Friday, 21 February 2014

30 Random Questions Tag!

So Ellie from Elephantstoriesandmore has tagged me to answer 30 random questions!

1) What are you wearing today?

Well I've been wearing Pyjamas all day, but I had to go to my parents to look after the pooches tonight so right now I'm wearing this Topshop Smock Dress and some plain ol' black tights.

2) What are you listening to right now? 
Like literally? Because Aladdin is on TV whilst I'm writing this out. But in general I've recently rekindled my love for Sufjan Stevens, I fell in love with his music years ago due to it's chill vibes but have got his album out of my cupboard again since hearing one of his songs on a TV advert.

3) Do you like the beach?
You know, I'm not sure, I have a very love-hate relationship with the beach. I love taking the dogs for a walk on the beach in spring or autumn (I find in summer it can be a tad too busy most days to walk the dogs!) and I love chilling on white sand beaches when on holiday sometimes (if they're quiet). But I hate salt-water and sand gets everywhere! I can't stand it! Also, I often get uncomfortable in busy places like the beach at summer so they're not always my favourite place!

4) What is something you really want right now? 
For my uni assignments to be magically complete! Nothing would make me happier!

5) Who was the last person you added to your contacts? 
Erm... I think it was a local taxi service because whenever I'm out I can never remember or find a cab number!

6) Do you have any piercings? 
Only on my ears, but I have 7 of them, at one point I had 10 but I let the upper 3 piercings on my left ear heal because I sleep on my left side and used to forget to take them out and then they'd throb in the morning. So I just couldn't be bothered with them anymore!

7) What are your favourite stores? 
Topshop, Primark, Urban Outfitters and ARK. Also I love ASOS and boohoo online! I'm such a shoppaholic!

8) What is your favourite nail polish brand? 
Not too sure, I use a lot of nail polish but don't venture into brands and such. If I see a colour I like and the price is reasonable I buy it no matter what brand. Though I do own about 40 topshop nail polishes, and I love them, but I think I have mostly this type because I'm always in Topshop and they catch my eye.

9) Have you ever failed a test? 
I've failed one Maths module test, but not the whole unit, I resat it and passed though!

10) Do you prefer shorts or skirts? 
Skirts! I always feel exposed and self-conscious in shorts, that's something I want to change! but I do love skirts because they're so pretty and feminine and you can get all sorts of styles, colours and patterns!

11) What is your favourite social media site?
Twitter mostly, then Pinterest. I hate facebook (other than to organise uni work with other students or keep in contact with friends) and I used to love Tumblr but I have practically stopped using it all together because Pinterest is more my style.

12) Do you play any sports? 
Not really, I go kayaking a lot in the summer and used to do loads like football, cross-country, netball, fencing, judo, thai kick-boxing all sorts, but then in college I got super lazy and then in uni I just don't have the time and money! *sigh*

13) Do you prefer long or short hair? 
LONG! I've always wanted long thick luxurious hair and did have just that in year 7 but I cut it to just above shoulder length in year 8 and it just hasn't grown back properly, mainly because when I try to grow it out and ask for a 'trim' at the hairdressers it's never just a trim is it... I must say at the minute I have major hair envy over Zoe's hair from the blog/youtube Zoella!

14) What is your favourite quote? 
I don't have one, I'm not a huge user or reader of quotes.

15) What colour is your bedroom? 
Well the one at my parents is a light brown on two walls (it's looks good I swear!) and the other two are wallpapered with a floral vintage style print with light green, brown and pink tones. Mine and my boyfriends room is white and blue though, a bit more unisex!

16) Are you an outgoing person or a shy person? 
Shy mostly, but outgoing when I'm comfortable around you.

17) What is the last text message you sent? 
Just those three little words to my boyfriend that everyone wants to hear -  'I got pizza'

18) Have you ever won a competition? 
I won an art competition in like year 6 for an anti-bullying campaign, the whole year 6 class met the Wigan Warriors as the prize (they're an English Rugby Team for those who don't know) but I hated rugby and had no idea who anyone was. I don't think I've won anything else?

