Buying for Barcelona!

I have some news that I’ve been SO excited to reveal to my glammies… but OOPS the title did it for me! Yes I am going to Barcelona!

Well actually, I’m moving there! For a whole YEAR!

So without further adieu, I’ll show you some of the “necessary” shopping I’ve been doing. Sorry for the quality of the following pictures, I had to rely on room lighting as sadly it has been a completely dull, grey and wet late-summer here in Glasgow.

Here’s a sneek-peek of my favourite purchases for Españaaa!!!

The first thing I bought was this absolutely gorgeous pair of leggings from Mela Loves London! I first seen them online on New Look but they had ran out of my size when I finally had the cash to buy them – but House of Fraser came to the rescue as they had them in stock. They have a lovely silky feel, I love the paisley print and the green and pink mix! I think they were a steal at around 12 pounds.

I also got some basic black calf-length leggings with an elegant lace trim at the bottom from New Look, they look really nice with these adorable nude patent peep-toes!

These Black HavaianasOMG! I cannot tell you just how comfy these are, perfect for touristy stuff and checking out Barcelona‘s shops for hours upon end. A lot of people might question spending £20 on a pair of plain black flip flops but honestly you get what you pay for and there’s a reason why they are always sold out online at summer time, so many girls love them!

Usually I’m very wary about lacey things, I only own one lace top and that is a loose racerback vest but I have to say this cream lace top from Vero Moda really caught my eye and when I tried it on I was delighted =) Very flattering even for the voluptuous types like me!

I’ve had my eye on this floral playsuit from New Look for a while but finally snapped it up when I saw it on sale for 8 pounds! Can’t say no to a price like that and it’ll get some wear if Barcelona’s heat is any better than Glasgow’s…which I’m sure it is! Love the buttons on this too.

Finally, another pair of shoes which I am suuureee you’ve seen before, again from the cheap and cheerful New Look! The small little gold “studs” on these babies are what first attracted me to these little pumps but I’m not sure how long they’ll last so I plan to keep them away from moisture at all costs. My feet usually take a while to adjust to new look shoes, especially at the heel but these just seem to gel perfectly.

As I’m a pretty err…busty girl, I need to be careful when shopping because I have this dilemna about whether to buy the size that fits my waist but barely makes it over my chest or to buy a bigger size which consequently makes me look bigger. So I was so excited when I found out that the lingerie experts Bravissimo also sell CLOTHES! So after having a look on the Pepperberry website, I picked out a couple of cute blouses. These blouses are made in standard UK clothing sizes BUT also with the option of choosing a bust size too. So I got a 14 super curvy, that should cater to both my waist and chest! The downside to this is that they are quite pricey as they’re basically tailored.They haven’t arrived yet so I’ll update you on the fit and quality!

Naturally, I also bought tonnes of beauty stash for my year long trip! I decided to be brave and splash on bigger versions of my faves, so I’ll do a post on them soon and you can take my word for it that these beauty goodies are the business and have The Glam Guide’s seal of approval!

Next time glammies n’ glamettes!

Stephanie xx

 

What To Do When Your Boyfriend Doesn’t Text Back

So it’s midnight and you’re still awake, yet complaining you are tired and want to sleep…

Why does this happen pretty much every night?

Ooh, er…cos you’re still waiting on his text. Again. For the nth night running.

Still. Waiting. On. Him.

But you just want to know he’s okay before you rest your head to sleep on that lovely pillow… but how can you sleep?!?! Isn’t it ‘SO WIERD’ he hasn’t texted yet?!?!

For the love of all, please let me help you.

Let’s start with a quiz to gauge where you’re at. Be honest, when waiting for your BF to respond, do you:

A)   text him asking “are you ok?????”

B)   text him “have I done something 2 upset u? txt bk xoxoxoxoxoxox” (please never do this)

C)   call him. (forget it)

D)   Watch a film, scoff your face with one hand and hold your phone in the other.

