Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Looking for volunteers!

My event post was included in the 4WD Foundation blog! Check it out here:

5 Lovely Things

So I've seen a few bloggers post their daily '5 Lovely Things' of what has happened to them during the day. I thought I would give it a go!

Tuesday Summary:

1) Met up with my old friend Francesca who lives down the road from me. We took her lovely pointer Poppy out for a walk and had a catch up in the park. To be honest there was more running involved than actually talking as Poppy is rather boisterous when going on walks!

2) Managed to do some more reading for Uni. I'm currently reading Michel Foucault's Punish and Disipline. Wow! My brain hurts from reading it. He is just an incredibly detailed writer, and its taking me a while to get through. I I fell asleep at one point too... had a lovely nap! :P

3) Cooked an AMAZING lunch! Lamb shanks and rice, with a ceaser salad! I'm getting good at this cooking stuff!

4) Applied to some awesome internships! Fingers, toes, arms and legs crossed for me please! I really need it!

5) Currently talking to my boyfriend whose now living back in London. Making plans to meet up in London and go museum searching! 5 minute rule... should be fun and interesting! I'm looking forward to it!

So that concludes my 5 Lovely Things for today, hopefully I can keep this up daily!


Monday, 30 July 2012

Whats in my make-up bag?

While I don't wear make up everyday, and feel comfortable to go out wearing no make-up I do have a lot of great buys in my make-up bag. I'm into my make-up and products that are easy and simple to use. I'm constantly having a browse in my friends make-up bags and I love finding new and amazing products. So I thought I would do a "What's in my make-up bag post. I update it regularly, but sometimes I find some really great make-up that I haven't used in a while! So this is also a great time to sort through all the products and have a bit of a make-up spring cleaning.
Lets start off with the essentials.
These are the products that I cannot live without and use day to day, as they are base of my make-up routine.
For my face I use:
Collection 2000 Natural Matte and Minerals Foundation in Natural Beige. I have looked everywhere for a colour to match my skin tone, and this is it! I use Collection 2000 Sun-kissed Bronzer. I used to have the bronzer balls, which I prefer as you can get different tones, but I lost that somewhere. My favourite product is the Benefit highlighter tint. Its amazing and I use it all the time.
For eyes I use:
17 Waterproof Mascara, 17 Black Liquid Eyeliner, 17 Black and Brown Eyeliner. I also use a Avon's Blue Eyeshadow, as I love that colour.
For lips I use: Rimmel Lipstick in Pink Blush and a dark purple. I also have a lipstick called Vixen, which is deep and dark red, which I bought from a boutique in Putney for halloween but I use for when I want to go for a shocking red lipstick. I also use my trusty Vaseline in pink tint for when I have dry lips and they need some care.

I recommend all these products, as they are the essential in my day to day beauty regime, and they are the ones I try to repurchase after I have used them. I would love to hear what products that you love and some of you must have products, so send me a comment and get in touch!

Charity Buys

As a student living in London, it is especially hard to find fabulous buys at such low prices. However, if you  search in the right places, such as Charity shops, thrift shops, vintage markets, and old furniture shops you will be pleasantly surprised at what you can find!
Here are a few of the great purchases that I made searching in local charity shops:

Wall decoration/ fridge magnet: Furniture shop in Crews Hill

£5 Purple lace H&M dress: Charity shop in East Sheen

£5.99 Oversized Monsoon Jacket: Charity shop in East Sheen
Also bought the Stieg Larsson trilogy for £1.50!

£4 Floral  Gift-set box includes: Candle, Photo Frame and Stationary set: Craft shop in North London
£3 LOVE decoration: Vintage shop in Barnstaple, Devon


£3 Japanese Fine Comb: Charity shop in North London

£1 for each ring: Camden market

Have any cheeky charity shop buys? I would love to hear from you :)

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Mama's Tiramisu

This simple Italian desert is delicious and benefits from being made the day before, to allow for all the flavours to develop and mingle. Be careful on how much brandy you use, as we sometimes have the habit of putting in a little too much! Seriously, you could get drunk on this stuff!

  • 3 packets of Savoyarde fingers
  • 4 tablespoons of instant coffee
  • 6 tablespoons brandy
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pint hot water
  • 1 tub of Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 pints of double cream
  • 1 large carton of Ambrosia custard
  • Cocoa and Flake chocolate for decoration

Mix the coffee with the hot water and add brandy and sugar. Leave to cool.

Mix all the cream ingrediants together (Mascarpone cheese, double cream and custard) in a mixer until thick.

