Wednesday 30 July 2014

POTW: Peep Toe Bow Flats - (they're a bargain)


"the cutest types of shoe"

Peep toes are the cutest types of shoe! I love the way you can show the world your toenail colour yet be totally comfy at the same time! Its super fun and pretty

I love the bow detail on these particular ones too  - it adds a touch of girly-ness! 

 "black is perfect as it goes with everything"

The colour black is perfect as it goes with everything!! Although it was hard to picture the material, it is suede - hence they look kind of fuzzy on camera! They feel lovely - can you tell I am in love with them? 

 "the amazing price tag"

The best part about them is the amazing price tag! If you have ever been to Primark, you'd know about their incredibly cheap shoes... these were £5!! How amazing! Maybe it's time we all go to Primark more often?!

Are you a fan of peep-toe shoes? 

Monday 28 July 2014

Nude at the Beach - ft. Ciate | Mani Monday


Incase you didn't read the last two words of the title, it is a manicure monday - and just FYI I wasn't nude at the beach! :)
"The accent nail is a little added bonus bling"
I know this combination may not be your cup of tea, I was originally going for an orange and blue, but found I don't own the right orange so the next best was the nude - and I love it.

"I now can say it's my favourite nude"
Having owned the Ciate polish for a while now, I had only worn it once - this being the second time and I now can say it's my favourite nude. The accent nail is a little added bonus bling, creating correlations to the seaside - hence the idea of 'Nude at the Beach'!

"the next best was the nude - and I love it"
The perfect summer mani IMO, and I must say, the packing for Ciate is so gorgeous!

Have you tried Ciate, if so what's your favourite shade? 

Friday 25 July 2014

Yes/No: Cropped Pants... for casual wear?


The last time you may have come across the Yes/No series is for the Short Hair Trend. Having not even thought about it being a series, I figured 'why not?' as you seemed to love it! If you haven't read it yet, let me know whether it's Yes or No for you on that post!

"classy yet fashionable"

Well, this time it's the cropped pants. Having gone shopping last week, it was on the 'Must Buy' list. To my amusement, I found them (which is good) and they were in the office wear section. Maybe its the fact that I love sophisticated style but I would easily wear this as casual attire!

source: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4
"Definitely a versatile product and a staple in ones wardrobe"
I love the way it looks: classy yet fashionable and easy to pair with many outfits. Definitely a versatile product and a staple in ones wardrobe, I'd say!

" if you want a bargain, it's for £9 in Primark! "

You can buy a pair from ASOS for £20 online, yet if you want a bargain, it's for £9 in Primark!

So tell me, Yes or No from You on Cropped Pants? 

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Nakd Bar: Cocoa Loco - First Impressions


"they're getting more and more popular by the day"
A different POTW, it's food related! You may have heard of these nakd bars as they're getting more and more popular by the day. Having tried Nakd bars previously (Cashew Cookie flavour), I was more than excited to try out a new flavour and went with Cocoa Loco.

"wheat free and one of your 5 a day!"

Having read the name, for some reason it reminded me of coconuts - even though it is not coconut flavour, they should invent one! But I went with this one anyway! It has Oats, Dates, Raisins, Peanuts, Apple Juice, Cocoa, Almonds and Walnuts. It is wheat free and one of your 5 a day!

"this would be a lifesaver"

The bars are quite compact and would be great to have in your purse - you know when you're out all day and end up hungry and don't know where to go, this would be a lifesaver ;)

"I totally recommend it, especially if you love cocoa"

The consistency is quite chewy, which I love, and the nuts add a nice crunch. I must admit that I prefer Cashew Cookie as it doesn't have the oats - the oats aren't my favourite part of the bar.

Overall, I love dates and nuts together, so this is definitely a brand to try. I totally recommend it, especially if you love cocoa (definitely can taste it) and nuts! I know I'll be buying more - trying different flavours, though! I saw the variety pack on their website but this works out to be more expensive than if you buy single ones of your choice in store - so be aware!

