Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Party Top Till We Drop

||    T-Shirt dress - Urban Outfitters (BDG)       Cardigan - Urban Outfitters (Pins & Neeedles)   ||
||   Belt - H&M      Tights - New Look   Nails - No7 Totally Teal   ||

This outfit is a bit different and daring for me, but I like to try new things and I'm determind to make this work. After my birthday in October, I went on a shopping expedition with my main focus being Urban Outfitters. There is alot I like in this shop, but I think is rather overpriced for what you get, so I tend to avoid it. But if you can indulge on your birthday, when can you?
I picked up this big cardigan as I love them, and had been looking for another in a colour I didn't have. This lovely cosy one is from Pins & Needles, proabably my favourite brand in UO, and I think it was a good investment as its very versatile and so soft! I have already warn this a lot so I think I'm going to get my money's worth.
Now this dress. This is a T-Shirt dress in the style of a baseball top. I saw this and tried it on on a bit of a whim, but I rather liked it and it was a little different to what I would normally wear.  I'm not overly confident wearing this style of dress so I put a belt form H&M around it to make it a little more flattering.  It is on the short side I am aware, and I think if I was wearing this for a long day out, I may wear it with leggings or opaque tights, rather than sheer ones, but I do like it with these ones. I was unsure about this and how much wear I'll get out of it, but I do like it and am going to make it work, in both winter and summer.
This is my last post of 2014! I can't believe its over, its honestly been the fastest year to go past ever. It hasn't been the best year I'll be honest, but I have had some good memories. But I'm hoping for 2015 to be better. And for me to blog it all more!
Have a wonderful New Years Eve whether you are partying or watching movies with your friends like me. See you in 2015!
Helena xo

Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Christmas Edit

So yes I am alive. I have had a rather unannounced hiatus due to the joy of Christmas exams, but I am back and am ready to super-blog a million Christmas posts. The first of these is my Christmas Edit, a post of my different things I will be loving and have so far loved this Christmas period. Its basically a favourites/Christmas tag with a fancy name. Lets Go.

READ - I plan to get some serious reading done in these holidays. I will be finally getting around to finishing Fangirl, which I started a few months ago but had to put on hold due to work. But I loved what I read so hopefully the rest will be equally as awesome. I will be re-reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, my favourite festive novel, which will probably be my Christmas day read as its cute and light and lovely. I plan to read lots more but these are the beginnings.

WATCH - The awesome television that is on at Christmas! I've already studied my Christmas Radio Times (as is tradition) and there seems to by many good things, most notably, the final episodes Miranda. I am a great lover of Miranda and have been for rather a while and now the final episodes are here, I'm not sure whether to feel excited for it or sad that it's ending . In terms of movies, I have already watched Love Actually multiple times and will continue to do so until long after Christmas because I love it and will never get bored of it. I also plan on watching Elf, The Polar Express and It's A Wonderful Life as those are other classics I watch every year.
EAT/DRINK - Drinking lots of tea and Christmas Costa (the black forest hot choc is soooo good) and eating lots of junk food of which highlights include chocolate, gingerbread, pigs-in-blankets, mince pies and Yorkshires.
WEAR - Makeup-wise, lots of dark nail colours including these 2 Barry M ones in Plum and Blackberry. I also love the colour Raspberry but I seem to have temporarily misplaced. Also, eyeliner has become my new obsession, in particular this Collection one which you probably all already know is good as I feel like its the only eyeliner I ever mention. I haven't really bothered with eyeliner before but I've been making an effort recently and over the holidays I'm hoping to improve. And of course the classic Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 107, which is cliché and hyped but brilliant and very Christmassy. For fashion, staples including these festively coloured hair bows as well as a flannel shirt from Brandy (outfit post soon).
LOVE - Pumpkin SoufflĂ© candle from Anthropologie, which is literally Christmas in a smell. Also the festive decorations and lights in my house and in my town which makes me feel all festive and fuzzy, and not forgetting the Christmas music. Also loving the sleep of which getting a huge amount. And I am also loving my study leave in which most of my exams were before so I basically got loads of extra holiday. Of which I have mostly slept.
Isn't that what Christmas is for?
I am planning on doing another post before Christmas but if no, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Have a lovely day
Hugs, Helena xoxo