Dip a third of Savoyarde fingers in coffee and layer at the bottom of a large dish.
Cover with a third of the cream mixture.
Dip another third of Savoyarde fingers in coffee again and make another layer.
Cover with another layer of the cream mixture.
Dip the remaining Savoyarde fingers in coffee and make the final layer.
Finally, cover with the remainder of the cream mixture.

Sprinkle with sifted cocoa and break the chocolate Flake into pieces and sprinkle over the top.

Refrigerate overnight or for a few hours to set.

Do not soak the Savoyarde fingers too much as they will become soggy.
An alternative is to replace 1/2 of the coffee dip with Baileys.

Good luck, and enjoy! It is absolutely delicious!!
Let me know if you try this recipe and how you get on!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Anne Hathaway and Weight Loss

Soo... if you read my recent post on my girl crush on Anne Hathaway you will know how obsessed I am about her. Well here comes another post!
In a recent tabloid report Anne Hathaway is accused of losing a shocking amount of weight through a fad diet of radish and hummus. This false report was taken out of context in an interview with Allure Magazine. What they fail to mention is that she lost weight for her role in Les Miserables, which in my opinion shows a dedication to her work! Many actors and actresses undergo drastic changes in their lifestyle for the sake of their careers. It is part of the job description. Anne denies these reports, hitting back stating that they are 'dangerous' and she is absolutely right!

The media has an incredible influence on weight loss. Perfect trim and toned bodies are constantly thrust in our direction in Television, Magazines, Hollywood and those ridiculous weight loss products on TV adverts. I have never tried them nor do I want to but my friends have and lets just say the side effects from taking the  products are horrible! Oh, and you do NOT end up losing weight.
Anyway, the media are simply portraying unrealistic bodies, and it is their job. They get payed to do it! Yes, I admit I have been guilty of wanting to look like celebrities such as Beyonce and Kim Kardashian who are both curvy girls but with flat stomachs! They are splashed onto the front covers of magazines and they look flawless. However, this is called airbrushing. These women do not look like that in real life. While the media reveals strong, confident and thin women onto their covers, they are damaging the lives of women (and men) who strive to achieve perfection. There is no such thing in my view.

I believe that your imperfections make you who you are. Don't hate yourself because that look that your trying to be like does not exist.
I stopped reading magazines around a year ago, about the same time I started on my weight loss journey by eating right and exercising! I have lost 24 pounds so far! Not reading magazines did wonders for my self esteem. Why do we have to compare ourselves to others and their bodies? My body is my own and nobody elses. I'm waffling on so all I have to say is that you should not believe the hype. You can try all the diets in the world just because your favourite singer or actress may (or may not) be doing it, but you risk being fed false information from the media which could result in you harming yourself. Word of advice: If you don't lose weight for yourself and learn to love your body then you will never be happy, big or small.
End of rant. Phew!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Black Rose

Going to my Uncle's funeral tomorrow. May you rest in piece Uncle. Will always remember you and miss you every day that you are gone. X


Instagram me: @Evie_chrys

My girl crush...

I present to you, Anne Hathaway...

My favourite actress by far! I think she's so talented and beautiful. I fell in love with her in My Princess Diaries and have followed her work ever since. My all time favourite movie of hers is One Day. After reading the book, I watched the film at the cinema and cried the whole way through! Bless her- she did her best with the accent! I'm looking forward to seeing her in The Dark Knight Rises! She has an incredible singing voice too. The trailer for Les Miserables was magnificent! Oh and not forgetting her sensational slender body. Those legs go on for miles! I love her hair, and her pixie cut and I'm so jealous she can pull off both looks! Anna Hathaway, I love you!

Photos: http://annehathawayfan.com/

Jumper Dress Combo

Black and white checkered dress: H&M
Black 3/4 sleeved jumper: H&M
Ring: Camden Market
Bracelets: New Look
Necklace: Present

To get this versatile look I added layers to the dress by adding a jumper.
You can also draw in the waist with a belt, but I felt it wasn't needed as the dress puffs out from the waist already. Both the dress and jumper are from H&M. Cheap and cheerful! I was given the owl necklace as a Christmas present and fell in love with it straight away! I'm a real sucker for rings! I have millions. But this claw ring from Camden is my favourite at the moment. I'm pretty pleased with this outfit, as I hadn't been able to wear the dress for two years...now it fits and I'm so happy with it. It even has pockets! POCKETS! So handy!  

