Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Baking: Disney Mickey Mince Pies




 Not many people close to me know that baking has become a secret passion of mine. Though I find the whole process stressful, i'm immensely proud of myself when I open the oven door, a puff of hot smoke smacking my face, and finally my nose is greeted with the sweet smell of beautifully baked goods. It is at that point you know your hard work and tireless efforts have payed of. The cherry on the cake being able to see your little sugar monster tucking in and enjoying what you've made.

Its even more special at this time of year. Christmas always makes me want to venture into unknown territory. This year I went with the simple but tasty mince pie. I took my recipe from Zoella, and it was a superb batch if I do say so myself. And I will say it was IMMENSELY hard to share afterwards. Her measurements make quite a lot of cakes, so I just halved the recipe to make it suit me. Though Zoe's star design is so rustic and deliciously gorgeous, I wanted to put my own spin on it, in an attempt to make it more interesting for little man. Mickey mouse was the obvious choice, I haven't yet come across a child who doesn't like Mickey Mouse (My life is over when that day comes).

He could not stop smiling when he saw that cartoon face crisp within the pastry, suddenly baking with a toddler became enjoyable, and for both of us! Its a true Christmas miracle!
All we used was a toast cutter given to us inside an Easter box, but thankfully Disney cutters aren't so hard to come by with the help of the internet. Here is one you could use for your mince pies. 

Do you like baking at Christmas? Try and see how imaginative you can get with it. Perhaps Thomas next year, or maybe a much bigger, riskier cake, that Elijah is sure to slop onto the floor. 

Merry Christmas everyone! Have a good one and be proud of your homemade masterpieces x


Thursday, 24 September 2015

My Hair History - From 0 to 20


I've seen a few bloggers write posts such as this one, and I always thought, well why would you want to show a bunch of strangers a load of the most embarrassing pictures you've ever taken?! It just seemed ludicrous to me. But I decided actually, its nice to look back at the past when your comfortable with life, and its also nice to reminisce with others, to be able to share memories, and laugh about them for years to come. I look ghastly in most of my photos, and everyone...feel free to laugh at me and my troublesome teen years, when I seemed to think wearing 3D Cinema glasses with no lenses was cool, and picking daisy's and then posing with them was also on the same level of cool (oh dear). This is my hair history from age 0 up until the age of 20 (my age now), roughly in the right order, though obviously, these are only a select few of the photos I've taken or have had taken for me, over the many years I've been alive. Now sit back and have a good chuckle as I explain...

Me and my hair have always had a strong love hate relationship. I was the kind of young girl that grew up always wishing my hair would suddenly grow overnight, and in the morning I would wake to find it touching the floor like Rapunzels. Obviously, that never happened, but it still never stopped me wishing for it. I often went through fazes of trying to grow it out and then getting tired of waiting, so would chop it of at a moments notice, or I would very drastically change the colour of my hair, much to my hairdressers dismay, which would satisfy me for as little as a couple of days. Because of this, my whole life has evolved into one big serious dying binge, which obviously isn't healthy for your hair, and I've learnt my lesson the hard way, as I no longer have the silky smooth mane I was lucky to have before. 

When I was a baby I didn't have much say in my hair colour or style. My hair was very dark when I was born, and out of nowhere it blossomed into this thick bush of white blonde hair, with a hideous straight cut fringe to match, that all our mothers seemed to love to give us back then. The blonde began to fade gradually as I got older, which was a shame. The first time I ever dyed my hair was in Secondary School, and it was actually my friend who did the deed. I picked up a pink streak kit from my local tescos, and I have no idea why I trusted her to do it, since she's the craziest person I know. We used tin foil, clearly we thought we were professionals. Unsurprisingly, the results were disastrous, and my next morning at school, was probably one of the most embarrassing days of my entire life, my friend found the whole thing hilarious. Never again will i let her anywhere near my hair. I couldn't find any pictures of my hair when I first dyed it black, which is odd because its probably the hair colour I've had for the longest period of time, purely because of the fact its so god damn hard to get out! One of the first colours I EVER died it, and I decided I wanted black...smart move Amy. I remember letting one of my friends bleach it from black to a peroxide blonde, and it makes me cringe now, because we used 2 fricken tubs of bleach (horrendous!), and honestly afterwards I looked like a scarecrow. After that I continued to die it blonde in a feeble effort to get rid of the horrible ginger nest I'd been left with, not realising toner was the way to go. That was really the penultimate time I completely destroyed my hair. But luckily there are no pictures of that *smiles*

Eventually I gave up with the blonde and dyed it black again, I figured it was the only way to fix it. The third picture you see is what my hair looked like after I'd grown out the black 'the proper way', and after numerous hair cuts to trim away the damaged hair. At this point I'd wanted red hair for a while, and so I dyed it again stupid! It was not bright red, but a more natural plum/auburn colour that suited my pale skin. I would say its my second favourite colour. I felt like trying out a fringe again to make a change from my usual bangs, which restricted hairstyles, and I soon got bored of it, so I let it grow out. Then I went from red to brown, and then yet again to black, and finally to brown just in time for prom. I had it curled at Dennis Michaels, which I really loved. 

