Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Gender Pay Gap and Inequality

I recently completed my portfolio for my journalism course, which included an 'analysis' piece, which just means using facts and figures! The topic I chose to focus on is gender inequality, it's one of those subjects that doesn't get a lot of press but when you delve a little deeper into it, it's really surprising what you find. It's quite a long one, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it! Let me know what you think too :) 

It’s a subject know to get any woman’s blood boiling, but the gender equality issue isn’t going away any time soon. Lord Davies ‘Women on Boards’ 2014 report concluded that the number of women in executive roles is rising, but females are still proportionally outnumbered across the employment sector. So is this enough to create a culture change for the woman?

The FSTE100 has conventionally been dominated by men, but the recent increase of women on FSTE100 boards from 12.5% in 2011 to 20.7% in 2014 has sparked a national movement. By putting the imbalance of gender employment in the public eye, people are finally listening.

With the successful International Women’s Day held in March, leading females have spoken out on creating equality in the office. With the voice and power to influence millions, famous singer Beyoncé recently said to the Telegraph: “We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible."

Teaching the younger generation is only the beginning, but it’s improving the situation now that is vital in order to progress. The Government are continuing their voluntary approach with the FSTE100 and other businesses, but there are concerns that they may miss their 25% target of female executives in the FSTE100 by 2015.

However, this leads on to various stems encompassing the topical issues of gender equality in work and pay as a whole. As it stands, the average woman earns 15% less than men, equating to around £5,000 a year. Even more concerning is that this figure results in women earning a quarter of a million pounds less over their lifetimes and begrudgingly working for ‘free’ for two and a half months per year.

If you type ‘gender pay gap’ into any search engine, you’re met with thousands of articles, websites and even a Wikipedia page dedicated to the term. It’s an obvious issue which has stubbornly stuck around in the system, despite numerous government legislation and funds implemented to tackle it. But is it its stubborn and bull-headed nature that’s making it become the norm?

Figures from the Bank of England highlight that less than 20% of women work in their senior levels from Band 1-3, with them only outnumbering men by over 57% in senior clerical staff, research assistants and support staff. Not to subvert the stereotypical female ‘assistant’ profession, overall figures show that female staff members make up 43% of the Bank’s workforce, but how much of that is reflected in the unhealthy pay gap is debateable.

Traditionally known to be the breadwinners of the family, men aren’t expected to take long paternity breaks to have children, unlike women, so employers would argue that they are a more ‘reliable’ bet.  Hence following the pay-gap subject, where women are paid significantly less even in this modern day and age, where equality in race, gender and disability is still an ever prominent topic. In fact, the pay gap percentage actually rose by 0.1% from 2012 to 2013 to 19.7% in the UK, according to the Equal Pay Portal.

However there is evidence of the pay gap decreasing, mainly in professional and associate occupations where the percentage is at a historic low but it is still marginally high in trade professions such as plumbers and electricians. Similarly, depending on what age category you are in, your pay packet will be affected, as the average wage for the younger age bands was at an all-time low in 2013, but increased for workers aged between 40-49 years old.

The Highway Agency, a stereotypical all-male profession, employed 944 Road Traffic Officers as of January 2014, of which 834 are men and only 110 are females. Whereas, Channel 4’s percentage of women from its in-staff was just over 58% as of December 2013, with 35.5% of Head of Department positions occupied by females and 57% of Executive roles also held by them. Emphasising that a generalisation of women being marginally outnumbered in the workforce is dependent on what job title they hold.

Other media bodies, such as the British Broadcasting Channel, show that there is an even mix of gender in their ‘Journalism Job Family’. From 2008 to 2012 women have held more personal assistant and research positions than men, whereas they are greatly outnumbered as management accountants and in senior roles. Figures like this show that this maybe one of the many areas where gender divide is an issue. Controversially, statistics highlight that the 12 women in Senior Management roles at the BBC in 2012 were paid 4.5% more than the other 50 men, although the national broadcaster stresses that there are no set salary ranges for staff at this level.  