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Aurora Theater Shooting

As a film fanatic and a lover of the big screen, the Aurora Theater Shooting left me feeling shocked and saddened. For me, the cinema is a special place. Its a place for escape, to immerse yourself into another world, where its just you, the crowd and the screen. The cinema is one place where a whole group of people, friends, family, strangers alike can get together as one and experience something magical. In the case of The Dark Knight, when I went to a showing, the crowd cheered, laughed and cried together. It is horrifying knowing that many people in the Aurora theater going to watch the third film had a very different and chilling experience. They were fighting for their lives.

Its heartbreaking this could have happened. 12 people were killed in the attack, and around 50 were injured when a gunman broke into the theater, and opened fired. The gunman was arrested outside the cinema and was later identified as James Holmes. Could this violent and brutal attack on innocent moviegoers have been prevented? It is reported that Holmes had with him 3 legally purchased guns, while a second gun was also found inside the cinema. How could this happen? Should there have been stricter gun control laws?  There ought to be a way to make it harder for people to get there hands on such destructive weapons, perhaps through a more detailed background search. It can be argued that nobody could have prevented this brutal tragedy from happening. New York theaters now plan on having gun searches on entering the cinema. Most cinemas provide bag searches, and I feel that perhaps in order to make people feel safer, gun searches should also be carried out.
Living in North London, I have heard of many people carrying knives around for their own personal safety. I never understood the argument people give for carrying around guns, knives and other weapons. They say that they have no intention of using them. But what other use is there for a gun or a knife? It makes me feel that I need to be more cautious when out. In responding to lets say somebody in need of help on the street I should be wary of the risks involved: Does this person need my help? Is there a chance that this is not genuine and in fact a set up to attack me? Does this person carry a gun? Is this person bleeding and could I be exposed to infection? There is no way of knowing and common sense is needed.

In America, it is easily accessible to get a gun. This needs to change. This type of violence happens more and more, yet we are doing nothing to stop it. The fact that guns are so easy to get hold of is inexcusable and it could prevent many tragedies like The Aurora Shooting and The Columbine High School massacre from happening in the first place. Why should innocent people suffer, when a ban on guns could be enforced making tragedies like these less occurring?  Many other people are intent on blaming the nature of The Dark Night Rises movie. This cannot happen. The film is not at fault. Fans of the film fight back responding with the well known Batman quote: "No guns. No killing."
Nobody made Holmes commit such a violating attack on innocent people in a dark and crowed cinema. "Guns do not kill people. People kill people." It all comes down to a number of factors: the lax American gun laws, how easy it is to purchase a gun and the exploitation of the freedom of individuals and their personal liberty.  For the victims of the Aurora shooting and their families, there is NO excuse. At this time they need our support, prayers and thoughts. 

Christopher Nolan, the director of the Batman film, responded to the tragedy, stating that: 'Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.' He continues, 'The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.'

My thoughts go out to the victims, their families and to those affected by the Aurora Theater Shooting. Its a sad time and shows just how fragile life really is. Many of those killed were simply enjoying a night out at the cinema, even tweeting and social networking just like any of us would do. I find this so sad. I feel that despite this senseless attack and the horror it has caused, people need to see this film. People need to go out and to not be afraid, as a tribute to those who have lost their lives.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Make Beauty Simple.

If like me you’re a busy bee partying, having late nights over the summer or working at the office and do not have time for a full daily beauty regime, leaving your skin thirsty, then Simple is exactly what you need! I was recommended to try Simple by a friend and since then I have loved each and every product I can get my hands on!
Staying true to its name Simple has the perfect products for sensitive skin. It is the UK’s #1 facial skincare selling brand. Simple uses only the best skin loving ingredients with vitamins for healthy looking skin, has no dyes or artificial perfumes that can irritate your skin and offers cleansing and revitalizing products just for you. Simple has a whole range of products, from skincare, teenage skincare, hair care, eye care, toiletries, repair, mens care and many more. For details on more products or to see the latest offers visit Simple!
To get healthy looking, natural and gorgeous skin give Simple’s Kind To Skin Essentials range a try! 
Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash is perfect for sensitive skin. Packed full of healthy vitamins and moisturising goodness it gently cleanses your skin leaving it, cleansed, nourished and very soft! In my experience with this product, you only have to you use a little bit and it goes a long way! At only £3.59 at  Boots this wash leaves you with soothing skin after the very first wash! 
Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a very light, and non greasy moisturiser with a special blend of ingredients designed to leave the skin soft and supple. I would recommend using this moisturiser as an everyday one, or in the summer.  Simple also have a product called the Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser, which is a thicker and heavier cream for drier skin and I would use this for when my skin is very dry during the winter. Grab this bargain buy for £1.49 at Superdrug! 
Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes are a must buy! These wipes help to refresh and tone the skin. They don’t contain alcohol or oils and so will not dry the skin out or make it greasy. They even remove make- up, especially waterproof mascara which can be hard to get rid of. These wipes come in a small package, great for carrying around in your handbag! And you will be pleased to know they are suitable for people who wear contact lenses. They leave your skin feeling clean, fresh and non sticky! These are available at Tesco from £3.00!
Simple also have a Kind To Eyes range and I recommended you try Kind To Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On. The Eye Roll- On uses a great mix of ingredients containing Cucumber Extract and Pro- Vitamin B5 to help wake up tired eyes. The ball applicator is easy to apply and cools the area instantly and massages gently leaving your eyes revitalized. A helpful tip- Put this product in the fridge before you apply it to get that extra chilled feeling!  This product is great for getting rid of puffy eyes, which is great especially for after the weekend and leaves your eyes bright and refreshed! You can find the Eye Roll-On at Asda for only £4.94! 
The Simple Kind To Skin range is available at Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, and Asda.  
You can also save on selected Simple Skincare products available at Superdrug online at cheap prices now! Bargain!!

