ASOS Top Festive Picks

If Christmas isn’t an excuse to buy new clothes I honestly don’t know what is. Be it for a Christmas Party, New Years celebrations or a new pair of pyjamas for Christmas Day its totally understandable to get something for yourself when you’re shopping for others! ASOS is obviously my first port of call and I found a few great options for Christmas parties and pyjama parties alike, keep reading to see what I found!

1. The party dress

The party season is well and truly upon us so what better way to start this list. Firstly I think I might have found the party dress of all party dresses.

Love Triangle rose gold dress

How amazing is this Love Triangle rose gold dress?! It’s so beautiful and Christmasy whilst still being super girly. I know this might look a little chilly for the time of year but if you’re just hopping in and out of a taxi I’d sacrifice a few minutes of warmth for that dress!

Lipsy diamond dress

If you wanted to be a bit more understated I think this Lipsy diamond dress in black is an equally gorgeous pick. It’s also more covered up on top but still party appropriate. And better yet both of these dresses cost less than £45 each which I think is a great price for a nice party dress.

2. The shoes

ASOS DESIGN rose gold block heels

Next we obviously need some shoes to go with those dresses, and I think I’d probably wear these heels with either dress. These ASOS DESIGN rose gold block heels are such a good choice as they’ll go with so many outfits and the block heel makes them much more comfortable and easier to walk in.

3. The bag

ASOS DESIGN curved bar clutch bag

This ASOS DESIGN curved bar clutch bag would serve you through the festive season and beyond. It’s super versatile but the gold hardware makes it super Christmas-appropriate.

4. The Christmas morning loungewear

ASOS DESIGN lounge top and trousers

The bit we’ve all been waiting for: the comfies. This ASOS DESIGN lounge top and trousers combo looks so cosy I had to include it! I can just imagine sitting next to the tree on Christmas morning all cosy and warm… okay can it just be Christmas now?

5. The Christmas jumper

Brave Soul reindeer jumper

And finally, the best part of all: the Christmas jumper. I saw this Brave Soul reindeer jumper and I couldn’t resist, it just made me smile! This would definitely be a great option for sitting and eating Christmas dinner, I’d obviously size up a few sizes in preparation for maximum comfort during the feast to come!

I hope that’s given you some festive inspo if you’re looking to get anything for yourself this Christmas. If you liked this post please like and share it and subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a thing this December.

Hollie x

Five on Friday 006

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a good few weeks. I’ve had a busy couple of weeks with finishing my essays (thank god) and celebrating my birthday along with other things. Keep reading to see what I’ve been loving these past few weeks.

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A great few days celebrating

I had a really great time celebrating my 20th birthday a couple of weeks ago. I was very lucky to spend it with some amazing people and received some lovely presents to top it off! (you can find my what I got for my birthday post here)

An amazing night

I travelled to Plymouth to go to the UPSU Summer Ball last Saturday and had such a fab time. Between the silent disco, Sigma’s DJ set and my embarrassingly loud singing at the end of the night I think you might find the source of my hangover that hit me like a train when I surfaced on Sunday morning (lets be honest, afternoon). But I guarantee it was totally worth it!

Another year complete

I finished my second year of university a couple of weeks ago, I honestly can’t tell you where the time has gone. There’s certainly been ups and downs to my uni experience but I’m trying to appreciate all my time here and am simultaniously looking forward to and dreading my final year… is that normal?

A new workspace

In the process of furiously finishing my essays I decided to try working in a coffee shop near my uni house. I found that I really enjoyed being there, be it to work or just get a pot of tea in the morning and relax. I’ve realised working/eating/sleeping/relaxing all in my uni room doesn’t always work for me so I’m happy I’ve found a new space.

A welcome catch up

I went home for a few days last week and had a really nice drink with an old friend. I’ve really enjoyed getting back in touch with her and I’m looking forward to more drinks over the summer!

