Monday, 14 April 2014

Bottles in the club

song of the day - Lollipop by Lil' Wayne
It's pretty much fact that I have a sweet tooth the size of Jupiter, and I love trying new sweets.
While I was ill I decided it was time to treat myself to some edible goodies. As I was trawling through American Sweets (my usual haunt for Poptarts and Reese's Pieces) trying to decide what to get I saw three mystery boxes on offer. I wasn't too bothered about two of the boxes (both filled with drinks), but the Candy Roulette box sounded right up my alley, costing £12.99 with a value of over £25.
My package arrived today and I couldn't wait to get my mitts into it. Once I'd looked through the box (and added up the cost of the items) I decided on what I'm keeping to try, what I'm giving my mum, and what's going to friends. All together the items cost around £26, which isn't too bad, and I knew there'd be a few things that I woudn't like to try. Overall I think it was a good spend. I can't wait to start munching!
I am a little tempted to add the box to my birthday wishlist so I can see what I get next time. It would make a nice present. Along with a toothbrush.
Items included (I will edit this post to show if I like the items)
  1. Coconut patties - That went straight to my mum
  2. Megaload, caramel crunch
  3. Cupcake Bites - Nice, I think they would be great with icecream
  4. Lemonhead - OK, A bit like skittles
  5. Abba Zaba
  6. Warheads
  7. Grape Laffy Taffy - Yummy
  8. mini Apple Laffy Taffy - More yummy
  9. Baby Ruth
  10. Hershy's with Almonds
  11. Pearson's Bun
  12. 100 Grand
  13. Mike & Ike
  14. Reese's Crispy Crunch - I've tried this before and didn't like it, so I'll give this to a friend
  15. Reese's Pumpkin
  16. Sour Patch Fruits
  17. Nerds - Going to a friend
  18. Hoppin Nerds - Gave me a headache
  19. Airheads - It was ok, but had the consistency of gum which was weird
  20. Cow Tales - Not the best
  21. Scooter Pie
  22. Giant Gumball
  23. RockyRoad
  24. Red Hots - Nice, I remember having something similar as a child, I think they were called fireballs.
I also ended up buying two chocolate frogs and some Reese's Pieces.
Have you tried any of the items in this box? What did you think of them? And most importantly, what is your favourite sweet/chocolate (aka what do I try next)?

Rubi x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Of the bluebirds when she sings

song of the day - Daydream Believer by the Monkeys
Spring is here. Flowers are in bloom, bare legs are everywhere, and the sun is out. Kind of. So today I'm going to share a few of my favourite trends for Spring 2014. I very much look forward to seeing these trends on the streets (and the blogs).
First up is the slip dress. I've been rewatching a few of my childhood favourites recently (Sister, Sister, In The House, Fresh Prince, and a few Mary Kate and Ashley films), and what the stars of the day were wearing is what are in shops again.
The slip dress is light and flowy, and can be layered for safety (I've yet to find a slip dress that doesn't slip a little too much).
l-r Asos £35, Zara £45.99, Topshop £65, Asos £22.

Next up is a year round favourite of mine. Wide leg trousers. I've been looking for a good pair since January, but until recently I couldn't find them anywhere. I've spotted a lovely pair in Zara that I may purchase next time I go shopping.
l-r Zara £19.99, River Island £35, Forever 21 £16.75£19.75.

l-r Rebecca Taylor, BurberryDKNY.
Of course, what would spring be without an abundance of pastel shades. Right now I'm really loving the pale blue that seems to be everywhere. I'm not too fond of the name of this colour, according to Pantone it is 'Placid Blue', but what can you do.
l-r Select £8 & £10.99, New Look £7, Zara £25.99.

What trends are you looking forward to seeing in the coming months?

Rubi xxx

Friday, 4 April 2014

In the same exact pattern

song of the day - Crazy in Love by Eminem
One of my favourite shows at the moment is Revenge. It has it all; intrigue, drama, and more cheesiness than a packet of wotsits. The programme also has some of the best outfits. From Vera Wang, to Burberry, the women of the Hamptons sure know how to dress. Or at least the costume department knows how to dress them.
image source:rougevogue: dress by Vera Wang
Victoria probably has the best wardrobe. This lady never wears the same dress twice, and always looks fierce as hell. The costume department tailor the outfits to perfection, and Victoria always looks flawless.
If only I had the money (and occasion) to wear dresses like this.
image source: People: dress by Vera Wang
Emily, the main character in Revenge, pretty much has three outfit settings: little miss innocent, laid-back casual, and woman on a mission. Whether that mission is kicking some butt, or making a certain male jealous, it changes from time to time.
And we can't forget about the men. Nolan Ross definitely has his own unique sense of style, I'm not completely sure how to even explain it. It's very clean, but also very eclectic.
image sources:worn on tv dress by Saks, necklace by Zara, style bistro dress by Azzedine Alaia, glamour dress by BCBG
Other notable mentions are Margaux (she's french, she's cute, and she knows how to work it), Ashley (the fashionista), and Charlotte (I hate the character but I love the clothes).

Rubi xxx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Two worlds colliding

song of the day - Never Tear Us Apart by INXS
Flu has descended on my household, which has turned us (me and my parents) into a right miserable lot. Thankfully I'd already ordered my mum some flowers for mothers day a few weeks ago, so I didn't have to worry about that this weekend. And there arrival on Friday cheered us both up.

