Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The first signs of autumn

So recently I had to pop into town to have my last vaccination for my trip to Sri Lanka (you can read about the whole project here and keep up to date about our adventure).

As I was in town anyway I figured it would be a great time to pop in and have a look at all the lovely new A/W clothes! Well I was not disappointed lets say that! I didn't really go into a lot of shops so I can't comment on the general clothing lines around town. But I did go into Primark which of lately has become quite nice with some lovely fashions. I did a bit of browsing (ok I went round every level practically twice) and picked up an armful of things to try on! Unfortunately only two things made it out (a sports bra and a hair band, not a great lot). I just didn't find their sheer blouses to be that flattering and a lovely lilac jumper just didn't have the right neck line. Sad as I quite liked the colour of the jumper! But Primark have started to stock their Christmas jumpers, is it a little bit too early for this, I mean we aren't even out of September yet!

So instead I went to the home wears and  found a lovely little reed diffuser for only £1! Well that was coming home with me. Then I had to pick up some socks as I go through them super fast but at least they had some packs which had really quite cool patterns on! 

Next it was off to Boots and by this point it had started to rain in Bristol so I was happy to get inside. Now I'd been after a lovely coral lipstick ever since I bought my matte lip pencil from E.L.F (see my post about it here). So I headed straight for the beauty section and stayed for ages! I found loads of different ones and did a little test on the back of my hand ( even now a day later and many washes down I can still see some of the lines, goodness knows they have lasting power!).

I finally found one from Rimmel and it was a just the right amount of coral for me with a added bit of shimmer! As it was buy 1 get one half price I couldn't pass up on that deal so grabbed a lovely nail varnish also by Rimmel in a great shade of grey! Can't wait to try this one out! I also picked up the usual cotton wool pads as I was running out.

One little tip for all you lovely little shoppers wherever you may be. Whenever you go into Boots always find their little card machines where you can print of some personalised vouchers for you to use that day (I often get 10% off shampoos that sort of thing). Yesterday I got extra Boots points if I spent over £20 well even though everything I bought was on a deal it just made it over the £20 mark and I got my extra points! So it's always worth a look.

Although I looked in a few other shops I didn't buy anything so as the rain was still ongoing I decided to plod home before it got too bad. But as I walked home it did get heavier so I stopped off in Co-op on the way to pick up a magazine. Glamour was only £1 so as the little bargain it was that came home with me (even the guy who served me said how cheap it was!).

By the time I had walked all the way home (with a few odd stares from drivers) I realised I looked like this: 

And I was soaked from head to toe! So I popped to the gym before jumping in a lovely hot shower to warm up from what is now settling in to be the autumn weather! 

Lets just hope there is a little bit of autumn sun soon! 


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Visiting Cardiff (Oh and the boyfriend)

So this week I popped over to Cardiff to visit my boyfriend (we met at Uni in Wales).

While I was there he had to work for a few hours (boo) but he lives so close to central Cardiff nowadays that I could easily pop in for some shopping (yay)!

I was hoping to find some nice new items (and to get my shopping fix) as well as having a look at some items I wanted to drool over due to their high prices! Unfortunately I was unable to find any nice items for my wardrobe (although I did get some trousers ready for my trip to Sri Lanka).

As for the items I went to drool over I am still no more clearer about the possibility of saving for them (or which to buy!). The first is a DSLR, now this is a bit of a strange one for me as I often forget my compact camera at the best of times and end up taking most of my pics on my iphone. So I think this is definately a wish product rather than anything else. The camera I have been drooling over is the Canon EOS 1100D, it looks lovely and when I got to have a play in the store it handled really well taking some nice shots. The second was a Macbook which I investigated further as I am a student I can get some discount on it! So after talking to one of the sales people I was even more confused as to buy one or not (the boyfriend reckons I should).

Once he had returned from work we headed out for a lovely date night (it had been a while since we had seen each other). We went straight to our favourite restaurant, T.G.I. Friday's! We both love this place for the great food and service. We got some great service from our server this time as well who was lovely and had a few jokes with us. We then went to the cinema to see the new film Elysium starring Matt Damon as the leading man. Its all about Earth many years in the future in which a special space craft (Elysium) holds all the wealthy folk and gives them top notch health care etc. The plot of the film (without giving too much away) is that Matt Damon's character is trying to get to Elysium (like many other people on Earth). I really liked the film and so did the boyfriend, it has a great ending and it is one I can suggest to you!

The next day we headed down to Cardiff Bay and went to Techniquest. This is an awesome indoor science learning centre, although it's aimed mainly at children for big kids like us it was just as fun. Although we made our way round the various experiments quicker than a child would we still had a good laugh! We had a snack there and then went to one of their extra shows you can pay about £1.20 more to see. We went to the planetarium show which explained how the gas planets protect us! It was great and set up as though you were actually looking up at the night sky!

I had a great couple of days in Cardiff but unfortunately I had to return to Bristol for work that weekend. But I'll be back soon Cardiff! See ya on the flip side!