19) How many pillows do you sleep with?
Well we have like 10 million on our bed, some decorative but mostly functional but I only use 2 to sleep (and the boyfriend only uses one) so the rest end up all over the floor.

20) Who was the first person you talked to today? 
My boyfriend, he had to go uni so was up and getting ready at like 6am, he tried asking me where his work bag was, but as I didn't have uni today I was planning on staying asleep and only half woke up to say 'Have you tried asking Mickey?'... mickey is the family parrot.

21) How many hoodies do you own? 
Er... one I think, it's a University of Lincoln hoodie I got for free when I enrolled, but I don't really use it. Does this mean I'm bad at being female?

22) What should you be doing right now? 
My uni coursework! Though I have been working all day on it and this is being done in a break and whilst I'm eating dinner, so I think it's okay!

23) Can you keep your shoes clean?
Nope, I wear them until the fall apart with no maintenance, such a bad idea, I really need to look after my shoes better, would probably save me some money too!

24) If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Not sure, I don't like my name, and never have only because Rebecca (Becky) is super common there was always loads of Rebeccas in my classes growing up so I felt so unoriginal, and always wanted a unique name. However I would never change it as it's the one my parents gave me.

25) Do you prefer dark, milk or white chocolate? 
White chocolate's my favourite but sometimes it can be a tad sickly and so then it's got to be milk chocolate. I can't stand dark chocolate though!

26) Open a book closest to you and turn to page 13. What does the first line say on that page?
'These various examples show that genetic differences between individuals can lead to differences in behaviour (mating behaviour, learning, singing, foraging and migration).' - As I'm doing uni work I'm surrounded by animal behaviour books.

27) Do you still watch Disney? 
Totally! They're all I watch when doing work, I even forced my boyfriend to watch Frozen with me (sorry!). I'm such a big kid when it comes to disney!

28) What do you usually eat for breakfast? 
I don't tend to eat breakfast during the week as I don't have time before uni, but at the weekend if it's just me eating I have natural yogurt and red berry granola, but if there's a few of us eating I make anything requested, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, scrambled eggs, you name it I'll make it!

29) Do you have any pets?
Yup! My two pups ozzy and amber! 

30) What is your favourite holiday? 
Christmas obviously! It's so festive and I love decorating and buying gifts for the ones I love and the food, THE FOOD! Though I don't like the after Christmas blues and stomach!

So as for tagging others... er... if you've read this I TAG YOU! Lazy I know but I need to get back to work now, sorry!!

Keep smiling!
Birds in Blossom x

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

H&M Mini Haul!

Just a quick one today as I am completely swamped with uni work so I haven't had any time to do a proper blog post, but I thought I'd just show you what I bought from H&M yesterday.

(sorry that it just looks like a black blob in the photo!)
6. Grid Print Wool Skirt - £12.99
(I can't find it on the website but there's a similar, but more expensive one, here, though there were loads in store)
7. White Floral Knit Top - £9.99
(another I can't locate, there's this, which is  as close as I could find meaning it's just a monochrome floral knit. Again plenty of these in store)

You can see I definitely had a monochrome with a hint of pink thing going on, which is a combo I'm totally loving for this spring by the way. I have a love/hate relationship with H&M as I find they can be very hit and miss with their products but they were absolutely on the ball yesterday, there were so many other things I wanted to buy but these were the ones I just had to have!

However, even though I've been looking for a reasonably priced pink blouse for a while, I think I'm going to return the one I bought for two reasons, 1. the pink is a bit more salmon than I would like, I really want a pastel pink and only noticed how bright this was when I tried it on at home, 2. When trying it on, due to it being VERY fitted it was tight around my chest, I'm a size 10 but if you have any form of boobs you may want to try a size up. 

