An Italian Adventure.

This is definitely the best time of year. I am currently sat on the sofa in a cosy red tartan blanket with the blinds closed and candles on. It’s ready to rock and roll these typing skills.
I can nearly hear the faint sound of those jingle bells. Yeah, I went there.

Earlier this year we took a 2 week adventure travelling to some hot spots in Europe. First on our hit list was Rome. What a place. It was incredible but I felt like I didn’t fully appreciate the magnificence of it until our trip came to an end. In unfamiliar territory my body goes into panic mode in which we rocked up at around 10.00pm while trying to navigate the airport and the connecting trains through very sleepy eyes. Oh and it was the Euro’s football final, talk about timing. By the time we arrived at Termini it was gone 11pm and all the trains and buses had stopped highly stressful when we had specific instructions to get the bus to get to our destination. So, Taxi it was. Then it was the realisation that we had to try and communicate, in ITALIAN. I was hopeless, in fact I didn’t even attempt because I was far too scared (such a brit), thank the lord for Ezra!

So we were in Rome for 4 days and most of those days it was 36-37 degree heat. Scorching. We did as best as we could to get around by foot, but my god the street sellers selling iced cold water were our saviours. Although it was an absolute rip off at 2 euros a bottle it didn’t half save us from heat exhaustion. The worst thing about the heat was the fact there wasn’t anywhere to cool off that we knew about, there were lots of water stations but in that heat you just want to strip off and sit in very very VERY cold water. However, the only water that could of been an option was holy water, we didn’t think that would bode well with the Italians! BUT my most handiest tip for travelling around Rome in the heat is to church dive every 5 minutes. There are so many hidden churches on every street and what a life saver they are. From the outside they don’t look that appealing but what hidden beauties they all are. Every one is completely different and incredibly beautiful, plus they are freezing. The perfect remedy for over heated tourists.

We walked over 20,000 steps a day and saw sights such as the Roman forum, the Colosseum, Vittoriano (which was by far my favourite), Trevi fountain, The Vatican (heads up the most torturous journey to reach the top) and 100’s of churches. We did visit a lot more but for the life of me I can’t remember the names of all the places. One thing I really noticed though was that all the paths and streets were super slippy, I was slip sliding my whole way. Highly hilarious but equally terrifying, especially when you’re walking up some mammoth marble steps to get somewhere.

The food was also another highlight, but the photo’s we have aren’t the best looking. Italians really do know how to cook and the ice cream is top notch. Ezra was in absolute heaven, 3 course meals pretty much everyday. Espresso and croissants from Necci every morning and a complimentary Tiramisu every evening (well it would be rude not to).
We stayed out of the city in a hipster area known as Pigneto, 10 minutes journey away from Termini. We were based on the main high street and could hear the buzz of local Italians fine dining below our windows with the smell of pizza, pasta and fine wines on our door step.
It is so nice looking back and seeing how much we did, and absorbing all the culture. My goodness is it cultural! But there are so many sites we probably missed with each road leading to something incredible, as the saying goes all roads lead to Rome. I would encourage everyone once in their lifetime to visit Rome, è bellissimo!

Next stop Athens….

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Blog-aversary – A life update.

 

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(Audience) – “Oh goodness here she is again, probably about to say the same start up line ‘It’s been a while’.

(Aimee) – “I’m back, AGAIN. It’s been a while!”

(Audience) – “I bet she apologies for it as well”

(Aimee) – “Once again I must apologise for being late to the party once again! February!! FEBRUARY, why have I left it so long?”

(Audience) – “I told you!”

*Commerce the waffling*

Hello you lovely lot, you’re probably wondering who the hell I am it’s been that long.
There have been dissertations, new careers, old careers, holidays, tears, laughter and a hell of a lot of procrastination since we last spoke. During that procrastination 6 months have upped and gone and I’m not sure where? But like I said in previous posts, it’s sort of how I work.
I feel like I have been running on empty so instead of squeezing out blog posts I’ve been doing everything other than that. However, I really want to turn things around and post more regularly – I’m sure you’ve heard all this before but I’m going to try, and there’s no harm in trying hey!

