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Friday, 30 September 2011

I own my name


WOOHOO hopefully you can see above that I now have my own domain!

I am officially the very proud owner of www.apocketfullofdreams.co.uk

I am grinning from ear to ear right now - is that silly?

Hope you're all having a fab time on this lovely sunny day!



p.s. I've also updated my link on Bloglovin with my new name and you can follow it here

Thursday, 29 September 2011

It's a wrap

As you will know from my previous post, I am currently in a cast (boohoo for me) and I've still got another 3 weeks left of wearing the damn thing so I thought I'd treat myself and get my nails done! 

I've mentioned before that I am very fortunate to have a friend who is now a trained hairdresser (free cut & colours for me-YEY) well her sister has trained as a beauty therapist (even better)! 

So, whilst speaking to her and asking if she'd do me a pedicure and paint my nails pretty for me, she suggested that it would be better to get them wrapped as it would last longer! In all honesty, I've heard of the concept (and received a set in one of my Glossy Boxes) but hadn't really ever looked in to it. But, as I trust her and was in the mood to treat myself I said go ahead! 

I do apologise for showing my feet and for their colour - I've mentioned before I suffer with reynaud's so if they look a little black, it's not because I'm dirty! 

I love them! As you can tell, I went for something very girly and pretty and, considering I've only had them on a day-I have had so many compliments on them! 

The application seemed very simple, but I was just watching and not actually applying so I'm not sure if I could do them myself! It took about 20mins in total to do the whole set (which included chatting/cuppa drinking in between too)! I paid £15 for them and in all honesty, I'm not sure how that compares to what you'd pay in a salon (sorry!).

The packet said they will last up to 14 days - the girl who did mine had had hers on for around 3-4 weeks and they looked liked she'd just put them on so I'm intrigued to see how long they will last! 

I am definitely going to be getting these done again! Not sure if I'd go for them on my finger nails - maybe plain ones (or non-metallic finish)! 

Have you every had nail wraps? How long did they last for you? 


Friday, 23 September 2011

30 before 30



You may, may not have noticed that I have added a page to my blog called 30 before 30.

I saw this post on Girl in a Teeny Town, which she had taken inspiration from Sofia’s list and I thought it was such a fab idea, I wanted to do it too!


I am now 25 years old, so I have 5 years to complete this list so fingers crossed it’s manageable! If I'm completely honest, the thought of turning 30 is a little bit daunting - yes, I'm only 25 now and there is nothing wrong with being 30, but time really does seem to be going very quickly and I really want to have quite a few achievements to look back on when I finally do turn that age! 

I really enjoyed writing the list - I've tried to make it realistic and not very materialistic and have already been able to cross a few things off the list which felt pretty good if I'm honest! 

I'd love to know if you've got a similar list - I seen lots of different variations like 20 before 20 etc! 



Thursday, 22 September 2011

An accident waiting to happen!

Well hello there to all you lovely new readers (I am actually waving at my computer- lets just be grateful that a) no-one else is in the house and b) you can't see me otherwise I'd just look a bit weird)!

Anyway, my reader count has shot up a little bit recently and I was just sitting here (working from home) and thought I'd just say hello and give you a little insight in to my life as it stands right now, which, if I'm honest, is a little boring so I apologise in advance!

If you've read through some of my previous posts, you would have seen that I recently came back from my holiday to Oz, which was utterly fantastic, and I think the photo's show that! Well whilst there, I was a little bit silly and managed to hurt myself. I'm a little bit (a lot really) accident prone and if something is going to happen, it will happen to me and this was no exception.

Whilst taking some lovely photo's of the Blue Mountains (which were amazing as mountains go), we decided to try and get a jumping shot - so I got on a rock, which was only about a foot off the ground, jumped and landed with all my weight on just one heel! Now, you're probably thinking ouch and yes, it did hurt but as you do, off I hobbled on the Blue Mountain hike in the hope I had just hit a nerve and it would just get better - I wasn't missing out, it's not like I'm going back any time soon. It was pretty painful trying to do the hike but I did it and carried on for the last few days of my holiday hobbling around like an old person. Once home, I headed to A&E who told me to rest as much as I could, which I tried to do but that's pretty hard to actually do-life just doesn't allow rest! Well anyway, by the Tuesday, I was back in A&E unable to walk at all and they decided a cast was the only option for complete rest!

