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Friday, 28 December 2012

thailand travels part two

So tomorrow is the big day, me and the boy are jetting off to Thailand, and I thought it was about time I gave you all an update on our jaunt whether you're interested or not.

The last that I shared with you was this post, we didn't really know where we were going and what we wanted to see, how things have changed in a few weeks.  

We fly to Bangkok tomorrow, landing at 10.30 am Thailand time, I don't even know what time it'll be in the UK, and I'm dreading the jet lag. The plan is to try and stay up till at least early evening before collapsing in a heap ready to see the sights.  The next night is of course New Years Eve, we're staying in a hotel by the river (The Chatrium), and I hope we'll just do some wandering and maybe enjoy a cocktail or two.

Next we fly up to Chiang Mai for four nights, where we plan to get our cultural hit, lots of temples to see, elephant treks to go on, and I hope a Thai Cookery course.  We're staying at The Imperial Hotel, which looks like the perfect haven to head back to after a busy day.

We then head South, a quick one night stop in Phuket, simply because we wanted to get to Phi Phi and weren't able to do that journey in one day.  We've heard that Phuket is nice enough, but much better places to stay and go, so we're staying in a little resort called the Boomerang Village where we can enjoy dinner looking out over the village.

Next on the agenda is the wonderful Phi Phi, my ulterior motive for the whole holiday...the place where The Beach was filmed, oh how I can't wait.  And this is the place we're splashing out, I won't give you any prices, but The Holiday Inn wasn't cheap, and we're hoping for a few days of luxury.  And of course, a day trip to Maya Beach...what more could I want!

After a few days of total relaxation, we're then heading to Khao Sok National Park, after much uhmming and ahhing, I decided that I actually really wanted to go here, it looks beautiful, and will make a change from the beach.  So after a few cancellations, and a route plan change, we've booked the Kuruburi Greenview Resort, and chosen the room that overlooks the lake.  I'm pretty sure it's going to be a nightmare journey trying to find this place, but it looks like it will be well worth it.

When then journey across land and sea, by bus, car and ferry I believe to get to party town, Koh Phangan.  Unfortunately there isn't a full moon party while we're there, but I've heard that every day is an excuse for a party on this island, so with three nights here we're staying at The Sunset Hill Resort, which I hope will be a bit of tranquility to come back to after an evening of partying.

Then onto Koh Tao for two nights, to chill out, maybe try some diving for the first time, and some much needed sleep before we head back to Bangkok.  We're staying in a little place called the Koh Tao Cabana Resort which are full of cute little cottages, and a private beach.

We've yet to book our final two nights in Bangkok, because, we have a plan.  We've booked all of the hotels above through who have a very agreeable (shall we say) offer for new customers.  It's called the 'Welcome Rewards' loyalty programme which means once you've booked ten nights through them, you get one free, which when you're booking a holiday like this, every little helps!

The boy  has a couple of friends living in Bangkok too which I'm hoping means we'll get to see some secrets that usually the tourists don't know about.

But for now, I'm off to pack...yes, I still haven't got round to that yet.

all about the girl

P.S.  Please keep coming back while I'm away, because I've got some great guest posts up from some lovely bloggers lined up for you.

Monday, 24 December 2012

a velvet dress for Christmas time

It's Christmas Eve!!!!!!! So what better time to show you my Christmas Party Dress.  This is the dress that I finally found for my work Christmas party after spending many unsuccessful days shopping....I eventually bought this at 8pm the night before, nothing like being organised.

It's black, it's velvet and I love it.  I normally hate the feel of velvet, it usually sends shivers right through me, but desperation came first when it came to this dress. 

Dress - Warehouse
Necklace / Bracelet - Topshop

I don't know why I look so grumpy on these photos, these were taken just before my last night out in London....I must have been going for the moody model look (ha, yeah right!)

In other news, despite how generally unorganised I seem to be in every other part of my life (I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday, I still need to sort out a lot of holiday stuff and get round to unpacking the boxes that are still in my room) I have a job!  The interview I went for on Friday, well they rang 2 hours later to offer me it.  I'm going to be working for a local magazine, and I'm so's actually a job I really, really wanted and I'm still a bit in shock that I got it.

So for now, I'm off to enjoy Christmas day.  Hope you all do too, be merry.

all about the girl

Friday, 21 December 2012

hearts and a hat

This is one of the last set of photos from my London flat, all seems a bit weird now I'm sat in my parents house in Carlisle.  The good news is, I now have a garden, so my outfit photo's may get a little more creative...I say that, I'm not making any promises.

So this is the second of the two bargain dresses I got from Spitalfields Market, you can see the first one here.  I don't think the fit of this one is great, the elasticated waist doesn't do a lot for my figure, but I like the colour and print of so I guess I'll just have to make do.  

You can't tell from these photos (my bad) but the print is actually small cream hearts, and the skirt is pleated.      And it's lovely for this time of year with a chunky cardigan, boots and a hat.  I don't actually go anywhere without a hat in Winter.