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Hollie x

Five on Friday 005

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a nice couple of weeks, the lack of posts (and the reason this one is late) is due to my getting back to university resulting in a pretty busy couple of weeks will all the packing an unpacking! Keep reading to see my highlights of the past couple of weeks.

An incredible invention

I heard about these over the past few weeks and had to share them with you, C lash eyelashes are fake eyelashes made specifically for people who have lost their eyelashes through cancer treatment, or any other illness. They are different to normal strip lashes because they have thicker transparent sticky layer that sticks to your eyelid and makes them stick down far better on eyelids with no eyelashes. So brilliant yet so simple.

A warm weekend

At risk of sounding way too British, I fell in love with the weather over the bank holiday weekend! We’re getting closer and closer to shorts and summer dresses and it makes me so happy and excited for summer.

A last term

It’s my final term of my second year at university, I can’t tell you where the time has gone! My final essays of the year are creeping up faster and faster, at least that means we’re one step closer to summer.

A spring clean

I managed to procrastinate from essays by being somewhat productive (can I call that a win..?). I cleaned my room at home whilst packing my stuff and I finally sorted through a box that’s been sitting there for about 4 years, so satisfying! I topped that off my cleaning and somewhat organising my university room when I got back as well, a nice fresh start for my last term.

A little break

I’m thinking I’ll have to take a break from blogging whilst I’m working on my essays, I’ve really enjoyed posting more over Easter and I’ll get back into the swing over summer. I’m sure I’ll still post but it’ll be more sporadic, unfortunately most of what I write over the next few weeks will be academic rather than for fun, I’m not happy about it either!

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Hollie x

ASOS Wishlist Spring 2019

Attention all students, this is not a drill. ASOS have boosted their student discount to 25% off until Thursday 2nd May, perfect timing with that student loan having just come in! Keep reading to see how I plan to take advantage of their best ever offer.

ASOS DESIGN faux horn button through mini tea dress

Now this first one keeps going in and out of stock but fingers crossed! This ASOS DESIGN button through mini tea dress has been calling my name for a while now, and what better time to buy it than now. This one isn’t too expensive in the first place priced at £22 but with that 25% off it costs only £16.50.

ASOS DESIGN boiler playsuit with button front and tie waist

That utility vibe is really in now and this ASOS DESIGN boiler playsuit definitely caught my eye. I think its a really nice item for spring so you can stay cool without diving into summer dresses straight away. This comes in a few colours but the black stood out to me because it lets you try out the utility trend whilst staying comfortable and still understated if you’re worried about looking like a plumber!

One Above Another bandeau crop top in denim butterflies co-ord

A more summery piece, this One Above Another bandeau crop top looks so cute and I can imagine wearing it with jeans, skirts, trousers and even shorts for when the weather is that bit warmer. This one costs £25 which is definitely not on the cheaper side but with that discount I think it’s worth the money.

Skylar Rose floral mini cami dress with tie sleeves in floral

Another summer dress I’ve had my eye on for a few weeks is this Skylar Rose floral mini cami dress. This caught my eye immidiately because of both the pretty print and the cut, that fit and flare style is really flattering and wearable both during the day and the evening. I can imagine this with a pair of brown sandals or white heels in the summer, I hope I can get my size!

New Look buckle detail short in stone

Finally, these New Look shorts in stone are perfect for spring/summer. The stone colour is really versatile and would look great with lots of little t shirts and camis in the warmer months. They also have a dusky rose pair and although they look gorgeous I think the stone is slightly more versatile and unlike anything else I own.

I hope you enjoyed that quick rundown of my top ASOS picks, there are definitely more but I couldn’t make this post too long or the discount would be over before you’d finished reading it! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram to see when I post first. And drop me a comment to let me know if there’s anything that you’re loving from ASOS right now!

Hollie x

Five on Friday 004

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to the long Easter weekend! Here are the highlights of my week just gone and the best meme I saw this week. I couldn’t resist this one, it’s an Office-Game of Thrones cross-over, I’m only human! Enjoy.