Monday, 24 November 2014

Letters To Autumn

Dear Autumn,
You're nearing your end now and the frost is biting in, the leaves disappearing and the Christmas decorations going up. As much as I am excited for all the festivities, I am sad to see you go as as well as bringing in scarves and dark mornings, you also bought me some great memories. With Autumn came the beginnings of my final year of school. So far its been hard, with the increase in essays and late night science questions, but its been brilliant as I have got to spend every minute with my friends. From, the warm puddings at lunch to the pizza and movie nights binge watching Sherlock, I've had some good times so far and I hope when I leave you those continue. Later on in your days Autumn, you bought my birthday where I turned 16. I had an awesome time, got some awesome things, but I can't help but feel sad I'm leaving my childhood behind. My Blue Peter badge is no longer valid, I have to buy an adult train ticket (although I'm going to try to get away with a cheap one for at least another year) and I have to make decisions determining my future. And I'm not ready for this. I still feel like I'm 12, worrying about friendships and if I missed my favourite TV show. I'm forced to become older, grow up, chose my life. I used to count away the days till I was 16 and now I'm hear all I want is to turn back time and be young again. But don't get me wrong Autumn, being 16 isn't all bad. So far its good, and I'm on my way to the future, not having to do maths anymore, learning to drive and getting older. Autumn, I'm scared for what lies beyond the leaves, but I'm also excited.

So Autumn, You've been good and I will miss you and be sad to see you go. But I'm excited for Christmas, the lights, the extravagant foods, the coal fires and tea and lots and lots of sleep. But I also excited for the future beyond December and if you never left I'd never get to see the awesome things that are yet to come.

Goodbye Autumn, and until next year.
Inspired by Carrie and Cat

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Messy Hair, Don't Care

||   Top - H&M    Jeans - H&M   Shoes - New Look    Bag - Accessorize   ||

So this is a very autumnal outfit I thought, although autumn is now rapidly becoming winter. My top and jeans were a recent purchase from H&M, which I've really been loving their autumn collection; there are so many lovely pieces and its really affordable so I recommend a pop in there. I'd been on the hunt for some black jeans for a while and I'd been waiting for Topshop to bring out some nice ones but then I saw these for half the price - woop! My boots are just my staple grey boots from New Look and then just the bag I uses for school which I got earlier this year.

My cat left halfway through photographing this. She was unimpressed.
Yes I am still alive. I have had way more work than I anticipated recently and I have unfortunately neglected my blog, however I now have a few posts in my drafts so I'm getting organised! I don't really have much more to say other than that, my life has been rather uninteresting. Since we last spoke, I've been to see Love Rosie (cutest film), I saw the Poppies at the Tower of London along with the rest of the world - I went on the day they closed the tube it was so busy, and it was Halloween and I was cat, very inventive I know. A mini life update in a sentence :)

Hope you all had a good week
Hugs, Helena xoxo

Sunday, 26 October 2014

16th Birthday Wishes

So on the 15th of this month it was my 16th birthday, woop! All of my friends and family were all overly generous and I got loads of amazing presents so I thought I would share some of my favourites in a post.
As always, I am not in anyway bragging or showing off and I am extremely grateful for everything I got. I know a lot of people enjoy reading these (as do I) and last years went down rather well. 

So from my immediate family, I got quite a few lovely things. The first is a popcorn maker which isn't in any of the photographs so you will have to use your imagination, which I am super excited to use! I also got Crumb by Ruby Tandoh, which is the only thing I asked for, and I am so happy I received. Ruby was my favourite contestant form Series 4 of GBBO and her book is just wonderful, I can't wait to bake some of the recipes. I think I'm beginning to start of collection of cookbooks. The next thing is this gorgeous initial makeup bag from Oliver Bonas. I actually have a larger one, which I adore and use all the time, so I was rather excited to open this. I also got this gorgeous JuJu at Oliver Bonas bracelets with a tiny initial on (which you can't see alas), which I think is beautiful. I have a bit of a problem with single charm bracelets (my Paris one is actually disintegrating I've worn it so much). And then finally this candle. I've never realised I have a love for candles before this , as I don't really know where to by them, but I got given this de-stressing one with eucalyptus, geranium, peppermint and cinnamon one from Heaven Scent and IT SMELLS AMAZING. You don't even need to light it and you can smell it in your room. I'm addicted.