It wasn't until I got to college, that I decided enough was enough, and I was going to take growing it out more seriously, though my dying addiction never faltered. During my time at college I decided I wanted to be a red head again, but this time I wanted it to be mega bright, I guess I wanted to stand out, even though I'm quite a quiet, shy person, so it doesn't make sense, even to me. It was around the time pop star Rhianna had dyed her hair bright red, and it was slowly becoming more acceptable to have bolder shades. It took several attempts, but I got there in the end with a lot of Sean's help. I had some mixed opinions on it, but most were positive, and I was really really happy with how it turned out, which I suppose is all that really matters. For a while I loved it, I embraced it and finally it was starting to grow, until...the stupid hairdresser happened. Its highly likely that one of you in your lifetime has had a hairdresser you weren't at all happy with. I asked for an inch and he cut like 3 inches of, what an idiot. It still makes me mad today haha! 

So sadly I was back to square one with the length, and I attempted to get rid of my red hair by myself. Turns out red hair is considerably harder than black to get out, and I ended up with a bogie shade of green, which I was so embarrassed about, I never left the house. When that happened I felt something had to be done about the dying and growing it out. After meeting my boyfriend Sean, I met his lovely home hairdresser, who helped me banish the green and return to my natural virgin hair, a colour I hadn't seen in a long long while. It was truly like magic to me, what she did, and if it weren't for her, my hair may still be ruined now. I had that colour for a long time after that, and then she helped me again to achieve a gorgeous natural shade of brown, seriously though I am forever in her debt. She told me that semi-perminent would be much less damaging to my hair, and would give it a break to be able to grow. As you can see from the last few photos my hair is really long, and I'm still growing it now, though all of the layers are gone. I've considered cutting it all of a few times, but I don't think I ever will again. Its so long I can't fit the full length picture in at the end. Recently, I did dye it ombre with a box dye, but I feel I am now a lot wiser, and much more sensible than what I used to be. My ombre turned out brilliantly and I feel its the best my hair has ever felt or looked. 

I would like for it to grow to my ribs, but I still have a few more inches to go before I reach that goal, though now I've managed it this far, I feel much more confident that I will reach it. I'm currently loving trying out different hair products to improve the texture and quality of my hair, to somewhat repair the years of trauma I've put it through, though I know it will never be exactly the same. I enjoy being able to plait it, and put it up in a messy bun, the possibilities are endless with long hair. Looking back now, I wish I could take it all back. In hind site I never should have dyed it, I should have just let it grow, but life has a funny way of doing the opposite of what you want. My new golden rule is 'to always go and see a professional hairdresser' and everything will be fine!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the journey of my hair, and how it came to be. Leave comments as to what you think, and tell me about your own hair havocs, we can have a good old laugh together. 

Monday, 14 September 2015

A New Design, A New Me

You may have noticed recently that I've been chopping and changing my blogs design to no end, all in a bid to discover my own individual image. There are so many fantastic blogs out there nowadays, which makes it extremely difficult to stand out as a person, and I for one have found it really gruelling to discover and create something unique. Finally, I believe I've found a design that I love, and that fits me and my personality perfectly

I first started writing 'AmyloosWorld' when I was just 15, I'm now 20, and in that big chunk of time my tastes, and the things I love have changed dramatically. My original vision for this blog was to make it a space where you could find anything and everything. Like your imagination, the possibilities are endless. I didn't want to fit into a 'niche', because there were so many great things I loved and cherished in my world, to cut out any one of them seemed ludicrous to me. I feel like I've now achieved that vision in terms of my design, and I'm going to be working on making good quality content to match. I want to make this space a place that everyone can enjoy, that's the goal I'm still striving for. 

How frequently I post has also been a huge issue for me. And I know I say it over and over again...I'm sorry! Time management has never been one of my strengths, and I'm working on it, I truly am, its not something I find easy. But rest assured, that this blog is still something I deeply treasure, even if I have no time for it. My life has changed a lot, and a lot of the time I feel like I'm stretching (like that funny doll 'Stretch Armstrong'), and I've simply found myself investing most of my time on other things. Writing the first draft of my book is something I've really been concentrating on just lately, because like everything else, I want to take it seriously. I want to find more ways to interchange the things I'm currently doing, and making it relevant to the blog. If any of you have any advice on that, I would be most grateful. 

