50 Books that will Change Your Life | World Book Day

 

I saw this over on Hayley’s blog, and knew I had to take part. I do a fair amount of reading, but I don’t think I will actually have read all that many out of these 50, however we’re about to find out!

Books That Will Make You Laugh

Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Score: 1/6

I do want to read Geek Girl, and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I am too old to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and I think I was too old to read it when it was released. I was a teenager when Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging was out, and I definitely read it before seeing the film, I do sort of love that film.

Books That Will Change the Way You Think

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Score: 2/7

I own The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I just haven’t read it yet. I’m currently reading The Book Thief so I don’t think that counts. A Street Cat Named Bob has just never appealed to me and I won’t be picking it up. However, I do want to read To Kill a Mockingbird and Wonder so they will be making their way to my TBR pile at some point.

Books That Will Transport You

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Score: 2/6

I am currently reading the Percy Jackson series, and I’ve read the first 2 books but will be completing the series, so I’ve decided I can count that. Of course I’ve read Harry Potter! The Great Gatsby is on my TBR shelf waiting for me to get to it, I’ve attempted the read the Lord of the Rings however I just can’t get into The Fellowship of the Ring, I’ve tried so many times and yet The Hobbit is an easy read. I remember Northern Lights being popular to read in my early years of secondary school but it has never leaped out of me. I have The Life of Pi on my kindle, but I don’t know if I will get round to reading it, I know I should but I don’t really fancy it.

Books That Will Make You Cry

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Score: 2/7

I will never be reading Of Mice and Men, my sister studied it for GCSE and told us a little about part of the story, and I was in tears, I cannot put myself through reading the whole book. I am likely to buy it and have it sat in my book cupboard though. The two I have read are The Time Travellers Wife and My Sisters Keeper, both are great books but I didn’t cry when reading The Time Travellers Wife, I don’t even think I cried when watching the film. I also prefer some of Jodi Picoults other books, I wouldn’t have chosen My Sisters Keeper to be in this list, but it is her most popular.

Books That Will Help You Understand You

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith

Score: 1/5

I’ve only read The Fault in our Stars and I don’t rate it highly, everyone else seems to love it but it’s not for me. I am currently reading The Knife of Never Letting Go, I don’t know if I will complete it, I’m struggling to get into it so far, but we shall see. I want to read The Catcher in the Rye, and I Capture the Castle.

Books That Will Scare You

The Rats by James Herbert
The Demonata by Darren Shan
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
1984 by George Orwell
The Shining by Stephen King

Score: 0/5

I don’t do scary, so it doesn’t surprise me that I haven’t read any of these, though 1984 is on my list of books which I do want to read.

Books That Will Teach You About Love

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Forever by Judy Blume
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
How I Life Now by Meg Rosoff
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Score 6/7

The only one of these I haven’t read is Forever, and I don’t think I will be any time soon. I own 4 copies of Wuthering Heights in 3 different editions, so I think we can say it’s one I like. Although I’ve read Twilight it’s not a book which is in my collection any longer, and it won’t be returning.

Books That Will Thrill You

Gone by Michael Grant
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Score: 4/7

I read City of Bones and enjoyed it but just couldn’t get into City of Ashes and so I won’t be completing the Mortal Instruments series. I have ordered the full Divergent Trilogy in matching covers, I currently have the movie edition of Divergent, and I don’t like it. I fancy reading Rebecca and A Clockwork Orange at some point but I will not be reading Skulduggery Pleasant.

Total Score: 18/50

I did say that I didn’t think I would have read many and I haven’t, but quite a few of them are on my list of books which I want to read once I’ve got my TBR pile down to a manageable amount.

Tink x

Bedroom Tour in Photos

 

I think for the past 2 years I’ve been threatening to do a bedroom tour, well the time is finally here! I’ve just given it a little revamp in the way of colour, no actual decorating has taken place but Mamma does want me to change the wallpaper.

I think I’ll start off with showing you the wallpaper.

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I personally thing the wallpaper is pretty snazzy, it’s 1930’s cinema arch print and I picked it up from Debenhams for £20. I only needed the one roll otherwise it probably would have been a no go. All 3 actual walls in my room are painted white so that it’s easy, I wanted white so that I could add in any colour that I fancied because I constantly change my mind. The wallpaper is on the ‘wall’ behind my bed, it’s actually a piece of plywood I believe.