Photos: www.simple.co.uk 

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Powerdown- What to do offline.

Lets face it. The internet pretty much consumes are lives, from the moment we wake up, to when we finally get to sleep after hours of messaging on Twitter or Facebook. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels at a loss of what to do when Twitter or Tumblr is down and not working! The internet is something we use, day in day out. Thanks to the invention of smart phones,  we can have the internet at our disposal in just one click. To many of us our Blackberry's and Iphone's and other handsets are like a part of us, as if they were attached to our hands 24/7! Its hard to pry away our Blackberry's and Iphone's from our hands and do something productive. But what if you need some downtime? To get offline and recharge?

Heres a list of things you could do offline:

1. Stop procrastinating and actually do some work!
2. Go back to the old fashioned ways and do some active research on your part, by going to your local library for research.
3. Read books. Forget the Kindle, dust off those books sitting on your shelves and get reading!
4. Do some cleaning! Clean out your room, declutter and sort out your clothes and shoe collections that you have been putting off doing for fear that you will get lost in your wardrobe!
5. Get active! Go to the gym, go running, walk the dog, anything that will raise your heart rate and make you sweat!
6. Forget about emailing invitations and thank you notes and write them yourself. It will make you feel good and the other person will be sure to appreciate the personal touch.
7. Stop being a hermit and meet up with friends and family and enjoy yourself.
8. Get a new hobby! . Enroll in classes such as acting and singing or anything that strikes your fancy and it is a great way to meet new friends.
9. Listen to music. Bring out your old CD's and have a listen. Or find some great new music to listen to.
10. Get some shut-eye! Relax after a long day at work and recharge by getting an early night.

Student Shoutout- Myunidays.com

Calling all Students! UNiDays is a website which offers University students great discounts and promotions to many top selling online retailers such as ASOS, Boohoo and French Connection. It’s great for us students who are counting pennies and strapped for cash! They offer 10% student discount and you don’t even need an NUS card! You can also ‘Share and Earn’ by simply recommending your friends to earn some cash! Join the website for free to get shopping and start saving!

Enjoy 10% off now at Boohoo http://www.boohoo.com/and take advantage of the great perks of being a student! 

Teenage Cancer Trust Needs You!

Are you tired of lounging around at home this summer? Do you have a few hours to spare?

Teenage Cancer Trust are currently looking for some lovely UK volunteers this summer to help out in their August Collection Weekend at Homebase stores across the UK! They are holding bucket collections at Homebase stores over the Bank Holiday weekend of 25/26/27 August 2012. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in and it is all going to a worthy cause.

How to get involved?
Just give a few hours of your time on Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th or Monday 27th August and go down to your local Homebase store. Teenage Cancer Trust will supply you with all the promotional materials you will need and the collection buckets will be waiting for you at the store. All you have to do is sign up, turn up, have fun bucket collecting and then get on with your weekend! Easy!
Bring your friends and family along too, as up to three volunteers can collect at any one time and have fun seeing how much you can raise together.

Sign up.

Contact Caroline on 0207 612 0721 or email her on c.brocklehurst@teenagecancertrust.org for more information!
You will need to:
Tell them the name of your preferred Homebase store.
Tell them the date and times you want to volunteer.
Caroline will then confirm the details and you are all set!
If you haven’t already jumped at the chance to take part in this amazing opportunity, another incentive is that once you have volunteered you can sign up for a music rewards through the Orange Rockcorps Collective. Click here to join! https://projects.orangerockcorps.co.uk/thecollective

Give, Get Given!


Out with the negative and in with the POSITIVE!

"Imagination is the beginning of creation, you imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will."