I have a little bit of advice of my own, for all the newcomers out there in the blogosphere. Don't fret about your image so much when you first start out. I'm a hardcore perfectionist, its who I am, I can't help it, its why I excel in creative subjects. But one thing I've learnt, is that its okay to not know 'who you are', that's something you can build up to, in gradual steps. There's no need to rush. Blogging should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your readers. Despite what anyone else says, it is possible to create professional designs using free software, you don't have to pay anyone to do anything. Its a matter of having patience, learning as you go along, and being determined. And that's the best advice I can give you. 

So what do you think about my new design? So far I've only managed to create the header, but the rest of the design will follow on from that main image. Personally, I love it! But I would, I'm biased. Let me know what you think, maybe give me some more ideas. Your never too old or too experienced to learn something new. 

Cheers! Here's to the future of 'Amyloosworld' 

Monday, 3 August 2015

'Those' Jeans


You know those jeans, the ones that look amazing in your head but never look good on you in reality, the ones that you wish you had, the ones that you've been searching everywhere to find but it seems  next to impossible, especially when you've spent so much time trampling and digging through clothes rails and tried on a gazillion different sizes, lengths and styles in the hope that the next pair you try   on might be the ones. Yeah...I found those jeans the other day, and I did a little dance in the changing rooms. Its a good job they have curtains.  

Since giving birth to Elijah a little over a year ago, I've put on quite a lot of weight. I've gone from a size 8 on top and a 10 on bottom to a size 12 on top and a size 14 on bottom. I have every intention of losing the weight, but the motivations just not there right now, and rather than fretting about it (something I used to do all the time) I'm attempting to remain calm and embrace my new shapely figure. The one part of my body I have always struggled with, even when I was a size 10, is my legs. Whenever I put weight on it instantly drops straight to my hips, I'm sure there are a great deal off ladies out there who can relate to what I'm saying. Unfortunately, my bigger bottom has caused some issues in the trousers department, and I lack the confidence to wear most things nowadays, specifically that devil material called 'denim'. I was under the impression I would never wear another pair of jeans ever again, as I was sick and tired of constantly hunting, and feeling more rubbish when they didn't look the way I expected. Then I walked into Zara one day and it took me a little while to find them, but just by luck I said to myself I may as well try them on, and I'm so glad I made that decision. They have the loveliest snug fit, as they are slightly stretchy, so they're not restricting in the slightest. I love the the blue colour, and I think jeans can add a casual feel to most outfits, so I'm extremely happy with the new addition to my wardrobe. Its not surprising that I discovered those jeans in Zara, as the last two pairs of trousers I bought were also from there, and they fit amazingly as well. I was pleasantly surprised at the price of the jeans, as Zara can be quite expensive if your on a tight budget, but these were only £20, an amount I am more than willing to pay for the jeans. The only complaint I have is with Zara's available sizes in store. There were multitudes of size 8 and size 10, but I only found one size 14 in the whole stack of jeans sat on the table. 

My top is also from Zara, and I love the bright colours, which give a nice summery pop to the outfit. My shoes are from Next, which I've just recently bought. I've never owned a pair of espadrilles before, but they are surprisingly comfy, and these ones are made from a nice soft suede material. Lastly my sunglasses are from good old Primark, which only cost me £2 inclusive of a case to keep them in, and you wouldn't even think they were cheap. 

I hope you liked this post, and my outfit. I hope this post has helped some of you larger ladies feel a bit more confident about embracing your figures, and given you the motivation to keep looking for those jeans, if you've had no luck as of yet. You will find them I promise! Comment down below if you've ever had trouble finding jeans that fit properly, and your thoughts on being bigger.

List of Items Shown: 
Denim Jeans - Zara (No link - look in store) 
Shirt - Zara (In sale - look in store)
Espadrilles - Next
Sunglasses - Primark (No link - look in store)

Toodaloo!

♥ 


Friday, 31 July 2015

My Opinion on 'Grey' | Loos Literature


The fourth instalment of the notorious Fifty Shades of Grey series was released on the 18th June this year, and since that glorious day I have been devouring page after page in a hurry to finish it for review, and I am proud to admit I have not a single page left! (I have no shame!) I guess you could say I've had more than my fill *wink wink*. Its no secret that I love a bit of fifty in the morning, and in the afternoon...and at night, and I was as ecstatic as any true fifty fan would be at the news E.L James was writing yet another steamy, sex filled novel (Yes I did just say that word aloud). It actually took me a lot longer than expected to get through it, as I didn't feel it was appropriate to read around my 1 year old son, so I had to settle for night sessions, and yes I did enjoy them immensely. I may as well just say it, since I know your all wondering up there in those filthy heads of yours!