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As you can see my colour of choice is yellow, which I think goes very nicely with the grey. I’ve chosen yellow because I think it just instantly brightens up your day and makes you feel a little happier. The bedding and cushions are all from George at ASDA, Love-A-Lot I’ve had for far too many years!

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Next up we have my dressing table, which is a Hemnes chest of drawers from Ikea and because I don’t have the space for a dressing table I just have to use the top of it. As you can see I have a lot of things to clutter it up, and it never stays tidy for long.

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I have a gorgeous antique mirror which I picked up last summer on a trip to Salts MIll and at £18 I couldn’t leave it behind, I love it to pieces and I think it brings a touch of character to my room.

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I couldn’t resist sharing these photographs which are on the side of my Helmer which I use to store my makeup. The strip of 4 has photos of me and my bestie from last years Plus North in the photo booth which was great fun! The little photos are of me getting my first passport and I couldn’t sit still which meant each picture came out completely different.

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You can now see where the blogging is supposed to occur, Dave the desk is from Ikea but he isn’t much use to me. I find that Dave is just so small and I can’t possibly work at him, but if I didn’t have him I’d have no where to keep my laptop safe.

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I have a second chest of drawers which is used for storage, the top two you can see contain my nail varnishes.

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Ted here was a gift from my Grandad on my first birthday and being very imaginative he was named Ted. He sits guarding my books, these are the books which are sort of next on my to be read pile but they often get forgotten about and I dive into the depths of my book cupboard instead.

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My storage chest of drawers houses my dvd collection and so I just had to share with you some of my dvds. Above is the beginnings of my Disney collection, and below shows some of my classic girly movies along with my Supernatural collection.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed getting a glimpse into my bedroom, you can also find a video tour over on my youtube channel here. If you want to see my makeup storage, or inside my book cupboard then let me know!

Tink x

My Week Alone

 

You may remember me saying in last Fridays post that I had to cut my holiday short because I was a little ill. Well this mean that I got to spend pretty much a week alone at home.

During this one week I discovered a number of things.

1. Keeping a house tidy is easy – Now I don’t know about you but with a family of 4 of us, the house never looks overly tidy, mainly because me and my darling sister just fling our things everywhere and just dump them where we’re stood. However, being on my own means the house has remained so much tidier, I don’t know if this is because my sister makes the most mess, or if I was just much more conscious of the mess I created and tidied it up much sooner.

2. It’s scary – Living with other people provides plenty of background noise, whether it’s music playing or just someone mooching about in the bathroom. Being on your own is bloody scary, especially when it’s bedtime and you’re doing the run from the lounge to the door to check it’s locked and then running up the stairs. I am never in charge of locking the door, unless i’ve been out which lets be honest doesn’t happen all that often, plus I tend to get in when my folks are still up and they like an early bedtime.

3. Cooking becomes fun – Okay I’ve only had to cook 3 meals this week, but it has been fun! I got to plan my own menu, which was nice and meant I got to eat fresh foods that I like all week long. To be fair I can’t eat all that much that everyone else in my house eats which means I get limited to the same few meals week in week out, boring!! My mum tends to complain if I try to cook at the same time as her, yet insist we all eat together so I’ve given up with having varied foods. I do sometimes think my mum makes it her mission to give me the food I don’t like, so that she can then complain that I don’t eat vegetables* (*substitute for any other food group). I know what I like but she always chooses my worst ones, going with vegetables I hate broccoli but it ends up being used at least 3 times a week because it’s my sisters favourite, this week I’ve not seen it but still had plenty of veg inside me.

4. What happens if you find a spider? – I have a pretty big fear of spiders, and generally I just scream and my stepdad will come running and get rid of it for me. However, being on my own panicked me a little, what was I going to do if I found one? I worked it out, I was going to ring my bestie and make her come to get rid of it, it’s a bloody good job she loves me. Luckily I never found one,  but each evening I do have a check for spiders before I can even get into bed.

5. Washing is minimal – By washing I mean plates and dishes and the like, I seem to sue the same few things, which means washing up is super quick and easy. On Friday I used the dishwasher and that was because I had Thursday’s dinner things, and everything from Friday, and I was being lazy and couldn’t be bothered washing up. I am so glad we do have a dishwasher though, washing up for 4 would not be fun at all, no one wants wrinkly hands!

6. Bathing in peace – I don’t know about you but having a bath without someone wanting to talk to you is bliss! Normally there’s someone banging on the door because they want a wee, or they’re trying to tell you something which has no importance when you’re enjoying some lovely bubbles and a good book. I managed to enjoy multiple baths and there was no one to moan if I wanted to complete a full book and just top up the bath.