In comparison to the restrictions females reluctantly had over 100 years ago, the UK has evolved greatly to become the equal culture today. With the hundred year anniversary of World War One fast approaching, it’s important to understand how much leading female pioneers like Emily Davidson and Emmeline Pankhurst sacrificed for women, in gaining the right to vote and becoming more politicised and integrated into the workforce. Up to 800,000 females were employed in engineering workshops and 250,000 became land workers, as the beginning of WW1 and lack of male workers highlighted a substantial social change in gender equality.

Although the Government are aiming for a social transformation in relation to gender equality, the Cabinet isn’t the flawless example to compare to. Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Gloria De Piero emphasises that "with just five women out of 33 in the cabinet, and women only making up 20% of government ministers, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have shut women's voices out of their own top table"; fairly controversial, but nonetheless accurate. However, the Home Office, a government department which deals with immigration and passports and counter-terrorism amongst others, has 14,448 women employed, which is a thousand more than their male counterparts.

Charities such as The Gender Trust and Equality Now have been campaigning for a change in the balance of the workforce in favour of women, as well as other ethnic minorities and disabled persons for many years. Despite the slow social movement of this issue, women are becoming more recognised in their employment fields and because of this it’s hoped that future generations won’t have to face the same problems any longer. 

As women now equate for over 50% of the total population in the UK and two thirds of them at working age now in employment, the highest figure in British history, why is this still an issue? The Government still has its target of reaching 25% of women on FSTE100 boards by 2015 and are creating legislation around child care and cash support for start-up businesses to benefit women now and in the future. But as Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller, is perfectly justified in saying: "The workplace was designed by men for men. Women do not need special treatment; they just need a modernised workplace that gives them a level playing field." All that’s left to say is, men are you ready to play game?

If you've made it this far.... gold star to you!
Rhiannon xx
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Friday, 30 May 2014

OOTD: Gingham Leggings and Peplum

OOTD Gingham Leggings and Cobalt Blue Peplum
OOTD Gingham Leggings and Cobalt Blue Peplum

Jacket: Primark
Top: New Look
Leggings and Boots: Topshop
Bag: Zara

By far my favourite outfit of the week! You might be able to tell from the images that the top is slightly textured, and one of my favourite things to do with outfits is clashing prints and textures, just adds an extra dimension to it all. Plus the cobalt blue shade is pretty cool. I managed to steer away from wearing my Converse trainers yet again, but only because it was raining. Seriously, May, what is up with you?! Bring me sunshine, Pimms and a good BBQ and I'll complain no more. 

This week has been a pretty productive week. It's nearing the end of my course, so my portfolio is due in soon-ish, which means I've just been putting it all ten pieces together with their cover sheets and getting them published for those brownie points. Now that it's out of the way, I can finally concentrate on my other subjects and this blog. I've got more ideas to fill next week, so keep your eyes peel for those. It's kind of scary coming to an end, but exciting for the next adventure, if that makes sense?!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Review: Origins GinZing Moisturizer

Review Origins GinZing Moisturizer

I'm not sure whether I've mentioned this before on my blog, but as part of my internship at Latest 7 I write the monthly Wave page on health and beauty. As part of that, I review products which have been sent to me, as well as other various bits and bobs. Of course the review is totally my own opinion and there's no way I'd just be using this blog or the Wave page just to endorse a company and their product. I'm all about being honest, and as this blog is an extension of me, honesty is just part of that. I was unsure of putting this on my blog, but felt that this product was too good to not mention!

Here's the link to the review I did on Latest. But I thought I'd add a bit more on here too! I love using this product so much, after hearing so much hype about it I was super excited to try it out. A lot goes a long way with this beauty and I have noticed a difference in my skin, but whether this also be because I've been eating better and exercising is up for debate. I was a little disappointed that it didn't come with added SPF, but I like the fact that it's quite a natural product. I can see this pot lasting me for quite a long time and I'll most likely be repurchasing it again.

