Sunday Summary #18

29.4.12

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1.Cherry blossom in the garden 2.Dinner with the family 3.Mum's birthday presents 4.Revision 5.Stormy skies 6.Moss 7.Sims Social 8.Thai duck salad with ginger, chilli and lime dressing 9.Sleepy puppy

I can hardly believe I'm at week 18 of my Sunday Summaries already, it doesn't seem like it's May in a couple of days. I've been at home in Aberdeenshire visiting my parents for the last couple of weeks and the time has just flown by. I really enjoy going home to see my parents (and my dogs!) but it will be nice to head back to Edinburgh and see my friends and get my social life back. I've scheduled this post so it should hopefully post while I'm on the train back. I've got a revision class to go to at uni tomorrow so I'll probably be doing some reading and answering some past papers on the train - very exciting! I've got four exams during May and then I'll be finished my undergraduate degree. I'm currently applying for a couple of postgraduate courses because I have no idea what I want to do for a career and I think I'd quite like to be a student for a little bit longer!

It was my mum's birthday on Thursday so last night we all went out for a really nice meal at a restaurant in a village a couple of miles away. I love it when I'm visiting home (or when my parents are visiting me) as it means I get wined and dined free of charge! It's nice to get my meals home-cooked as well. I really enjoy cooking myself but being on a student budget and usually being a bit short of time I tend to cook things which are quite simple and easy, but when I'm at home I get to eat things which are a bit more exciting or time consuming/difficult to prepare. My dad made a Thai duck salad the other day which was amazing, yummm.

Apart from revising and eating, I haven't done a lot while I've been home! I've spent a lot of time playing with the puppy, Moss, who is growing up fast. When I was home last summer he was just a teeny tiny baby but now he's a huge bundle of energy who wants to play constantly. We also have an older dog who is over 15 now but he's a bit more sedate and is quite happy to sleep all day! Once I've got my own flat/house with a garden I definitely want to get a dog, our family has always had dogs and I think it would be really weird not to have one!

Have you been up to much this week? Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Gillian x

Outfit: I Got Stripes

27.4.12

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Dress: Warehouse
Denim Jacket: Primark
Shoes: H&M
Ring: H&M

I've had this dress for a couple of years now and I really love it, but I hardly ever wear it as it's mega short and really low-cut as well. It doesn't look too bad in these photos, but it's a bit indecent in real life! Sadly, I think it might be heading towards ebay soon. I wore black tights with it here, but even those didn't seem like enough - I think leggings are the only option for wearing with this dress! I wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago when it was slightly warmer and sunnier but have only just got round to posting the photos. I'd really like to find a similar dress to replace this one with as it's such a classic summer style.

The denim jacket is quite a recent addition to my wardrobe. I've been looking for one for ages but could never find one that suited me or was nice enough to warrant the price tag. I got fed up with searching though and settled for this one from Primark. It's not perfect and sometimes I think it makes me look really boxy, but it's quite nice and for £15 you can't really complain! I kind of want to try out wearing double denim with this and a pair of high waisted jeans, but I don't think I'm quite brave enough for that yet.

I really love this owl ring too, it's one of my favourites. I got it a couple of summers ago, around the same time as the stripy dress. I like the fact that it's a bit of a statement ring, but it's not too big so I don't end up injuring myself or other people! For me, wearing rings is especially dangerous if I've got tights on, I always seem to get them caught and end up with ladders in my tights.

Do you have a favourite denim jacket?

Gillian x

Review: Berber Oil Little Luxuries

24.4.12

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Berber Oil Little Luxuries - Shampoo (75ml), Mask (75ml) & Oil (10ml)*

I first became aware of the Berber Oil collection by Osmo when I received a couple of things by them in the goody bag from the Scottish bloggers meet back in December. Haircare is never very high in my list of priorities so if I had seen these in a shop I probably wouldn't have bought them on a whim (like I do with makeup), but as I actually had the products at home I tried them out and loved them. I was recently sent the Berber Oil Little Luxuries set to review which contains a mini version of the shampoo, the mask and the oil itself.

The Berber Oil shampoo smells so nice (as do the other products), the scent reminds me of the cherry cola bottles you get in the pick & mix. The shampoo is supposed to act like a mild cleanser to hydrate hair and enhance shine. To be honest, my hair isn't particularly damaged or dry so I don't think the shampoo made a huge difference compared to my normal shampoo, but I enjoyed using it anyway. For me, the main selling point for a shampoo is the smell anyway, so that would probably be enough to make me want to buy it again!

