Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Rosie's Diner - Kirkstall, Leeds

Summer holidays having officially started the number of properly watchable films at the cinema has quadrupled and as a family we have been finding ourselves more and more often at the only really accessible cinema in Leeds - the Vue Cinema in Kirkstall. It being the summer holidays going to the cinema means more than just going to the cinema; it means spending as much time out of the house as possible so whiney foster brother is less whiney. Officially, whiney foster brothers summer holidays started early as he finished school when he finished his exams so the trip to Rosie's I am reviewing is actually the second trip of the summer far.

I am obsessed with Americana food and watch 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' almost religiously. Rosie's Diner reminds me very much of things I have seen on 'triple D' ; some of the seating is in a big American school bus, all the food is slightly extreme, and you know...its an American style diner.
There are booths (along with two or three tables) for additional seating & this is all charmingly Americana, looking a little like a 50's theme restaurant.

The menu is very 'meat' based, although there are the occasional vegetarian options I'm not sure you'd pick Rosie's if your whole family were veggie - my brother spent most of the decision making process trying to decided between a full rack of ribs & an (I think) 14oz steak.
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday Post: Blogger Confessions

I was on skinnedcartree's blog & she had posted a blogger confessions post & I thought it seemed really fun. I've not really done anything like this before but I don't know......I just felt like I needed to post this. It happens sometimes & I guess that's part of why having a lifestyle blog is so good, you can post whatever you want, whenever you want. ^^
  • I sometimes forget to clean my teeth twice a day....okay, maybe I reguarly forget to clean my teeth reguarly. My brain struggles with random parts of normal routines these days.
  • I'm still struggling with telling non-bloggers about my just feels awkward & I wish I knew why
  • When I do ootd pictures I take as many as 300 pictures, then I eliminate the bad composition, the bad poses, the double chins, the bad backgrounds, the ones where the clothes look wrong & the un-salvagable exposures. I usually have about 15 pictures left & then I narrow them down to the absolute best. Or I have 3 left I have to salvage lol

Friday, 25 July 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Golden Pastels

Ugh my arms are huge & flabby :(
First off, I'd like to mention I have less than no idea where the lines on my top have come from because nothing I was wearing had lines like that.... Ehhh, it happens.

When I went to Blog Yorkshire a few Saturdays past I won this amazing lilac/lavender bag & ever since I have been OBSESSED with pastels. I just want to wear the bag with everything!
Combine that obsession with the insanely warm weather we've been having & you end up with these pictures. The only time when the light is soft enough to take good pictures & the heat is survivable is on an evening. Hence golden light pictures like I've been wanting to take ever since I started following fashion blogs. The cliché ones with lens flare & backlighting. You guys will have to let me know if I managed to get it right ^^ Is it cliché enough?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

OCC Tint - Tinted Moisturiser for Pale, Pale People

OCC Tint Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Tinted Moisturizer

I'm finally getting round to reviewing some of the goodies I bought myself at IMATS, it's only taken me what...a month? Whatever.

With all this amazing weather (the UK has been CRAZY warm, even Yorkshire has had temperatures above 20 C) I've been wanting to wear lighter & lighter bases & I'm sure I'm not the only one! My problem is that lighter bases usually come in less colours & rarely come corpse me ^^
OCC is a brand that doesn't have a problem with pale,

Friday, 18 July 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Yorkshire Lavender

Hi everyone. How nice has the weather been? I actually have a touch of natural tan. How freaky is that? I've not had a natural tan since I was 10!
Anyway, yesterday we decided to make the most of the wonderful weather & headed out to Yorkshire Lavender which is this lovely lavender farm/garden near Castle Howard. I've been wanting to take pictures there for AGES, it couldn't be a more perfect background. The tea rooms there are also awesome, stay to the end for my review of that too ^^

Monday, 14 July 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet vs. Sephora Cream Lip Stain

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Frambois vs. Sephora Cream Lipstain in Always Red

Hi guys. I am so glad to be blogging again, although I'm still recovering from the combination of a flare week & the blogging event on Saturday....