7. It’s cold – Maybe it’s because I didn’t want to get in trouble for running the heating bill up, but it was bloody freezing this past week! My house has been at a constant 19.5 degrees and I was cold, I had my blanket on the sofa every evening. I’m not sure if 4 of us just create more heat anyway, but I was also too scared to light the fire in case I set the house alight, crazy I know seeing as we have a log burner, but I don’t want to be that one that burns the house down.

Overall I loved my week alone, so if someone wants to pay for me to move out then I’d be well up for it, but until then i’ll stick to living at home.

Tink x

Top 5 YA Kindle Books Under £5

 

I thought I would start a new series of kindle book posts, I am pretty much glued to my kindle since Christmas day so I thought I should share with you some of the books I’ve discovered. I am a bit of a scrooge and don’t really like to pay for my kindle books, mainly because I devour them quickly, so the cheaper the better.

Today I thought I would share with you my top 5 Young Adult kindle books which are under £5 to download. If you don’t like reading on e-readers then I will also include a link to a printed version so that you can buy a copy.

1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead | Kindle | Printed | Bloodlines is set in the same world as Vampire Academy and I believe it is a spin off series. I have never read Vampire Academy and so this was my first trip into a world of Moroi and Strigoi vampires, along with Dhampir who are half human half vampire, and then there’s the Alchemists plus your regular humans. As someone coming from outside of the Vampire Academy fanship, you can definitely read this without knowing anything of the world, there are references to the Vampire Academy series but you don’t need to have read them. Bloodlines follows 18 year old Sydney an Alchemist, and her job is to protect the humans from vampires and to help make sure vampires aren’t discovered. Sydney isn’t in the good books of the alchemists she sort of messed up on her last mission, she has to fight to get on this mission otherwise they are going to send her younger sister. She also wants to prove that she is a good alchemist and that they can trust her.

2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner | Kindle | Printed | I didn’t expect to enjoy this, but I knew the film would be coming out this year and wanted to give it a read first. Thomas is sent to the Maze but doesn’t have any memories of why he’s there or of his life before going into the maze. The maze is being controlled by someone outside of the maze, each week they get food deliveries and the delivery of a new person. No one knows why they are in the maze or what they are supposed to do, but they have made it their mission to find a way out. I found that elements of the book remind me of The Hunger Games, being controlled by someone outside of your reality, but it does hold its own and is still different to any other books i’ve read.

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Kindle | Printed | Anna and the French Kiss is what I call a palette cleanser, it’s a book which is quick and easy to read, but you can still enjoy a good story line. Anna is sent to boarding school in Paris by her parents and she isn’t happy, she has to leave her best friend behind along with a fledgling romance. How many of us wish we’d been to boarding school, and here Anna is moaning because not only is she going to boarding school she’s only going to bloody Paris! Don’t worry poor, poor, Anna makes friends at boarding school and is introduced to St. Clair who is just the perfect guy, and better than that he’s dating a college girl! You know how the book is going to pan out from the beginning, but that doesn’t matter because it’s exactly what you’re choosing the book for.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Kindle | Printed | I did a full review of Fangirl here but basically Cath and her twin sister Wren are off to college, but things don’t quite go to plan for Cath as she discovers that Wren doesn’t want to room with her. Wren wants to go off and live college life to the full, while Cath wants to stay in her room on her laptop writing Simon Snow fanfiction. Again this is another book which is pretty predictable but it does have mentions of mental health, and is set in our world rather than the fictional ones where vampires exist among humans, or where people will put you in a maze.

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | Kindle | Printed | Karou is living in two world, she’s living in Prague as a 17 year old art student but is working for a ‘monster’ who belongs in another world. The ‘monster’ Brimstone is the closest thing she has to family he has been her guardian ever since she was little, however he doesn’t like her to know much about the other world but soon she has no choice but to become involved with it. I really enjoyed this book when I first read it and I want to reread it, I’m partway through the second book but I put it down so long ago that I need to revisit the story from the beginning.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my favourite kindle books, please let me know if you have any recommendations.

Tink x

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Easter Bird Nest Cake

 

Easter is at the end of this week, and so I though I would share with you a cake I made at the end of last week while off work. I spotted a pin a little while ago and though it would make a pretty perfect Easter cake, I saw the image but didn’t bother going through to the recipe or the instructions.

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You can find the original recipe here.