From my grandparents I got a lot of money and vouchers, which I spend on a rather large shopping trip, but also The Siege by Helen Dunmore, which looks amazing and I can wait to read. And a book of poetry. I love poetry.

I also got some unbelievably generous gifts from my friends and here are some of my favourites. Beauty product wise, I got the Lush bubblegum lip scrub which I've had my eye on for weeks, an Essie trio which includes Mademoiselle, Fifth Avenue and Mint Candy Apple and I've never tried Essie so this excites my greatly, the Benefit They're Real eye liner (which I'd never seen before but is so far amazing!) and the Soap and Glory Foam Call Body Wash which smells like heaven in a bottle. I also a beautiful butterfly garland by Sass Belle and a lovely picture frame, which I cannot wait to put in my room. I also got the socks of my dreams, I mean just look at them. The cuteness is painful. And then the most beautiful notebook you ever did see and a lovely witty little notebook which I shall ramble about how annoying everyone is, as it tells me I should. I also got a crap load of chocolate from my friends

I had an absolutely amazing birthday so thank you to everyone who made it so special. Thank you to everyone who sent my birthday messages on Twitter or Instagram, or if you said it in person, and to everyone who made me have a lovely day. I loves yous all.

Hope you a having a lovely day, hugs,
Helena x

Friday, 17 October 2014

Zoella Beauty

So I don't usually do beauty posts but I recently picked up a few bits from the super-hyped Zoella Beauty line and I thought I would share my opinions. I've watched Zoe for a very long time now, almost 3 years, and I do really enjoy her videos so when I heard about her beauty line I knew I wanted to try some of the products. I was very skeptical as I am of most products released by YouTube stars, but I was pleasantly surprised. 

So I picked up the Soak Opera Bath Soak & Shower Cream and the Creamy Madly Dreamy body lotion about 2 weeks ago therefore I think I've really had a chance to test them out. I actually tweeted when I bought these and my lovely friend Niamh noticed and bought me the Lets Glow candle from the line for my birthday (birthday haul coming soon) so thank you Niamh ;)

Its all very reasonably priced which I was surprised but happy to see. It isn't just ripping you off because it's brand by a Internet superstar, It is affordable and that is one of the main reasons I bought it. Also, the packaging on everything in gorgeous. Its beautiful. I love it.

Firstly the shower cream. The smell wasn't what I expected, but it was a nice fresh yet still had floral hint. Its my kind of scent. As for the product itself, it works quick nicely although a little bit to thick and gloopy when you squeeze it out. But once you start using it, it lathers up well and leaves your skin soft. The smell doesn't linger of your skin, which can be good and bad, depending on if you want it to or whether you want to wear perfume, but personally, I don't like my shower gels to have to much of a scent so I really like this. I wouldn't say this is an unbelievable product and I probably am not going to repurchase it immediately, but it's lovely and I would recommend someone to try it. I shall be using it up and thoroughly enjoying it. 3.5/5

Next the body lotion. I never really buy/use body lotion, but I thought I should probably have one on the go all the time just in case so why not buy this one. I've been making an effort to use this and I have to say I'm impressed. It smells slightly different to the shower cream, a little more floral and perfumed, a little more luxury, which I love. As for the consistency, it's quite thick but not to heavy so its good for every day as well as at night. It sinks in pretty easily and quickly and the scent remains after for a while but its not strong. It thought It was going to be a bit crap but it's actually pretty brilliant. Overall, this is a winner for me, the best product I've tried from the line, and I will probably be repurchasing it when i finish. 4/5

Finally the candle. I haven't had this for as long so I've only lit it once. I like that is small as I never use up candles. It smells mainly floral but theres a little hint of vanilla, and its nice and fresh and calming. It doesn't kick of a load of scent when lit but you can still smell it in the room, subtle and fresh. I think its a scent that will be nice all year round and as a result I reckon i will get some use out of it. It takes me a pretty long time to use up candles so I shall have to see how I get on with it. But so far, I like. 3.5/5

Overall, I like this range. It isn't ground-breaking, but I do enjoy using the products and I would recommend you give them a go. You can buy it here

Helena x  

Sunday, 5 October 2014

DIY: Nutella Popcorn

So the other day I came up with the mothership of all recipes. Nutella popcorn. Yes it is as good as it sounds. And so naturally I thought I would share with you.

