Keep it Casual

 Blazer: Primark, Top: Dorothy Perkins, Jeans: New Look, Shoes: New Look, Necklace: Primark, Bracelets: Thomas Sabo, Primark, Bag: Accessorize

It is going to be one of them weekends where the weather is miserable and you do not want to get out your pj's and venture outside. It may be payday for many out there but you don't have to splash the cash on a night out, save yourself from the freezing cold nights walking from club to club and stick to somewhere nice and warm like the cinema or maybe bowling?! Spice up your casual outfit a bit with a cute little blazer and some jewellery, you can look just as glamorous without having to put a lot of effort into it if your in one of them lazy moods (which is me usually). Hope you all enjoy your weekend xx

A very cold day - Not enough layers

 Coat: Topshop, Top: Hollister, Leggings: River Island, Converse: Schuh, Bag: Accessorize

It was one of them days today that instant regret hit me when I stepped outside, I really did not have enough layers on for how cold it was! I love this Hollister top, my sister got me it a couple of years ago for Christmas, it has to be the only item I own from there as I find their items are far too small for me. It is very lightweight and does not keep you warm at all, it is something you want to throw on with some denim shorts over the summer. 

I have a little confession I have to make, it has become clear to me that my outfit posts are all the same, I stand in the same place infront of the boring cream wall and stand in the same position all the time without smiling!! After looking at my images from Liverpool on Sunday it made me aware that images look a lot prettier with a nice backdrop being me, a bit more colour and warmth. Unfortunately it is very tricky being at University, and in third year with the amount of work I have to do, and also living in a very small town where there isn't that many interesting places to go. I will try my very best to get a couple of outfit posts outside :) xx

Get your glad rags on

Dress:Pull & Bear, Clutch, Kardashian Kollection at Dorothy Perkins, Heels: Topshop, Bracelets: Thomas Sabo 

Apologies before I start writing about this outfit, the images seem to be really poor quality, I did take them using my SLR camera and have edited the images so the lighting looks correct but they seem to look quite grainy and a bit yellow which is strange and something which I cannot change which is annoying! Maybe it is time to invest in some photography lighting.

I absolutely love this dress, I got it just under a year ago for my birthday of my mum, another one of them items I found and told her I wanted or should I say would have liked. I do love a good bodycon dress, however it means that all lumps and bumps you have will be on show, which made me quite wary but I think the thickness of the fabric sucks me in. What is also good about this dress is the black paneling down the side to create an illusion bringing you in at the waist and showing off your curves. 

Put on your favourite heels- you might want to add a splash of colour with yours or keep it simple with a black pair, then add as much or as little jewellery as you wish and a clutch bag. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and have fun whatever you have planned. xx

No.7 Intense Volume Mascara

A few weeks back my trusted mascara had finally run out *sobs* I had been a little lazy as I should have really replaced it a good few weeks before I did as it felt really dry when applying it to my eyelashes. For a good few years I have been swapping and changing the Maybelline Colossal mascaras and the one I had been using recently is the Volum' Express 100% black, I love it so much it makes my lashes look longer than what they actually are, and I can build up the thickness with a lot of layers.

I thought I would test out a new brand and having a No.7 £3 off make up voucher I thought I would try out one of their mascaras, and it came out a little cheaper than the Maybelline one. They had a lot to choose from and I was probably stood around that counter for a good 10 minutes trying to decide, but eventually I picked out the Intense Volume in Black.

Now, I really should give my honest opinion here, it is a good mascara the brush is actually nicely spaced out compared to the Maybelline one which has a lot more bristles making it thicker, this makes my eyelashes a little more spaced out but they do tend to clump a little together. On the plus side it makes them look a lot longer than what they are.

I do feel that I could be a little bit too used to the Maybelline one and the change in them is quite different. For me to use a lot of layers of mascara at once is not quite possible with the No.7 one as it does dry quite quickly, however not everyone will wear so much of it as once so I do think that this mascara will be really good for many people. I am going to persist with it and see how we get on, if anyone else has tried this mascara then I would love to know your thoughts.

Dash of Pink

Blazer: River Island, Top: Next, Jeans: New Look, Shoes: New Look, Necklace: Primark, Bracelet: Pandora, Bag: Kardashia Kollection at Dorothy Perkins

This morning I had to venture across the Pennines back to University after an amazing week. Setting off at 9am to not get back until 12pm is a long journey; a car, two trains and a bus with a suitcase, extremely heavy handbag and another bag is not very fun. I shouldn't really moan it was for a good cause. 

I got changed as soon as I got back to uni as I wanted to freshen up, I have recently become a fan of wearing jeans after years of just living in leggings day after day. These from New Look are a very soft fabric so they are quite stretchy and forgiving after eating a huge meal, they are not quite a jegging but not quite a jean fabric (weird!). They are high wasted which was what made me get them, I am extremely fussy when it comes to low rise trousers/jeans etc I hate them with a passion I just don't feel comfortable wearing them. 