When it came to making the cake I decided to whip up a simple chocolate sponge, I made it gluten free so just substituted self raising flour with gluten free self raising flour. My simple sponge recipe is one which I don’t have exact measurements for, so I can’t give them to you, it’s what I call the 8,4,2 method.

Anyway I made my sponge and left it to cool, I then ran round the kitchen trying to find something I could use to cut a round hole in the middle of the sponge which was going to be my top layer. I found the lid off a plastic tub would do the trick. I cut my circle out before sandwiching my cake together which did make my top layer break into two. I cheated and used chocolate spread to sandwich my cakes together, mainly because I used the last of the cocoa powder in my cake batter.

I covered the bottom layer in melted chocolate spread, stuck half the top layer on, and then used chocolate spread to stick the other half to the first half. I then poured more chocolate spread into the hole until it was almost full, and filled it with mini eggs. I also used chocolate spread to cover the top of my cake, and to recreate sticks I used matchmakers.

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It’s a really simple cake to make if you do it my way, because I like simple. I like to think that if this was on Pinstrosity then it would be a pin spin and graded GCT 2.

Let me know if you plan on recreating this cake, whether it’s mine or the original!

Tink x

University Diaries | Is the UCAS Convention worth going to?

 

Yes, yes it is! The UCAS Convention is a great opportunity to take the time to speak with members of staff from lots of different universities. There’s a good chance your school or college will be running a trip to the UCAS Convention nearest to you, so get gone.

I went along as a member of staff to supervise the group of students we took, however I still got to make good use of the time. I had already narrowed myself down to about 10 universities who I wanted to chat too and get a prospectus from. I made the decision to only stop and speak to representatives from the universities I already had interest in, this meant that I could get round very quickly and make sure that I definitely spoke to those I wanted to.

If you know which universities you might want to go to, then get round and speak to those first, you can then spend your spare time walking around and seeing if any of the other universities take your fancy. There are so many different universities, so you might find that you see one which you had never considered looking at before. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions about the course, and what modules you could be studying.

If you’re not sure which universities you want to go to now is the perfect chance to take a look and see which ones offer the course you want to do, but also to ask any questions you have.

I spoke to the one of the representatives for the University of Chester and was told about the Christian Mission fund they have which is used to help students carry out missionary work. This is something I hadn’t seen on the website and meant I learnt something new which I wouldn’t have known without seeing them at the UCAS Convention.

You won’t just find information about the different universities, you will also find information about gap years, and graduate schemes, so even if you’re unsure about what you want to do it is worth going to.

Tink x

My Travel Makeup Bag

 

I was supposed to be away for a few days at the beginning of this week, unfortunately I’m not so great which has meant I had to come back home after just one night. I thought I’d share with you the makeup that I packed to take with me, it’s a very condensed version of my everyday makeup look and I had to switch a few products due to the size of my makeup bag.

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I took the smallest makeup bag I own, but as you can see I still managed to fit plenty in there, it was a hell of a squeeze I tell ya!

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I’ll start off with what I put on my face!

Benefit Porefessional £24.50I have been loving Porefessional for years, ever since I got a free sample in Glamour magazine, I would not be without it when i’m applying makeup which I want to look great. I don’t use it for when I’m at work but otherwise it’s a daily essential. I am on the hunt for a cheaper primer to use on a more regular basis, as I can’t really afford to buy Porefessional for everyday use.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19I have this in the shade Light 2, and I find that it works really well for me. I know that a lot of people love it but there are some people who hate it. I can definitely say that I’m on of those people who love it. I tend to use this for covering up any blemishes that I have.

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint £5.49Phwoarr paint is my under eye concealer and works a treat! I have the shade Fair which is perfect for me. It’s easy to blend and really covers up dark circles.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation £10.99I love this foundation, I find it really easy to apply with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush, it’s easy to blend and a little goes a long way. I have the shade 51 Light Vanilla which is a good match for my pale skin.

Sleek Face Form £9.99I took this away with me because it’s the most compact highlighter and bronzer I have, it’s an added bonus that it gives me an extra blusher to play with. I have the shade Fair, and the bronzer is easy to work with, I hate having a bronzer which takes ages to blend, there ain’t no time for that!

MAC Mineralize Blush £20I couldn’t resist this when I went shopping with Emily, we happened to go shopping the day the A Fantasy of Flowers collection was released and we were both won over. I have the shade Petal Power which has a lovely gold shimmer running through, and it just looks so lovely when on.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural £22I have the shade Light Plus and it is definitely one of my essential pieces of makeup, I use this to help set my makeup once I have finished applying it all, and also to touch it up throughout the day. I find that it looks natural and is super easy to blend in.