E)   Calm down, put your wig back on and read this. (pick this one)

 

a) Do you want to make your current boyfriend want you more?
or
b) Do you want to be with mr right?

 

If you’re answer is a), head to this article and then this one. But please be aware that this guy is probably not Mr Right…

Good quote to live by…



Swarovski Aura

Follow my blog with BloglovinIt made my evening to receive a gift that my darling parents brought back from their recent holiday – a refill of my favourite scent, Swarovski Aura. Originally picked out and bought for me by my lovely Albanian boyfriend, it’s one of the most intriguing, captivating and magical scents you’ll ever have the pleasure to wear. To make the experience even more deluxe, there is a beautiful Swarovski crystal embedded in the top of the packaging, this is why they provide refills. The crystal is said to capture light, diffract it and shed it in a thousand and one luminous vibrations”. I have to say, receiving an elegant, combined gift of a crystal and a fragrance will definitely have you soon feeling like a princess.

The fragrance is described as containing a prism of amber, benzoin and white musk in addition to lychee and rose. I also received a 200ml gel parfumé to compliment the fragrance. The shower gel has moisturising properties which lock into your skin, thereby leaving a lingering scent on which the actual perfume can stick to. On the inside of the packaging, a code was provided which allowed me to discover the “sensual, vibrant and sparkling world” of Swarovski online. There is are further additions to the beauty collection including makeup “jewels” and body lotions.

I would say it’s definitely one to purchase for the angel in your life!

Do you own Swarovski Aura? How would you describe its smell, are there similar ones out there?

Glamourize Your Persona

Time for another February uplifter thanks to Project Glamour! Today, we’re going to learn what it means to amp up the glamour factor of your personality. Now, you may wonder how a personality can be ‘glamourized’ – isn’t glamour to do with physical objects, experience, and luxury?

Many people associate glamour with sex appeal, charm, mystery. So if you want to have a glamorous persona, choose to be the things you associate with glamour and strive for that brand.  And this is what I’m going to talk about – building and defining your persona; your personal brand.

What is a personal brand and how do I build it?

You only get one chance to make a good impression, and if you refine and tune what you want to be, and commit to being it, people will receive you as how you wish to be seen.

So as you can see, it really is important to know who you are, and to advertise it in the right way.

One of my favourite businesswomen, Kimora Lee Simmons, says in her book Fabulosity:

“…no matter what any of us do, all of us are selling ourselves, every single minute of every single day. Each one of us is building our own ‘brand of me’”

Does anybody out there know who you are?

What is your art?

Tips for building your own brand:

Stay Consistent – if you want to be known as say, organised, you need to make a commitment to never ever appear unorganised or dishevelled. Same goes for being groomed or anything else. If you want to build a reputation for being in the know, read up about current events. Never let your most important characteristic falter. Even behind the scenes, as you need to prove to yourself that you are this characteristic and actually be it before other people believe it.

Choose Your Company Wisely – choose people who represent or exhibit the quality that you want to aquire. You are who you associate yourself with. Everything you say, everything you do, and who you do things WITH is what builds your reputation. Your friends or associates will reinforce your new behaviour with encouragement, whether consciously or not, and will serve as a constant reminder.

Dress The Way You Want To Be Perceived – Visual impressions do count. Dressing in a way that represents your chosen characteristic will also put you in the right frame of mind to be it.

The Most Important Lesson In Building Your Own Persona:

Whatever it is you have chosen to be or aspire to, you need to start a mind filter. Every thought passing into your head needs to agree with, support or inspire you. You cannot allow any destructive thoughts damaging to your persona stay in your head. Your thoughts affect your attitude, which in turn affects your behaviour. So to be it, you need to think it. Every time, all the time. And the way to do this is practise.

Are you aware of your own personal brand and consciously reinforcing it every day? Or are you inspired to start now? 

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Glamourize Your Daily Routine!