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Be warned: this post is dark and filled with spoilers, Game of Thrones spoilers.

A silverlining to a very dark cloud

The world watched hopelessly this week as the Notre D’ame was engulfed in flames, and yet a silverlining emerged from the devastion. Over €700 million was raised in 24 hours to help rebuild the monument, hopefully setting a precident for how we will react to future disasters. The generosity of people can be greatly underestimated and I’m glad that this was not the case this week.

A long-awaited premiere

Game of Thrones started again this week. Can’t say I’m fully over it yet. I thought the whole episode was a great prologue to what promises to be a very eventful series. Favourite moments included; Sam being told about his family (performace of the series for him!), Ayra and Jon’s reunion, its like she was a kid again and its been so long since we’ve seen that! And most importantly, that final look from Jamie OMG it  s h o o k  me to the core, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau absolutely nailed it! I could talk about it forever but I’ll stop, I promise. Can’t wait for next week!

A fab night out

I went out this week for the first time in about a month, and I’m a uni student so that’s a loonngg time. I had a fab time with some new and old friends, definitely making it a regular thing!

A brighter week

The weather, particularly over the past few days, has been nothing short of glorious. This sounds like a small thing but warm weather makes me feel so much better about everything and puts me in a fab mood. Thankfully it promises to continue this weekend and I’m excited already.

An adorable film

My mum and I sat and watched Christopher Robin this week and it was one of the cutest films ever! I’ve always loved Winnie the Pooh and I had an ear to ear grin throughout the entire film I felt like I was back to being 5 years old again. Also, Pooh is surprisingly relatable, as I too am always hungry and definitely a bear of little brain.

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Hollie x

Five Spring outfits

Now that the weather is finally warming up (thank god) its got me so excited about spring fashion and I thought about 5 outfits I can’t wait to wear this Spring.

The first thing that sprung (get it? like spring? …. I’ll see myself out) to mind when I think about Spring/Summer was white jeans, they just scream warm weather to me! I’ve just got an oversized button up shirt from Primark (I mentioned this in my Primark Haul Spring 2019!) which I think would look perfect with white jeans, brown sandles and maybe a brown bag to match. Slightly understated but nice and put together.

I love a simple bodycon dress and I picked up a black and white striped one the other day in Primark for just £6! I’ve already worn it with a sweatshirt over the top to keep me warm but I would wear it with a denim jacket if I wanted to look a little less casual. Whack on a pair of white trainers and you’ve got a perfect comfy spring outfit.

Chain print is still everywhere this season so I picked up a chain print shirt from Boohoo a few weeks ago which I’m loving. I love half buttoning it and tucking half into blue mom jeans. Shoe choices here are super versatile, it can be worn with heels, ankle boots or even trainers for something more dressed down.

Shirt dresses are a great in between for transitioning from winter into spring, I picked this one up from ASOS a while ago (I’ve also mentioned this before in My recent purchases, go check it out!). I much prefer this with a belt round the middle to really sinch me in at the waist, and worn with black over the knee boots to keep you that bit warmer in the unpredictable weather. I also think that a black camera bag would really tie this all together.

Finally, I think a black PU/leather look skirt can be a statement piece without having to be bright and colourful. It can be kept casual and toned down with a white t-shirt, a leather jacket and some ankle boots for a relaxed, put together vibe.

I hope that gave you a few ideas if you’re stuck with what to wear this spring, I think they’re also all adjustable for the warmer/colder weather by wearing tights or adding/removing coats! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram to see when I post first. Also, drop me a comment to let me know what you’re wearing this Spring!

Hollie x

 

Top 5 Best TV Dramas

I’m a sucker for a good TV drama. I think I must get it from my parents, anytime there’s a new police drama on TV it goes straight on their Sky+. Below is a list of my favourite TV Dramas and it goes without saying that I would highly recommend you check them out!