What's your favourite go-to Purse Snack?? 

Monday 21 July 2014

August 2014 Calendar - Free Printable


You may have caught a glimpse of the July 2014 Calendar for this month, and it has been a great hit so I thought you may enjoy an August one too!

August is the month that summer officially starts! It's usually full of events such as fun days out at theme parks, or picnics, cinemas, restaurants or even the beach - so a calendar is so handy!

Here are two designs you may like to download and print - it's completely FREE by the way:

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I hope you like the designs inspired more by the idea of Summer whereas last months theme was Grey & Pink! 

Tell me which you prefer: Orange/Pink Calendar or Blue/Yellow one? 

Friday 18 July 2014

BerryWeekly: Flowers, Room Scents & Vita Coco

"prepare to get some tips to spice up your room for Summer"
Another Friday has approached us! OMG I feel like every Friday I start with the same intro, either that or 'TGIF'. Gosh, it's getting old! Anyway, that may be getting old but lets see what's new and loving this week! Also, prepare to get some tips to spice up your room for Summer, too! :)

"you would have NEVER in a billion years thought of it"
The flowers in the garden have been blooming and that's when the most creative idea ever hit me: Cut up a few flowers and leaves and stick them in a vase for the room! Yes, I know - you would have NEVER in a billion years thought of it!

Why not make the most out of what we have - so if you have flowers in your garden or if anyone allows you to take their flowers, definitely do this - it's super easy and looks amazing! Plus, it's always lovely to wake up to these beauties in the morning!

"you would understand my excitement when a whole box of it landed on my doorstep"
You may be as hyped about coconuts as I am - as shown in this postthis post and this post - and if you are, you would understand my excitement when a whole box of it landed on my doorstep on Monday! I ordered it from Amazon, by the way.

"Definitely recommend it"
Finally, another thing thats great for your room is this fragrance diffuser. It is a plug-in and has 3 scents which change every 45 minutes. This makes it so you can smell the fragrance every time it changes and realise it is there. I have the trio in 'Thai Orchid' and this is the 3volution fragrance diffuser by Ambi Pur. Definitely recommend it and it lasts forever!

I hope you had a fantastic week and tell me: What's your favourite type of Flowers? 

Wednesday 16 July 2014

POTW: Batiste Dark & Deep Brown Dry Shampoo


"Dry Shampoo is your best friend."
Generally in the summer months we like our hair in the style of Beach Waves - and the heat can cause one to sweat more (sounds eww, I know!) which leads to greasy hair. You may be like me and wash your hair about 3 times a week, so almost every other day, but actually it's not healthy to do so. So, to keep your hair healthy and looking non-greasy, Dry Shampoo is your best friend.

As it is now summer, it is the perfect time to get your hair into 'better shape' meaning (unfortunately) less hair washing as when we wash our hair, we're stripping away the natural oils that are produced meaning the hair is left dry. 

I am aiming for twice a week to see if it makes a difference.

"staple and a go-to product on a bad hair day."
After using this dry shampoo once, I can honestly say I love it! I can see it becoming a staple and a go-to product on a bad hair day.

I have tried the non-dark hair version and it is NOT the same. This version is so much easier to blend into your hair and it doesn't look like you have talcum powder in your hair and at £3.99 from Boots you can't go wrong!

So, how many times do you wash your hair a week? 

Monday 14 July 2014

Yes/No: Short Hair Trend?


If you're like me, you may have noticed the crazy amount of people that have cut their long hair recently, such as the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Kylie Jenner. The thought of cutting off a lot of ones lovely long hair is slightly terrifying... until I went and did it myself.

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
 'blond short hair girls have more fun'

Last Tuesday (8th July) was the day 4 and a half inches of my locks were chopped off. Was I scared? No. Did I think it through? No. Would I recommend it? YES.