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Now we’re on to my eyes.

ELF Eyelid Primer £1.95I have this in Sheer, the doe foot applicator makes it really easy to apply, dab a bit on and then rub it in with your finger, simples!

Calvin Klein Tempting Glimmer Sheer Cream Eyeshadow £2.25 – I have the shade Cashmere Plum and I use this to give my lids an all over wash of colour. It’s super easy to apply and gives good coverage.

MAC Pro Palette QuadMy lovely sister bought me this for Christmas, and it includes the shades All that Glitters, Gleam, Sable, and Woodwinked. I use Gleam to highlight my inner corner, and then use Sable in the crease.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner £7.99 – I love the intense colour of this eyeliner, and it’s just so easy to apply. It doesn’t dry out quickly when on the brush and so there’s no rush to get it applied like i’ve had with other gel eyeliners in the past.

Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil £15The pencil I have has been discontinued but the on I have linked is it’s replacement. I have the shade Sophie which donates money towards the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, i think it’s amazing that a brand like Illamasqua has paired up with the foundation. Anyway, I use this for lining under my eye, but it’s also great for using on the lid and smudging out.

Collection Longer Lashes Mascara £2.99I picked this up on a whim and I don’t really think it’s all that lengthening, however it does make my lashes look nice so i’m not complaining.

Etude House Drawing Eye Brown Pencil £2.59I have the shade Brown and I find it super easy to apply, the pencil is angled and at the other end is a little brush so that you can make it look natural.

ELF Loose Eyeshadow £2.50 – I popped this in my makeup bag because it’s new, I have the shade Lilac and it’s a lovely colour which I think will go nicely with my MAC eyeshadows. It’s in a pen format that you dab into the eyeshadow, I’m not so sure how easy it will be to use as you get towards finishing up the eyeshadow.

You may have noticed that there’s no lip products mentioned and that’s because I always have a few of my favourites in my handbag ready for me to use.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I packed in my travel makeup bag. If you have any primer recommendations for one similar to Porefessional then please let me know.

Tink x

Magnificent 7th

Today is Magnificent 7th day, and the theme this month is something that you don't wear. 

Why don't you check out all of the lovelies taking part and see what it is that they don't wear.

Fruit Salad | OOTD and Review

I was recently contacted by Stef at Bonmarche asking if I would like to review something from their spring collection and I chose these lovely mint green jeans.

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Jeans* - Bonmarche 

Yesterday I traveled up to Glasgow and decided to wear them for the journey. I have a size 20 and they are true to size and were really comfortable to wear on the 3 hour drive, the fabric has some stretch in it which I think really helps with the comfort because you can move in them really easily. I just wish they were a little longer in the leg, but that's just because I like to roll my jeans up at the bottom. Otherwise they are the perfect length for me and I'm 5"6.


I paired the jeans with my Find the Nomads vest. I was really struggling with how to style the jeans with what I have in my wardrobe. I had quite a few ideas which required me to buy something new, but unfortunately I couldn't buy anything as for Lent I gave up buying new clothes.

Bonmarche have so many different shorts and trousers which are perfect for spring and summer, if like me you want colour or you're going away and want to get some sun on your legs. I'll admit that Bonmarche isn't somewhere I would have ever thought of looking, and would not have expected to see mint green jeans, it's not just a store my grandma will shop in, I will too.