Have you tried out any Origins products before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx
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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Review: The Great Gastby

I did this book review a little while back for my portfolio and decided to share it on here with you guys! I loved writing it and my tutor gave me quite a high mark for it, so I'm pretty proud of it :) Enjoy and let me know what you think of it!

The Great Gatsby Book Review

1920s style dresses, lavish parties and jazz music floating through the heavily perfumed air all embody The Great Gatsby age. F Scott Fitzgerald illuminates the scene with intricate meanings and symbols of the declining but dazzling era.

Moving to New York in the ‘roaring twenties’, Nick Carraway’s future is bright. With his cousin, Daisy, entering his life in a graceful manner and his mysterious, yet charming neighbour, Jay Gatsby, throwing extravagant parties; Nick is soon in too deep. A ménage a trios and death then begin to unravel Gatsby’s perfect plans.     

Although Fitzgerald’s theme of hope is portrayed through Gatsby’s unwavering love for Daisy, the chilling conclusion highlights the prejudice in romance. Written and narrated from Carraway’s perspective, his first impression of the illusionist Gatsby is “having one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance” giving the reader an insight into the elusive party host.

One thing that sets this book apart from others is the elaborate detail and metaphorical symbolism Fitzgerald uses to weave together a message of hardship in the era. Contrasting the railway slums to West Egg’s beautiful mansions set across the river, represents the divide between the wealthy and the working class. An issue even to this day. The green light presents Gatsby’s goal, shining prominent and constant, yet still at an unreachable distance across the river. Another obvious motif Fitzgerald continuously returns to is the watching eyes of Doctor E J Eckleburg, a forgotten advertisement, epitomising the forgotten characters and their dreams. Arguably the most important symbol from the novel, the author places the advertising billboard over the valley of ashes. Thus representing God staring down and judging the sinful American society.

The exaggerated and contrasting personalities of the protagonists make The Great Gatsby an unrealistic escapism for readers. Daisy’s shallow and sardonic actions portray her as an undesirable character, but Gatsby’s determination and obvious hope for her love enhances her beauty. Fitzgerald purposefully delays the introduction of Gatsby, in order to build up his theatrical persona and aloof traits. The lead character also presents an astonishing talent for turning his dreams into reality and the reassurance of them, even if they do fall short of his expectations in the end. The quiet Carraway is described as the open minded and naïve friend that Gatsby can easily manipulate, even if his weakness is somewhat irritating at times. Despite this, Carraway is the ideal character to narrate as his observations and descriptions are sometimes alike to a child’s, creating an overstated atmosphere.

The iconic final quote “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” depicts the many feelings of hopelessness among Americans in the 1920s. As well as the inability to move forward in life, which Gatsby portrays in his untiring love for Daisy, she in turn cowardly refuses to continue her old love affair with him. Perhaps more importantly, Carraway’s last words emphasize the overarching metaphor for Gatsby’s struggles and the disappointment of the American Dream.

Fitzgerald’s fascinating yet poignant story of Gatsby immerses the reader into all the beauty and woes of the 1920s. Although, Gatsby’s end is not as extravagant as his gatherings, the lavish parties and jazz music still lives on.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Review: Benefit Big Easy BB Cream

Benefit Big Easy BB Cream Review in Light 02

Benefit  Big Easy BB Cream Review in Light 02
Light 02 swatch not blended on my pasty arm!

By now, it seems that every blogger and their dog has tried out this BB Cream, so I thought I'd throw my own review into the mix! Benefit is an amazing brand which I've come back to many times, especially for their BADgal Lash and High Beam highlighter. Their prices are more than most high street brands and less than all the high end types, but I'd say that you're getting just as good quality as the more expensive products. 