Now I'm going to just grab the bull by the horns here. I've been reading a great deal of negative reviews about this novel, which is understandable as erotica isn't everyones cup of tea, but particularly about the fact that this book is in a nutshell a re-write of the first. Now I don't really understand what readers were expecting, but I certainly wasn't expecting anything more from James. For one, isn't the title any indication as to what the book is about? "Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian". Now correct me if I'm wrong, but what I take from that is that its the same storyline, only from a different characters perspective. There's no indication whatsoever that we're going to be seeing glimpses into the estranged world that is Christians past, as that was never part of the original material, even though I do admit it would be extremely interesting to read. I'm simply saying I feel the book delivered all it said on its cover. The comments about E.L James being a 'lazy writer' I don't necessarily agree with either, as the book itself wasn't duplicated exaclty word for word, down to every last detail, and there is still some, if not much, new material amongst all of the old. Wanting to be a writer myself one day, I can appreciate the pure gut and hard work that is needed to complete a novel, and the reality is you cannot please everybody. James has already produced 3 bestselling novels, lets give the poor woman a break, she is allowed to make a few errors here and there,  she 's only a human being after all. For those saying she's only doing it for the money, she has already made herself a millionaire, I hardly think a few extra million is going to make much of a difference to her already luxurious lifestyle, and hey you bought the book, no one chained you down onto a bed, blindfolded you and whipped you until you spent all your hard earned cash, even though you probably wish they had.


Onto the actual book. I personally found the book very fulfilling, and enjoyed reading from the messed up mind of Christian Grey, even though some scenes are shocking, particularly the scenes towards the end, having to acknowledge the enjoyment he takes in punishing innocent Anastasia. The little snippets of flashbacks and dreams throughout the book gradually unveil a little bit more of what Christian's violent past was like, and his relationship with his crack whore mother as he so often describes her, not forgetting the twisted man who plagues Christian's dreams night after night. I felt deeply sorry for Christian when reading these scenes, and I completely understand how the events shaped his character. His need to control all things stems from the lack of control he had when he was younger. He was completely powerless to save his mother, and couldn't stop the bad man from beating him senseless, its obvious to the reader he would never want to feel that way again. Suddenly its not shocking anymore, because everything makes sense. Christian's character comes across as  a stereotypical arrogant man in the novel, clear in the way he speaks and his knowledge of his power over women, as well as his stalker tendencies towards Anna. I'm not sure whether I really like his character all that much, but I guess that kind of personality is more fun to read about. The feeling of control is definitely more evident from the view point of Christian than it was from Anna's. The dreams and nightmare's decrease when Anna is around, and you instantly recognise that she has a positive effect upon Christian's dark demeanour. She really is the light to his dark, even though it does take him practically the whole book to realise it. There was not much given away in terms of his past relationship with Mrs Robinson, but I like the fact James hasn't given everything away, as I think Christian himself is a very secretive and closed of type of person, which is part of what makes his character so intriguing. It simply wouldn't be right to know him fully, especially when Anna is the only one who's ever managed to break through his hard exterior. I definitely think 'Grey' is a lot steamier than the first three novels. I'm not going to sugar coat it, being a girl reading from the mind of a rich high-handed man was extremely erotic. Everything was much more intense, and described in a much more controlled and severe manner, which I feel puts you more in line with Anna's character, and what she's really experiencing, and what she has to deal with. E.L James definitely gets top marks for being a master of her genre. I for one would like to see another author of erotica overthrow James's steamy sex scenes, which is now seen as her trademark.

To sum up, I did enjoy E.L James's new edition to the Fifty Shades of Grey series, no it wasn't amazing, but I never anticipated it to be after reading the first three. I don't think it was any better, nor was it any worse than the previous books. It was certainly entertaining, and at some stages a little distressing to read, but its important to note its not a diary of a screwed up abuser of women, but rather about the journey of a little boy who's experienced some bad times in his life, and how it has formed him into this monster, but most importantly how he discovers other parts of himself that he never even knew existed, and how he manages that through Anna's kindness and her acceptance of his darker side. Would I recommend it to others? Well, if your an E.L James/Fifty super fan who demolished the last three books in one sitting then yes, because your going to love it regardless, if your not a fan, and your already a bit sceptical, then I don't think you'll gain anything from reading this book, other than a greatly enhanced imagination. I'd love to see what else James could write, and whether it would be as successful as Fifty Shades. No matter how you feel about the raunchy books, nobody can deny the great success Fifty shades has had, in script form and in film, as well as the constant pull E.L James has with her readers, we just can't stop coming back for more. Anyone feeling a bit like Leila Williams right now? 

You can pick this book up from Amazon for only £3.85, but I'm going to take an educated guess that the majority of you already possess a copy, dirty buggers ;) 

Have you read 'Grey'? What was your opinion good or bad? I'd love to hear your comments down below, and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin if you liked it and want more book reviews!