You Will Need:
Popping corn (both salt and sweet taste fine with it, which ever is your preference)
2-3 large teaspoons of Nutella chocolate spread
1-2 tablespoons of milk (more or less depending on how thick you want your sauce)

First you will need to make your Nutella sauce. Place the Nutella in a small bowl along with the amount of milk you prefer depending on the thickness you want (if you're not sure, its always better to add less and then add more later). Now, you can pop this into your microwave for about 45secs - 1min. When that's up take it out and it may look like nothing has happened. But just give it a stir and you should see the Nutella has become a lot softer and then the milk and chocolate begin to combine to a sauce. Keep stirring until all the lumps have gone and it is smooth. If it's not combining, bung it back in the microwave for another 15-30 seconds and stir again.

Now you need to make your popcorn. Just follow the instructions on your packet, but generally 2 minutes in the microwave. Then gather your ingredients ready to assemble. I'm using this popcorn container from Urban Outfitters and I loves it.
 You're now going to want to layer it up. First place a handful of popcorn into your container and drizzle on about a teaspoon of sauce. Then repeat until you get to the top.

And tah-dah! There you have it. I warn you this stuff is seriously addictive and you will stuff your face with it all in one go. It's not an option. When I made this, I just sat in front of my laptop staring a blank screen stuffing my face because I couldn't be bothered to put a film on as I just wanted to eat it. And yes I have the Pirates Of The Caribbean box set. I have no regrets of any of it ^-^. 

I hope you liked this DIY - something a little different. If anybody at all maybe has a go at it, I would love to see (Tweet me @helenabub ).
I hope you all had a lovely week.
Helena x

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Skirt Not Flirt

 Me being a weirdo in the last picture

||  Cardigan - TK Maxx (originally Nine West)    Top - American Vintage    Skirt - Topshop  || 
||  Tights - New Look  ||

So this is a outfit I wore shopping the other day that I fell in love with just a little bit. It was probably a little bit wintery for the weather but all the same I shall definitely be wearing it all the time in the colder months. The main thing I wanted to show was this denim detailed skirt. This was one of those things that I saw for afar (what am I, an eighteenth century playwright - 'I saw her from afar' - oh dear) and I ran and went straight to the till with it. Its quite a simple piece that you could wear with a lot of different combos, but it still has that something extra to make it not just a plain denim skirt. I just love it. It was rather expensive but hopefully I shall get a lot of wear out of it. The top is just an old basic in a pretty browny-grey colour and then my cardigan is the steal of the century at TK Maxx. I pretty much wear it with every outfit to the point where I've had to force myself to go out looking for a different thick-knit cardigan (sometimes variety is needed). Got to love the chunky cardigans though.

Just a quick note, I'm thinking of changing my blog name. I'm not sure. I just thought I'd mention it briefly, in case it happens. -_- Well wasn't that a pointless statement. I'm on fire with rambling today.

I hope you all had a nice week. I walked 10 miles then had a Lush bath. It wasn't half bad.
Helena x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Little Things #2

- Christmas movies
- Listening to music of your childhood
- Reminiscing with you friends and remembering times you forgot
- Having that perfect spot in the cinema
- Walking in deserted streets late at night
- Unexpected mail when you get home from school
- Tidying your bedroom
- Finding the perfect lipstick
- People having picnics in parks and hearing their laughter
- Pretty cupcakes
- Cuddling with the cat
- Buying something really small but that you absolutely love
- Drinking tea on a cold day
- Open air theatres
- Secrets at midnight
- Snuggling in your Pyjamas

- Watching little children get surprises and how happy they are
- Seeing all the good in the world in just a single moment.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Summer Reading List : The Reviews

So you may have seen my summer reading list post that I did at the beginning of the summer, telling you what books I planned to read as my summer reads. Well I read all of them (and a few others) and so now I finally (its taken me forever to write this) am doing a follow up review post. This is not my usual post but I thought I would something a little different. And all the reviews are spoiler-free!

*just a quick note, I am not a book blogger, therefore have little experience reviewing books so these reviews aren't going to be brilliantly written or ordered or put together. Also they are going to be relatively concise (about 200 words each) because I am doing 5 in one posts which is a) a lot to read and b) a lot to write. I also keep flicking between first and second person in this, sorry. So lets get into it.