To dress them up a little bit I wore my sparkly white vest top, I love how it is quite baggy, it's just so comfortable. I teamed this with the most gorgeous pink blazer I picked up in the sales over the Summer, it is so pretty and girly and just perfect! I wore my gold necklace too as I felt the outfit looked a little bit bare around the top area otherwise.

Step Out From The Crowd

Dress: Ribbon at Bank, Clutch: Accessorize, Boots: New Look, Ring: Primark, Bracelets: Pandora & Thomas Sabo

This dress is what I picked up in the January sales. I have not actually had a night out to wear it yet but thought it would be really fun to do it as an outfit post for you all, its so comfy and made me want to go out partying.

I don't own any swing dresses in my wardrobe, probably because I feel they are unflattering for me, making me look bigger as it just drops down, there is no shape to it at all. I bought it in a bigger size so that it is a more oversized dress and floats a little better. Perfect for when you feel a little bloated from the amount of food you have consumed in the day and the amount of alcohol in there. 

Normally when picking dresses I tend to stick with greys and blacks for a night out - very dull and boring. But it was the colours which caught my eye, it just seemed very different than what I have seen in all the shops, I'm always embarrassed when I go out and see someone in the same dress as me, it has happened before and it was not fun. 

I wore my chunky ankle boots, which would look lovely with the little ankle socks with the frill just poking above the boot. I am not one for over accessorizing (which is strange for the amount of jewellery I own)I just put on my Thomas Sabo and Pandora bracelets and a flowery ring.

It would look perfect if you curl your hair and do a smokey eye look and you are good to go :) Hope this is helpful if your stuck on an outfit for your nights out. Enjoy your weekend xx

Mac Magnetic Nudes - Fairly Precious

Another product to add to my ever growing collection of Mac cosmetics, doesn't it just look so pretty? The pattern is far too nice to get my blusher brush on and ruin it. 

I am a very lucky girl to have my boyfriend buy me this after he won a bet the other day, and he took me shopping again! He must be the only guy who enjoys going shopping and will pick out pieces for me.

I originally went to the Mac counter in Selfridges to look at the Mineralise Skinfinish section as I had previously seen a really lovely range of quite deep pink tones swirled into one another creating a beautiful shimmering blusher (I didn't even take down the name), unfortunately the staff said it was either their Christmas stock or limited edition *sad face*. I wanted to try and find a very similar product rather than go for a matte base which is my preferred choice.

My eyes were suddenly drawn to a new collection which has just been brought out called the Magnetic Nudes, and what better products to use to brighten up a dull winters day with all the glimmering metallics and nude colours. They are just so pretty *heart eye'd emoji*. I picked up the Extra Dimension Skinfinish highlighter in Fairly Precious, the metallic copper colour is perfect for my skin tone, it is just so neutral and warm. Even though it is a highlighter if your fair skinned like me then you can build up the colour to make it a bronzer which I have done and it really does work well and look so pretty. 

I am a little baffled as to why the description of this product is a liquid-powder highlighter, I'm not quite sure where the liquid part comes into it but you cannot really complain about that as the product is amazing.

The collection includes; eye shadows, lipsticks, lip glosses and blushes. This highlighter was £22 which I don't feel is too bad for a product from Mac, it is a fairly decent size. Has anyone else tried this Magnetic Nudes and fallen straight in love with it? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Night of Pampering

Sorry for the lateness of this post *slaps the back of my hand* I have had a full day of lectures and then caught a train home for a few days which will be really nice and a much deserved break. 

Last night I decided to have a little pamper session by myself, it was the first night I had to actually relax in a while and I felt my face needed some TLC after the amount of make up I have piled on it over the past month. It had become really dry and damaged so a face mask and lots of night cream was in mind. I picked up a couple of these mud masks from the supermarket the other day, they are so cheap which is amazing, I think I paid around £1 for them - perfect if you are on a budget like me at the minute. It really is so good at how quick the masks work, and I want to try and keep on top of doing face masks regularly.

What a better way to accompany a face mask with drinking wine, eating a cupcake with candles lit around, giving a peaceful and calming atmosphere.

Printed but Simple

Coat: Topshop, Top: Peacocks, Jeans: New Look, Boots: Uggs, Bag: Accessorize, Bracelet: Pandora

Wow the lighting in my images is really poor today and I have no idea why, it doesn't look like this on my iPhoto, weird! 

So today I have kept it really casual and comfy as I have been sat at my desk doing my dissertation. Shock! I love this top so much, it has been sat in my drawer for a couple of years because I wasn't quite sure what to think of it but I cannot stop wearing it at the minute. It's so baggy so perfect for when you are suffering a bloated day.