Thursday, 23 July 2015

Zoella's New Beauty Range


Its probably not a surprise to anybody, that Zoella's new range of beauty products was released on 6th July in all Superdrug stores, and the last time I tried to get any of her products everything was gone, puff just like that! I've just recently celebrated my 20th Birthday and my partner Sean kindly bought three of the products from the range as presents (thank you!). The product I have been most excited about is the 'Scrubbing Me Softly Smoothing Body Scrub', which sounds amazing. I adore all of the Soap & Glory body scrubs, and I want to see how this one compares, and whether it could possibly become my favourite. I actually bought it for my partners littler sisters Birthday, before I got mine, and I had to have a quick cheeky sniff before I wrapped it up, and by god it smells divine! As well as the body scrub, Sean picked up the 'Fresh Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer', and the 'Candy Cream Softening Body Lotion', (what a mouthful!) which I am both very excited to try. You can already tell just from the packaging and the product names that the scent is a lot sweeter, and I love that. Perhaps best of all is the prices, which are all still very affordable, good for us people that just can't afford the higher market. I still have yet to try a lot of Zoella's older products, though I do intend to get through them all eventually. Its strange, even now at 20 years old, I still get excited at anything she does, and she still remains a constant icon for me, particularly in terms of fashion. Some might think it weird, my partner would say I've been brainwashed, but we all follow the people we like, just like any other celebrity, mine just happens to be a 25 year old girl, who's done rather well for herself. I'm super happy for Zoe, I love this range a lot, probably more than her first, and I cannot wait for the release of her second book Girl Online 2, out in October. 

What do you think of Zoella's new range? Do you prefer this range or the previous one? I'd love to hear your comments about how Zoe has become an inspiration to you, or maybe she isn't. Look out for reviews of Zoe's products here on the blog soon. Well done Zoe, you smashed it! 



Monday, 6 July 2015

4 Beauty Items I Cannot Live Without

 We all have those beauty items we simply cannot live without, so today I wanted to share with you the four items I refuse to be parted with. These four items are the things I truly love the most in my collection, and are products that I use time and time again. If I run out of one of these, a sprint down to the nearest drugstore is in order. 

THE TANGLE TEEZER
Without a doubt I will never be without my tangle teezer. I have been without this once before because I stupidly misplaced it, and it was a terrible terrible, knot filled time. My hair reeked havoc on my head, and after having to use a normal bog standard comb again, I realised just how good the Tangle Teezers are. It has been a god send, and has helped me tackle my extremely thin, fine hair, in which I always find beastly knots, but the Tangle Teezer completely erases that problem. It glides through wet hair (yes wet hair!) and combs nicely through dry, bristly hair. I don't know how it does it, or how it differs from other combs, but what I do know is that I'll never be without it, EVER! Hence why I bought the travel version. 

PIXIE SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM
This lip balm is quite a new addition to my collection, but I love it as though I've had it for years. Where has this product been while I've been living my life, and why didn't I know about it? Its just a tube of pure loveliness. I have a lovely shade called honey nectar, which is a cross between a brown and a pink, very summery, not my usual colour, but I love it more than I thought I would. It fills my dried, cracked lips with moisture, whilst adding a little bit of colour, in my books thats a winner. I don't think I could live without this now that I've discovered it, and I will definitely be repurchasing this in some other shades. 

COLLECTION LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER
As you can see from the picture, this concealer has been well loved. I have about four or five tubes of this stuff just sat there in my make-up bag. I should really throw some out soon. I buy this concealer frequently and have never loved any other concealer as much as this one. Its thick and creamy, and super hydrating on my extremely dry skin. The coverage and lasting power is brilliant for a drugstore product, and I honestly don't think anything could ever match up to this amazing miracle tube of magic! So many bloggers rave about this concealer, so if you haven't used this yet, you need to go right now and pick it up! You haven't lived until you've tried it!

PRIMARK EYELASH CURLERS
I never used to be one to curl my lashes, it just never appealed to me, though they've always been annoyingly stick straight. I used to stare at all the other girls with luscious curly eyelashes, and I was so unbelievably jealous! Recently though, I've given curlers a try, but rather than splashing out on a ridiculously expensive pair, I purchased a nice cheap pair from good old Primark, and boy am I impressed. I can't believe I never made it an official step in my make-up routine. I can't say these are the best, but they do the job for me, and really help to open up my small eyes, and that's why I think they deserve a spot in this post. 