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Line of Duty is back and oh boy, is it back with a bang. Now airing its fifth season, Line of Duty is a police drama following three Anti-Corruption officers trying to root out corrupt Police Officers. With guest stars such as Keeley Hawes and Thandie Newton appearing on seasons 2-3 and 4 respectively Line of Duty manages to ramp up the tension every week and leave viewers on the edge of their seats. The storylines throughout the seasons link together making the plot complex and gripping and with seasons 1-4 currently available on Netflix, what are you waiting for?!

From the writers of Line of Duty, The Bodyguard follows Sgt. David Budd (Richard Madden) who gets assigned to a protection detail for Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). I honestly don’t even want to go too far into the storyline because you just have to see it! It has that same tension of Line of Duty but the story is unique and gripping, I can’t recommend it enough.

Doctor Foster is a two season-long drama about a woman who suspects her husband of having an affair. Played by Suranne Jones, Gemma Foster goes to great lengths to find out if her husband is being unfaithful in season one, and the drama continues in season two when the effects of her actions ripple out onto her son and her friends. Suranne Jones is incredible and makes you feel true empathy for her character, I could watch it again and again.

I think it considered a fact now that Sandra Oh KILLED in Killing Eve. I’m also a sucker for Jodie Comer (who also appears in Doctor Foster) and think that she’s just awesome in whatever I see her in. Killing Eve follows MI5 officer Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) who becomes obsessed with catching assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The thing I loved about Killing Eve above all else was the dialogue, I thought it was beautifully written filled with wit. I can’t say the storyline was perfect for me but the two leading ladies were outstanding and the writing was amazing, definitely making it worth a watch.

Game of Thrones. It starts TOMORROW and I can’t breathe (can you tell?). I was late to the party on this one but once I got there and had a couple of drinks (i.e. trudged through seasons one and two) I was so there for it! Don’t get me wrong, the first couple of seasons are perfect TV but when I first watched it.. my god I had no idea which way was up, who was who, people were dying left right and centre before I could learn their names! I always say its one you’ve got to put the work in for but they pay-off is like nothing else, its one of those shows where I’m insanely jealous of anyone who hasn’t seen it because watching it for the first time can be mindblowing.

So that rounds up my favourite TV dramas, I hope it gave you a little bit of inspo for your next Friday night in. Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram to see when I post first. I’d also love it if you dropped me a comment telling me if you’ve seen any of these, or better yet and suggestions that I have to watch!

Hollie x

Five on Friday 003

Hi everyone I hope you’ve had a good week, here are the things that have made me smile this week (fully realising that it is in fact Saturday not Friday), also I really hope you enjoy my favourite meme of the week (Line of Duty related, sorry for those who haven’t seen it!).

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A welcome homecoming

My boyfriend came home from uni this weekend and it’s been great having him around again. We had a really nice dinner on Wednesday which definitely made my week brighter.

A great catch up

Having not seen my oldest friend for about 2 years I decided it was time for a reunion. It was like nothing had changed and I’m so happy I went out on a limb and messaged her! Hopefully there’ll be many more lunch dates to come.

A great TV show

My dad and I sat and watched the latest Line Of Duty on Sunday night and oh my god was it intense. We sat and rewound and rewatched the last 90 seconds for about 15 minutes trying to work out what we aren’t supposed to know until next week; and alas, we failed. But either way I can’t wait until we sit and do the same thing this Sunday!

A new hobby

I’ve been going to the gym for the past couple of weeks and I’m already feeling better for it. I don’t have any particular goal in mind which weirdly might be keeping me coming back. Without anything to get dishearted by or a routine to box me in I’m free to do whatever I feel is best, and any benefits I see will be a bonus.

An anticipation-filled weekend

Game of Thrones starts again on Monday. I. Can’t. Wait.

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Hollie x

My current favourite makeup products

Those makeup products that make me actually want to get up in the morning and look presentable.