BB creams are my go-to for foundation, as they provide a light coverage with added SPF whilst still concealing any blemishes or imperfections. My dry-combination skin was slightly weary of trying this out due to its Liquid to Powder finish, but I usually prefer a matte base over a dewy finish anyway. In short, it does what it says on the tin (box?!) "Multi-balancing" "help balance moisture and control oil" "lightweight and velvety finish" - it does it all. As you can see from the above swatch I use Light 02, which is slightly too dark in the winter but perfect for now and the summer, but their six shades are quite versatile for any skin tones. 

My lady at the counter did a few swatches for me and this one came out best, but she did warn me to apply a good bit of moisturiser beforehand so that it doesn't stick to any dry patches. And that's probably it's only downfall. I never apply too much anyway, but I did find that if I don't moisturise well then it attaches to all my dry areas. So I make sure I apply my Korres or Origins moisturiser well! The other possible negative is the smell. Because it's got SPF 35 it has got a suncream smell to it, which doesn't bother me at all, but I can see some people not liking it. Either way, if it's protecting my skin from sun rays then I'm happy!

I know this product will last me a long time, and unless another amazing BB cream makes it's way into my make-up, then I can definitely see myself purchasing this again!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon xxx

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Instagram Update: Models Own Speckled Egg, Food and an OOTD

Another crazy week done and dusted with! I was staying over at my sisters at the beginning of the week, then back at my house, which was quiet as my parents were away for their 21st wedding anniversary! I have to admit, there were quite a few food pictures on my Instagram this week, so I had to restrain myself a bit! But here goes:

I got sent a Models Own Speckled Egg nail polish through work last week and I'm in love with it! There will be a proper review up soon, but man, are they pretty. It's a pain to get off, but I didn't use a base coat, so it might just be my own fault! And they're pretty long-lasting too, which is a bonus for me.

See what I mean about food? And this was only Tuesday.... The pancakes were a treat at my sisters, it was either them or toast, so they were the obvious choice! I think only my friend Kamila will understand the happiness I went through when the Cool Lime Refreshers came back to Starbucks. Seriously. Get. One. Now.

A little throwback to when I was a baby with my hilarious Grandad! I miss him terribly and he has pride of place on my bedroom wall! I think this is where I got my pulling-stupid-faces habit from.... Also, check out those jelly shoes - a total 90s kid!

My trying-to-be-cool-blogger-montage! The fitness freak in me dragged me out for a few runs last week, so I might do a little post on that at some point this week. I mainly go for runs because I like exploring the fields around me and it keeps me awake! haha

An OOTD from the Michael Malarkey gig last week included my new cardigan! I'm still in love with my gingham leggings, so they were a definite investment buy and I just threw on my Converse as we did A LOT of walking throughout London! My Minty Fresh post was also a favourite of mine this week!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Lilac Cardigan and An Update

Jacket: Primark
Cardigan and Top: New Look
Leggings: Topshop
Shoes: Converse
Bag: H&M

Dressing for the British weather is becoming nigh on impossible at the moment. This outfit was from this time last weekend when I went to see Michael Malarkey and it was ridiculously hot. So such a contrast a week on! I didn't want to wear a skirt or dress, so leggings seemed the most comfortable option! They're actually really thick, almost like jeans, which makes me feel a bit more relaxed wearing them with a plain t-shirt. I added a new cropped lilac cardigan, that'll be perfect for summer evenings.

A little update since I last posted on Tuesday: I've got another exam out of the way, which I think went pretty well, so fingers crossed for that! All that's left is shorthand, law and the rest of my portfolio, which with more spare time now, shouldn't (hopefully) be too difficult to get done. Then the next step is to get a job, easier than it sounds....!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Minty Fresh

Jacket and Jumper: Primark
Shorts: Miss Selfridge
Shoes: Converse
Bag: M&S

Don't worry, I haven't strayed too far away from tights. Some people think it's weird to wear 'clear' tights, but there's no way I'm getting my legs out in all their pale-white-girl glory! I've been waiting for ages to wear these shorts and yesterday finally presented itself as socially acceptable to wear shorts, even if it's paired with a jumper and trainers. I'm definitely not brave enough to be wearing crop tops and maxi skirts with flip flops yet (Brighton girls, I'm looking at you!) The only issue with these shorts is the very thin material, after I tried wearing my Breton top tucked in, you could see everything! But Primark jumper to the rescue....