That's it! The four beauty items I can't live without. I hope you've enjoyed reading my post, and I'd love to hear about the products you guys use, that you could never live without. Leave a comment down below, and I will be happy to reply :) 

Love lots x







Saturday, 4 July 2015

End of Summer Haul

The sales are upon us, and we're all rushing down to our favourite shops to grab a good bargain. I for one was not missing out this year, and with a nice surprise in my bank account, I waisted no time in hopping on the train to Oxford for a much needed shopping spree. It's been far too long! I can't believe that Summer is nearly over and Autumn is creeping around the corner, though I love Autumn, I really do. I'm growing old so fast! Here are a few summery pieces I picked up to enjoy all that's left of the hottest months of the year.
I popped into good old Primark and discovered these lovely sunglasses, which are very me. I love the leopard print design along the top, and the gorgeous gold detailing. As well as that, they fitted nicely on my square head. All in all a very flattering pair of sunglasses. These will be perfect for protecting my eyes against the hot sun, which has surprisingly been paying frequent visits here in the UK.
How can I express this? I am so frickin excited to use the 'St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Fake Tan'! If I'm totally honest, this was a bit of an impulse buy. I've never worn fake tan in my life, and have always tried to embrace my fair skin, as I feel it makes me stand out in the vast sea of tan lovers. Just recently though, despite the fact I love my pale skin, I have been curious, but have never had the time to actually carry it out. Obviously, the fact you can use it in the shower is its appealing quality, especially for busy mums like me. The one thing that always put me of fake tan, is the amount of time it would take to fiddle with a mitten, making sure to blend everything seamlessly, or face the dreaded streak marks. I was also afraid my pale skin would turn orange, well no longer! I have read so many positive reviews about this product, and I'm sure I'll have another one to add on this blog very soon. This has a releasing price of £9.67, down from the £14.50 it should be, so get your hands on it while its cheap!

I have been hunting this top down in what feels like forever. I first saw this top on the lovely zoella (How is it she always manages to pull of every single outfit!?), and I decided it wasn't my cup of tea. For a while I forgot about it and then I saw it again on one of the producers on 'This Morning', and for no reason at all I decided I needed to own it. Originally it was priced quite hefty at £30, and I'm glad I waited until the summer sales, as it was reduced by a whole £10! They were all sold out on the website, so I was convinced I'd lost my chance, but alas the Zara in Oxford had some left for me. By no means am I a fan of insects, but I feel this top has an unusual quality to it, and I adore the bright spurts of colour, suitable, as I'm always trying to make my wardrobe more visually exciting. The material is lovely and glides over all my lumps and bumps (secretly the reason I love chiffon). I think this was a great bargain and something I will wear time and time again.
 The last item I picked up was this crotchet top from Primark. At £10 this was on the pricier side, but I loved it so much I couldn't leave without trying it on, obviously I took it straight home after that. Its just a really lovely piece for Summer, and fringing is dead on trend right now. The fit is so flattering on my body shape, and it reveals just the right amount of skin so that I feel comfortable wearing it. I think this would look lovely paired with some denim shorts or a denim skirt. Its just an all round pretty, summery piece.

That brings me to the end of my post. I hope you have enjoyed delving in to what I've bought lately, and I'd love to know what your favourite pieces are for summer? How will you be spending the last few weeks of summer? I fancy a nice family trip to the beach, its definitely on my list of things to do. 

Happy Summer everyone! 

Friday, 19 June 2015

How I knew I wanted to be a Writer

 Its not easy knowing your future self, especially when your still young, the world is your oyster and all that stuff. When I was really young I wanted to be a vet like most others my age, or a fireman, a policeman, a nurse, but what percentage of us actually go on to become any of those things? At college my friends would say "well I don't know what to do" when the teacher asked them, and it was the same for me. I feel very gifted to have a fair few talents, although I am not so talented in academic subjects. In the end I found myself studying art & design. I was lucky to have an extremely encouraging teacher, who adored my work and tried to push me in the right direction. It didn't occur to me until now, at nearly 20 years of age, that art really wasn't for me. Though at times I thoroughly enjoyed it, it wasn't the career path I wanted to walk down. I noticed that for years of my life I had studied it purely for the satisfaction of others, rather than for self pleasure. 

 It was a very confusing time for me, as I'm sure it is for many of you now. I was so certain of my future, I even applied to several prestigious art schools to earn a degree, which I was more than qualified for. Sadly I didn't get a single interview, and after years of constantly pushing myself to the limit, putting everything into my work, it was a really big blow, and it really knocked my confidence. Then things changed. Elijah came along unexpectedly, so I had to put studying aside for a while, and put his needs before my own. Since he's grown older, I've started to look more into what I want. Ultimately I'm glad things went the way they did, as I feel its cleared the way for me to become a writer, not that I believe in fate.