I've never had a cast before, and quite frankly, would never like one again-how uncomfortable! I had that on for 6 days and went back this Monday for it to be removed and see how my foot was - I, as you can imagine was hoping for it to be completely fine and I could WALK out of the hospital - no. such. luck. Another case was put on - for 4 weeks this time! I have tendonitis in my achilles - which probably wouldn't warrant a cast for a normal person, but because I'm so weak (and a wimp) they're worried my achilles will rupture if I try to walk on it - and if it's a choice between a cast for 4 weeks or surgery, I know which I'm opting for!


So, as you can imagine, my life is pretty dull at the moment - I can't go anywhere without having to ask someone for a lift; it hurts a lot and I am generally fed up! I have hardly any clothes that I can wear - I live in skinny jeans, which just don't go over a cast!

Have you ever had a cast? Any tips?



p.s. Apologies for the 'I feel sorry for myself post', I promise, they're not always like this and given a few more days to get used to this, I am sure I will be back to my usually self! 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Riding Anyone?

I'm absolutely loving the trends that are out there at the moment- and in particular, riding boots!




When I saw these in the shop and asked the bf what he thought, he said it looked like I was getting ready to go riding!

I got these from Next and cost  me a bargain £35! They are priced at £45 online, but I had a £10 voucher as a new user! I love getting some kind of discount and I think £35 for a pair of boots is pretty good going!

Are you in to the riding boots trend? Next on my list is a quilted jacket - I'll be a right country bumpkin!


Sunday, 18 September 2011

Why do we pack so much?

When packing for my hols (boy, that seems like it was ages ago) I thought I was being very restricted on what I packed! After coming home and realising what I actually used, it makes me wonder, why do we pack so much?


Now, I'm sure I'm not alone on this whole over packing business! Anyway, I thought I'd do a post on what I actually used whilst on my jollies!

Day:

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer: Medium; Benefit Hoola Bronzer

The weather in Oz wasn't amazingly hot - it is coming out of their winter in to spring, but it was warm enough for my british skin! I didn't really fancy clogging my skin up, so during the day, I swiped on a bit of concealer under the eyes (I can't subject anyone to my under eye circles, that would just be mean) and a slight dusting of bronzer (due to the lack of summer we've had, I was a little pasty)!

Evening:

MUA Heaven & Earth Palette; Benefit posetint; No7 eye mousse: Vanilla; MAC Cremesheen glass: Boy Bait; 17 lipstick: Beehive; Concealer & Bronzer as above!

I didn't really go out much in the evening, just a few evenings out for dinner so kept it very natural! As you can see above, a total of 7 products is all I used!

I love the eye mousse - I use this nearly everyday as an eye primer and I find it to be excellent! I also use it as a highlight too! They do other colours which obviously wouldn't do so well as a highlight, but the vanilla is very good indeed! It's £9.00 but I bought mine with the No7 vouchers that ALWAYS seem to be around which brings it in at £4.00 - very good size for travelling!

I'm also loving this lip combo! I think I've mentioned before, I'm not the best when it comes to lipstick - no matter how hard I try, I have very dry lips and lipstick does not look good with dry lips, I'm sure we can all agree on that! I have to admit, this lipstick by 17 doesn't look too bad because the formulation is so moisturising and sheer, but I just feel the need to pop a lip-gloss over the top-probably because I've done it for so long!

Do you over-pack and find you use less than half the products? Please tell me it's not just me?


Saturday, 17 September 2011

Scrabble anyone?

Now, I'm sure we're all aware of the scrabble trend that has been around for a while - well I personally love it and have really embraced it!

When I recently saw Victoria's post about the amazing scrabble coasters she snapped up on Etsy, I was sold, however the bf isn't much of a fan of the trend :( boo to him!