I have not done summaries otherwise this post would be never-ending but I have included links to Goodreads here, here, here, here, and here (in the order of the reviews) so you can read the plot summaries first if you wish.

Holy shh......eep, where do I even begin. I had mixed expectations for this book, but it surpassed them all. This book is a work of pure genius and let me briefly explain why.

The way Stephanie Perkins describes the world and Paris is so beautiful, I felt like I was actually there. I wanted to live in the Dorms, be in the classes and explore Paris with all the characters. But it wasn't to perfect. And that's what I liked. Anna's life wasn't a blissful fairy tale, she didn't get together with her prince in the first few chapters and have to fight some battle that wasn't hers - it was real life. She was going to school, studying, struggling with love, focusing on her life like the rest of us are on a daily basis and it made my feel connected with her especially.
St Clair was possibly my favourite character, he was witty, charming and lets not forgot, crushingly hot. He was honest and sweet and even though he the dashing boy your supposed to dream of, he also had his own problems and he was actually a human. Although it was at the core a chick lit romance, in a way it wasn't. The story was realistic but gorgeous and a world I would dream to live in. I have forced all of my friends to read this. They all love different books styles and they all loved it.
I have a weakness for romantic novels not going to lie, but this is by far and away one of my all time favourites, and possibly my favourite book ever. I have not a single criticism, it is pure brilliance.


So this one. I did love this. It was eye opening and insightful and like nothing I have ever read before.

The main focus is obviously the out-of-body experience Mia has. It is fascinating and heart breaking to watch her watch her life go on before her, knowing she can do nothing. The emotions she feels are portrayed well across the page and you are constantly debating whether she's going to stay or go and whether you want her to stay or go. Its beautifully written.
Mia and Adams relationship is one everyone wants and loves, Mia often can't even believe it her self. Adams character is cool and edgy but he is so loving, and towards the end he shows how much love he has for Mia. Mia is innocent, talented and lovely. She shows all of us the vulnerability and fragility of life and makes you think about your own. I love the 2 characters so much - they are beautiful and well-defined.
The plot was strong and well written. I enjoyed the flashbacks, and reading about Mia's relationship and it enabled a clear picture of everything that was going on inside Mia's head. I love the musical element, it showed the passion felt by Mia's character in another way. It was such a raw and honest book. It showed love and loss in a different way, but just as heart-wrenching and touching  . Anyone who reads this will finish it thinking about their life and how lucky they are. Its is a utterly stunning book about life and love. Read this.

Just a quick note on the film. Its freaking brilliant. The actors are perfect. It is a faithful adaptation, please go and see it. Its beautiful.

Again I liked this one. Possibly not as much as the others but still worth the read.
The start of this book seemed a little slow for me but after the first few chapters it got a lot better and more gripping. I liked that this dystopia was very different - the world was unique and mysterious - you were just as confused as the characters as to why and what and how. It enticed me to know more.
Thomas is the main character and I'm not going to lie, I didn't love him. I felt there were just times were I wasn't on his side and I hate that. Having said that, there were moments were I did feel for him and began to see the likeable side I was looking for.
 My favourite character was by far Newt - I freaking love him. He was so kind but practical and rational and I was intrigued about his past, as little was given away about him and what had happened to him in the months before Thomas came to the maze. 
The story is filled with cliff hangers and intense scenes (particularly griever scenes - at times I was genuinely scared, the descriptions were unbelievable) and constantly leaves you wondering 'wait, what?' about why and how. So much information was withheld from the readers and the boys, it just made you want to turn the pages. I would have liked some little subtle clues about the outside world to have been revealed to us throughout the novel as I feel it may have added to the anticipation, but in a way, being kept totally in the dark was more intriguing.
I do plan on reading The Scorch Trials, as I've heard its really good, but I haven't purchased it yet. I will get around to reading it though. I also plan on going to see the film of this because Dylan O'Brien and Thomas Sangster. Also, it looks amazing. But the book, overall I liked it.

So I'm rather undecided about this book. In a way I'm in love with in as it shocked me, but in a way I'm not sure how I feel about it. I'm thinking more I love it though.