Last night I stayed at my sister's because her boyfriend is in Wales for work for a bit, so she doesn't like staying in the house alone! We end up watching tons of rubbish on TV, one of which was the Lindsay Lohan documentary thing she's done with Oprah. My opinion hasn't changed of her since, still a crazy wild child really. Tonight I think the 1D movie and Made In Chelsea are on the cards, we do have the best taste in entertainment!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Gig: Michael Malarkey

Michael Malarkey at the Slaughter Lamb Pub/ Me and Kamila/ And no trip to London would be complete without Five Guys burgers!

Sometimes I think it's the smaller and more intimate gigs that are just as good as the mainstream events. What I liked about this particular gig was the fact that Michael actually came into the crowd to watch the support acts before performing himself. Even before that he just strolled up to the pub and chatted with his friends before talking to everyone who had come to see him play.

Besides only listening to his music a week before online, his live sets are actually really good. The support acts were also surprisingly great too, especially Samuel Taylor and Nikki Dodds, so to say we got great value for money was another thing. I'd describe Micheal's songs as more folky, kinda country style, which is always quite refreshing to hear in amongst all the heavy rock, dance and rap that seems to be floating about at the moment. 

Overall it was an amazing gig and I'm so glad that I went along - Thanks Kamila! If you ever get the chance to see Michael then I'd definitely recommend him, as well as giving a gorgeous musical performance, he adds a touch of personality to it, which is always a bonus.

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Spring, London and Addictive Reading...

With the world and everything going so quickly nowadays, sometimes it's healthy and refreshing to have a look back on things. I've started enjoying these weekly reflections, just shows how much the weeks fly by now!

This wasn't actually until mid-week when me and my college friend, Lu, popped out to Lush in our break. It was probably the first 'proper' day of sun, so we took advantage of that and walked back through the Brighton Pavilion gardens. And we couldn't resist the photo opportunity!

Another OOTD went up last week, with my staple black skinny jeans and spotty shirt! I know I'll be wearing these in years to come, in different variations and so forth. I think once you've found your 'style' then it's hard to get out of it, but fun to experiment with added accessories etc!

My mother is the only person to blame for this. It's been on my 'must-read' list for quite a while but I haven't actually been able to land my hands on it until now. Since I got it last Wednesday I've been glued to it in my spare time and so far am about half way through! I won't mention any more about it because I'll be putting a review up once I've finished it, but it's a definite modern classic (if that makes sense!)

Oooh, a little montage! Last night me and my friend, Kamila, caught the train up to London to watch Michael Malarkey play. I wouldn't be too shocked if you hadn't heard of him before, truth be told, I hadn't either! He's best known for starring in The Vampire Diaries, but does his beautiful music on the side. I'll be doing another post on that too, so you'll have to wait and see! Of course, no trip up to London would be without a Five Guys burger. I. Cannot. Explain. Just. How. Good. They. Are. Just take my word!

So that's another week done and dusted with! Hope you enjoyed this post and have a lovely week and thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Friday, 16 May 2014

What's On My Face

A.K.A what-I-just-shove-on-my-face-in-the-mornings!
I'm not at all the beauty blogger type, but do love trying out new products and techniques every now and then. Although my collection has grown since starting this blog (ah, the 'blogger hype' hits again!) I'm pretty minimalist when it comes to using them, only adding a few bits here and there if I'm going somewhere nice or if I'm just feeling fancy.