Weirdly for summer, matte lip stains in bold colours have been really in recently. I've heard so much about these two formulas it was inevitable that - beauty geek that I am - I would have both of them.
Instead of doing a usual review I thought it would be more interesting to compare these two very similar formulas
They are both creamy formulas that apply like a thick lip gloss & set to a dry - but not drying - long wearing stain. The only thing that I could really use to set them apart was wear - maybe packaging.

I was kind of interested to see what the differences were in terms of wear, I have heard some impressive claims for both of them but I really wanted evidence.
I photographed each stain on my lips, one & a half hours apart, with no reapplications & no changes in my normal routine - making this a bit of a picture heavy post.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Flare Fashion: What I've Been Wearing

Hi this is Sally's Mum so don't blame Sally if its not up to her usual standard. She is flaring badly at the moment and is struggling to get out of bed but sheer boredom drove her from her room and she took the opportunity to get some photos of the kind of clothes she wears when she is too tired to get 'properly' dressed. The sunglasses are because she is light sensitive at the moment not because she is avoiding paparazzi.
Her make up is very basic because Sally was teaching me how to put minimal make up on her for when she gets too ill to put on her own. She was very polite about my efforts but will need to be desperate before she hands over her make up to me.
Sally is doing some challenges on Instagram if you want to catch up with her there.
Sally is desperately saving any energy she can muster so she can attend a Blogger Meet-up in Leeds on Saturday, and will be there, dead or alive, even if only briefly. She is definitely getting cabin fever and is desperate to leave the house, do something fun and talk to someone other than me!

I imagine Sally will edit (completely rewrite) the post once she is feeling better, so keep an eye out for the new and improved version.

Monday, 7 July 2014

100 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway

Over the weekend I hit 100 bloglovin followers (thank you btw). As any old-timers on here will remember, when I hit 100 YouTube followers I did a giveaway. It seemed only fair to do one for my blog too.
I really do appreciate everyone who reads my blog (even if it was only once), everyone who comments (even if it was only once) & everyone who follows my blog. You are the people who are keeping me sane despite the M.E. & the isolation.

Unfortunately I can't give you all hugs & take you all shopping (however much I would like to) so I am doing this giveaway instead. It is only for bloglovin followers but it's really easy to set up an account & it's a really good tool...particularly for chronic illness suffers because it stops you from missing blog posts ^^

Okay, in this Giveaway there are a few bits I picked up for you at IMATS & a couple of pieces I can't stop using. Besame is a really vintage style makeup brand with cute products. For this giveaway I picked up one of their really vintage-y cream blusher in the new shade Apricot (I've not tried these so if you win you'll have to let me know what you think) & their lipstick in the shade Besame Red. I got one of those & it's a great bright blue red - really classic. The Sugarpill pigment is almost like a yellow, gold glitter, it's a great chunky pigments (I am so obsessed with it). The L'Oreal Volume Millions Lashes Noir Excess Mascara is kind of a classic on the blog (remember this post?) so I had to give it away - a new one, along with the matte brown Rimmel Scandaleyes Pencil I've been using LOADS.

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Seriously guys, thank you so much for following. You have no idea how much it means to me!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Watercolour Photography

I really regretted not taking photos of the outfit I wore to IMATS because (considering it was thrown together at 4 in the morning) it was super cute. Isn't that always the way, the outfits you kind of throw together are the cutest?
Anyway, I decided to re-do the outfit & get some pictures done....
* Top: M&S * Jacket, Old * Skirt: FCUK * Bag: Accessorize * Boots: Red or Dead @ Schuh *
Now this isn't an EXACT recreation because when does that ever happen?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

June Favourites 2014

I keep buying new beauty products right at the end of the month (see IMATS lol) so most of these products are things I have been using all month & loving that whole time. I guess that's as good a test as any other...
I think this is a classic summer favourites; a light base, a bronzer, an easy to apply - almost festival easy - makeup product, a body scrub & a summer perfume. All I need is a fake tanner & this would be a cliché ^^ And it wouldn't be the first cliché in the video (you'll know what I mean when you watch the video).