Hat - Topshop
Boots - Zara

I'm going to leave this short and sweet, as I have an interview in 40 minutes...I will reveal all if goes successful, but for the moment...please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me.

And if I don't appear here again before Tuesday, have a very Happy Christmas and I hope Santa is good to you.

all about the girl

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

an update...

So here I am, sitting on my bed in my childhood bedroom, surrounded by boxes wondering where to start!  Yesterday, the boy and I made the 5 and a half hour drive back up to Carlisle ready to start our new life.  Everything still seems a little crazy, the fact I've left London doesn't feel quite real, and I'm sure reality will hit in the New Year (after our holiday of course) that I need to find a new job, and think about buying a house.

You may have noticed that the blog has gone a little quiet, I've got no time for taking photos and I'm not even popping up on Twitter.  I'm hoping life will calm down soon, and my little space on the world wide web will get some attention again.  However, it's now Wednesday 19th December, and I need to make a start on my Christmas shopping...! Oh, and catch up with friends and family, plus some much needed sleep, so I can't make any promises.

But, I did want to let you know that I am still here, just rather absently.  I am still looking for a couple of Guest Bloggers for while I'm away (more info here) so do drop me an email if you're interested, but just an FYI, I will need post plus images by this Saturday...yes, crazy right?

I'm going to leave you with this picture of me from our London leaving drinks last week, let's just say that the hangover was pretty bad the next day...

all about the girl

Sunday, 16 December 2012

gorgeous couture - the little black dress

I was recently contacted by Gorgeous Couture and asked if I wanted to review one of their items, of course I said yes, have you seen their dresses??

Gorgeous Couture is way more classy and formal than my usual type of style so I knew it would be fun to try something different for a change.  I really had my eye on the Jen Swarovski Maxi Dress but unfortunately that one wasn't available, and it's probably for the best, me and sophisticated just don't go hand in hand.

Instead I received the Bailey Dress in black, which too, is lovely. But before I talk about the dress, I have to mention the packaging.  It arrived in a beautiful black box, which was full of purple tissue paper, super elegant to match the brand.  It felt like Christmas! The box would be perfect too for keeping goodies in, that's if you didn't want to keep the dress always folded delicately inside.

Now onto the dress.  This is the type of dress you could have a lot of fun with, as it's black you could style it in so many ways, but I wanted to keep it simple.  Killer heels, matching clutch bag and a little bit of jewellery let's the dress do all the talking.

And with my hair pinned up, it means you can really show off the sexy one shoulder design.

It's really a top quality dress, and I'm sure all their items are like this.  The material is thick and sturdy, so it clings in all the right places but drops where it should.  Plus it's super comfy, with an elasticated band round the top to keep all your bits in place.

At £134 it's pricey, but I'd say well worth it, especially during party season when you know you're going to get a lot of wear out of it, and like I said, because it's black you could pair it with different colours and accessories to keep it fresh.

So if you're still looking for that perfect number for the Christmas season I'd strongly recommend heading over to Gorgeous won't be disappointed.

all about the girl

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

guest bloggers wanted...please!

So life is pretty chaotic for me at the moment, I have my last day at work on Friday, I leave London on Tuesday, then it's Christmas, then it's holiday time!  At the moment I'm spending every spare moment packing, our living room is full of boxes, and in a couple of days we're going to eating takeaways every night as kitchen utensils will be packed.

And when I'm not packing, I'm trying to cram in all the things in London that I haven't managed to do in the five years I've lived here, as well as spend time with friends I'm probably not going to see for a while.  So blogging has very much taken a back burner...and it's probably going to get worse in the next few weeks before it gets better.

I'm going to be living back at home with the rents (hrmm!!), doing last minute Christmas shopping and while trying to live out of boxes, I'll be trying to get ready for a three week holiday!

Now this is where you lot come in, I'd love to say that I'm super organised and got a load of posts scheduled for while I'm away...yep, that hasn't happened.  So I am looking for some guest bloggers, yes really! We fly on 29th December, and aren't back until 21st January (amazing, right!) and I imagine the few days surrounding that are going to be hectic...I still need to find a new job.

If you would like to help me out, I'd very much appreciate it, any type of post that's kind of in-line with my blog would be splendid, outfit shots, beauty reviews, baking, lifestyle or your own attempt at Trend on Trial! If you're interested then please drop me an email at , not sure yet how many I'm going to need, but every little helps, right?

all about the girl 

Saturday, 8 December 2012

stylist's trend on trial, trialled: sixties syle hair

It's really true, Trend on Trial is back, by popular demand, apparently.  I'd like to think that all my lovely readers campaigned to Stylist because they enjoyed reading mine versions so much...or maybe not.

Anyway, I'm glad it's back, my Saturday morning's will now be consumed again by trialling the latest beauty fad, and this week it's Sixties Style Hair.

I've always loved the idea of sporting a classic beehive (a la Olivia), but whenever I've given it a go, I usually end up with a bird's nest style mop on the top of my head, and the rest of my hair looking lank.  Determined not to give in this week, I started with lots of mousse, and thickening serum and dried my hair while trying to avoid having a parting (once my hair has been parted, there's no moving it, even with extensive backcombing).  I then backcombed, backcombed, backcombed, and I think, I managed to come up with some kind of attempt at the sixties do.