It's kind of like 'Blonde girls have more fun' but it should be: 'short hair girls have more fun' which is kind of true because it is a lot easier to manage! Though you can't do as many hair styles as you can with long hair.

I wouldn't be able to go for a pixie cut like Emma Watson but the length shown in the pictures above is perfect!

What do you think of the short hair trend: YES/NO? 

Friday 11 July 2014

Summer 2014 - New Music Releases!


You may remember there was a time when music was a regular topic on BBXO, and then there was a break from it. Here we are again with another music post, though I can't promise you it will be a regular topic! haha! But here we go:

So the first new release I was super excited about was Cheryl Coles new song:

Next is called Me and My Broken Heart

This one reminds me of the style that used to be huge, think Justin Timberlake.

Finally: WASTED!

The meaning behind the song is not the (only) reason the song is good - it's the tune! :P

What's your favourite new release? 

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Purchase of The Week: Sleek Face Form Palette + First Impressions


You know those days when you go shopping, not really expecting to buy anything, but end up buying everything - well last Thursday was one of those days...

This has been on my 'To Buy' list forever, so when a day like Thursday was upon me, it was about time I picked this up. Actually, I attended wedding last weekend and I wanted to wear the blush from this palette on her big day, so what better time to buy it, hey?
 Seeing as this is said to be a dupe for the oh-so famous NARS Orgasm blush, you know I was so excited to try it!
"look like they'd be more expensive than they are"

One thing that I do love about Sleek is the beautiful packaging! It's... well, sleek! The products from sleek look like they'd be more expensive than they are - which is always a plus! 

"dupe for the oh-so famous NARS Orgasm blush"
Having tried it on, I love the bronzer more than I thought I would, the highlighter is lovely too - however, the one I had most hopes for is what I am more disappointed with. The blush just was coming off as gold shimmer and not much pink/coral. So far, I am not happy with the blush but am in love with the other two. I will have to use the blush more to make a better decision on what I feel about it but for now, it's not that impressive. 

"I was so excited to try it!"
The face form has a RRP of £9.99 and can be bought from Superdrug.
The shade 'Light' and 'Fair' are the one with the blush shade whereas the other shades do not have the same blush shade - you can also buy the blush shade individually here.

"perfect for your bag"
Oh, and another plus side of this palette is the HUGE mirror! It is perfect for your bag and on-the-go makeup too!

What's been on your beauty wish list for a long time? 

Monday 7 July 2014

Whole Foods Market Haul: First Ever!


If you live in the US, a Whole Foods Haul may be pretty usual for you - but for people like me, and possibly other countries in the world, the whole 'Whole Foods' thing is pretty new to us. But boy am I glad Whole Foods has come to Town - I say that but it's still pretty far for me, yet I'm definitely more likely to go!

"boy am I glad Whole Foods has come to Town" 
When you enter whole foods, you see fruits and vegetables, smiling faces and very healthy looking people! I love the vibe of the market and the idea that everyone has the same priorities as you!
Even going to the checkout, the lady there was greeting me with jokes and recommendations, telling me the Snapea Crisps are "dangerously good" and making me even more excited to try them!

I had known there was a Whole Foods in London but never thought of going until I passed it on the way back from China Town with our Bubble Teas on our last trip to London. We had a quick pop in and out of the store as one of my friends and I were literally jumping with joy at the sight of the 'Whole Foods' sign - yet too overwhelmed to actually purchasing anything...

"the Snapea Crisps are "dangerously good""
The second time we went was last week, this time ensuring we were going to buy at least one thing. So we went down to China Town to get ourselves some bubble tea (now becoming some sort of a ritual) and then went to Whole Foods in Piccadilly. As soon as we saw Snapea Crisps, which have been raved about on YouTube, we had to pick these up. If you've tried Sugar Snap Peas, you know how amazing they are - as I am a huge fan of them, I hope I will be of these too.