The beginning was a little disjointed, and at times I couldn't quite grasp the different families but as I read on they got easier to understand. The book showed the good sides to families and the bad, resulting in a very realistic world created that had issues readers could associate with, yet at the same time it was a world quite unlike anything I've read, and this made me fall in love with it.
Cadence was a nice character, I like her honesty and real emotion and I constantly felt her mixed feelings. She was constantly in the dark and as it was her narrating, so is the reader, and that just made you intrigued to turn every page and find out what really happened.
I also loved Gat and the mysterious side of him, and all the way through I wanted to know what happened to him and how he was involved.
I can't really say much more with out giving it away other than ohmygawd the ending. I did not guess it. I had heard that it was unexpected and I'd been trying to work it out all along but I did not guess it one bit. At first I didn't understand it and it confused me. But as it read on it became clearer, brilliant and shocking.
And that's why I loved it. Even though the storyline wasn't my favourite in the world, it shocked me. And books should do that. And although I'm a little undecided about how I feel about the book as a whole, I think the ending is amazing and I loved it. I can't get it out of my head. And that's enough for me. E.Lockhart is a writing genius. 


This is the review I've struggled to write the most. I can't put this book into words that truly justify it but I'm going to give it a go.
I did not want to read this, I'll be honest. It has been on my TBR pile for over a year, I thought it would take me ages and so I just never picked it up. I finally did and I read this in 4 days flat. This book is amazing.
The book is set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, showing how segregation was affecting the lives of everyday people. I loved that it wasn't all fancied up situations, just a honest recount of the lives of 3 different and wonderful human beings, trying to break social customs and make a difference from their kitchen tables. Minny and Aibileens friendship was one of love and kindness and support even though the characters were so different. Minny, the sassy one pushing the boundaries and Aibileen the sensible kind one, the voice of reason. Their characters were each appealing and engaging in their own styles.
The novel is told from 3 perspectives with the third being Skeeter. I loved Skeeter. Skeeter is the character who you instantly warm to and want to help. You want her to find her voice, you are constantly praying for her that she doesn't get found out and I found myself always rooting for her in the situations she puts herself in. I found myself feeling for her even in situations I would. She is such a lovely character.
I love the society with in this book; the way it is portrayed, original and exciting. You were feeling emotions for characters you stereotypically wouldn't feel, for their lives were ordinary but also extraordinary. It was different and wonderful in every way, showing the strength of community and love and how humanity is a wonderful thing. This is one of those books I feel everyone should read in their lifetime. Its awesome.

Wow. That is one monster of a post. Overall, I chose some rather fantastic reads this summer and I recommend them all. I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post this week. I'm not a born book-reviewer but I love reading so much and I wanted to try and share this passion with you. Although I do need to get a wider range of adjectives, I found myself reaching for a thesaurus once to often :) . I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
Helena x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

If In Doubt, Floral It Out


||    Top/Kimono - TK Maxx (I think..)    White Top - Topshop      Jeans - Topshop   ||

So this is another little outfit for you today. I think it's quite a nice summer/autumn transition outfit because its not to warm and wintery but not to summery.

Starting at the bottom with my beloved Jamie jeans. I've talked about these a million times, but I love them so much and you can expect to see these and my other pairs in future outfit posts. The are honestly the most perfect high-waisted Skinny jeans in the world. I really want to get a black pair as well.
The little white top was rather an accidental purchase. I bought another grey similar one a few weeks ago and when I got to the till the women told me they were on offer, so I just picked this up without thinking. It was only £4 so you can't really go wrong. I'm surprised how much wear I've already got out of it, I thought it was a bit of a bad purchase, but it turns out it was rather a good one.
Finally is this floral Kimono/Top thingy. It's originally a top and you do up 2 buttons, and it has a sort of flowy open back. But that wasn't really floating my boat. So I am currently wearing it back to front, with the back open, as a kimono. I have been a bit on the fence with the kimono trend and I haven't previously seen any I like, but I am in love with the pattern of this. So where is it from, I hear you ask? Well, I'm not 100% sure because it is a second has piece from a family member and they cut out the tags so they don't show through (as its sheer) but I'm 99% sure they got it in TK Maxx.

I have also really been loving a awesome fashion app called The Hunt, where you post pictures of items you see on Tumblr or Pinterest or anywhere, and the other users help you find where to buy it. I have put the top on it to see if I can be 100% sure where it's from, but it is yet to be found. But you can find me @helenabub.