From the blog title, it’s my blog-aversary (hip hip hooray) and it’s not quite where I thought my little-rough-around-the-edges-blog would be but we’ve come a little way within 12months but we’re definitely moving.
I want to eventually re brand this blog to make it that little bit more glam and up to date for you all, who doesn’t love a refresh?!?
As for me, I am completely refreshing my life, well it certainly feels like it. I have finished my university degree and successfully passed with a 2:1. I really didn’t think it was do-able but I did it and I am so so thrilled about it, it’s motivated me to grab life by the balls and to give anything a go. So, I quit my job of nearly 5 years to pursue a new career. Pretty scary. So far it hasn’t turned out to plan and now I’m feeling slightly confused to where I’m heading in my life (any advice would be much appreciated), I feel like I have done all this hard work at uni to just land a job that I could of got without a degree. The thought of sitting in a office all day literally kills me as well, but I feel if I don’t try things then I won’t know if I like them or not, so that’s where I am at the minute. Feels like one of the weirdest times of my life to date, but it’s kind of exciting not knowing what’s round the corner.

Anyway, enough of the deep chat – I’ve done a lot of fun stuff since February and I will be sharing it with you all, so watch this space. I hope you’re prepared to be visiting Italy on your next dose of waffle! Grab that cup of tea and sneaky biscuit and I’ll give you a taste of my little Italian adventure.

I hope you have a great rest of the week/weekend and I’ll see you back on here before you know it – Ciao for now!

For the love of Lomography.

My blog posts seem to start off with the same sentence, ‘It’s been a while’.
But as usual, yes it has been a heck of a while. I mean we’ve had bonfire night, Christmas, New Year, Valentines and now Easter is fast approaching! Where has that time gone? 2016 is on to a flying start.

Currently I am in my final year at university, so tension is pretty high with a near degree under my belt and I feel like I have no time for anything, or it’s just poor time management (probably the latter). I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have said the word dissertation, assignments, deadlines, oh my god I can’t do this (then I can hear my nan saying ‘there’s no such word as can’t… and she’s right) but I feel the need to write something that doesn’t involve over analysing everything and being critical, I want to write freely.
So here I am. Youtube was to thank!
I ‘attempted’ to start writing a literature review for one of many assignments due in May and you know when it’s just not happening, I did start off with good intentions but well you know…
Recently I have been flicking through old photographs of holidays and happier times to once again ‘avoid’ assignments (but those pesky things always creep back) and pretty much all my adolescent life to date has been captured using film cameras. It is one of my few hobbies that I have and it has stuck with me for years despite how much it costs me to get them printed. Not too long ago I sifted out all the film I had taken and it’s something like 20 odd which I need to get developed, kinda pricey considering they keep hacking up the prices. Nevertheless I still have many beautiful photo’s that I have captured over the years which gives you an insight to what the hell lomography is!

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Why do I use lomography?
Where do I start? In today’s society this idea of ‘perfect’ is everywhere, you can’t hide from it! Social media is FILLED with celebrities and how perfect they look and it’s only photo editing and filters that make them look that way, and probably a cake mix of make-up on their face. Although I appreciate that is how they want to look or how they want to be perceived but I find it rubs off on people, especially on todays youth. I found myself living in a world where every photograph has to look perfect whether that be a selfie or a landscape, thats not how I see the world. I love the fact that lomography is ‘imperfect’ or however you want to describe it and technology is constantly advancing, and you can’t help but get suckered into it! Don’t get me wrong I love DSLR cameras and am an avid Instagrammer but I find lomography so much more interesting and artistic. Rewinding back to old times where everything was analogue I felt the world was a much more happier place, where getting your photographs developed adds an element of surprise, you can’t just simply click delete. That’s what I love, unknowingly what amazing shots you have captured, even the rubbish ones are interesting!