To all you gorgeous Glamourinas out there (yes, I’ve invented a new word!)… I bring you the second installment of Project Glamour!

I’m going to reiterate a few of the points I made in 20 Ways To Be Glamorous On A Budget, plus I’ll be bringing in some new points to totally glamourize how you live your day!

Glamourize Your Surroundings

In a glamorous daily lifestyle, detail is key. Pay attention to the places where you spend most time – are you waking up in your own little blissful palace? Or, as you grudgingly move to the bathroom bleary eyed, do you fail to notice the clutter surrounding your bed?

Making sure there are plenty of little personal touches added in throughout your day can make it a pleasure to live. Rose petal flavoured teabags? Satin cushions? Scented hair mist? A pink bathtub? Anything that gives you a small boost inside should find its place in your daily routine, so make time for them and live in pleasure!

Plan Each Morning’s Routine The Night Before

Carefully planning each detail of tomorrow, with anticipation of the lovely things it will bring, is a sure-fire strategy of making everyday a luxury. I say luxury because you have consciously planned and chosen what you want your day to bring. It puts you in control of what happens – you are calmer and stronger, which helps in dealing with those unexpected situations that inevitably crop up from time to time. Even setting the time aside to layer on your favourite perfume and accessorize will give you an inner glow as you’ll benefit from taking more care of yourself.

Lay out your outfits, accessories and make-up. When showering use zesty, aromatic gels/creams to elevate and set your mood according to how you will be today. Tropical, minty fresh or downright sweet ‘n girly?

Putting in a great deal of thought and making an effort with how you dress, even for a typical shift in your everyday job, will have a profound effect on how you behave on an everyday basis. You’ll realise you are worth it and you’ll begin to feel a whole lot more glamorous.

When it comes to eating, put time and care into your meals and plan ahead. Be sure to include some of your favourite foods everyday, whether that would be fruit or something a little more dulce. Prepare as if you are cooking for guests you want to impress – if you’re not out to impress yourself how can you impress anyone else?

Wear your favourite item of clothing or pair of shoes – you never wear them but love to look at them, right? Life ain’t no dress rehearsal, it’s the here and now! So wear that item today and feel exactly how you wanted to feel when you bought them.

Beautifying, Luxurious & Glamorous Experiences for CHEAP

I have mentioned before that glamorous experiences don’t always require a bucketful of cash – even those that normally would. You can find even the most luxurious beautifying ritual at a low price if you go about it the right way. The current economic climate isn’t all bad news – it has led may of the top end services to lower their prices, and has catalysed a growth in the number of sites that are dedicated to finding amazing experiences for cheap. Some of these are Groupon (both UK and international sites exist), Wowcher and It Is On (for those who live in Scotland). If you are striving to be the student who manages to live a glamorous lifestyle there are also student dedicated sites such as Student Beans. One of the best sites that gives great general advice on saving the dosh in all areas of your life is The Money Saving Expert.

So don’t be afraid to book yourself in for a luxurious pampering sesh – perhaps as a weekly treat – as part of your new glamorous lifestyle.

If you like to do the pampering, creating your own spa at home is the cheapest option of all!

 

Being A Critic Can Sometimes Mean Prizes!

In this case I in no way mean you should be a complainer. Open your eyes and be more sensitive to what’s going on around you – was the customer service good when you picked up your latté this morning? Assessing how companies deliver their products, reflecting what can be improved, and then telling the companies can end up in great results and gratitude from them – meaning free products.

Companies like good exposure, so offer to review services or products, and then deliver a detailed and honest response. Great lifestyle for you, great feedback for them!

I hope these tips for glamorous everyday living have inspired you. Being glamorous is not just about what you buy, but proving to yourself that you are worth a lot. It’s really about striving to impress yourself rather than them. Then you’ll realise you ARE more glamorous than you ever believed.

What are your own personal ways of making each day glamorous? Share in the comments below so we can all inspire each other to live more consciously and recognise opportunities to make existing more glamorous!

 

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