1: Name and age?

My name is Sally and I’m 20 years old. I actually started this blog on my 20th birthday!

2: Day or night?

I work best in the daytime – at night I just throw on my pyjamas and get into bed and do unproductive things like watch Netflix and play on the Sims!

3: What do you hear right now?

Very little, as I’m in my university library…

4: Do you want kids? Why or why not?

I’d love to have children because I’d love a big family. Also I’m excellent at Year 4 maths problems.

5: The scariest dream you had?

Recently I keep dreaming about massive piles of frozen wasps (I know right?!) being under my blankets when I go to get into bed…

6: How tall are you?

I’m 5 foot 2. The same height as an 11 year old.

7: The last thing you ate was…

Birthday cake for breakfast!

8. Some of your hobbies include…

Theatre, singing, dance, reading, writing, video games…

9. Something you like about your appearance is…

I have big eyes so I can stare at my enemy.
(I don’t really have an enemy.)

10. What was the last movie you watched?

I haven’t actually watched a film for aaages, so I looked on my Netflix and the last thing I watched was a Louis Theroux documentary about chimpanzees. Standard.

11. Do you look like your parents?

I look like my Dad. I have his beard.

12. Do you sing in the shower?

Always.

13. Something others have described you as…

Probably small. Shy.

14. Two of your fears are…

Looking out of windows when it’s dark, and ET (the little alien guy, I’m petrified of him. I once dropped shepherd’s pie all over myself because I was eating my tea and he came on the telly).

15. What do you study at uni?

I do Media Studies and I love it.

16. What is your favourite season?

Autumn, because I can wear hats and dark lipstick and get birthday presents and frolic in the leaves.

17. Are you an introvert or extrovert?

I’m an introvert. I tend to be scared of people.

18. How many books do you own?

At least 500. I’m a big reader.

19. What’s your must have makeup item?

Always lipstick. Bright pink, dark red, purple, absolutely anything.

20. What’s your job? Do you like it?

I currently work as a drama teacher for Stagecoach Theatre Arts. I LOVE my job (I’m very lucky).

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I love a night in. In fact, I go out of my way to make all nights “a proper night in”. This means a hot bath, at least two blankets, usually a good amount of chocolate, and an early bedtime. Basically I’m an old lady. Who eats a lot of chocolate.

Tonight’s bath consisted of a cocktail of LUSH bath bombs and shower gels. The benefits of working at LUSH include a fabulous staff discount – although I’m still well within my budget of £10.

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Lord Of Misrule is pretty impressive. Lord Of Misrule is the name of the bath bomb, by the way, not a fantasy novel – although it sounds like one. There’s a cheeky little cherry red bomb inside the ordinary green one, which turns your bath a blood-red colour – perfect if you want to feel like you’re bathing in the blood of your enemies.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ‘slow burn’ of the bath bomb – it was still fizzling away happily fifteen minutes after I’d got in. The pepper and patchouli oil makes your skin soft and smell like Christmas (even though it’s October).

Next up, pyjamas!

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My underwater-patterned pyjama bottoms are from Tesco, and were a bargain at £4 in the sale. They remind me of The Little Mermaid. Except she doesn’t wear pyjamas.

In this picture you can just about see my favourite blanket (it’s technically a ‘throw’ but I’m not fussy), which is a gorgeous lilac and grey tartan and came in at £3 from Primark.

A good book is always a nice addition to a chilled night in – I just finished “Before I Die” by Jenny Downham and it was the first book I’ve ever cried at. No, I didn’t cry at “The Fault In Our Stars”. Unpopular opinion time – I didn’t like it!

So there’s my night in essentials! I ate my chocolate bar before I could take a picture of it. Blogger problems…

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Primark is definitely my favourite high street store. Their clothes are cheap, and more importantly there’s a lot of variety to suit a range of styles, tastes and sizes.

I like to get a mixture of basics and statement pieces from Primark – their chunky shoes and structured handbags are my current favourites.

Here’s a couple of gorgeous pieces I’ve got my eyes on, and will be snapping up when they reach my local store!

The Knitted Crop Top

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Image from: http://www.instyle.co.uk/fashion/editors-picks/primark-the-new-collection/primark-autumn-winter-2014-collection-41

This cream crop mixes my two favourite A/W textures – cable knit and fluff! I prefer creams to whites in Winter as they don’t look so harsh – I like my outfits to blend together comfortably. I’m already seeing this paired with grey high-waisted jeans, a tartan blanket scarf and black heeled boots.

