Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Summer Holidays

I'm collaborating with the people over at 'The Car People' with their 'Thanks Dad' campaign in honour of Fathers Day!

Every year since I was about 4 - me, my mam and my dad have loaded all our stuff in the car and driven to a cottage somewhere for a week in a cottage. Now that I'm working, we won't be able to do it this summer, which makes me incredibly sad. I always loved the drive down to our holidays, and I've compiled a little list of why I loved it and some of my favourite memories!

1. Collectively laughing to some sort of radio show... John Bishops Alphabet Soup podcast in particular! However, more recently we've began to see the humour in the plot twists within BBC Radio 6's choices. Could be listening to Kanye West one second, and a classical concerto the next!

2. I was always the only one in the car who enjoyed travelling in the rain. I don't know why I loved it so much - to be honest I still love it now! I think it made me feel extra cosy with my excessive amount of blankets and cushions I'd bring on holiday with me. Always packing too much! Nothing's changed then...

3. McDonalds breakfasts were always a must when leaving for our holiday. About an hour in, we'd stop off at the McDonalds drive through as a treat to mark the beginning of our summer hols!

4. Before we had the joy of Sat Navs, we always had to follow a road map and plan out our route on paper first. It was always quite exciting as a young child going down all the country roads and little villages whilst on the way to the cottage.

5. I Spy... Need I say more? This was like the most fun game as a 5 year old. Gets a bit repetitive once you play it every year for 5 years whilst on the motorway though...

I loved summer holidays as a kid so much. I'm absolutely gutted we can't have one this year! This will be the first year in 16 years that we haven't been away for a few nights as a family. I don't want to get old! Hopefully we will be able to get something booked in over a weekend if I can get the time off work, but even so, it won't be the same as packing up and calling a little countryside cottage home for the week!

What are your favourite car journey memories?

You can see the rest of the amazing blog posts in this campaign here!


Monday, 29 May 2017

Let There Be Crumbs x Andrew Blas Collaboration Launch

Last Thursday, I attended the launch of the new 'Proper Patisserie' collaboration at the Let There Be Crumbs tea room in Roker, Sunderland. The tearoom have joined forces with an award winning pâtissier, Andrew Blas.

Andrew Blas is a former Executive Pastry Chef at Londons Hotel Cafe Royal, and captain of the UK pastry World Cup team 2017, with his first solo venture, 'Proper Patisserie'. The collaboration is available from the 29th May, along with the tearooms new menu of breakfasts, sandwiches and ice creams.

Hailing from Roker, Sunderland, Andrew is one of the Uk's most highly skilled pastry chefs. Trained by Benoit Blin, who is currently a judge on the Bake Off: Creme De La Creme.

I was invited along with other bloggers to test out some of their new bakes, and learn a bit more about the man behind it all!

I really enjoyed my night at the event! Thank you so much to Sorted PR for the invite!


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Kylie Jenner Lip Kits | First Impressions

I'm pretty sure you've heard of the ever-so-hyped (and criticised) Lip Kits from Kylie Cosmetics. I've wanted to get my hands on some ever since they were released, but with all the controversy around missing orders and messed up lip gloss wands, I avoided them at all costs. Not to mention how hard they were to get a hold of when first released! On Cinco De Mayo - Kylie introduced a one day only buy one get one free offer. By some sort of miracle, the website wasn't totally sold out when I went to have a browse and I ordered 2 of her famous lip kits!

I ordered Candy K and Kristen, since they are the colours I usually lean towards on a day to day basis.

(Above) This shade is Candy K, which I have to say is my favourite out of the two. It is a dusty pink/brown toned shade, which is pretty much the colour of all the lipsticks I reach for the most. I love the liner, because it is very soft and creamy. It helps fill in some of the cracks on my lips in order for the matte lipstick to not cling or go patchy on the chapped areas. One feature that I find a bit difficult is the consistency of the product when wet. It can be a little bit difficult to apply, but I would suggest that 'less is more' in regards to how much product is on the applicator. If you apply to much, it can, in effect , 'pool' up, and once dried will not look even. Scrape the applicator on the side of the tube to make sure you don't have too much product and can be applied a lot neater.

(Above) This shade is Kristen. Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed about the shade of this one. It looked a lot more of a brighter pink on the website, and on the box. This is a lot darker than expected. I couldn't wear this with a day-to-day makeup look, so this one is being used strictly to go along with heavier eyeshadow looks. I'm most likely going to be wearing this for a wedding in a few weeks time, so I'll be sure to share some pictures over on my instagram @_staticnova_!

Have you tried any of the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits? What did you think of them?


Friday, 26 May 2017

Sunderland Fashion Weekend 2017

I was very lucky to receive an invite for the Sunderland Fashion weekend for a 2nd year! It was really amazing to be able to attend again, since last year I had only just started blogging and was my first event I'd ever attended. This years looks did not disappoint! Here are some of my favourites from the night!

I love these because every outfit is surely better with holographic, fluffy heels! These were Primark! As was that amazing floral maxi skirt you can see in the background. Need!

All of these pieces are from Topshop! How amazing are those red trousers?!

I'm absolutely in love with this floral print from Warehouse. These are the perfect summer wedding guest outfits!

After the show, we were invited to Debenhams for their beauty hall event, so naturally, I couldn't stop myself from picking up something from Benefit! The amazing people over at Sorted PR provided every guest with a £10 Bridges gift card, which I naturally spent within 10 minutes on make-up... of course!

I had an amazing night, along with my lovely blogger friends Chloe and Amy and hope I get the pleasure of attending next year!

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