flexibility is hard to beat. If you're wondering whether distance learning will work for you, take a look at my list of pros and cons.
Benefits and drawbacks of distance learning

Wednesday

Book Wishlist // True Crime

I've spoken before about how much true crime fascinates me. For some reason, crime fiction has never interested me, and horror gives me nightmares for weeks, but if it's a true story, I'm all over it. A lot of my Amazon wish list is dedicated to this subject but I've chosen a select few to share with you.
True Crime Books

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