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I recently read that a quote ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ and I find myself constantly comparing myself to others in everything I do and thinking like that can make you feel pretty negative. Something about lomography doesn’t make me feel that way and I feel absorbed and find myself not comparing myself to anything because everything I capture in lomography to me looks pretty perfect even if it isn’t, maybe thats why I love it so much!??

I’d love to know your experiences of film photography or your thoughts!
Thanks for reading you lovely lot!

Aimée x

New approaches, rants and my brain.

//Hi m’lovelys.

It’s been a while and I do apologise. But the last couple of weeks I’ve had to take a step back and think to myself what is the relevance of my blog? I read an article the other day about blogging and it advised people not to blog if there is no inspiration or passion about what you are going to blog about. Unfortunately I found myself to be one of those bloggers. I want to blog but I have nothing to blog about that I find passionate, it feels like a chore, and it shouldn’t be that way.
//So I hear you ask what next? Well good question (any advice would be much appreciated). I want to do something different all the blogs I seem to see are about beauty, food, fitness & travel, which essentially I suppose is the majority of people’s lives but I am striving to be something different, and I am still trying to discover what gets my cogs working.

//I don’t know about you but I feel like a minority of people who have no hobbies or passions which I want to pursue (I definitely haven’t found it yet). Yes I enjoy a lot of things but nothing grabs me by the face and says YES I LOVE THIS! Is it just me? Hopefully not. I suffer with anxiety and watching a lot of Youtubers and reading other blogs I am not alone in this matter BUT again it is something I can not uniquely write about because it is EVERYWHERE. Although my anxiety has been behaving recently I can feel it creeping back in slowly- that pesky devil. It leaves my mind in a haze and that is exactly how I feel my blog is right now.
Stripping it back to my blog basics I am Aimée waffles so I am going to do what I think my blog should represent which is a good old hearty waffle, so I hope you have a cup of tea on you!…..and maybe a cheeky biscuit.

//Recently I feel like everything is getting on my nerves from the non existent summer, to my mother moaning, customers, work, going back to university, friends and people that don’t listen and ignore advice and do you know what annoys me the most?..me! Why do I let it annoy me, why do I take home all these frustrations with me and let it sit on my own shoulders because at the end of the day people make their own decisions and nobody can change that, maybe my brain thinks it can (ha, good luck with that brain).
I’m sat here with my cat sitting on my chest straining to look at the keyboard and computer screen trying to type something that has been pondering on my mind for a good month, so I am letting it out. LET IT GO as Elsa would say.
//I’ve decided that I am not going to force myself to blog deadlines, I have enough of them at work, I am not going to force my blog to have a particular theme if I like it then I will write something- I reckon this is my best approach.
Simplicity and no stress is where I’m heading.

So…

Let’s just roll with it and keep walking.
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Home loving.

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//Hello and welcome! Hope you are all well. The weather here for the past week has been very wet and miserable which has left me house bound (apart from going to work boo!). Being house bound has made me appreciate my surroundings and how hard myself and my boyfriend have worked to get to where we are.

2.//We have recently redecorated our bedroom (sorry I have no before and after pictures) which used to have a vile peeled off purple flower wallpaper on the chimney. We decorated it within a day on a budget, the paint was an inexpensive brand but my gosh it really made so much difference. Our room is so much brighter and fresher it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do.
//If I had my own way I would redecorate the whole house but as we only rent I feel like it is wasted money, the house we live in now has so much potential to be amazing!
3.//We created a little reading corner where we can chill out, it looks super cosy at night time. We’ve used an old apple crate as a side table which we nabbed off my grandparents. The wicker chair I have had for a couple of years but that only cost £10 from a charity shop, bargain!
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6.//This was the first room, the kitchen, which we added a bit of our own style as soon as we moved in nearly two years ago. I try to buy things that aren’t going to be too expensive but I had my heart set on old chapel chairs and a rustic table for a long while which cost a little extra than what you would get in ikea. Luckily we found these on eBay and swooped after them as soon as we saw them, definitely worth the extra buck.
//The frames were all purchased and collected over a period of time, I feel the more I look at it the more I want to change it all. I am very into composition and it shows throughout the rest of the house (I won’t bore you with every single composition in the house). However this to me two years on seems a bit twee, what do you think?