 The moment I knew I wanted to become a writer, was a big eureka moment. It still shocks me now that it never once occurred to me. I feel that it has always been there underneath the surface, but I was never really brave enough to call myself a writer, let alone write any decent material. As a writer you always question yourself. Am I good enough to be a writer? Can I actually write? Would it earn me enough money to support my family? Is this a good idea for a story? Every time I would automatically answer no to all of those questions. Recently I've started to believe in myself a bit more. When I was really little I loved to read books. I excelled at reading in school. I wrote my own little stories and then illustrated them as well. I wasn't the best at English, but my work has improved as the years have gone on. I worked hard at my GCSE'S and left school a very happy girl, with an A in both English Literature and English Language. My teacher mostly commended me on my descriptive style of writing. To this day I read many books, mostly YA, and I love it. Reading is one of the only things that makes me truly happy. It has really helped me with my depression, I honestly don't know where I would be without books. I just wish I could have figured it all out a lot sooner. 
 Since realising who I truly am, I have taken big steps to improve my future. One of them being enrolling on an open university course for an English Literature and Creative Writing Degree. Although I'm sure it will be challenging, I am rearing to get going, and so excited for the future. I'm still reading away, though I don't get through books as quickly as I used to. I have many ideas for books buzzing away in my head, ready to be put down onto paper. Currently, I'm working on my first draft of my first ever novel, and although I still have a long way to go, I genuinely think the story has potential, and one day I hope to see a book that I've written on the shelves at Waterstones, and Whsmith, it would be just the best feeling ever! Finally I would feel as though I've accomplished something great.

 My advice to others who don't know what to do with themselves, particularly teenagers who are leaving school, is simply don't worry yourself over it. Being young you have time to explore and experiment with different things, you have all the time in the world to figure out your future. For the older people who are maybe considering studying, you are never to old to learn! Knowledge is power I say, even if you have children, there are still plenty of oppertunities. Knowing your future self takes time and patience. I really believe that if I hadn't been rejected by all those universities, I probably would have continued with my art studies, and I would now be in an occupation I don't enjoy. Most importantly do what you love and what your passionate about, rather than what your good at, or what others think you are good at. You have to be in it for yourself to be able to reach your goals. There will be many obstacles in your way, but life is a journey, and sometimes you have to learn on your own, with no one to guide you. It will all come to you eventually, and you will be rewarded for all your hard work. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and maybe it has inspired some of you, particularly young and hopeful writers to reach for the stars, and believe that you can achieve great things, despite how it might appear in this moment. Its a bit different from my usual posts, but its definitely something I feel strongly about, and so I really wanted to write about it. Remember, work hard, show determination, and believe in yourself. 

I'd love to hear about all of your experiences, what your doing now, and what you wish to do in the future, if you know yet that is. It would be interesting to read your comments. I wish you all a bright future, and an amazing week x






Sunday, 7 June 2015

First Ever Favourites Video!


Hello lovely readers! I have a super quick post to share with you all, if your interested in my Youtube videos this will apply to you. The other day I filmed my first ever favourites video, and I am quite proud of myself (is that too bigheaded?) I'd love for you all to check it out and give me feedback. I have a post coming up very soon, so watch this space :) 

Thank you for reading as always, much love x

Friday, 29 May 2015

AmyloosLiterature: 'The Girl On The Train' Review

Many of my followers on the blog will know by now that I am a bookoholic, and am without a doubt addicted to reading. One of my life long ambitions is to become a famous author of young adult fantasy/fiction novels. Throughout all the different paths I could walk down, one remains constant and that is to see my own book, printed and polished, sat there immaculate on the shelf of my favourite book shop, in all its glory. I imagine my face bursting with pride in that moment. I'm a strong believer that you should do the things you have a true and honest passion for, and that is what I'm going to do on my Youtube channel. If I wasn't enjoying the material myself, it would be the biggest joke to expect anyone else to like and route for what I'm doing, so its a really important point to make. I wanted to share with you my first ever book video, in which I review the famous 'The Girl On The Train' by 'Paula Hawkins'. Since making it and uploading it online I have decided to create a series of videos titled 'AmyloosLiterature', in which I will review books either by request or based on my own personal opinions. I've learnt that this is the kind of material I thoroughly enjoy making, but my channel will also be a mixture of beauty, music and lifestyle, other passions of mine. I know that not everybody likes these kinds of videos, not everybody likes to read, and I totally respect that. So if you haven't already, and its something you'd like to do, please take the time to have a browse through my channel, and who knows? Maybe you'll find something that tiggles your fancy. I always appreciate feedback from you guys, and thank you for continuing to read 'Amyloosworld'. 

Much loves to all my followers, and any new readers out there! x

 

Friday, 15 May 2015

Textured Waves & Summer Glow


Hello everyone! Just lately I've become really tiresome of my hair, particularly now that I have a raging tot running around, causing havoc, using my long locks as a piece of rope to climb on. I've also died the hell out of it over the years, which hasn't helped things at all. As a result my hair is now very dry, damaged, and the wild garden of split ends runs free. I even hear a few cringe worthy *snaps* from time to time...it is really hard being a mum. I just felt that it was time to give my hair some serious TLC, now that summer is speeding towards us, so I've been taking extra special care. I rarely use any styling tools, especially now that I've bleached my hair, I definitely don't need the extra damage, when I have my own personal master of destruction. 



