Now that my holiday is a long distant memory, it’s time for Quirky Curls to immerse themselves into all things fashion. As the British summer is slowly slipping away my mind is turning to transitional clothing and layering ready for the chill that is Autumn. Autumn after Summer is one of my favourite seasons as the fashion is just perfect. Some days you can still wear some of your summer outfits, where other days you need at least 4 layers just to stay warm. Layering is something I really enjoy doing with fashion. Giving an outfit dimension and character is so much fun. I’m going to start planning my days off again dedicated to Blogging and YouTubing. Creating videos and photography is something I really enjoy with the whole creation for my blog. Making videos is the main thing I really enjoy, to showcase the outfit in such a way that stirs up the person watching it want to buy it or inspire them to try something a little different. It fuels my creativity beyond the traditional video creating. I’m looking forward to creating such exciting videos, I also have a few exciting things happening in the coming months also… all will be revealed.
Lately, I’ve felt so out of touch with my fashion blog and YouTube. I keep coming up with really cool ideas to try and translate into a video or blog post and I just don’t seem to have the motivation to do so. I’ve had a few things to contribute to these feelings which I don’t really want to go into detail about, but it’s really knocked me backward. Due to this feeling, I’ve had some time away and I seriously want to come back to blogging and YouTubing again as it’s something I’m so passionate about. Normally when I feel like this I can channel it into my creativity but as of late, I just can’t seem to get back to doing it. You’ve most likely heard this time and time again from me but I’m one of those people that let feelings get the better of themselves and I can’t help but let them take over me. I might look okay on the outside with my fake smile and happy laugh. But deep down, I’m hurting and just wanting to shut the world away. I go on holiday 2 weeks today and before then I want to try and do some awesome photoshoots and video ideas for YouTube and seriously get stuck right back into it. I always get there in the end with the feelings and emotions but it takes me a little longer due to my sensitive nature. Quirky Curls Fashion will not go down without a fight!
There’s nothing like a good show to showcase this seasons trends and beauty trends. Telford Shopping centre is always on point when it comes to this kind of shows, and this season didn’t disappoint! I was invited to do a blogging special about the event and what’s going on, so let’s get down to what I got up to today.
We first went into the beauty section of the day which for me isn’t something I wouldn’t normally delve into. However, it opened up a new world to me and some of the products that I saw today I would definitely consider buying because of how good they made my skin look and feel. We went into Debenhams where the make-up master classes are being held. Our first point of call was Urban Decay. I know a little bit about Urban Decay but Kathy who works on there shared some information all about Urban Decay. She was super lovely and you could tell she had so much passion for the brand itself. She showed us the new range that was a Debenhams exclusive which is to hit stores on the 8th of June pictured here. She told us that the “Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette” was some what a favourite and that it’s a beautiful blend of tonal colours that sit beautifully on the skin. I tested them on my hand and for someone who doesn’t really use make-up I thought how light and how much I couldn’t feel it on my skin. Kathy could have sold anything to me even though I don’t wear make-up, she knew her products and was passionate about what she does!
After Urban Decay we headed over to the Channel stand where we were given a demonstration on their new range called “Les Beiges” A natural looking make up range perfect for that subtle make up wearer who doesn’t want that heavy make-up look. We got shown different techniques and ways to apply the make-up that I found absolutely fascinating. Not coming from a very known make-up background it was fascinating to see different techniques to perfect that natural look.
After our Channel demo, we headed over to the Estee Lauder where we met Claire who has worked on the Estee Lauder stand for a while. She talked a little about the brand. Again because I don’t really have a background in make-up it was still interesting to hear all the things Estee Lauder actually does. One of the products that Claire showed us was “Nutritious Micro-Algae” Which is a 4 product range which is perfection for combination skin types. One is a “Pore Purifying Cleansing Jelly” which we tested and it felt amazing on the skin, the gel type formula worked perfectly and instantly made my skin feel so fresh. Another product we tested was the “Pore Minimizing Hydra Lotion” Which on top of the “Cleansing Jelly” just made your skin feel so clean, fresh and just amazing. These products are something I will most certainly consider buying. Having oily skin, Claire said that it’s perfect for that kind of skin as it minimises pores. Claire then went onto talking about some of the lipsticks and telling us that Kendal Jenner uses a lot of. Such as the lipstick she wore to the Met Gala which was Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Carnal.