I definitely noticed a difference in my hair when using the Berber Oil Mask, however. The Mask is a conditioner infused with natural oils to nourish and restore hair, increasing elasticity and shine. You can either use it as a daily conditioner after shampooing, or you can use it as a more intensive treatment by leaving it in for 5 minutes once a week. I can never be bothered conditioning my hair all the time because I am lazy and would rather have an extra 10 minutes in bed in the morning, so the weekly treatment is perfect for me! My hair felt so soft and smooth after using the Berber Oil Mask, and it made my hair feel much more manageable.

The Berber Oil is the 'main attraction' of this range, even though it comes in a tiny bottle! It's a nourishing oil treatment designed to strengthen and repair tired and dull hair. It contains Argan oil as well as Vitamin E and other natural oils, like avocado and olive. I'm no hair expert, but it seems like quite a similar product to Moroccanoil which I've heard a lot of bloggers talking about recently. The full size Berber Oil (100ml) is around £10 cheaper than Moroccanoil, so seems like a good alternative! I had never used a hair oil before as I didn't think my hair really needed it and I was worried it would just weigh my hair down and make it greasy. But that doesn't happen at all, the Berber Oil makes my hair feel really silky and strong, as well as giving it more bounce. My hair is usually quite flat but it now it feels like it has a lot more body and it sits much more nicely.

Overall I would really recommend Berber Oil products, and I think the Little Luxuries set is great as a starter kit to try out the products. It would also be great for taking on holiday or if you were going away somewhere as the mini bottles are a great size for shoving in your bag if you're short of space. Berber Oil products are available from Sally's stores and selected salons.

Have you tried any hair oil treatments?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #17

22.4.12

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1.Daffodils 2.View from the train journey home 3.Butteries and Nutella 4.Bumble bee in the garden 5.Kopparberg strawberry & lime cider 6.Tomatillo salsa

Sorry I haven't had a chance to post much on the blog this week, I seem to have been really busy doing not very much at all. I'm up visiting my parents in Aberdeen for a couple of weeks before my final exams start, so I'm taking the time to just relax and be a bit lazy before I have to start proper revision. Since I've been home my days mostly consist of snoozing until lunchtime, watching Bargain Hunt, playing with the dog for a wee while then sharing a bottle of wine with my parents while helping to make dinner, and before you know it it's nearly time for bed. Even though I have my laptop with me, I find I never really use it that much and it's nice to have a little bit of a break from Facebook and Twitter for a while! Although I have started playing the Sims Social this week and have become a little bit addicted, I wish more of my friend played it so I could get extra rewards haha!

My brother has just bought a new house so this week I've been helping do some painting and DIY-ing. I cannot wait for the day when I can buy my own house and decorate it nicely and fill it with lovely furniture, but sadly I don't see that happening any time soon! For that I would need a job and lots of savings, neither of which are looking too positive at the moment! I've pretty much decided (not 100% sure yet though...) that I want to do a Masters course next year, so that would mean at least one more year of being a student and living in a rented flat.

Apart from that I haven't really been up to much this week, but it has been so nice just to be able to relax for a while. All I've worn since I got home is pyjamas! My aunt and uncle are visiting this afternoon for a Sunday roast though, so it will be nice to see them. Roast dinners aren't really a big thing in my house, much to my dismay - I think I'm the only one in my family who likes them! - so we don't have them every week. Everyone in my family lives quite far away from each other as well, so we only usually have big meals and get-togethers at Christmas or New Year. So I'm really looking forward to a nice meal today, I'd better go and help chop vegetables and put things in the oven!

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Outfit: Monochrome

17.4.12

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Blouse: Primark
Dress/Skirt: H&M
Shoes: H&M

I seem to have a bit of an obsession with semi-sheer chiffony shirts at the moment, they seem to be all I've bought recently! I liked this one because of the big collar and the ruffle details at the bottom, plus it was the last one left on the rail and just happened to be in my size so I felt obliged to buy it. I never really wear white/cream clothes but I really like this blouse and I think it looks good with a monochrome outfit and bright lipstick. Although I do feel a bit like I'm wearing a school uniform or something haha, but I like this outfit anyway!