I went to the gym this morning for the first time in 2014, I actually love going to the gym it makes me feel all refreshed afterwards that is. It really does wonders doing a workout I feel so bright and refreshed for a couple of hours and it makes me feel so much happier. 

I am thinking about doing a post on gym wear and giving some advice on how easy it is to stay healthy. 

The Sunday Post

Evening everybody :) another week has been and gone and what a busy one I have had at that; writing my dissertation, planning other essays along with working at the uni bar and doing my blog posts which is the highlight of my days. 

Today has been quite chilled with sorting my uni room out and then going to the Trafford Centre with my boyfriend for a nosy around the shops. For a Sunday it wasn't as busy as what I thought it was going to be, but I spent most of my time going around the sports shops in search for Nike Free run trainers, not that I was actually going to buy any. I did pick up a couple of bits for the gym from h&m, they do quite a good sports section at cheap prices, also a few things from Boots and Superdrug after I noticed that a lot of my make up products had practically run out. Why do they all run out at once?! 

There may have also been a little purchase at the Mac section of Sefridges from my boyfriend which was lovely. Keep your eyes peeled later this week to see what I got.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend xx

Olay Essentials - double action night cream

A few blog posts ago - possibly the first of 2014, I mentioned that I wanted to try out some new products, either ones that have just hit the shelves or ones that have been out for a few years. It is time to experiment. 

I really need to take care of my skin so building up my skin care routine is the first step, I don't think washing your face with just warm water is good enough(here comes the gasps of all beauty bloggers).

Recently my face has been quite dry and I have also suffered a little breakout due to being extremely busy at uni and work. I picked up this OLAY essentials double action night cream from Tesco to try out, I chose this over a day cream as I never really like the way make up applies just after using a face moisturiser, it tends to rub off a lot quicker. Does anyone else think this? Another plus side of using it over night is that there are more hours for it to get to work regenerating the skins appearance and replacing the moisture lost during the day. 

You do not need to apply a lot of the cream when using it as little goes quite far which is a bonus, however it is really cheap at £4.99 if you are on a budget. I have only used this once and my skin did feel a little refreshed the next morning. I am hoping that this continues and I can notice a difference in the long run. If anyone has tried this cream then I would love to hear your thoughts on this. 

Night Out Look: Pastles with an Edge

Jacket: Miss Selfrdige, Blouse: Primark, Skirt: h&mBag: Kardashian Kollection at Dorothy Perkins, Boots: New Look

This is a bit of a different post from me today, we are still on the lines of an outfit of the day but I thought I would change the concept slightly, what a better way than to help inspire others on outfit choices for a night out, it is the start to the weekend after all. It doesn't have to be for a big night, it could be a trip to the local or a restaurant.

This pink and grey shirt is from Primark (I told you their shirts would probably be feature heavy in my posts), I teamed this with my black mini cotton skirt and a leather jacket for warmth. By tucking the shirt into the skirt it gives a more sophisticated and neater look. The black cut out boots with little white ankle socks give the outfit a slight edge, I picked these instead of heels for something a little different however you don't have to do this. You can dress the outfit up more by adding a big statement necklace and a fancier clutch bag. 

I hope this inspires you and I would love to see your take on this outfit post by tweeting me at @alice_stoker or linking me your blog posts. Have a lovely weekend xx

Casual but Chic

 Jacket:George at Asda*,T-shirt:h&m, Legings: River Island, Trainers: Vans*,  
Bag: Accessorize, Necklace: New Look 

I am not really the one to make much of an effort on a day to day basis at university *slaps wrists* I tend to get up last minute before my lectures so I just throw on the first thing that I can find. By about 3ish you will find me back in my pjs being very lazy and a slob writing essays hidden away in my room, it is not very fun and entertaining.

I love this army style jacket, the first time I saw them was at Leeds Festival two year ago and was so tempted to pick one up but didn't - something which I immediately regretted once back home. My mum got this one at George in Asda around April 2013 and wrapped it up for my birthday. I like how it is very lightweight, it can easily be layered up or just worn on a cool Summers day *sighs*. They are not in the shops anymore and you don't tend to see anyone wear them anymore but I am going out of my comfort zone and I still wear mine as I love it so much. 

The Sunday Post

Yesterday I went on a little trip to York to spend some quality time with my parents before I headed back to University today (boo!!) this holiday period has flown by far too quick for my liking, it only seemed yesterday I packed my bags and went home for three weeks. It is fair to say no work has been done being my dissertation, I have stuffed my face and spent far too much money but, I would not change it for a second.

I do love York, it is such a beautiful city to visit, with all the quirky little shops down 'The Shambles' and the unusual style of buildings which are home to your usual high street stores. It reminds me slightly of Carnaby Street in London and Canterbury which is another place I absolutely love visiting. 

This is a slightly different post than what your used to reading on a Sunday, I feel that it needed a new look for 2014, something more exciting. Hope you enjoy xx