Starting with my 'base' I hate wearing foundations that are too heavy, so I'll mostly stick to BB creams or very light foundations. So far so good with this BB cream, it's great at covering what needs covering, whilst the SPF still protects my skin (a massive bonus points for me!) I'll use a Real Techniques brush to put this on, then my MAC concealer, which is the best, and blend that with my fingers. Finally dusting a my powder lightly across my face, as I prefer a matte skin to a dewy type.

i-glow in Ice Pop, Jemma Kidd Make Up School Highlighter in Rose Gold (Discontinued!), Rimmel London Bronzer in Light Matte

These products aren't the exact ones I use every single day, sometimes I'll skip them all together if I'm feeling lazy or swap them for another product. The blush is a beautiful light pink with a slight shimmer, but not too glittery! I adore using cream highlighters, they're so much easier to work with and it means I can target the parts I really want to highlight. This bronzer isn't my favourite one, but I'm yet to find one that is! It's a matte light shade which I use to contour, so I guess it does the job really!

Being fair and ginger means my eyebrows are totally non-existent and after a particularly horrible passport photo incident, I always fill them in! Sometimes I use powder but most days it's this pencil as it's the closet shade I can find. The mascara came with my Glamour magazine one month and I LOVE it! It's the perfect for that subtle look minus spider-like lashes and I'll definitely be repurchasing. I'll then use my eyeliner to go along my top lash line, either adding a flick if I'm feeling brave! And finally I'll add a quick sweep of my favourite lip product, this colour is like-my-lips-but-better and it smells like mint. Job done.

Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A Classic

Jacket: Primark
Jumper: H&M
Shirt and Shoes: New Look
Jeans: M&S
Earrings: Accessorize

Shirt? Tick, Black Skinny Jeans? Tick, Denim Jacket? Tick, Big Earrings? Tick. Definitely a classic 'Rhiannon' outfit! Never will you get me out of a shirt or a pair of over sized earrings. It's still warm enough to wear a jumper and I just know that I'll be getting a lot of wear out of this one! Similar to my white Primark jumper that I hark on about too much, but slightly baggier, so it'll be great to layer over leggings or shorts in the summer.

 I've got a give a special mention for these cute Elephant earrings from Accessorize, they were just calling out to me! And the fact that they had student discount on, which meant that these were a mere £4.50?! Now you can't really argue with that! I've been eyeing up the necklace for a while now, but chose the earrings instead because they're much more versatile and my current pair needs updating anyway.

You're all probably fed up of me talking about my journalism course and how busy it is, but this week hasn't really been any different! There's only a few exams left, two next week and the last one in June. I've been putting together my portfolio, which is a lot harder than you think, and just preparing for all the exams, whilst looking for a job/working out what the heck I'm going to do with my life! 

To cut a long story short, I'll be posting three or four times a week on here, just because I don't have a ton of time anymore and I'd rather focus on quality rather than quantity, let's face it, too much of me is probably not a good thing....!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Monday, 12 May 2014

Review: Austen's Women

As briefly mentioned in Saturday's OOTD, I went along to my local theatre to see Austen's Women. Based on recreating 13 of Jane Austen's most famous women from her novels, Dyad productions cleverly brought the old into the new. 

The actress, Rebecca Vaughan, kept you captivated throughout the 70 minute production, of which she played all the characters with no break and only pausing to take a sip of water. The intelligent use of dimming the lighting to signal a change from character to narrator and subtle clothing changes enabled you to understand which character was next and so forth. As well as the obvious and well-crafted talent of transforming her body language, facial expressions and voice to each and every character to differentiate between them. 

And you needn't worry if your Austen novel collection isn't up to scratch, as before each character change Rebecca would give a summary of what has happened before and what the character's personality is like. Director Guy Masterson deserves a mention too, as his vision created this outstanding performance that I would urge everyone to go see!

I think that perhaps the message behind the production is the unchanging portrayal of women from 200 years ago to today, which, after seeing the play, is true in some ways. Overall I am so glad I went to see this play, it not only wanted me to read more of Austen's works but also find out more about the history behind each book, but I guess that's just the nerd in me talking....