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9.//We recently bought these shelves from ikea for I think around £6 each. There used to be a dark pointless shelf here (again sorry I have no photographs) and adding slim white shelves here instead completely changed the whole dynamic of the kitchen, plus it is somewhere where you can show off your books and photographs etc.

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//Another apple crate invention used for Ezra’s vinyl player. It is so nice to sit on some pillows on the floor on a rainy day and just listen to vinyl, we are big believers in still buying CD’s and vinyl instead of download.

11.// I have been after initial art for ages and finally came across some in Oliver Bonas which were only £10 each. They are made out of copper and really stand out in front of a white background and they just look so cute, totally in love with them.

Thanks for reading and I shall see you again soon! xx

Thanks guys! xx

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The need for Wantfeed.

wantfeed//Wantfeed, my new favourite website. If your anything like me and see a million things you want to buy and have many tabs open so you don’t forget then fear not, loads of open tabs has come to an end. Wantfeed is a fairly new website where you can store and curate things from around the web into your own personal wantlist – Quoted from Wantfeed.

(Photographs sourced from internet)
(Photographs sourced from internet)

//The designer, Stefan Michalak, is becoming a youtube sensation with his wife and their son, Grayson creating family home videos. I have been watching these guys since Hannah first started to make youtube videos about beauty and have followed them ever since, they are my guilty Monday morning youtube pleasure. Go check them out, you’ll fall in love with them and their coffee addiction.
//So, onto Wantfeed…
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//After signing up which you can do via email or Facebook, this is what you can expect to see on your home page which will have a list of trending products which people are currently potentially interested in buying.

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//Don’t laugh at my lack of  followers, I’m new too! (You could always follow me hint hint). Your personal home page will allow you to like other peoples products, purchases, follow and post what you already own.

//How do you work it did I hear you ask? Well simply find a product you like and copy the URL, then enter the URL onto your homepage and press the big green + button.

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5.//Wallah! Bingo! It then adds the desired product to your page.

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7.//You then begin to fill in the details about the product such as the title, description, price, group, store and tag. Simple.

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//It is a genius idea and he recently made a big announcement on Wantfeed which benefits everybody using the site. 

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//Sit back and get browsing because after all you won’t forget products anymore! You can use this website via desktop or iOS app, so get downloading!

Thanks guys!
Check out my other posts if you feel like it! Do you have any favourite websites? Let me know.

Links- The Michalaks youtube channel
             Hannah Michalak’s blog (check out her make-up bags too, there lush!)

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The beauty blogger awards.

//First of all THANK YOU everyone who has taken the time to hit that follow button, I appreciate each and every one of you, you beauty’s.
//Secondly a huge thank you for Kirstenemma for nominating me this award. She has a lovely little blog going on and I am sure she would love for more of you lovely’s to go and check her blog out.

Despite it being a competition what a fabulous way to get to know your followers such a great idea but there are a few rules to follow:

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So here are my answers to Kirstenemma questions….