After the beauty master-classes, it was time to delve into my favourite part of the day! FASHION. Every hour was a different segment showcasing a specific store. We sat at two. When you sat down at the fashion show, you were presented with a Telford Shopping Tote bag and a red envelope which had a secret number on. At the end of the show, you had to go to the store and check your number against the secret number board. If your number matched then you won a £25 gift voucher for that store. The fashion show focused on the main trends for this season. Stripes, Ruffles, Pink hues, Wide Leg Trousers and Bold Prints. The first being Debenhams, the lovely host (whose name has slipped me) showcased one outfit which was this beautiful Blue jumpsuit. She went on to showcasing how versatile this jumpsuit could be. From dressing it casual for every day and then heading straight into night dressing by adding statement pieces to create a whole new look. I seriously loved when she paired it up with this stunning fringe jacked from Warehouse.
As I work for Marks and Spencers I thought I better had make sure I sit at the fashion show seeing as I picked the items for it. The lovely model was wearing this gorgeous Limited Dress which is just new in! She demonstrated how it could be worn casual everyday with a white little shawl over the top to styling it up as if you were off to the races. Styling it up with the effortlessly gorgeous white M&S collection unstructured blazer and a fascinator to give it that wow factor! Not only was she showcasing this beautiful dress but I picked out some wow pieces that I knew would get people to see M&S in a different light. To showcase some fashion forward pieces such as… The gorgeous Bardot Smock dress and the stunning yellow ruffled sleeve blouse. Even some menswear was thrown into the mix. Showcasing some awesome summer product trying to attract a customer that doesn’t normally think to go M&S for his holiday shopping! As well as the fashion show. In a location just down from where the fashion show was being held was a boutique kind of pop shop which showcased clothes from all around the town centre. Where an expert was on hand to give fashion advice and tips for the perfect out. Again this showcased some of the M&S clothes and a mannequin that I styled myself to try and give a different take on the “normal” ideas of M&S.
I had an amazing day which I really enjoyed. It was lovely to be a part of something that I really enjoy doing and showcasing what the Telford Town Centre has to offer.
This video was not the video I had planned for this day. I planned to do a really creative video but due to not deleting things off of my SD card for my GoPro camera I wasn’t able to film. Why did you film on your phone I hear you ask? Well by midday my phone was on 20% and I really wanted to get some clips of Dua Lipa singing! But none the less I did a little video showcasing my favourite things of the day. I’ve missed a lot out like Ellen’s craving for biscuits halfway through our dancing drunk. But it was an amazing day and I seriously enjoyed myself!
So with just 80 days till Ellen and I are off to Fuerteventura and so the clothes buying frenzy has begun. Walking around the shops this evening after a long day at work I could of easily of purchased at least 20 items there and then. But for me, it’s all about planning outfits before I got than just buying for the sake of buying. I’m going for 7 days and there will be at least 7-14 outfits planned in my head. Day outfits and Evening outfits. The hotel we are going too has a strict dress code that the men also have to wear trousers to dinner. So I have to take this into consideration. Out of dinner, the men can wear whatever they want and that’s what I plan to do. I’ve recently purchased some swimming shorts and a gorgeous two piece outfit from ASOS. Which are going to be two of the many outfits I shall be sporting on my holiday. I have my eyes on so many beautiful pieces from ASOS and surprisingly Primark also! The closer it gets the more excited I’m getting. I need to hit the gym more and make sure I’m holiday ready and not like last time where it was a major rush to try and get a holiday body for my other holiday!
So it’s been a while since me and the girls have had a night out. We decided to go out in Ironbridge for cocktails due to Ellen having work early on Sunday morning. The first thing to run through my mind was what the hell was I going to wear? With half of my clothes rail disappearing due to all the gains, I’ve started to achieve at the gym. I didn’t have any skinny jeans or any jackets that I could fit into. So a little shopping was in order for the outfit I wanted to wear, I was having a look around Primark for my photoshoot I’m preparing for in a few weeks and I spotted a distressed denim jacket in black. I’ve always wanted a denim jacket that looked distressed, so I instantly purchased it. A trip round to the women’s section to get some new skinny jeans as the men’s just aren’t tight enough for my liking. I was browsing on ASOS for a shirt to go underneath my denim jacket. I wanted it to resemble the colour of my suede boots that I purchased from Topman just after Christmas, so it had to be a taupe colour. I found a long-line taupe colour shirt with pocket details which I thought looked perfect. Our night consisted of lots of cocktails and drinks, a lot of old people jiving to the live music that we had never heard of and lots of laughs.