I'm currently loving the sexy beach waves for the summer months, and I think its always nice to look a bit dishevelled and less done up, its also super easy to do, which is great for busy mums like myself. All you really need to achieve this look is a comb to smooth your hair, and a couple of hairbands to hold it in place, as well as a shower with running water (like you didn't know that already). All you need to do is give your hair a good comb through after towel drying, its better to do this now, as your not going to brush through your waves in the morning, they look much better untouched! The Tangle Teezer is my go to choice! Then just plait your hair, its pretty simple and straightforward, and then tie with a hairband. I did two plaits, because it dries much quicker, but if you want bigger waves opt for a single french plait, but expect to wait a little longer for it to dry completely. In the morning after a lovely peaceful nights sleep (highly unlikely if your me) you can release your plaits, and spread your fingers through your luscious locks, which will feel all incredible and soft. I added in a little spritz of texture spray to emphasise the waves, for a more wind swept look, and used a couple of hair grips to pin it up at the sides, keeping that annoying single hair that always falls down, well out of the way. I also recommend using a good hairspray, so that the waves stay in place all day long. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and now I have a style I can do every time I wash my hair, without the added nasties of heat damage. Woohoo!

I've also been sporting a really healthy, glowing, bronze make-up look just lately. Suddenly I've gone all natural. This is the look I now do on a daily basis. I think it goes really well with the wavy hair, they add together nicely for a real summery feel. I've switched my black liner for a much softer bronze pencil, piled on the bronzer and highlighter for a healthy glow, and I've been using a lovely Shea butter lip balm in a honey shade, leaving my lips looking plump and shiny. I also like to pay special attention to my eyebrows now that the rest of my make-up has been dulled down. Here is a list of the products I use: 

KMS California Hair Play Spray
No7 Instand Radiance Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair 1
Lord and Berry Bronzer 
Sleek Contour Kit - Light 
Sleek Eyebrow Kit - Dark
Rimmel London Scandel Eyes Pencil - Bronze 
No7 Intense Volume Mascara - Black
Pixie Shea Butter Lip Balm - Honey Nectar 

After noting down all the products I now use, I'm amazed at how much of my routine I've actually cut down. Hoozah to that! I'm loving the healthy, minimalist make-up and simple hairstyles for summer, and would love to hear what your new looks are for this time of year? What are your favourite hair and make-up products for the hotter months? 

Tell me if you like the look, and three cheers for summer!

x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Spring/ Summer Primark Haul



Hello everyone! I have missed you all greatly. Just lately I haven't felt like blogging at all. I'm tired from looking after little Elijah (who can now get everywhere!), I feel like I never get a break, and then all of a sudden I got the urge to do a Primark Haul for my Youtube channel, so I did with little time to spare. I do hope you enjoy it, I know I have a lot to work on. I will always value my followers views and opinions, and completely welcome any constructive criticism you can give. Thank you for continuing to visit Amyloosworld. I really appreciate every single one of you, please don't let my lack of content make you think otherwise. 

Enjoy the video x





Thursday, 12 February 2015

Geo Chick




Hello lovely people! I just had to post about this drop dead gorgeous top I bought from one of my favourite online stores JOY.com. It was an absolute steal, and I love it to pieces. I'd seen this top a while back, but it had been too pricey for my purses liking. Luckily I spotted it browsing through the sales recently and snapped it up immediatly. It had been reduced down from £29 to just £12 so it was an instant bargain in my eyes, I had to add it to my collection...no ifs or buts. 

I feel extremely 80's-esque when I'm wearing it, with the bright colours and bold abstract patterns, which is good because I always swore I was born in the wrong era. The top sought of possessed me to go mad with my make-up, which I really do hate blue eyeshadow usually...weird. It reminded me so much of my geo cushion I've got sat on my sofa, a trend that I'm loving right now, especially for decor. I did think the material would be slightly thicker, like the picture suggested, but I really wasn't disappointed as it fitted so beautifully, flowing over all of my nasty lumps and bumps. I think the cropped shaped front and lengthier back really helped to flatter my figure. I think this top would be particularly great for nights out, paired with a simple black blazer and some heels, everything else needn't be flashy as this top will do all the talking for you. I just love how different it is compared to all the other tops I've bought. Its very unique and sometimes I think its nice to stand out from the crowd and show of a little. I've never really been one to follow the set trends anyway, if I like something then I'll wear it, which is what I believe fashion should be about. To sum up it just suits my sense of style to a T, and It will be a long long time before I decide to remove this from my wardrobe. 

Does anyone else have one particular item of clothing they love to wear all the time, day in day out, or is it just me?