  1. What has been your biggest Beauty/Fashion FAIL?
    Oh gosh, probably anything I wore as a teenager! Super cringey looking back at those. It was all about studded belts, skinny jeans, skater brands, Emo hair and thick eyeliner….so gross. Funny thing is I really thought I was cool as well, no wonder the ‘chavs’ as we called them used to pick on us!
  2. What has been your biggest Beauty/Fashion TRIUMPH?
    Sadly, I don’t think I have ever had one, gosh that sounds sad. One day it will!!
  3. What’s the best bit of beauty/fashion advice you can pass on?
    One thing I would advise is dress for your body type. I am still learning this now. I mean I am still trying to find the perfect pair of jeans which can make my hips and thighs look in proportion but if you find clothes that fit your body type whether that be pear, hourglass, apple etc you will feel so much more confident.
    As for beauty, personally I find simple is better (I suppose that goes for fashion too) find the right shade of foundation, bronzer, blusher, highlighter and a simple lip. It will just highlight your already beautiful features, whats the point of plastering yourself in make up to hide that face. Hand in hand in make-up goes skincare, I would definitely recommend looking after that skin, a great face wash, exfoliator and moisturiser will reek benefits, I use the Clinque anti-blemish set.
  4. Who in the public eye inspires you with either make-up/style?
    Oo gosh I have tons of inspiration from the public eye.
    Make-up I am really loving a beauty blogger/vlogger called Fleur de Force, that’s ideally how I would love my make-up to look like, but it never does (sigh).
    As for style Fearne Cotton has been a massive inspiration, she can just pull off everything and I like her casual style. Baggy jumpers & skinny jeans, gosh I can’t wait for autumn jumpers to come out of the wardrobe. She just has that edge which I would love to pull off (I need her long skinny legs).
    Along with Fearne I adore an actress called Kate Bosworth, She just dresses simple but beautifully. She’s very boho chic and boho is one of my favourite looks EVER.
  5. Who in the public eye is the total opposite to you in terms of style/make up?
    Oo I am really going to have to think about this one…… probably people that are in The Only Way Is Essex, they are far too glam and caked in make-up for me!
  6. What is one fashion trend you just didn’t ‘get’?
    Toms and crocs. GOSH! what even are they?!? I have never understood them especially when they were combined with chinos, the poor lads thought they were so cool didn’t they. Does make me giggle.
    I can’t even stand crocs on children, they are just absolutely vile (apologises if you like/have them, eek!).
    Other than that the only thing I can remember from the top of my head was back when I was a kid in the 90’s….those octopus trousers. What happened there?!?
  7. What is your go-to foundation?
    I have just finished my go-to foundation and that is, Nars sheer glow. Unfortunately I’ve ran out so I am testing Rimmel Wake me up foundation. It brightens up your skin and has medium coverage so will last most of the day, especially if you use a primer. I am already missing Nars but atleast Rimmel has a foundation pump with it, it’s near enough impossible to get one for sheer glow! Thats the only downside.Nars-Sheer-Glow-Foundation-First-Impressions-Review-6 2
  8. What do you think your next beauty/fashion purchase will be?
    Well I can easily answer this…..NARS!!! In fact I need to purchase a lot of beauty buys, I am going through that phase you get when everything runs out at the same time! Do you ever have that?
    As for fashion, autumn/winter clothes are a must, I am really into the deep purples, oranges and greens this autumn! I can’t wait to get all cosy and all my tan bags and shoes will accompany everything this autumn even the trees, woo!
  9. What perfume are you loving right now?
    I am not a perfume lover dun dun dunnnn! Any perfume/body spray gives me a headache which isn’t fun. I am more into nice smelling skin products such as Palmer’s cocoa butter, I use it everyday after my shower, it smells good and it leaves my skin silky smooth. As well as skin products I use vo5 high volume hair spray which has a gorgeous scent and I get a lot of comments of how nice the scent is.
  10. What is in your travel make-up bag?
    These four products really help me spruce my face up through out the day, especially the Nars illuminator, it brightens up my face and gives it a refresh.I also always use an EOS lip balm but it looked a tad too used for a photograph.IMG_1064

My Nominee’s;- Don’t worry if you have already been nominated (oo you are loved! <3) you don’t need to take part again.

Just my two Canadian cents

Emma Casha

Gemma Storey

Radiate Positive Vibes

Montreal Doll

Vees Social Corner

Dress Gold

Peace and Patterns

Bethany Rust

All A Girl Desires

Have fun guys! It’s just a little bit of fun!
My questions for you are….
1. What motivated you to start a blog?
2.Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?
3.What is your favourite make-up brand and why?
4.What is your statement piece in any outfit?
5.Is there a type of clothing you wish you could pull off?
6.What is on your to buy list fashion/beauty?
7.What is your favourite thing about blogging?
8.Who is your celebrity crush?
9.What would your dream job be?
10.Where would you love to travel/visit?

Look forward to reading them!

See you soon! xx