Friday, 28 October 2016

Celebrating Halloween with Pumpkins

This year, Halloween seems bigger than ever and I've been totally swept along with the whole thing! I decided to go pumpkin picking this year with a friend. I've never even carved a pumpkin before so I was SO excited!!

We decided to head to Kenyon Hall Farm near Warrington to  pick our pumpkins. Now, this is their busiest week of the year and oh my goodness, could you tell! However, it was all extremely organised and their website kept bang up to date about availability of all of their pick-your-own produce, including pumpkins. 

If you take children there, you can do pumpkin carving, face painting and story time. However, as two adults, we swerved those activities, picked our pumpkins, paid and left...I was WAY too excited to get to carving!! 

My pumpkin was the perfect shape for a skull so I decided to make it into a sugar skull. Now, I know that technically these are not used for Halloween but I LOVE them! I followed the usual pumpkin carving steps - hollowing out, mapping out the face, carving (where I discovered to my peril that it's too tricky to carve individual teeth...). But after all of that, I used acrylic paint to decorate my sugar skull.

Once the acrylic paint had dried, I outlined everything in black permanent marker.

I've absolutely loved carving my first pumpkin and I'm pretty pleased with how it all turned out.

Are you celebrating Halloween?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

PS Check out my other Autumn posts - 5 ways to get ready for Autumn or An Autumn OOTD


Monday, 24 October 2016

Autumn OOTD featuring birthday presents!

You may have seen ALL over social media that it was recently my birthday and I got thoroughly spoiled by my family and The Boy.

The Boy whisked me off to Leeds for a birthday weekend trip full of shopping and cocktails where we bought my birthday present from him to me, which is featured in this post.

Today, I visited Rufford Old Hall with my sister. She's taken a new job which requires working weekends so we haven't spent any time together at all recently. However, she was off today so we decided to take a walk around the grounds at Rufford Old Hall, enjoying the Autumn colours and weather! I exploited the opportunity to do my first real OOTD blog photos featuring two of my birthday presents!

Autumn OOTD

It was one of those October days that's perfect jumper weather. I decided to wear my burgundy stretchy mini skirt (old from Primark, similar here) paired with a loose grey floral jumper from an independent clothes shop in my local town. The label says Silver Silk.

All of this with my trusted black ankle boots and pleather jacket - more Primark specials!

The Details

The Boy took me to the Michael Kors shop in Leeds where I fell in love with this cross body bag in Plum. It's the Jet Set Travel Leather Cross Body Bag. It's the perfect sized bag, fitting a surprising amount inside. In this photo, I had my keys with a large pompom keyring, my purse, lipstick, phone and sunglasses (ever the optimist). It wasn't bulging or rammed full...the perfect amount!!

Finally, I wore my new watch from Cluse. My mother and father-in-law bought it for my birthday and I love it! This is the La Boheme Rose Gold White/Grey Watch - the strap is interchangeable too so it will be very versatile! I adore it!!

What are your Autumn fashion essentials?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Sunday, 2 October 2016

5 ways to: Get Autumn Ready

I ADORE Autumn. It is my favourite time of the year. I feel like the weather is more guaranteed, it's my birthday, it's beautiful and don't get me started on Autumn fashion!

Each year, I find myself doing these little things to change up my wardrobe and makeup, ready for Autumn.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

GRWM: Family Party

I've had a very busy month in September - lots of family birthdays including a very big one! My GRWM posts have been quite popular in the past so I thought I'd show you my makeup look for the big family party that we had at the beginning of the month, especially as I used some colour on my eyes. Most unusual for me!

This was the finished eye look:

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Next Nail Polish Review - Rose Gold

As a beauty blogger who loves a good cliche (see my new marble effect desktop), I was beyond excited to see these nail polishes by Next in a rose gold colour. Add in a 3 for 2 deal and I was hooked. (I bought two rose gold glitters and passed one on to a good home!)

Next Nail Colour Collection Rose Gold Review

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Lake Garda Holiday Diary Part 2

In August, I was lucky enough to be taken to Lake Garda for ten day holiday in Sirmione. I absolutely loved it, Italy is one of my favourite countries and Lake Garda was simply stunning.

I blogged the first part of my holiday over at Lake Garda Part 1 which includes some highlights of a trip around the lake and a review of Hotel Olivi.

In this post I'm going to go a little more in depth about an excursion to another beautiful lake that we did while away.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Birthday Wish List

I've made a discovery which has made my (and Mr T's) life a LOT easier. Wishlistr. I've been using the Wishlistr extension for Google Chrome to add all sorts to my birthday list, then last month, emailed the list to Mr T with a couple of hints about mt favourites and relevant sizes. He'll thank me...haha!

You can find my wishlist here My wishlist (Mr T....! This is your SECOND friendly warning) which you can share via email, Facebook or Twitter. You can also choose a template to personalise it. Seriously! It's my latest love!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Which is the best budget Autumn lip? | Tori Tests

Eeeeek! It's that time of year again - Autumn is here! It's my favourite season for so many reasons.
1. Autumn weather never disappoints the same as Summer weather does.
2. I LOVE hats. And scarves. And coats.
3. ALL the birthdays - I've had to buy over 10 birthday cards just for September. Not to mention my birthday in October. Yippee!!!
4. Berry shades galore. On my nails. My clothes. On my lips... Here's my top 5 Autumn lipsticks.

photo credit: just leaves MM via photopin (license)

Sunday, 4 September 2016

GRWM: Brunch Girl Date

I've done a sort of GRWM post before when I went to Ladies Day at Aintree and it was a popular post so I thought I'd do another! This time a brunch date with some of my besties!

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