I also bought this H&M top recently and honestly it's the best £3.99 I've ever spent. It's long enough for me to wear as a dress/skirt so it's perfect for layering under shirts or floaty tops instead of a vest top and bodycon skirt. It's also great for more casual outfits as it covers your bum if you're wearing leggings. Definitely think I'll be going back to pick up another one of these, and maybe some of the other colours too.

Looking at these photos has also made me realise how long my hair is, usually I wear dark/black tops so I don't really notice but it's really obvious against the white! I kind of want to get it cut or change the style but I'm not really sure what I want to change it to. I'd quite like to get it cut shoulder length again but I've been growing it for like 3 years so I'm scared. It's just so boring at the moment, all I ever do is straighten it. Really want to buy the Enrapture Totem styler but I'm trying to save money at the moment, boo!

Are you a fan of chiffon shirts and blouses?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #16

15.4.12

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1.Golden Snitch necklace 2.Bibi's Bakery cupcakes 3.Dancefloor 4.Friday night's outfit 5.Standing Order pub 6.Playing Xbox games 7.Indian takeaway 8.Birthday presents for my pals

I've had such a lovely week, mostly filled with eating, drinking and seeing my friends. I mentioned in last week's post that my friends' birthdays were coming up so on Friday night we all went out for karaoke, drinks and then dancing. I had such a good night and it was so nice to see them, it feels like I haven't seen anyone in ages because we've all had so much uni work to do lately. I got them each a really cute golden snitch necklace (from ebay) which is super pretty, I was tempted to keep one for myself! Also added some mini bottles of champagne, chocolate and cupcakes to the goody bag. The cupcakes from Bibi's Bakery looked so good when I was ordering them that I ended up getting a box for myself too! I think that banoffee pie cupcake is probably the best cake I've ever eaten, and I've eaten a lot of cake in my life.

I also managed an impromptu night out on Thursday, and had a takeaway and catch up with one of my friends on Tuesday too. When I haven't been socialising or drinking too much vodka, I've mostly been lounging about at home watching movies and catching up on TV shows. I used to have a LoveFilm account years ago which was great at the time, but when I moved to university I didn't get round to using it as much and it was a bit of a hassle remembering to send the discs back all the time. So a couple of months ago I signed up for Netflix instead and I'm loving it, makes it so easy to watch a film whenever you want without having to physically go and get it, or watch a poor quality version online that you have to wait hours to buffer! I'm looking for some more TV shows to start watching, what would you recommend? I'll watch most things as long as they're good - I like things like Breaking Bad, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Weeds, Arrested Development, The Vampire Diaries, Desperate Houswives, The Walking Dead... so lots of things basically!

I'm going home for a week or two tomorrow to visit my parents which I'm really looking forward to. I only tend to go home at the Christmas and Easter holidays and at some point during the summer, so it will be nice to see my parents (and my dogs! I have a feeling the puppy will be huuuge by now!) and relax for a couple of weeks. I've got a couple of outfit posts which I haven't had time to post yet, and a few reviews of products to do, so there will still be plenty to read on the blog while I'm at home.

How has your week been?

Gillian x

Jenny Craig: Week 2

13.4.12

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1.Chorizo and mixed bean soup 2.Chicken Chasseur and potatoes with mashed turnips, baby cabbage and carrots 3.Chocolate digestive bar 4.Chicken tikka masala with broccoli and carrots

I've now reached the end of my two week Jenny Craig trial and thought I would share my thoughts on the diet food plan. Overall, I've enjoyed the experience and it has taught me a lot about how I eat and what I need to change. However, there are a few negative points which would put me off using the Jenny Craig as a long-term diet plan.

