Winter Obsession: Coat Dress/Coats with Circle Skirts

I'm always looking for a great new coat, and I have always been totally obsessed with circular skirt coats. They remind me of a sleek 1940s or 1950s look and create a super feminine silhouette. Here are some of the coats on my wish list (and some of them are so expensive that it is definitely a wish!).

1. Ted Baker: US / UK
2. Orla Kiely: UK
3. Ted Baker:  UK
4. Alice + Olivia: US
5. Laundry by Shelli Segal: US & UK
6. Victoria's Secret: Item no longer available!
7. ASOS: US / UK
8. ASOS: US / UK

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A West End Double Feature

As you may or may not know, one of my degrees is in theatre and there is nothing I love more than a good afternoon or evening spent seeing a live performance. Last week, I was fortunate enough to score cheap tickets to two shows I have been wanting to see for ages, Memphis and Once. I know people who were/are connected to both of the shows on Broadway, so it was fabulous to finally get to see these amazing performances. Although, I couldn't have chosen two shows that are more different to one another for a two-a-day!

David Hunter and Jill Winternitz as Guy and Girl in Once on the West End
Beverly Knight as Felicia and Killian Donnelly as Huey in Memphis

Pre-Christmas/Hanukkah Treats...Whoops

Despite the fact that I absolutely should NOT be shopping, I took the liberty to purchase a few items on sale via Bluefly and Modcloth. These staple pieces are going to my parents' house, where I'll pick them up at Christmas time. I'll do a haul on video around then, highlighting all the American goodies I'll pick up. But as these are on sale now, you may want to take a look. Please be aware that original items may not ship to UK or may include a duty fee if purchased online.


5 Affordable and Clever Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and you may fear the horror of being caught without a costume. Don't worry, I've got you covered with five quick, simple and cheap costumes.

1. Orange is the New Black
Photo copyright: Netflix/Forbes.com

 Simply laminate your own ID card, throw on your fake tats and party like you're in Litchfield! (Glasses optional, unless you're going for the Alex look.)


Being a woman in the Big House not your style? Read on!

Books Giveaway!

I'm giving away both of my paperback books to one lucky winner and both of my eBooks to a second prize winner. You can find out how to enter by watching the video below!


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H&M Homeware and Mini ASOS/H&M Haul Video


And we're back to our regularly scheduled programming...sort of!

Want to Win Free eCopies of My Books?

 All you have to do is take this quick survey about your reading experience on my blog. Two winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

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Mini H&M and ASOS Haul

Much to my boyfriend's chagrin, I had to go on a little shopping spree. Here is a preview of what I got:

An Honest Zoella Beauty Review Video

Told you there'd be a video this week!



In this video, I show you how the products from the Zoella Beauty line look and how they actually work. 

Another Canon EOS Rebel T3i Giveaway!



Welcome to the CANON EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Giveaway!

We've joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky person will win a Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit, valued at $599. This camera has been a huge game changer for me and my blogging and I considered it a huge investment. It will really up your game as well.


"Photographers looking for an easy-to-use camera that will help them create their next masterpiece need look no further than the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. The next in a long line of phenomenal compact DSLRs, the EOS Rebel T3i continues the Rebel tradition of easy operation, compact design and no-compromise performance."

"Featuring Canon's newest DIGIC 4 Image Processor and an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor - plus cutting-edge technologies like Full HD video recording, Live View shooting, Wireless flash photography and even a Vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitor - the EOS Rebel T3i offers the best of EOS photography in a compact package." [Full Product Details from Canon]

Enter to win a CANON EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera.

Real People Cooking: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Inspired By """"Jen""""" from Bath and Body Works


My life isn't one giant Pinterest post, regrettably. As such, I've decided to name all of my cooking and recipe posts "Real People Cooking" so that you don't accidentally expect the things I cook to turn out perfectly. They do, however, taste amazing. Oh yeah, and since they are pumpkin autumn treats, they are really only for basic b*tches.
 
Ah yes--there will also be a new video this week, but not today (expect it later on!).
 

Be Your Own Advocate: How a Simple Diagnosis Took Six Weeks to Treat


As many of you know, I recently had an operation and it was a complete nightmare. Many people in the US seem to idolize foreign healthcare because it is state run, and while I emphatically believe quality healthcare is a human right, what I received was by no means quality healthcare. I've never been hospitalized in an NHS (National Health Services, for the non-UK folk) hospital before, so I'm not sure if this type of treatment is par for the course. But I will tell you my story--and hopefully you'll understand why a couple of my projects are on a temporarily hold.

(This does contain some TMI, so if you are easily offended by that kind of thing, you may as well click off. But, as most of my readers are women ages 25-45, this is something you may have to deal with at some point in your life anyway, if you haven't already....). Also, this is going to be long...

Zoella Beauty Review




The Zoella Beauty range has been highly anticipated amongst the teen and preteen set, so right off the bat I am not really in the range's target demographic. However, having followed the famous blogger for a couple of years now, I was curious as to what her range actually consisted of. All reviews thus far (or most) have come from well-established bloggers who were invited to her launch and therefore are unanimously positive. I was interested in trying the products myself and seeing what they were actually made of.


Update on My Health and Some Oldie But Goodie Songs



Hi everyone...I've got a few life updates for you.

Important Announcement About The Remnants



The Remnants update: Due to my health issues, I have decided to postpone publishing The Remnants via self-publishing. I may continue with the Inkshares when I feel better if I am able. If you have paid for a pre-order of The Remnants on Amazon, you will be refunded (it should have already happened or will happen in the next couple of days). If the Inkshares project is cancelled, you will also be refunded your pre-order/investment. I will keep you updated!

I want to create the best work possible for you, which won't happen if I'm in pain and attempting to recover whilst rushing to put on the finishing touches.

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Thirty Before 30



Thirty seems to be a magic age to all of those underneath it. Once you turn 30, all of your ish will be figured out, you'll be financially secure, married with 2.5 kids, etc., etc. Lots of bloggers have a thirty by thirty list where in they must complete a certain amount of things before they turn 30. Before I hit the big 3-0, I know I was very nervous about it, worrying that people would think I was was weird for my current life choices, that I had not accomplished enough in my life, etc. In order to make myself feel better, I made a list of 30 things I have accomplished by age 30 instead of dwelling on all of the things I haven't done. I found this to be much more productive and positive. 

Down the Rabbit Hole...a Day Out in Oxford

One thing I love about living in England is that you can just whoosh away for a day somewhere that's still incredibly exotic to my American senses. Being a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan (duh, check the name of my blog!), I was really excited to spend the day out in the birthplace of Alice.

$500 Fabulous Fall Giveaway!


How does $500 cash sound?  
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