Pleather Skirt

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Image from: http://www.instyle.co.uk/fashion/editors-picks/primark-the-new-collection/primark-autumn-winter-2014-collection-35

I’m already in love with this skirt – the colour reminds me of a red pepper. In fact I’m calling it the “red pepper skirt” from now on. I want to mix this with a lot of black with gold jewellery to make the gorgeous orangey-red stand out.

The Camera Bag

Image from: http://www.instyle.co.uk/fashion/editors-picks/primark-the-new-collection/primark-autumn-winter-2014-collection-113

Image from: http://www.instyle.co.uk/fashion/editors-picks/primark-the-new-collection/primark-autumn-winter-2014-collection-113

I love the colour and structure of this bag – the light grey fits in with my A/W colour palette (black, grey, more black, possible pop of colour), bringing softness but not too much attention. It’s a good everyday bag, and we all know how many useful little pockets Primark give us in our bags!

The Tennis Skirt

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Image from: http://www.instyle.co.uk/fashion/editors-picks/primark-the-new-collection/primark-autumn-winter-2014-collection-22

Reminiscent of the American Apparel tennis skirt, I’m excited to see what this skirt looks like on. I feel like it’s either going to look amazing… or awful. Either way, I can’t wait to try it on – styling it up with neutral greys to accentuate the sunny yellow.

So, there you go, my top picks for A/W from Primark – along with a couple of packs of their velvet-lined black tights because come on – Winter may as well be renamed “Primark Velvet-Lined Black Tights Season”. Not very catchy, but they’re just… so… comfy…

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Today I’ll be reviewing this solid shampoo bar from LUSH. The brand carries a good variety of these, ranging from scented to specialised for hair growth and scalp conditions. Each bar costs £5.75 – and I’ll tell you now, I LOVE them!

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LUSH “New” Shampoo Bar, £5.75

The LUSH website says that these little bars (about the size of the palm of my hand, so not too tiny) are the equivalent of two or three 200ml bottles – and last up to 80 washes.

I have to admit, I was a bit confused when the shop assistant recommended this to me as a good shampoo. It looks like a soap, it feels like a soap, and it smells like a soap (albeit a delicious cinnamon-scented one). Unsurprisingly, I thought it was a soap.

The particular bar I was advised to try is called the “New” bar. It contains peppermint and cinnamon, which stimulate hair growth as well as thickening my existing hair. As someone with trichotillomania (a compulsion to pull and tug out my hair), this was something I didn’t realise I could have without getting special medicinal shampoo – which let’s face it, usually smells gross and is overly expensive.

The bars are simple to use – just like a bar of soap. Once the lather is all over your hands, use it on wet hair. The tiniest amount of foam will produce loads of gorgeously spicy-smelling bubbles which give a really deep clean.

My opinion? I’m sticking with these. They’re comparatively cheap, take up little space and are completely natural products. I’ll be picking some more up in LUSH’s boxing day sale.

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Here are my top 3 tips for fashion on a budget:

1) Shop Unseasonably

In September/October the shops start frantically trying to get rid of anything that even hints “summer”. If you can resist the temptation of palm-tree-patterned playsuits as soon as they arrive instore, you’ll save at least 50% when they’re eventually bundled into the sale rail.

Find cosy Winter jumpers around April/May time – this is when Spring usually appears instore. If you’re lucky it might still be cold enough for you to snuggle up in your sale jumper as soon as you’ve bought it. I always recommend buying jumpers a couple of sizes up – unless you’re going for the “knitted wetsuit” look.

2) Do I Reeally Need This?

You’ve found the perfect olive-green floor skimming kimono. Ask yourself the following questions:

Do I really need this?
Would this create 3 outfits with the other clothes in my wardrobe?

These questions work with anything; from basic cami tops to bright orange jeans.
Maybe you have another cardigan that’s just a slightly different shade of grey from the one you’ve just fallen in love with. Maybe you could rip the knees of your jeans yourself instead of paying an extra £20 for less fabric? It’s possible that the bright pink thigh high boots you just HAVE to have wouldn’t really match anything else in your wardrobe.

I’ll be doing “3 Ways to Wear” posts in the future, where you can see exactly what I mean.

3) Giving Back

Quite simply – charity shopping. Car boot sale shopping. Some of my favourite pieces have come from these places. A vintage Armarni denim jacket from Age Concern for a fiver. Brand new genuine Doc Marten boots for ten pounds from a car boot sale.

Find your brands at these places. I find Topshop jeans in my local charity shop ALL the time. Not only do you save a ton, you’re giving money to charity (or people who’ve got up at 5 o clock to put all of their old stuff on a table in a field). You feel fabulous and look even better.

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