I’m definitely not one to get up and put on a full face of makeup every morning but I tend to try and put on a little something just to make myself feel more confident. Having said that, I do love makeup and I really enjoy playing around with it (which is why it takes me approx 2 hours to get ready for a night out) so I thought I’d tell you the makeup products that I’m loving right now.

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Recently I have been tending to slap on a touch of foundation in the mornings, if just to even out my skintone slighty and my current favourite is the YSL All Hours foundation. It gives a good amount of coverage without looking cakey and gives a good base for the rest of my makeup to sit really well on top. It’s on the pricier side, but definitely worth the money!

From a designer brand foundation to a high street concealer, Revolution’s Conceal and Define concealer exploded into a crowded market last year and it really does live up to the hype. I love this concealer for under my eyes and dotting across my face if I’m having a no-foundation day. I can’t decide what I like more; the great coverage, the super extensive shade range or the killer price at only £4 a tube.

I’ve been obsessed with the SportFx blending sponge recently, I’d heard good things about it and thought I’d try it out for myself and I’m so happy I did. The SportFx Blend and Go sponge is so so comparable with the OG Beauty Blender but it’s literally less than a third of the price coming in at only £5. It blends my foundation so beautifully that I can’t see myself paying for a boujie Beauty Blender again, pop into your local Sports Direct and pick one up for yourself!

I literally cannot wait another second to talk about the James Charles x Morphe Artistry palette. Nothing I say can really do it justice, Its got an incredible range of colours and the formulas are gorgeous. Although the shadows can be slightly difficult to work with this is only because of how incredibly pigmented they are, but if you take your time they blend together like a dream. This palette is so versatile it’s probably the only palette I’ll ever need, I’m completely obssessed.

When it comes to lipstick the one I’ve been gravitating towards more than anything recently has been Maybelline’s Nude Embrace matte lipstick. It is scarily pale but when I blot it on my lips with a slightly darker liner already in place it looks gorgeous and effortless. Maybelline’s matte lipsticks are so comfortable and last a long time without making my lips dry and flakey, definitely a win!

I hope that gave you a bit more insight into those makeup products I just can’t put down right now and maybe a bit of inspiration for your next shopping trip! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram so you know when I post first and drop me a comment telling me your favourite products and why I should give them a go!

Hollie x

Five on Friday 002

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a good week and are enjoying the start of spring. Here are the things that have caught my eye and put a smile on my face this week, also you’re so welcome for the picture of my super cute dog.

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A furry friend 

Having such a cute doggo is one of the main reasons I get excited to come home (sorry mum and dad). He’s so snuggly and fuzzy, he may or may not be trying to get me to cuddle him right now (he definitely is). Its good to be back.

A less furry friend (only slightly)

I went to Bicester Village on Tuesday with my sister Ellie which was a great day out. Although neither of us bought anything (curse our student budgets) we had a really nice time and burst into fits of laughter about nothing for the majority of the day.

A happy reminder

I saw a quick BBC video on Facebook this week about the Happy Newspaper. Founded by Emily Coxhead it is released quaterly and focuses on the brighter side of the news. Emily said she noticed how negative much of the news is and says that shes not trying to ignore those negative stories but shed light on the positive along with it. I think it’s such a fab idea and definitely made me smile.

A new haircut

I’m really enjoying playing around with my hair atm, having had it balaged a few months ago I decided it wanted a change up and cut a few inches off and I’m super happy with it! Also, am I the only one who finds getting their hair cut really theraputic? Please tell me I’m not alone..

A promising start

I need to start thinking about my dissertation soon (honestly it’s already too much) and I had a small brainwave about a potential topic earlier this week. It may have been a relatively minor flash of inspiration, but inspiration all the same. Got to take it when it comes!

I hope you enjoyed this quick read and have a great weekend and a great week. Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram to see when I post first.

Hollie x