Pros
  • Everything is planned out for you so you don't need to worry about counting calories or working out which foods to have on which days. This also means doing grocery shopping is really easy as you know exactly what and how much you need to buy.
  • There is noticable weight/inch-loss. Obviously I've only be doing the plan for two weeks (and I have been naughty and had a few extras here and there) so I haven't seen massive results, but if you stuck to the plan I think you would definitely lose quite a bit of weight over time.
  • On the whole, the food tastes good. I don't usually eat a lot of microwave meals so I was a bit worried that it would taste really fake and unappealing. There were a couple things which I didn't like at all, but most of the food was quite good and you get a lot of 'flavourings' for free (e.g. ketchup, chilli sauce, balsamic vinegar, herbs & spices) so you can add things to jazz up your meals.
  • Weekly calls with your consultant help to motivate you to stick to the plan. They can also help provide you with useful advice if you're struggling with any aspect of the diet, so it feels like you're getting a lot more support and encouragement than if you were just doing the plan alone.
  • Doing the plan has really made me notice how much I don't miss pasta, rice, noodles etc. Instead of adding lots of carbs to your meals, Jenny Craig encourages you to add vegetables instead. I am definitely going to continue doing this in the future as I like vegetables anyway and I would imagine this would make quite a big difference to your overall diet.

Cons
  • It can get boring very quickly as it feels like you're eating the same things all the time. For the two week period all my evening meals were different, but a lot of the breakfasts, lunches and snacks were the same. I found this particularly to be a problem when I had 'milk portions' to add to me menu. Most people would probably use some of that portion in a cup of tea/coffee, milk with cereal, or just a glass of milk to drink but I don't like milk so the only thing I could use to fill up my milk portion was yoghurt. I like yoghurt, but not when I have to eat up to 3 pots of it a day!
  • As the menu is pre-planned there is little opportunity to adapt things or eat whatever you fancy on a particular day. If you get half way through the day and decide you really want curry for dinner, if you've already eaten breakfast and lunch then you have to eat whatever that day's evening meal is, you can't just swap it for curry from another day instead.
  • With some diets you get a certain number of points/calories to use throughout the day but can pretty much eat whatever you want (within reason), but with Jenny Craig you can't add in small portions of your favourite foods.
  • The menu plan is really easy to follow if you're at home or in your office all day, but if you are going to be out and about during the day it can be difficult to eat the right things at the right time. Almost all the lunches require a microwave so if you don't have access to one at lunchtime it's impossible to eat the correct food. I think it would be a really good idea for Jenny Craig to introduce more cold lunches (pasta salads, couscous etc.) or perhaps provide calorie-controlled recipes for sandwiches that you could make yourself and pop in your lunchbox to prevent you from buying ready-made sandwiches.
  • For me, the plan is too expensive to consider using it long-term. Just now it costs £38.50 per week, and I had to spend around £15 on top of that on grocery items like fruit, vegetables, yoghurt, bread etc. As a student I really can't justify spending £50-60 per week on food when my usual shop costs no more than £25.

So, in conclusion, if you're the sort of person who is good at sticking to plans and is motivated not to stray towards your favourite unhealthy foods, and you feel comfortable spending quite a large amount of money on food, this would be a great plan and I think it would definitely work. For me, however, I like going out for dinner, having nights out with lots of cocktails, and treating myself to the occasional takeaway or slice of cake, plus I love cooking and making my own meals from scratch, so I don't think this plan would work for me over a long period of time.

What are your thoughts? Would you ever try a plan like Jenny Craig?

Gillian x

Review: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

10.4.12

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I bought the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation a few weeks ago but have waited until now to post a review of it as I couldn't make up my mind whether I like it or not. After all the hype I had heard about it I was expecting it to be a 'holy grail' kind of foundation. It's not a bad foundation by any means, but I think my expectations were too high and so I was quite disappointed by it. Obviously everyone's skin etc. is different though, so you might love it!

I got the shade 'Ivory' which is the lightest shade and unfortunately it's a little bit too dark for me. It looks okay once it's blended in and I put powder on top, but if I wear the foundation just on it's own it's noticeable. I originally bought this foundation as I thought it would be good for a no-effort summer foundation that doesn't look heavy or require lots of powder to keep it looking good, so the fact I can't wear it on it's own kind of defeats the whole purpose!

One thing I really like about this foundation is the scent - it's really fresh and a bit like cucumber or something. It's quite thick and almost gel-like so it feels moisturising on your skin, although instead of soaking into the skin like moisturisers do, it kind of just sits there and feels really tacky. When I touched my face it felt a bit like I had wet paint on my face, not so nice! I also find it tends to stick to dry patches and can look a bit cakey if it's not blended in really well. The coverage is medium and one large pump was enough to cover my whole face.