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 11 May 2014

OOTD, Cupcakes and Cards

This week has totally messed up my schedule, what with it being a bank holiday last Monday and being in Brighton all week! But Monday's always signal a fresh start to me, so I'm excited to get back into my routine!
These are the King of all cupcakes. Tucked away in the Lanes in Brighton, I've passed it a few times before I finally got one a few months ago and now I'm hooked! They are about £1.95 each, but are great value for money and you're supporting a local business, which I always prefer. If you're ever in Brighton, try out one of their cupcakes, they're got so many different types and they do cupcake making classes too!

My sister got these for me and my mum when she got back from Egpyt the other day and they're so beautiful! Even though their name isn't exactly that appealing, they've got  a really strong floral smell (duh) but it'll literally fill the room. And purple is one of my favourite colours at the moment! 

When Card Factory or Clintons just doesn't cut it! I had never heard of Scribbler before I started going to Brighton, but I'll definitely be buying all my cards there now! They offer alternative cards to the usual flowers and birthday cakes, like funny sayings or handmade-like sketched cards. Plus the gift bags and presents are just the best too!

I actually featured two OOTD on my blog this week! My extremely comfy Paisley Slippers made a return at the beginning of the week and I'll be trying to make more of an effort to get them out this spring/summer. Then my Green With Envy post with an unintentional colour co-ordination! I'll be back on form with my outfits this week, hopefully getting the chance to wear my mint leather skirt from Primark...

And last but by no means least.... I came across this video from Jess at Gingerlypale and various friends on Facebook and thought I should share it with you! Sometimes I think it's important to take a step back from it all and just relax without having a device in your hand 24/7.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Green with Envy

Jacket: Zara
Jumper and Belt: Primark
Skirt: American Apparel
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: M&S

Awkward hand-on-hip and head tilt done! It's a strangely natural pose when taking OOTD photos! I wore this last Thursday when the wet weather decided to rear its ugly head again, but I got to wear my cute Topshop ankle boots again, so all good, no? This jumper is seriously so versatile for all seasons, probably a bit too heavy for super hot days or in the depths of  winter, but its the perfect inbetweener. I did realise I was going 'double green' once I had put my jacket on, but I kinda think it looks alright as they're different shades and any other jacket just didn't look right!

After working all day, slightly tired from the long night before, I'm off to the theatre with my mum to see a production called Jane Austen's Women. It's where one actress plays all of Austen's leading female characters from Lizzy Bennet to Miss Bates. I'm not entirely sure how it's going to work, but so far it's had some great reviews so I'm really looking forward to it! Definitely shows you've grown up if you choose the theatre over a Saturday night...

What's your plans for the weekend?
Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Bad Beauty Habits

Oooh, a picture of where I do my make-up, all over crammed with products as usual! It's safe to say I'm far from an expert in beauty, but I do dabble in trying out new products and getting sucked into the hype. After seeing a couple of 'Beauty Things I Suck At' posts or variations of them, I thought I'd throw my own into the mix with a subtle difference. Most of these are bad beauty habits that I suck at and can't stop doing them!

1.  Keeping products way past their 'best before' date. 
I don't think I'm the only culprit of this beauty crime, at least I hope I'm not alone! Partly because I'm constantly buying new products and use so little of them, I'm always (and still) using products that I bought a few years ago. Whether this be make-up or skin care there's products that should have been thrown out a while ago! Of course, if they change in colour or smell or upset my skin they go straight into the bin.

2. Using make-up wipes
Yup, I'm lazy. If there's a quick way around it, I'll be taking the shortcut! I use wipes mostly for taking my make-up off then a micellar solution to remove my eye make-up, so I guess it's not too bad! Then I'll double cleanse, so if anything I'm cleaning my face too much! My favourites are Simple and the Boots own Cucumber scent, they're both so fresh and are great for sensitive skin too.