Everything else is perfect, especially the kimono, this is another thing I've been after for a while, a pink-y floral kimono that is, and I instantly fell in love with this one! It also comes with a detachable belt which I use as a cute matching headband (though you have to wrap it around your head a few times!).

That's all for now though, got to get back to work. *sigh*

Keep Smiling!
Birds in Blossom x

Monday, 10 February 2014

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails!

Most of you probably heard about Tanya Burr releasing her lip gloss and nail polish range on the 30th of January. But if you've been living under a rock, at least by bloggersphere standards, Tanya Burr is a top beauty, fashion and lifestyle Blogger and Youtuber, and is actually one of the first blogs I started reading regularly. Then when she released her products just over a week ago I couldn't wait to order a few of them to try them out!

I decided to buy one of each product type. So for lip gloss I chose Aurora, as it's such a flattering colour for my lips as it's only a shade or two lighter than my natural lip, and I had just run out of a similar coloured gloss so the timing was perfect. It smells delicious, just like strawberry sweets and has glitter in it to make your lips sparkle. It's not very sticky either which is good because I hate it when lip glosses almost make your lips stick together! They retail at £6.99 each, so are very reasonably priced. 

As for nail polish I chose Little Duck (what a sweet name!) as I am really into mint greens/blues at the minute and it's one colour I don't have in my nail polish collection. When applied to your nails it is true to the bottle colour and like most polishes, only needs two coats to achieve the perfect colour. These guys retail at £5.99 each, so again, they're super affordable.

Definitely going to invest in a few more of each product when I get paid next week! You can check them out on!

Keep smiling!
Birds in Blossom x

Thursday, 6 February 2014

LVNDR Rings!

Hey guys!

You may have noticed I've not posted for a week and this has been due to having a lot of really important university assignment and presentation deadlines coming to a close these last few days, but now that's done with I can get back to posting!

So today I just want to show you a little purchase I've made!

This sweet little package arrived yesterday from an online shop called LVNDR. They do lots of really cute and not to mention super affordable jewellery, definitely worth checking them out here -

 I love how personal the package feels with the hand written card, and rustic materials (I'm a sucker for a twine bow!). 

Once you open that package you get another super cute bag with links to their twitter and instagram (i highly recommend you give them a follow, also how cute is that mini-peg?!).

Anyway, here's what I bought, and as Valentine's Day is just around the corner I thought I'd buy two rings with a bit of a romance theme!

They are exactly what I wanted and are just as they appeared on the website I couldn't be happier with them.

This ring is the Baby Heart Ring (£3.49) I thought it looked so dainty and cute, and it would be complimentary with a combination of rings as it isn't too overbearing. 

Next is the Love Ring (£3.49) I just adored how the cursive font wraps all around your finger. This particular ring comes in three colours, bronze, silver and gold. I specifically chose silver to go with the baby heart ring, and another ring I have (the one in the photo below with the purple gem), but all the colours are gorgeous, I may just have to buy one of each in the future!

This is my favourite way to wear them, they really compliment the ring my boyfriend bought me for Christmas, and are a perfect choice for Valentine's Day (you may want to hint to your other half to buy you some for V-day! Definitely a apt gift!), I just love them!

When buying rings from this shop, they do only come in one size that will be stated on the products individual page. 

For example the Baby Heart Ring comes in UK size P (US 7.5) so is on the bigger side, but I like to wear it with the Love Ring on my index finger or on it's own on my middle finger. The Love Ring is UK size N (U.S 6.75) and for me is on the smaller size but as I just said I wear it as a midi-ring on my index finger or on my little finger on it's own.

Delivery is very reasonably priced, in my case it cost something like 89p (I think) and they arrived quickly and in perfect condition!

Lvndr don't just do rings though they have a great selection of all sorts of beautiful jewellery, I even have my eye on a few more necklaces and bracelets! I definitely recommend you check them out!

Keep Smiling,
Birds in Blossom x