To cheer myself up even more I've done a bit of online window shopping. I was going make a little purchase, but by the time it arrived I wouldn't be ill anymore, and won't need cheering up. This is me trying to be an adult.

Anyway, here's a little Asos wishlist of things I've found on my browsing.

Rubi xxx

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Come And Jump With Me

song of they day - Gold Dust by DJ Fresh.
All of my old posts have been reverted to drafts as part of my do-over. I may republish a few of my posts, but for now here are some of my favourite outfit pictures.

Rubi xxx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

To Days of Inspiration

song of the day - La Vie Boheme by the cast of RENT

I've had a bit of a blogger-life crisis, and I've decided to just take it back to the beginning. After thinking about it for a while I finally decided to just wipe the slate clean. I'll still be blogging about anything and everything (OOTD's, books, lifestyle, beauty, etc), but hopefully more often than I have been doing in the past six months.

I've been feeling a little uninspired lately, so to get myself motivated I started searching for various challenges online. I've done a few small challenges in the past, and participated in GISHWHES for the past three years, but this time I wanted something a little longer. Something to give myself goals, and that I know I can do complete.

So I found 101 things in 1001 days, which is a project that was set up in 2009 challenging people to create a list of 101 things to do within 1001 days, and I've decided to take on this challenge with my own list.  I'm starting the challenge today 20/4/2014, and it will finish on 15/12/2016. As you can see below my list isn't complete yet, so if you have any ideas I'd be grateful.

   (date)     means the task is complete, and the date is was completed on.

complete 5/101

Here's my list
  1. Take 101 related photos with my canon. (0/101)
  2. Take 10 related photos with my instax. (0/10)
  3. Complete a alphabet photo series. (0/26)
  4. Photograph a day in my life.
  5. Take a photo of a place through all four seasons. (0/4)
  6. Photograph fireworks.
  7. Take a young me-now me photo.
  8. Take a self portrait once a month for the duration of the challenge.
  9. Draw everyday for one month. 
  10. Draw outside.
  11. Enter 5 creative competitions. (0/5)
  12. Organise my art supplies. Get rid of anything I don't need.
  13. Create an inspiration board.
  14. Create a photo wall.
  15. Go to Manchester Craft & Design Centre, and Fred Aldous and buy something as a reward for organising my art supplies. (0/2)
  16. Complete 5 pinterest DIY projects. (0/5)
  17. Compete in GISHWHES at least one more time.
  18. Read a self help book.
  19. Choose 10 countries and read a book by an author from each. (0/10)
  20. Read at least 10 books from the ALA 100 most frequently banned/challenged books list. (0/10)
  21. Take part in bout of books (next bout starts 12/5).
  22. Finish reading Notes from Underground, Flatland, and The Prince. (0/3)
  23. Memorise a poem.
  24. Leave a note inside a book for someone to find.
  25. Take a free online class.
  26. See a film by myself.
  27. Have a John Hughes movie marathon
  28. Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet. (0/26)
  29. Watch 5 foreign language films. (0/5)
  30. Watch Breaking Bad.
  31. Watch all 5 seasons of In The House. (5/5)     7/4/14    
  32. Rewatch Sister, Sister.     30/3/14    
  33. Rewatch Smart Guy (I'm recapturing my youth).    5/4/14   
  34. Go to the beach. twice. (0/2)
  35. Visit a lake. Take pictures.
  36. Go on a nature walk.
  37. Go to 5 different museums/galleries. (0/5)
  38. Attend some sort of festival.
  39. Go out of the England.
  40. Go to Sea Life at the trafford centre.
  41. Visit someplace haunted.
  42. Visit a zoo.
  43. Make a list of 50 places I would like to visit in my lifetime. (0/50)
  44. Dance in the rain. 
  45. Go a month without drinking fizzy pop.
  46. Stay out of Greggs for a month.
  47. Eat at Missoula in Manchester. 
  48. Go to Room Four Desserts with Swati.
  49. Have afternoon tea.
  50. Try 5 new foods. (0/5)
  51. Bake cupcakes.
  52. Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever is on it.
  53. Walk home from Barnardo's every other day that I volunteer.
  54. Get a full time job.
  55. Learn to cash up.
  56. Redesign my blog. Either by myself, or pay someone to do it.   20/3/14    
  57. Blog at least once a week. (4/143)
  58. List 101 things that make me happy. (0/101)
  59. Do 10 random acts of kindness. (0/10)
  60. Watch the sun rise and se on the same day.    7/4/14   
  61. Get rid of 101 things (clothing, books, dvds, etc, things that can be donated). (3/101)
  62. Send a secret to postsecret.
  63. Don't buy anything from Primark for a month (x2). Save up how much you would have spent in a jar and buy one really nice thing (eg camera lens, new dress). (0/2)
  64. Don't cut my hair for 12 months. (0/12) 
  65. Build a house of cards.
  66. Learn all the words to Rappers Delight by The Sugarhill Gang.
  67. Buy some mendi. Go wild.
  68. Give money to a street musician. 
  69. Sort out both of my desks, and keep them that way for 3 months. 
  70. ...
You can keep up to date with how I'm doing by checking out this post, and I'll also do a few posts along the way. Wish me luck!

Rubi xxx
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