For your information, there are more than one flavour, I also spotted the 'Caesar' flavour and 'Tomato' - yet 'Lightly Salted' seemed the safest option.

"Chia Seeds are the superfood of the moment"
These two items were no brainers when it came to Whole Foods. Chia Seeds are the superfood of the moment. Superfoods are the foods with a lot of nutritional value per calorie unit. There are so many great things you can do with those tiny seeds: put them on your cereal, in your smoothies or make Chia Seed Pudding.

Cacao Powder is basically chocolate - but the raw, good-for-you kind. I was in search of this but had only found cocoa power thus far, which is great for making healthier hot chocolates, yet cacao powder seems like one step up, and I am excited to give it a go!

"let's hope these babies are satisfying"
I have been loving dates. Having a big box of medjool dates at home meant that I'd freely have a couple when I want something sweet and super yummy! Running out of those, I was left feeling empty - let's hope these babies are satisfying! I love dried fruit and seeing these mango and pineapple sachets in the store, I had to pick them up! These were actually near the checkout line, which is a very smart place to put them!

"Too many good things all in one place!"
A simple 5 item shop left me satisfied with my shopping trip in Whole Foods - still being overwhelmed with the amount of amazing things they have on sale there, I was unsure of what exactly to pick up! If you've been to whole foods for the first time, I'm sure you'll understand what I mean: Too many good things all in one place! 

What's your favourites from Whole Foods / Health Food Stores? 

Friday 4 July 2014

New TV Series: The 100


TGIF! Another Friday means another start to the weekend. Whether you're going out tonight or staying at home, at some point you may find the time to want to... I don't know, start watching a new TV series? Well if you do, here's why you may want to watch The 100:

"will there never be life on Earth for the humans"
I hadn't heard of 'The 100' by word of mouth, unlike Game of Thrones and The Vampire Diaries, but stumbled across it after searching on google for the perfect new show to watch. If you've been reading BBXO for a while, you'd know that Suits in an obsession - there's evidence of that here, oh and here. #sorryimnotsorry 
Reading those you'd know that I was looking for a new show for a while and nothing stood out as much as this one.

"those 100 are not the only ones on Earth - and the 100 are not wanted there.. "

The 100 is about people living in a spaceship thing (in space, obviously) as there was a nuclear explosion on Earth 97 years (3 generations of people) ago. They had finally decided to let 100 kids from prison down onto earth to see if it is safe for the rest of the population to return too. Unfortunately, some of these kids are rebellious and risk the fact that everyone on the spaceship, including their family and future generations, may die due to lack of rescources to live. 

However, they find that those 100 are not the only ones on Earth - and the 100 are not wanted there.. Will the 100 prove it's safe to be on earth, to save their waiting families on the ship, or will there never be life on Earth for the humans?

If you like the action behind the likes of Hunger Games and Divergent, you will like The 100!

Have you heard of 'The 100' and what do you think of the storyline?

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Shout-Out Wednesday: SORTED food


You may have noticed the never-before-heard title 'Shout-Out Wednesday' - it is a new segment here on BBXO and let's see if you like it!

For the first post in this series I'd like to introduce the Sorted Food boys! They're known as the UK's largest social media cookery channel and I can say that they're my favourite YouTube cooking channel!

I was lucky enough to meet them in Summer and The City last summer (which there's a post about here) - they were super lovely and I had the most embarrassing way of saying hello to them - basically I stared at them for like a minute and then screamed 'OH MY GOD, can I get a picture???' and they just laughed... yes, it was as embarrassing as it sounds (I got the pic btw)!

With a couple of books released and many items in their webstore, I'd definitely say they're doing a great job! Another thing I love about them is their quality of videos - with a sense of humour infused with yummy food and easy ways to make them, I think they're definitely worth checking out.

So, if you're a foodie, love efficiency and don't mind laughing at your computer screen - you'll love Sorted Food!

Do you watch cooking shows too, or prefer to whip things up by mixing and matching whatever you feel like?