So it’s that time of year again to stuff ourselves silly with chocolate and not feel guilty about it! I really hope you have a wonderful Easter spending it with your family and loved ones.
Now my colleague should be returning back to work tomorrow, I can hopefully get back into blogging again. I really miss it and really want to get back to it. I’m currently selling lots of things on my eBay at the moment so go check that out: eBay Channel
I’m only doing UK postage as it’s so expensive to do other postage around the world. I shall also be uploading more things the next coming days as I have bulked up more from the gym (It’s so depressing) However, it’s good as I’m really seeing a change in my body! I need to put all this energy that I do from the gym into blogging and Youtubing again. I’m tired of hearing myself say the same thing over and over again. But this time I’m going to persevere with what I say!
part of last year and the few months this year I wanted to get away and get away from such problems and just completely forget the world. With my best friend in tow, we headed to Tenerife.
Early morning of the 16th of March, Ellen and I awoke at 3:15 to a cold morning full of excitement knowing we are escaping the cold and life problems of the U.K. We made the journey over to Birmingham Airport to await our flight at 6:40 to Tenerife. Checking in online beforehand was simple and let us roam free around the airport why we waited, letting us indulge in a Weatherspoon’s breakfast. In previous flights I have been very nervous about the whole flying experience but this time I was calm and actually enjoyed the 4-hour flight. Ellen and I played hangman for most of the journey to pass the time. Finally, we arrive in Tenerife to a very cloudy south side of the island. Ellen and I both looked at each other thinking “Oh god, please tell me the weather will get better”. We then had to find our transfer that was taking us to our hotel which didn’t take much time. Our transfer took us 2 hours to get to our hotel as we were at the south airport and our hotel was in the north. Driving through Tenerife was really beautiful, seeing sights that we may have missed if we hadn’t of gone on the transfer. Getting closer to our hotel and the blue skies appeared.
We drove around a mountain and there in front of us was where we were staying, Puerto De La Cruz with the beautiful sun beaming down on it. Arriving at our hotel the receptionist told us of a deal on about the hotel rooms, where we can upgrade for an extra 40 Euro (20 each) to get a better room. The receptionist took us to the room where we booked and instantly seeing the room we upgraded as the room was just terrible. However, the room we upgraded to was not. Very sophisticated with a balcony which is perfect for the evenings to sit outside with a drink!
After settling into our hotel room, we changed out of our airport clothes and went to explore what Puerto De La Cruz has to offer. Finding the beach and an awesome spot for photo taking we rounded up our trip with a lovely meal at a stunning restaurant as we hadn’t eaten since the Airport breakfast and we headed back to our hotel.
7 o’clock the alarm rang for the second day where Ellen and myself got ready and made our way to breakfast. The first time we had come down to breakfast. There was such a selection of things to have. I didn’t really want anything too heavy as we were going to a water park. So I settled with just toast and my very needed coffee. Today was the day we were heading to Siam water park. 2-hour bus journey later we arrive at Siam park with excitement. The sun was shining and we was ready. The water rides were amazing, apart from nearly dying on one of
them, they were so amazing. After a few water rides we were seriously adrenalined out, so it was time to hit the Siam beach, which was a fake beach with its very own wave machine. We got ourselves an alcoholic beverage and lay on the sun loungers and basked in the sunshine. We kept heading to the water and then back to our sun loungers to bask in the beautiful sunshine. 5pm came and it was time to return on our 2-hour bus journey back to the hotel where we went out for a meal.
Day 3 we had a lie in after the excitement of the water park. We hit breakfast at around 8.30am and again I wasn’t really feeling much of a breakfast again, as long as I had my coffee I was okay. Today we decided to go and explore Puerto De La Cruz and see what it has to offer. The streets were filled with people being a Saturday. The streets were cobbled took us on a windy path of the North island, showcasing the
little shops and restaurants it has to offer. The streets were filled with street performers and little side stalls. After a long walk around the north side of the island, we decided to head back to where we know and go for some lunch. We didn’t feel like anything too filling so we had a panini from this cute little shop. It was huge and really filling. After lunch we decided to hit the sea salt pools. The beaches aren’t that great in the north so there is man-made pools that have sea salt in them that are pretty much the same as the beach. You had to pay 5 Euro to get in but it’s totally worth and the aesthetic in there was just perfect for some amazing selfies.