This was meant to be my summer reads post but unfortunately I have not finished it. I shall be my next post. I am planning to start a blogging schedule of a new post every Monday (and one other day of the week if have time). We shall see how it goes. But this weeks Monday post is on Sunday :)

Hope you had a good week, I went back to school to be greeted with immediate coursework and maths last thing on a Friday - oh joy.
Helena xo

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Shop My Wardrobe

So today I am doing a 'shop my wardrobe' post for you all. This is similar to the things I have seen beauty bloggers/vloggers where they shop their makeup collection, but since I am more of a fashion blogger I thought I would do a shop my wardrobe instead.
The idea is you look through your wardrobe and find things that you don't really wear/haven't worn or forgot you had and take them out and aim to start wearing them again. It's to rediscover things you have forgotten. So here we go.

The first is this pastel print floral dress from H&M. This has been languishing in my wardrobe for a while now, but when I tried it on, I realised how nice it is. Its more of a summer piece even though summer is on its way out, but I'm going to try and make this work in the winter, maybe with some knitted tights and a big cardigan. But I have rediscovered it and I think I love it.

Number two is this pink nude cardigan from Primark, with sparkly bits woven into the fabric. I remember seeing this on a girl in the shop and loving it so I picked it up, but unfortunately I never got that much wear out of it. But I'm going to try and make it work with a few more outfits as I do still love it.

The third item is this striped t-shirt from H&M. I rediscovered this a few weeks ago and I have already worn it so much. Its very simple but classic, the material is super soft and comfy and I shall be wearing it all winter.

Finally, these brogue style shoes from Primark. I thought these didn't fit me but it turns out they do. I'm not sure if they are still in style but I still think they are pretty, a little bit smarter and different
than my converse, which I wear all the time, and maybe with some skinny jeans or a cute skirt they will look nice.

I hope you have had a good summer - I'm going back to school tomorrow and I don't even want think about it, I just want to curl up in a ball and pretend I'm a cat. Life would be easier as a cat.
Have you had a wardrobe clear out recently? Have you rediscovered any amazing things?
Helena xo

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Beach Is Hot, The Life Is Good

|| Dress - H&M    Hat - Accessorize   Shoes - Primark ||

This is probably one of my final summery outfit posts I am going to do because unfortunately the sunshine is beginning to leave us and autumn is coming (on the bright side, warm jumpers and awesome winter TV) 

I bought this dress a while back and I managed to get it 25% off as one of the straps was broken. But it was easy to mend and honestly you can't tell the difference so a complete bargain. You know I'm obsessed with lace so this was right up my alley. I've recently been loving H&M a lot more, mainly due to Lexie, and her amazing style and loads of her lovely clothes are from H&M. It's really affordable and the style is very simple and plain yet stylish so great for everyday when I don't want to be fussing too much with what I'm wearing. My hat is from Accessorize and I bought it for Greece and I lurvvess it, even if it is a little big for my head :). I wore this outfit a few times in Greece as it was simple and nice and cool and comfy. And my shoes are my beloved and well worn jade green sandals from Primark. I'm so sad because they are on the verge of disintegrating with the bottoms ripping and the straps really lose but i love them so much :( Sorry for my horrible feet, I just painted them right after I took the pictures but oh well, just focus on the shoes :) 

I've recently been using my twitter a lot more for blogging purposes so you can have a look at that if you wish, the link is on my sidebar along with my Instagram. I need to make my social media links bigger. Just a bit of self promo there, Sorry ;)

My last post also went down really well so thank you so anyone who had a peek. It was a little more thought out that a few of my recent posts so I'm thinking I will do some more writing-y posts in the future.

I can hear the Simpsons movie playing for the second time in 2 days and it's rather distracting so I shall stop rambling before I make any grammatical errors. Hope you have a lovely day
Helena x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The British Tag

So in this post I am going to be doing The British Tag! I haven't done a tag post in while and this one kept popping up in my YouTube subscription box and I have really enjoyed watching them. So I thought I would do it on the blog. Aptly I am sitting here with my cup of tea and a biscuit, feeling very British, so I shall get started!