If you have oily skin I would probably avoid this foundation as it tends to 'slide' quite quickly. I have an oily t-zone and I find I need to re-power after a couple of hours. Rimmel claim the foundation will stay put for up to 10 hours, but I would completely disagree with this. Even if you don't have oily skin I think you would need to reapply after a few hours because the foundation is so dewy.

I actually prefer how the Wake Me Up foundation looks without powder, but because of its short staying-power and the fact that it's too dark means I can't really wear it alone. I think I will use up most of the bottle as it will be quite good for just quickly slapping on to go to the shops or to wear around the house if I've got friends coming over or whatever - times when I don't really care if my makeup's not looking perfect, but I don't want to go completely without makeup at all. Sometimes when I wear this foundation I look in the mirror and think 'yeah, actually this looks really nice', but then the next day I'll think completely the opposite.

Have you tried the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation? Did you love it or were you disappointed like me?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #15

8.4.12

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1.View from my window 2.Giant cocktail 3.Rekorderlig cider 5.Pub 6.Burger and chips 7.Cinema provisions 8.3D glasses 9.Amazing smelling shower gel 10.Bar 11.VKs

Sorry for the lack of 'real' photos this Sunday, but as I'm sure you're aware Instagram for Android was released this week so I've been a bit obsessed with using it! If you want to follow me on there my username is elevatormusik_ and let me know what yours are too.

It's so nice to finally be finished uni work and be able to relax for a bit. I've spent most of the week sleeping, watching Netflix and tidying the flat. I went shopping earlier in the week and got a couple of new things but restrained myself from spending too much! I also had a pair of jeans to return to Topshop; I had bought them in the sale from the website but when the shop assistant processed the return at the till it scanned through at the original price and she couldn't figure out how to change it. So I got a free £20 courtesy of Topshop, which I then proceeded to spend on cocktails that evening! My flatmate and I went out for dinner at a really nice pub just round the corner from our flat, then we met up with some other friends later on at the Dragonfly cocktail bar. This inevitably turned into a night out at the Hive and a very sore head the next day!

I've just got back from the cinema, had nothing to do this afternoon so my flatmate and I went to see Titanic. I thought it would be quite busy as it was a Sunday afternoon, but I forgot it was Easter Sunday so we ended up in the biggest screen in the whole cinema and there were only about 5 or 6 other people there! My favourite part about going to the cinema is definitely getting a huge bucket of popcorn and lots of juice. I'm a fan of salted popcorn, but everyone else seems to like sweet better, someone back me up here?!

It's my friends' birthday next week and I'm struggling to come up with gift ideas so I thought I would turn to you guys and ask for some help! They're twin girls, going to be 22 and like all the usual girl-stuff (makeup, clothes, going out etc.) plus Harry Potter, girl guiding, name meanings, everything British and Taylor Swift...I have no idea where to start?! What's the best present you've ever got from your friends? Or what's the best present you've ever given to someone? I'm looking to spend about £30ish, hit me up with ideas!

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Jenny Craig: Week 1

6.4.12

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1.Chickpea tagine with spicy Mediterranean vegetables and salad 2.Chocolate & wholewheat cereal 3.Thai red curry noodle pot 4.Sweet and sour chicken with stir-fried vegetables

I'm now half way through my Jenny Craig trial so I thought I would share my progress and how I've found the plan so far. The diet food is pretty much as I expected; some of it is quite nice but some of it is pretty bland and unappealing. I seem to have used quite a lot of chilli sauce to try and add flavour to things! The only things which I really really haven't enjoyed so far are the sachets of porridge and the pea and ham soup - but that's just because I don't like porridge or peas! My favourite things on the menu are probably the noodle pots you get for lunch. They come in quite a few different flavours, all of which have been good so far.

The thing that surprised me the most about the Jenny Craig plan is the fact that I seem to be constantly eating. As soon as I've finished my breakfast it's time for a snack and by then it's almost lunch time. I'm not a morning person at all and rarely have breakfast (and if I do it would just be a bagel or slice of toast at 10/11am-ish) so the thought of having to eat, for example, a bowl of cereal, some grapes, a yoghurt, a banana, a bowl of soup with a slice of bread, and a salad all before 1pm is a bit overwhelming! I also find it quite difficult to eat all my allotted snacks and meals if I'm not actually hungry, but it's important to eat throughout the day to keep up your metabolism. I'm definitely usually guilty of not eating very much during the day and then having a big evening meal and lots of snacks while watching TV at night, so having a planned menu has definitely made me more aware of when/what I'm eating.