Anyway, whilst in Oz and perusing the local mall, I fell in love with shop call Typo - it was definitely my kind of shop! I'm not really sure how to describe what type of shop Typo is, it had lots of different things...stationary, shopping bags, household trinkets, mugs and much much more! Unfortunately, there is no Typo in the UK - it's Oz based with a few stores in New Zealand, Singapore & Malaysia. But one item in particular caught my eye!

These lovely scrabble canvases!


These were $4.95 each or 3 for $10 (£6.50ish) - perfect for someone whose name is only 3 letters = ME!

These are currently taking pride of place on my shelf in my dressing room - nuh nuh to the bf!


Thursday, 15 September 2011

Papaw

Introducing Papaw Ointment - firstly, I'd like to say that I hate the work oitment, makes it sound so...medicinal! I don't know, I just don't like it lol! 

Anyway, whilst in Oz, I did pick up this little red tube, which seemed to be everywhere and everyone seemed to have it-so naturally, I had to try it out! 

Lucas Papaw Ointment (I keep saying paw-paw, I don't think this is how you say it though!) 




Now, as you can see from the pics, you could liken it to a vasaline type product, but, to me, it definitely feels different! Much more moisturising than vasaline! 

Every Aussie that I spoke to about this product swore by it-they used it for everything and ALWAYS carried it-even on nights out! 

When I first saw the product and read it's uses etc, I did automatically think about the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - now I have never used this product so really can't compare, but I think I shall have to investigate as this is a much cheaper option! I paid $4.99, which is roughly £4 and I've seen it online for around £5-6 here in the UK! 

Have you ever used this product? Did you like it? 


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Australia - Part 3

So part 3, and the final part!

Day 9:

So today was a day to spend just us girls together-some quality time! So, we got in the car and headed up the coast for a road trip full of beautiful scenery! The evening however was finished off with a spinning class - WHAT? I hear you all cry, but yes, my friend who lives there is a spin instructor and bribed us to take one of her classes by promising domino's - I'm not sure if it was a fair deal!






Day 10: 

Today was our final day of fun together - like yesterday, we just decided to take a drive out and have silly times together! Not sure when we will see our friend again, so we just made the most of being together!




 Koala-Laura ready for take-off!

I had an amazing holiday - it really was brilliant! Lots and lots of new memories made that will stay with me forever!

Hope you've all enjoyed seeing parts of my adventure - normal blogging will resume soon :)


Saturday, 10 September 2011

Australia - Part 2

If you've not seen part 1 by now, they go check it out here! If you have, then you'll know by now that it's very picture heavy which is why I've split it in to two parts - so here's how the rest of the holiday went!

Day 5:

Now the holiday really began-my other friend had arrived and my friend that lives in Oz (who we were staying with) had time off work to come and be a tourist and be silly, like friends are when together :)



 There is one more in our group of friends but unfortunately she couldn't make it on the holiday so we decided to get her involved and named our new little friend Koala-Laura! 


After our power boating experience - 360 spins under the harbour bridge - pretty amazing! 

The makings of an AMAZING hot chocolate in the Lindt shop!



Day 6:

Today was spent taking a bus trip up to Bondi Beach followed by a champagne cocktail at the Sydney tower in the revolving bar/dining room - amazing views of the city! 






Day 7:

Today was a road-trip down to Jarvis Bay for our whale watching experience - unfortunately, no whales to be seen (a big fail whale) but we did see some seals and dolphins (no photo's though unfortunately, I was too occupied with watching them)!




Day 8:

Today we headed on out for our Blue Mountain tour, which actually turned out to be a little bit of a disaster for me! I am rather accident prone, if someone's going to hurt themselves, it'll be me and well, why disappoint! So, whilst trying to do the typical touristy photo, jumping off a rock with the blue mountains behind, I managed to hurt my heel, making the hike through the blue mountains pretty difficult, but very much worth it! (In case you're worried, I have bruised my achilles tendon-I've been told to rest as much as I can and if it's no better by next week, then I'm off to the hospital for a cast-ridiculous, only me)!





Part 3 - and the final part you'll be happy to hear still to come...