The water was freezing but once you had been in there for a while you were fine. Once we had a little dip in the pools it was time to lie in the sun and soak up some rays. It was then time to return to the hotel and get dressed up for my birthday meal. We found a gorgeous little restaurant on our walk around the island. Right next to the sea with a stunning view, which we thought was just perfect for a lovely meal. We left the hotel around 7sih for the meal and as we sat down it just started to rain. This was not good as we were right next to the window which was open to the elements. We ordered our food and some alcoholic beverages. Well, a bottle of wine for me and by the time we had started drinking those we totally forgot about the rain. I ordered the chicken which came with a side of gorgeous chips. 4 glasses of wine later I decided it was time to return back from the meal. The rain had finally stopped so at least we didn’t have to walk back in the rain. The walk back was so funny as we were both a little tipsy from the alcohol but we got there in the end!
Sunday March the 19th. My birthday. I had finally reached 25 and I woke up and walked out onto the balcony and realised that I’m very lucky to be here and that whatever happened in my life has made me stronger and that I’m still here. Taking in the view, Ellen and I decided to go down for breakfast and I was having a super breakfast as it was my birthday. After breakfast we decided to go to Loro Park. A gorgeous zoo that holds an array of animals. To get there it was a transfer, but this was no ordinary transfer. A bright yellow train took us there. Which was lovely because we saw more sights that we wouldn’t get to see on foot. Arriving at Loro park we already purchased our tickets and could just go straight through. We saw so many different animals and went some shows to see bigger animals perform. After a busy couple of hours from walking around and watching animals preform we decided to hit the yellow train and headed back. When then went to the nearest supermarket to buy some wine and a cake for my birthday celebration later on in the evening. Could we find a birthday cake anywhere? nearly 3 shops we had to go and finally, we found a cake. We then headed back to the hotel and just laze around on our balcony. Soaking up any sun we had left. While doing so Ellen heard the door go in our hotel room and when we went inside we found they had given me a bottle of wine for my birthday with a card wishing me a happy birthday which was so kind of them. As the sunset over Puerto De La Cruz, we sat on our balcony drinking wine and having a laugh. It was just so nice to not have to worry about anything. I blew my candles out on my cake and cut Ellen and myself a slice. As it was getting late we decided to retire from drinking and eating cake as we were up early to catch our transfer to return home.
6:45am came and we awoke with dread and unhappiness knowing we were returning back to the cold weather of the UK. we rushed down stairs for a quick coffee and then waited for our 2 hour transfer to the Airport. Our flight was at 12:40 to return back to the UK. Arriving home at around 5:05pm to the cold and rainy weather of the UK.
I had an amazing time and for those 5 days, I realised just how much fun I can have and just how amazing it is to get away and experience another country. Troubles and problems are now gone. I’ve realised there is no point holding on to feelings and problems when nothing will ever come of them. I’ve let go and feel so much better for it. From now on I will just have so many laughs and creating memories with people that really mean something to me. I wouldn’t have been able to do this holiday without my amazing best friend Ellen. She seriously made this holiday so special and so amazing. She’s an amazing girl and we had so much fun and so many laughs.
I’ve done a video of our holiday which is below. Here’s to the next adventure ♥
So as you all may of heard, I’m jetting off in just a 2 days to celebrate my 25th birthday in Tenerife. No holiday would be complete without a lookbook video showcasing my holiday outfits. With 2 days to go I’m still buying things I think I may take with me, so don’t be surprised if I pop up in something else in my vlog that I shall be doing for the whole of the holiday!
Here is the Lookbook:
So now with the countdown trickling down, it’s only 5 days till Ellen and I will be on a plane just like my little stop animation photography to Tenerife. I actually can’t wait to get there. It’s about time I had something to look forward too and boy am I going to enjoy myself while I’m there! In obvious “Quirkycurlsfashion” I shall be posting a few videos before hand, showcasing my outfits that I plan to wear. As you can see from the photo below I have purchased some cute nautical things that I’m excited to showcase. I then shall do a “pack with me” video. As I’ve said in my previous post I shall be taking my GoPro camera with me and videoing most of the holiday, as this is no ordinary holiday. Ellen and myself have had a rough few months and this is a big fat middle finger to everything that’s happened and it’s also to celebrate my 25 years living on this planet. A few of my followers have also said they shall want me to do a live video while I’m there so I shall do that one of the days I’m there. I hardly want to use my phone while I’m there so this will just be a short time. I plan to do this on Instagram so if you don’t follow then get over to my instagram right now and follow me…. @quirkycurlsfashion is the handle. I just want to be there right now. 5 days!