Tink x

#MarisotaPopUps


Last night I went to the Marisota Pop Up Store in Manchester, which is there until Sunday (6th April)!
I met Steph and Gemma outside of the event, I always hate arriving on my own so they were kind enough to wait for me. We were given champagne on arrival and caught up with Toni and Kim, before having a chat with Mark Heyes about his new range and the shapeology concept.
Mark was saying that a lot of the things they used when designing the clothes were common sense, having patterns run vertical rather than horizontal, and creating pieces so that they were longer and cut off at a more flattering point on the body. However some pieces include magisculpt linings, and the lining also have rubber along the bottom hem to stop it riding up, which I think is just the best idea! It’s so uncomfortable when your lining has a mind of its own and doesn’t want to stay put.
Mark showed us some of his favourite pieces from the collection, one of them is this boucle biker jacket.
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Another one of his favourites is this floral print tunic dress which I just had to try on!
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I could see this dress becoming a favourite of mine during the summer with bare legs and a pair of sandals, but during autumn I could easily wear it with tights or leggings and a pair of boots. It’s so versatile and needs to make its way to my wardrobe! I initially tried on the 20 which was a little too tight and the lining didn’t sit straight so I sized up to the 20 which was much loser and looked better.
We got let loose in the store and were allowed to try on anything we wanted, as you can imagine we soon scooped up a number of items we wanted to try on, and took over a room as one big blogger changing room. If you’ve ever had a shopping trip with Rachel and Lisa then you’ll have overcome any fear you had about getting changed in front of anyone else.
After trying on the floral print tunic dress, I opted for the BESPOKEfit pleat front dress I had spotted this online and knew I wanted to try it on if it was in the pop up store. I tried on a size 20, in the standard fit, which says it’s for bust size B –DD and so I never expected it to fit, but I easily got my 38HH’s in there! One amazing thing about this dress is that it has pockets!!
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In the photos you can see it with and without the collarless tailored jacket, with the jacket it’s definitely an outfit you could wear to an interview or meeting if you popped some tights on with it. I am wearing the jacket in an 18, I originally tried the 20 but it was too big on the shoulders, and almost met in the middle when it’s designed not to meet.
Next up are some photos of me and my twinnie Rosie!
First off we tried the eyelash lace skater dress, I originally tried on the 20 which just would not zip up, and so the next size we had on hand was the 24 which was a little too big. Unfortunately there wasn’t a 22, or someone else was trying it on, so I don’t know how well it would have fit.
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The next dress we tried on was the bird print swing dress which is made out of such a lovely fabric, if you stroke it in one direction it feels a little like velvet. We went to try out the magic mirror and tweeted a photo of us in the dress and we also tweeted a picture of us with Steph too.
Hello from Marisota! #marisotapopup #canwear #shapeology @Mar... on Twitpic

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I love that this dress is long enough to wear without leggings during the summer! I also think this is a great work dress for me, with either tights or leggings. It’s a comfortable dress to wear but looks smart enough to wear in my office, and with the sleeves I can wear it all year long.
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I couldn’t resist trying out this chair, though I did make Rosie try it first, I was worried I might flash anyone stood about!
Before we left myself and Rosie grabbed a photo with Mark, sorry it’s a little dark! I’m sure Rosie will have the better photo with her camera which is much more snazzy than my little vlogging one which I had in my handbag.
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I had great fun in the pop up store, if you are in Manchester this weekend or can get to Manchester then I recommend you go and pay them a visit. You’ll find the pop up store at Faulkner House, New York Street, and even better there’s a car park directly opposite the store!
I was really impressed with everything that I tried on, if I hadn’t given up buying clothes for Lent then I could have easily bought almost everything. In store they are offering 20% off any orders you make along with free home delivery, how can you say no to that?

Tink x

Marisota Pop Up Shop Manchester |Win a VIP experience

 

Hello you lovely lot!

Marisota are holding a pop up shop in Manchester from Thursday 3rd April until Sunday 6th April, they have been running them across the country and Manchester is the last one. You will find the Marisota pop up store at Faulkner House, New York Street, Manchester, M1 4DY.

I am very excited to get the chance to see what Marisota offer, I’ve never bought anything from them before, and to be honest I’ve never taken a look at the website. I will be attending an event at the pop up store on Thursday evening, which will be a great chance for me to look at clothes in real life and also to learn more about Marisota and the Shapeology concept.

TV expert Mark Heyes and a team of shapeologists will also be at the pop store to give ‘shapeovers’ to visitors. I know i’ll be giving the shapeover a try! The shapeology range has been designed to create fashionable pieces which enhance the parts we love about ourselves, to give us an extra confidence boost!

Marisota have also given me the chance to offer 5 of you a VIP experience at the pop up store on Saturday or Sunday. For your chance to win all you need to do is email marisotaukpopupshop@gmail.com with BethTinkerbell as the subject and a contact phone number. You need to email by 12 noon on Friday 4th April, so that you can be contacted to arrange a time for your VIP experience if you do win.

Marisota offer clothes in sizes 12 –32, you will be able to try on pieces of clothing in the pop up store, and if anything takes your fancy you can order it in the store with 20% discount and free home delivery. If you do visit the pop up store then be sure to make use of the magic mirror which allows you to share images on social media, perfect for getting advice from your friends if you’re not sure what to buy! You can find out more about the pop up tour, and what will be available in store on the Marisota website here.

Good Luck if you decide to enter, and even if you don’t win the pop up shop is a great chance to get to touch and feel the clothes which you’ll find online.

Tink x