Friday Lust List: Cream of the Crop

If, like my younger sister, you’re planning to spend today enjoying the sun, dress both to impress and to keep yourself cool. Crops tees are great, because they don’t reveal as much as, for example, bralets, but they’re just as cute.

The images of the crop tees below belong to A.P.C., Fresh-Tops, Language of Flowers, Topshop, and Whistles respectively.

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A.P.C. Baseball Cropped Cotton T-Shirt £63.00 (from £90.00)

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Fresh-Tops You Can’t Sit With Us Crop £15.77

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Language of Flowers Forget Me Knot Cropped Tee £45.00

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Topshop Scallop Lace Crop Tee £36.00

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Whistles Tessa Cropped Top £75.00

Friday Lust List: Kiss The Rainbow (Nail Polishes)

It’s turning out to be a very grey and very wet day. I’m stuck at home with nothing to do, so I thought, “Why not paint my nails with all the colours of the rainbow?”

The images of the nail polishes below belong to Nails Inc, Topshop, Barry M, Models Own, Dior, Butter London, and Rimmel respectively.

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Nails Inc Nail Polish in St James £11.00

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Topshop Nail Varnish in Wide Awake £5.00

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Barry M Nail Paint in Lemon Ice Cream (NP307) £2.99

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Models Own Nail Polish in Toxic Apple – Ice Neon £5.00

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Dior Manucure Transat Nail Polish in Sailor £22.00

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Butter London Nail Lacquer in Giddy Kipper £9.00 (from £12.00)

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Rimmel Sweetie Nail Crush in Violet Swizzle £3.99

10 Lessons Learnt from Babysitting

I’ve been babysitting since I was 16, and it’s been a lot of fun. Even though I’m in charge of small children for a couple of hours, and am supposed to be teaching them what to do/what not to do (e.g. hitting a sibling), I’ve also learnt a lot.

1) If the child is being a bit silly e.g. splashing some water while brushing their teeth, it’s better to not make it a big deal. Making it into a massive thing will just make them want to do it more, and before you know it, you’re trying to stop a full on water fight in the bathroom.

2) Take your time when reading bedtime stories. They can tell when you’re trying to rush. They’ll just keep telling you to slow down or repeat yourself, and you’ll end up wasting even more time.

3) I prefer to bring my own snacks. The parents always go “Help yourself to anything!”, but I’d rather bring my own food when the cupboards are full of organic toddler yoghurts and those healthy corn snacks for kids.

4) On the food note, I find that eating an entire 175g bag of Walkers Sensations while watching a film makes me fall into a potato chip-induced slumber.

5) Chips need longer in the oven than fish, especially since they’re on a lower tray.

6) That thing that defending football players do with their hands when another player is taking a free kick? That’s to protect their, um, bits.

7) Being hit by a football doesn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.

8) Children don’t always think before they speak

“You’re a really good defender because you’re really really big”

“Um, thanks?”

9) Washing up all the dishes, even the ones that were there before, makes you a godsend in the eyes of the parents

10) Arguments between children can sometimes be diffused by going, “Hey, teach me how to play chess!” and then you end up sitting there an hour later watching them play chess and only remembering that the horse shaped piece moves in a L-shape

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Friday Lust List: Flat Sandals

Now that it feels like summer, it’s time to bring out the sandals! I would have brought mine out already, except for one little problem: my mother threw them out by accident. They were perfect for me: light brown (which went with everything I wore), flat (therefore comfortable), and cheap (I got them for £5 in the sales). So if anyone sees sandals like the Angel Leather Open Toe Buckle Sandals from Marks and Spencer anywhere (picture below for reference), feel free to contact me.

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I’m trying to move on from those sandals though (sob), which is why I spent the entire morning looking at flat, open toed (I hate the feeling of toe posts) sandals.

The images of the sandals below belong to Accessorize, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Topshop, and Zara respectively.

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Accessorize Leather City Sandals £25.00

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Dorothy Perkins Coral Peep Toe Strap Sandals £20.00

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New Look Brown 2 Part Gladiator Sandals £14.99 (from£19.99)

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Topshop Harley Cut Out 2Part Sandals £22.00

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Zara Flat Sandal with Ankle Strap in Sea Green £9.99 (from £25.99)

I’m Back!

It’s been 6 months and 5 days since I last blogged, but I can now safely say that exams are over, I have free time on my hands, so I’m back to blogging!

It’s been a tough 6 months. When my Head of Sixth Form said, “Revision is a long and lonely process”, I scoffed inwardly, thinking back to my GCSE revision days. I now know that revision IS long, and it can be lonely. I spent study leave shut up in my room, surrounded by past papers and folders. Very early starts became normal (thank God for having a sister who possesses the ability to wake me up at 4am. There was one time before my final Biology exam when she woke me up at 3am.), and friends who finished 3 whole weeks before me learned not to gloat in my presence.

Now that it’s all over, I don’t really know what to do with myself. Getting up late makes me feel guilty, as does wandering around the house aimlessly or watching TV. I feel like I don’t have a sense of direction anymore, like I’m not really sure what to do with myself. I’m trying to get a summer job, so that a) I can save up for university, and b) I have something to do over summer.

I have gotten my room back though. I spent the whole of Wednesday sorting through folders and folders of work, putting papers into piles and occasionally thinking about the number of trees that were felled in order to supply me with so much paper.  I did finally finish the sorting, and have got my room back. My sister, however, wasn’t so lucky; I ended up putting the bagged papers in her room because I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away yet.

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I’m still thinking of ways to spend my summer. Do you have any suggestions, or do you feel just as lost as I do? Let me know in the comments below 🙂