Vegetables are 'free' foods (as in, you can eat as many as you like) so I tend to cook quite a lot of vegetables to go with my evening meal to bulk it up a bit. Usually I would bulk it up with pasta or rice, but in the future I'm going to try to use vegetables instead. I thought I might get a bit bored eating the same vegetables every day, but I've actually ended up having something different each night. Some nights you get a 'portion' of fat, starch or protein to add to your meal which allows you to do stir-fries or add a bit of butter to your vegetables etc.

I've been quite good at sticking to the plan this week as the only extra food I've had is a Kit Kat on a couple of evenings. It all went to pot last night though as I went out for a meal (burger and chips, oops!) and lots of cocktails, I don't want to think about how many calories that added on! As for weight loss, I've lost about 2lbs this week (I think, I don't really trust my scales!) and 1 inch from my bust, 1 inch from my waist and nothing from my hips. To be honest, I wasn't really expecting there to be a huge change as I have done practically no exercise this week. I know weight loss is a slow process and you have to put a lot of effort in, but I'm not sure I care enough about losing weight to do a plan like this full time. I would like to be a bit thinner but, at the same time, I like nice food and going out for meals more!

Do you tend to snack throughout the day or just eat main meals? Would you ever use a diet plan like Jenny Craig?

Gillian x

Outfit: Polka Dots

3.4.12

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Blouse: Primark
Tunic/Top: H&M
Leggings: H&M
Wedges: New Look
Necklace: River Island (men's section)
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I can't believe the weather today, it's been raining/hailstones/snowing here all day. When I woke up this morning and looked out the window, I immediately turned over and went straight back to sleep! I did have class this morning but skipped it in favour of a long lie - it was only a revision session though so I don't feel too bad about missing it! That's me finished uni now until exams start at the beginning of May. I'm going to take a couple of weeks off to relax and then I'll have to start some serious revision!

Once again, I'm dressed in head to toe black! But I think the polka dots on the blouse make this outfit a bit more interesting. It's such a versatile outfit - great for going out for dinner or to the pub, or lose the heels and red lipstick and it's a pretty relaxed outfit for the daytime (I wore it to the library last week!). I bought the blouse from Primark a couple of months ago because I really liked it but I wasn't sure if I'd wear it that much. Shirts which button up the front tend not to suit me very well, but I like this one with the addition of a belt so I've actually ended up wearing it loads.

I love this necklace too, I got it ages ago when River Island did a student lock-in evening. The men's jewellery sections in shops like River Island and Topshop are great for finding hidden gems, the jewellery always tends to be cheaper and (depending what kind you're looking for) just as nice! Definitely worth having a look next time you're shopping.

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #14

1.4.12

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1.The Shins new album 2.Archives 3.New fake tan to try out 4.Ella Tino competition - details below!

I know I've been going on about it for months but this will be the last time, I promise - my dissertation gets handed in on Tuesday!! I'm hoping to get it finished off tonight so I can get it printed, bound and handed in tomorrow with plenty of time to spare. I'm pretty happy with it, but it's currently about 1,600 words over the word count so I will have to do some serious cutting back this evening! I have strangely enjoyed doing the research for it but I will definitely be glad to get it out of my life and relax for a little bit. My first task will be going out on Tuesday night to celebrate and then next on my list is going shopping, which I haven't done for months!

I'm afraid I haven't got much to tell you in this week's post as all I've done is split my time between the Archives, the library and my desk (and by desk, I mean bed) in an attempt to get my dissertation finished. So I thought I would share a competition with you instead of boring you with details of all the estate papers I've read through this week! An email popped into my inbox earlier about the competition Ella Tino boutique are running on their Facebook page to win a whole outfit including dress, shoes and accessories. All you need to do is like the page and share the competition image (same image as the one above). The competition is on until April 13th so get entering for a chance to win! If you don't win you can still treat yourself to something with a nice little 25% discount using the code 'elevator' at the check out. I've got my eye on this Jewelled Skull Tee, hurry up student loan!

What have you been up to this week? Tell me about your adventures in the sunshine, I need to live vicariously through you while I'm stuck in front of Microsoft Word tonight!

Gillian x