Saturday, 28 February 2015

Monthly Roundup | February

So it's the end of another month, we're two months into 2015 and although I'm sure everybody says it, it's completely flown by! For me February was a month of scrimping, as this post goes live I'll be in London, I'll have (hopefully) had a brilliant time at London Fashion Weekend, enjoyed doing the touristy thing people do in the capital and will probably be feeling pretty sad at the thought of returning home and going back to work. It feels like I've barely done anything all month, in order to pay for London, I wouldn't have it any other way though!... I'd much rather be skint for a few weeks but have something amazing to look forward to, than the other way round.

Dan and I also had a cute day out in Bakewell... Home of the tarts! If you love afternoon tea or anything cute like that, you need to go! We quite often go out to random villages in the middle of nowhere for days out & walks, but Bakewell has to be one of the nicest places. We of course indulged in the delicacy!
Strangely enough we had our Staff Christmas night out this month, how bizarre does that sound since Christmas feels like it was years ago! I still feel really new to Leeds so let the others lead the way but we went to some fab bars. We started off in Roxy Ballroom, a quirky bar where you can play beer pong... Turns out I was absolutely crap at it. And we made our way onto Call Lane and hit up The Rock Bar, that was of course after popping into Mcdonalds for a happy meal, because that's exactly what you're craving at 2am!

My jewellery making course at JWL has finished, I completed the full course & was gifted with a 'certificate of attendance' - That still makes me giggle!.. Rather than acknowledging I finished the course & achieved all the necessary skills, I've got a certificate saying I showed up. Ha. Nevertheless I now have all the skills needed to produce some gorgeous pieces of silver jewellery, my first is the silver hammered ring & matching earrings I'm grouping under the 'Polly' range. My plan of action is to create various geometric shaped jewellery ranges and give them all super cute girlie names. 

February has also been the month of bad skin! I've suffered really bad with dry (almost rubbery) painful eyes, I've tried all sorts of remedies but this subsequently means instead of reaching for fancy new makeup I've been more inclined to pick up some intense moisturising lotions & potions.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter: I'm a huge fan of moisturiers normally but I find this offering from S&G has that extra nourishment. This is always my 'go to' product when I'm needing that extra bit of help with my skin.
Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm: A really cooling moisturiser that has brilliantly soothed my eye area. It sinks into the skin effortlessly and blends like a dream. It's a brilliant little moisturiser, that I'll continue to use even when my redness has gone down. Hopefully it'll be soon!
Avon Techniques 360 Nourishment Mask: My hair is in such bad condition at the moment, I probably should have gone to the hairdressers about 4 months ago, but sometimes life just gets in the way doesn't it. I've been using this product once a week and even though my split ends are still visible, the general health of my hair feels so much better!
Charmed Ivy Ganesh Necklace: I went through a phase of contantly buying bits and pieces from Charmed Ivy, they're a brilliant brand with an ever expanding range. I'm constantly looking through their website but unfortunately my bank balance screams at me every time I add stuff to the basket. I've been wearing this necklace so much recently though, it's so easy to throw on & looks brilliant over a plain tshirt.

This year I've really been enjoying lifestyle posts recently & am thinking about taking my blog a bit more down that road - If you'd like to see that then please comment below. I discovered these two ladies originally for their fashion posts but like I said I've been really enjoying the more chatty posts from these two lovely ladies.

Ally in Blunderand | Let's talk about tattoos.
I loved this post from Ally, as a tattooed lady I am always intrigued by peoples opinions and views regarding tattoos. I believe there's still a huge stigma relating to tattoos and a lot of people still have very old fashioned reviews regarding the subject... Having tattoo's doesn't makes you an unemployable thug... I have tattoos and people are constantly flabbergasted by this! I'm a 'prim and proper' girlie girl... A characteristic that doesn't really fit the stigma of being covered in tattoos. It's always a super frustrating conversation having to justify myself for having tattoos. Why shouldn't i have tattoos? I appreciate the art & like the way they look on my body! Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of tattoos that I'm not keen on, but they're not on my body so who am I to judge? Basically if you want a tattoo, it's your choice, it's your body, just bloody well go for it. I could rant about tattoos all day!

Fashion Influx | Blogging expectations vs reality.
Oh my goodness! Lydia has great style & always looks picture perfect, but this just had to be one of my faves this month! It's so funny! I always love a good 'misconceptions with blogging' post, but the way this post is written, & the hilarious images that go with it - It's one not to miss! I completely agree with everything written in the expectations vs reality post - It's blooming hard work being a blogger, but it's kind of nice knowing we're all going through the same thing... 'eating supernoodles' & 'looking like a thumb'.

What have you guys been getting up to this month? If you've been to London Fashion Weekend I'd love to read your posts.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x



  1. Bakewell sounds fun! I really want to start exploring more of the UK this year. xxx - a fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog

    1. Deffinitely. We wont be going abroad this year so i think we'll be doing the same :-) There's deffinitely loads to see here in the UK that i think people forget about. X


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