I surprised myself this week, the backcombing actually worked, although I purposefully won't show you a picture of the back as it was a mass of kirby gribs and clips.  And even by the time I'd taken these pictures, it had started to flop.  I just don't have enough hair/thickness to make this truly work.

Although I really like it on these pictures, to me, the beehive felt HUGE, and the prospect of going out in public with it was not one I could contemplate.

And for a change, I even tried to rock a theme!  I teamed it with a thick black hair band, a sweep of black eyeliner, and added some pearls for an Audrey-esque look, and all together I like it.  But for my average day at work? Maybe not.

So, what do you think?  Will you be giving the sixties hair style a go?

all about the girl

Oh, and if you want to see all my previous Trend's on Trial, you can find them all here.  Go go go!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

sigma beauty brushes

So I am officially a make-up brush convert.  I've never had much success with foundation brushes in the past, especially the flat ones, but oh my, I hadn't discovered stippling brushes then.

I was contacted by Sigma and asked if I'd liked to review a couple of their brushes, of course I said yes.  When it comes to make up, I'll give anything a go once, and anything that will help my morning routine better, and quicker I'm willing to try.

Sigma kindly sent me their Flat Kabuki Brush and their Precision Tapered Brush.  I was dubious, like I've said, I've never really got along with foundation brushes, but I gave it a go.  And I have used the Kabuki Brush every day since.

Now let me explain why I rate it so much, one of my favourite things about it is that I seem to use a lot less product than I did when I used sponges.  I squeeze a small amount on the back of my hand and then use the brush to apply.  It gives a much more natural and finished look, with the sponges I always felt like I had a real thick layer of foundation all over my face.

Then, as the stippling brush is rather large, you can use the tapered brush for those hard to reach areas (inner eye, round the nose) and ta da, you're good to go.  And I seem to be saving myself much more time too, I don't know what I was doing with the sponges that took so long!

Now in these pictures I'm NOT wearing my beloved Double Wear, luckily as of today, me and my Double Wear have been reunited, so my skin is looking even better than ever.

I'm not sure if Sigma is stocked anywhere in the UK, but if not, don't let that put you off, it's well worth ordering off their website and waiting for them, plus, if you spend over $30 you get a free gift!!

Sigma's mission is to create high-quality products at affordable prices, and I can certainly say that they've achieved that.

all about the girl

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

a change is coming...

So today I have some exciting news to share, it will bear no impact on any of you lot and I’m sure 99.9% of you probably won’t even care. But to me, it’s a pretty big deal. Me and the boy are leaving London, and moving back to our little old home town of Carlisle. 

It’s been in the pipeworks since Augusst (well actually a couple of years) but we decided for definite in Summer, and it’s now official…work is told, our flat lease is coming to an end and we’ve started packing up boxes. I’ve got 8 days left at work (not that I’m counting or anything) and we are having a big leaving party in London. Then we are making the 6 hour drive up in a van full of all our wordly goods. 

I know a lot of people might wonder why I would want to move back to little old Carlisle, but it’s my home, it’s where my family are (and my new nieces), it’s where the boy’s family are…and, we can actually buy a house! A whole house, not just a studio flat with an hour commute from where we live. 

I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do for work…so if anyone would like to pay me to do some internet related stuff, then that would be lovely. If any of you randomly happen to know of Cumbrian based jobs too, then give me a shout. But for now, I’m going to enjoy Christmas, enjoy our trip to Thailand (more on that coming soon) and look forward to starting our new life together. 

I’m just a bit disappointed as I’ve recently been starting to get invites to London based blogging events, ah well….

all about the girl

P.S. The photo above was taken at our Christmas Party last week...thankfully the dodgy tash is now gone!

Monday, 3 December 2012

dear santa....

I thought I'd make it easy for you this year and just ask for one thing...a Mulberry Handbag.

Yes, yes I know, you have hundreds, no, thousands upon thousands of lovely girls asking for the same thing, but I have been ESPECIALLY good this year and so if you had to choose one of us, it really should be me.

I'm not even fussy, I've made it easy for you and given you a selection below of my favourites, I'll let you pick which one.  

It really would make me a very happy person if you could just pop one of these under the Christmas Tree this year, and just think, I wouldn't even need to ask anymore?

Yes, I am 27 and I've written Santa Claus a letter, but maybe it'll work this year? He might feel guilty because he knows that all your lovely readers are hoping he's going to come good?

I've wanted a Mulberry handbag for what feels like forever, and I know it's totally un-original, pretty much every female on the planet wants one, but look how pretty they are.  The problem I have is, the price.  I mean, I probably could save up and treat myself to one, but when I think what that money could be spent on instead (a holiday, towards a house - yes, that other fairly major thing I'm saving for) it's hard to justify.  So instead, I'm hoping Santa might just surprise me, and I wouldn't have to feel so guilty.

all about the girl
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