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? + How many sugars?
It depends really. I would say probably 2 - 3 cups a days on average. I mainly drink tea in the winter when its really cold, so that may go up to 4 and in the summer it can go down to 1 or sometimes none if its a super hot day. And no sugars. partly because it makes me feel healthier, but mainly because I don't like it.
2. Favourite part of your roast
YORKSHIRE PUDDINGS! You could give me an entire plate of them and I would love you forever. Also pigs in blankets (sausages in bacon).
3. Favourite dunking biscuit
A trusty digestive. I love the chocolate ones the most (even more so the dark chocolate ones - I find the milk ones can be a bit sweet) but a plain one will suit me just fine. I don't like dunking my biscuits to long I like them to retain some crunch.
4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
Watching Wimbledon. I wait all year for it, it is the highlight of the summer and I love to sit and watch it all day and do nothing else. I refuse to leave the house on the day of the final. I also love cream teas in the sunshine, and ice creams on the beach when its raining.
5. Favourite word?
Lovely. You may have guessed this is you read my blog a lot or follow me on twitter, but it is my favourite word, I will use it to describe anything and it just making me think of happiness and I just love it.
6. Cockney rhyme slang?
Apples and Pears, Dog and Bone, Rosie Lee, Ruby Murray ............. my grandparents are from the east end, it has been drummed into me.
7. Favourite sweet
I love Malteasers, but I'm thinking that's counts as chocolate, so I guess Strawberry bonbons or fudge.
8. What would your pub be called?
Honestly no idea. Probably The____ Hedgehog, I don't know why but hedgehogs just came to my mind. The Lovely Hedgehog? I don't know. Bad question. Moving on.
9. No.1 British person
There are so many amazing British people all for different reasons, how can I chose? I'm going to say William Shakespeare because he is the ultimate writer and possibly the ultimate British person.
10. Favourite shop / restaurant
My favourite restaurants in Britain are Yo!Sushi and Gourmet Burger Kitchen (they do the best chips ON THE PLANET). My favourite shop would be Topshop or Waterstones. Clothes and Books, naturally.
11. What British song pops into your head?
Every person I've seen do this says the spice girls, but the first one that I thought of was Imagine by John Lennon. Its so timeless and classic and I will always love it.
12. Marmite.

I am going to tag Through A Cats Eyes, Faye Olivia, Lexie Alexandra, Lost In A Library and anyone else who would like to do this.

Also, side note, today is my blogs two year birthday so Happy Birthday Blog. I love youss.

Two posts in a week?! Whats happening?! I must keep this up :)
Helena xo

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Pictures taken on my Canon Ixus, iPhone 5s and my dads Canon Powershot 

So I've been home from Greece quite a while now and I thought after a few days weeks of sleeping I should stop my procrastinating and do a holiday post. I don't have to much too say so I shall summarise so as not to bore you (and because I'm lazy shhhh)

I went to Mykonos, a small island in the Cyclades in Greece. It was beautiful and lovely and I recommend it a lot. The sea was so warm and clear. There were a lot of cats. And I love cats.

Surprisingly I did not eat a lot of Feta cheese, but I did eat a lot of olives and a rather insane amount of yoghurt. I'm going to turn into a pot of yoghurt.

To be honest we didn't do that much. We wanted a relaxing holiday after a stressful year and so we just stayed the pool and sunbathed and swam and went to the beach and it was just perfect.

We did go to Delos, one of the major historical sites in Greece, which was stunningly amazing and so beautiful to see all the ruins from thousands of years ago. It was so hot though and there was no shade :(

I got through 2 and a bit of my book load and can we just take a minute to talk about Anna and the French Kiss. NEW FAVOURITE BOOK. Since I've been home I've just been nagging my friends to read it, they're probably sick of it by now ^_^

The hotel we stayed in was amazing and can complete with its own resident kitten :) I still missed my cat Taf though.

So that is my holiday in a few nutshells (great pun there Helena....... ). It was wonderful and I want to go back. I am having sunshine withdrawal symptoms, which are mainly sleeping. That's pretty much all I've done since I've been back. Since coming home I've been to see War Horse at the theatre (AMAZEBALLS), worked out how to get a bus, had a indoor picnic/movie night where we ended up watching Monty Python, watched lots of friends and bake off and done more sleeping. Sleep is the way forward. How I'm gonna get up early when school starts, I have no idea.

Good luck anyone with exam results, you'll all do wonderful. Since I only did some this year I don't get them till I go back to school, but I hope you all get the results you want :)

How were your holidays?
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