Sunday, 25 October 2009

Busy Bee

Once again I have been slacking on the blogging front...
After a somewhat hectic week that flew by in a blur of difficult accounting equations and marketing strategics, I finally escaped to a little town not far from Cambridge, called Huntingdon, to spend the weekend with The Boyfriend.
On Friday night we went to the fair, which turned out to be so much fun considering we're both in our twenties and were therefore the oldest people there. We went on a ride called The Waltzer which spins you round so fast, and we were on it for a good ten minutes at £1.50 each which I thought was such good value for money!
Saturday consisted of shopping in Huntingdon. I was disappointed to find that the Huntingdon branch of Boots did not sell the Soltan tanning mitt. The woman behind the counter said 'we don't stock them at this time of year', which was a classic case of bad product knowledge.
I picked up a gorgeous gift bag in..wait for it...Card Factory! lol purely because I adore the print. If someone could tell me where on earth you can get the wallpaper that has this print then I would be ever so grateful!
(ignore my accounting coursework...and that there on the right would be my hippo keyring:P)

The print is felt and is raised from the rest of the bag..cute huh? and only 99p! As you can see i had to purchase :)
We spent the evening in with milk and cookies and the X Factor..perfect :)
Speaking of which, I am off to watch the results now.
I'm thinking Miss Frank and Rachel in the bottom two...with John and Edward sneaking in to stay for another week..shocking!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Lets talk MAC

I am going to confess to being a total MAC virgin. My boyfriend bought me a set of MAC brushes for my birthday last year, but I do not own any MAC makeup, and up until the weekend I had never had the privalege of wearing any products by MAC.

So for my same birthday a year ago, my brother bought me a makeover experience day at DoubleTake Studios in London. Admittedly I felt like a bit of a plum about the whole thing and cringed at the thought of posing (akward, akward, akward!) for photos so I put off booking the shoot up until recently, a whole year on! If I'd known what was in store I would have booked it a lot sooner!

I basically had a wonderful makeover using all MAC products, and I fell in love. Here is a picture I took of my makeup at about 10pm, and considering I'd had the makeover at 1 o clock in the afternoon I think this just demonstrates the quality and lasting power of MAC products, as the makeup stayed firmly in place and was still flawless well into the evening.

Ta daaa!
Definately a MAC convert. When my finances are in order I plan on visiting my nearest store and purchasing some products as recommended by some of my favourite beauty bloggers.

Hope you're all having a lovely week:) will leave you with a teeny picture I scanned from the shoot!
(if you are thinking of booking a DoubleTake shoot, as a prewarning your photos cost £70 each..extortionate, yes?!)

Holly xo

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Club Review; The Forum

Name: The Forum
Location: University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

This new £38million pound venue was built to replace the existing student union club, Font Bar, which they are soon to convert into offices. The Forum is now the largest venue between Hertfordshire and London, and has already played host to some big names and acts despite being open for less than a month. It is the home of some of the UKs biggest and most renowned student nights, including Flirt, Bonk, and the newest addition, indie night 'Propaganda'. It also hosts Hertfordshires biggest alternative music night, F-Alt.

The Forum

In terms of layout, The Forum is quite similiar to Oceana clubs, in that it has several seperate rooms that party-goers can wander between throughout the night.

The Auditorium:

This is the main club room, that boasts an enormous dance floor, stage, three large bars, seating areas, and incredible lighting and sound systems. The dance floor is lined by two staircases that lead up to the Balcony Bar, the auditoriums fourth bar that overlooks the dancefloor.

Next to the Auditorium is the Style Bar, the Forum's very own cocktail lounge that provides a stylish and relaxing space to chill out with your favourite cocktail when you fancy a break from the dance floor. Not forgetting this is a student venue, it is impressive to have a cocktail lounge on campus, let alone one that stocks champagne for those students with expensive taste, and a bottomless student loan;p

Up another flight of stairs is the Attic, a much smaller club room than the Auditorium, with a dancefloor and bar, that plays host to a different genre of music than downstairs, depending on the night, to create even more diversity and choice for the students.

In the month that The Forum has been open, acts such as No. 1 artist Chipmunk, Wiley, Vengaboys, Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity, The Doves, Funeral for a Friend, Hadouken! and bigname Ministry of Sound DJ Joshua Roberts have graced the Auditorium stage, and acts such as N Dubz and Deadmau5 are booked to appear in the near future.

For nights such as Bonk and Flirt, the Forum has a student only policy, in which members of the public can only attend if accompanying a UH student, however on other nights the venue is open to the public.

It is definately a very impressive venue and a guaranteed good night out, but definately a young persons venue as it has a very prominant student vibe about it. As a UH student of three years, I must say I miss the homely and familiar feeling of the Font Bar (RIP!) but the Forum is definately what student unions are all about:)

Classic pre-Forum pose!
Dress: £20 New Look
Shoes: £60 Topshop
Wine: £cheap and cheerful Lambrini from Asda haha..poor student much?!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend

Sunday, 11 October 2009


So once again I must apologise for my lack of blogging. I blame this largely on university, as my Masters course has literally taken over my life! My timetable is manic, although I get Tuesday and Friday off (Tuesdays are spent working at New Look, Fridays are spend pampering for clubbing in the evening!) but the days I am at uni are jampacked with Accounting, Marketing, Strategic Marketing and Post-Grad Research Methodology...exciting right?:P

But yeah, apologies, and I hope everyone is well :)
Due to my severe lack of finance, I havn't purchased any new products lately, but will be reviewing a couple of products already in my collection this week (in amongst my epic mountain of coursework), so stay tuned.

I'll leave you with a pic of another New Look bargain I picked up recently.
Me and my beautiful flatmate Charlie :)
A metallic gold dress with a (sort of?) halter neck made from gold sequins. Can't quite remember how much I paid for this. Would guess around £18, still cheap and cheerful for a going-out dress.
Shoes - £60, Topshop (the comfiest shoes I have ever worn...could literally run the marathon in them. Looking a little battered and worse for wear now though sadly..but at 60 pound a time I couldn't really afford to buy a backup pair!)
Whats your favourite pair of shoes?