3. Buying into the hype/offers  
I'm pretty sure that there's not one beauty blogger, or any blogger in that case, who haven't bought a product that was recommended by another blogger. A majority of the products I've bought have met my expectations, so I'm not too fussed about buying into the hype. On the other hand, I'm a definite sucker for a Boots and Superdrug 3-for-2 offer or any sort of discount which means I'm 'saving' money. Although I do get some lovely products and it boosts my Boots points, every silver lining and all!

4. Ignoring what my skin actually needs
Since starting my blog and discovering various beauty blogs, I've become better equipped to meet my skins needs. Whether that be finding new brands that are tailored to my combination/dry skin or reading top tips that have made a significant difference to my skin. One moment that stands out as my biggest beauty error was when I thought 'Cleansing Lotion' was the same as moisturiser and wouldn't wash it off like you're suppose to! Then wondered why my skin was in such bad condition! 

5. Neglecting my feet in winter
My hooves, a.k.a feet, never see the light of day during those cold months. They get the occasional home treatment, but besides that they get a little bit left behind! Needless to say the summer months are my biggest pain, having to put nail polish on them and sort them out to be socially acceptable for public viewing! 

So that's all my really bad beauty habits (looking back they make me seem really terrible), what's your worst beauty habit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Paisley Slippers with a touch of Purple

Jacket: ASOS
Dress: New Look
Cardigan: H&M
Bag: Zara
Shoes Next
Necklace: Accessorize

In an attempt to get out of wearing my Converse constantly, I brought out my Next slippers. They were in the sale a few years ago and it was practically love at first sight (as it is with most, okay, all of my clothes!) The small patent heel does make that loud clip-clop sound, but that just makes me feel all business woman like, which, of course, I'm far from. They're uber soft, especially with the sole cushion, sometimes I really can't believe I got these in the Next sale of all places! I wanted to incorporate the purple tones in the rest of my outfit so my cobalt blue/purple cardigan suited the bill perfectly, alongside the ever wonderful coatagain.

At this time of year I'm always stuck in between Winter and Spring/Summer, although you can't really call May a Winter month! I will justify this unseasonal outfit though! It was raining and dark when I left this morning, then bright blue skies and roll-the-window-down weather on the way home. Confused isn't half of what I felt! I've heard rumours of a heat wave on the way, so the playsuits and shorts might be coming out soon, but knowing Britian they'll just stay as rumours!

Have you been stuck in between seasons recently? What's your go-to piece at the moment?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Portfolio, OOTD and Books

May.... seriously, it's May already! I know everyone says it, but this year is already going too quickly for me and I'm barely keeping up with it all! With another busy week been and gone, I've got a little round up of my Instagram moments:

I finally organised my bookcase, I wish I had taken a before shot because it was so messy! The main reason for sorting it all out was because I had another charity coffee morning with my family and we had a book sale too. The three piles on the bottom shelf are ones to read, so I better get started....

My skin is always a bit up and down, the main problems are spots and general dullness. I was browsing the Una Brennan section of Boots and liked the sound of this mask. So far I've used it twice and, oh my, it's made a massive difference to my skin! It could be a combination of things (change of moisturiser, eating healthier and drinking more water) but it's definitely helped my skin along the way!

My sister didn't want this Yankee Candle car air fresher, so I popped it into my car to try out. At first it was almost too sickly sweet and on a hot day, my car smelt like a bakery (good or bad, you make up your own mind!) It's toned down a lot and I actually like the smell, but my favourite Yankee Candle scent has to be Clean Cotton, it's so fresh!

I did another OOTD on my blog this week with this dress again! You're probably sick of it now, but I'm not just yet! There's still so many ways I've got in mind to style it, with a sweatshirt over the top, tucked into a skirt, with a denim jacket. The list is pretty much endless!

With May comes June, which means the end of my college course! But before that is all the portfolio deadlines and exams. I'm trying to block off sections of my day dedicated to my college work, but my lack of motivation and general scared feelings of having to find a job/something to do after June makes me ignore it all, which I probably shouldn't. Even so, part of me is excited for the future too, no matter how scary!

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your week!
Rhiannon xx

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