The Heeled Chelsea Boot

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I featured a couple of pairs of Heeled Chelsea Boots in this post where I featured a selection of my favourite boots on the high street…but not the ones I’ve recently got my hands on. I’ve longed after a pair of boots like this, but as I’m the most useless person at walking in heels I’ve always gone for flats. This year I’ve decided to leap out of my comfort zone with this purchase.

These Heeled Chelsea Boots are a Primark purchase which came in at a tiny £15. Whilst in the office last Friday I had a little look through Instagram and saw that Primark had posted a picture of these on there. I spent the rest of the afternoon staring at them every now and then and decided to get myself down to Primark after work. Having only worked in Manchester for a week I was pleasantly surprised to find that their Primark store is open until 8pm! Their shoe section is huge and I knew I’d have a better chance of finding them there than at my local one in Chester.

These were actually from the Wide Fit collection they have in store, I couldn’t find normal ones, so I think they only come in this fit. Having said that I don’t think they are particularly wide and after much deliberation over sizes I went with a size 5, a size down from my usual. They fit perfectly and for £15 you can’t go wrong. They also stock these in black, which led to a 5 minute internal conversation as to whether I need both colours. In the end I talked myself into just getting the grey pair as I already own a black pair of boots.

I know I won’t be able to drive in these as I can barely drive in flats, so it will probably be a case of driving to wherever I’m going and then changing into them. Which I don’t mind too much – especially as I think they might get ruined driving in them anyway, as lets face in Primark shoes aren’t they best quality in the world.

What is your favourite style of boots for A/W?

 
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The Student Cookbook: Milkshake

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As a Student you’ll probably spend a bit of money at your local Milkshake bar. We have one in Chester called Funky Cow and it’s amazing – you basically pick whatever chocolate/sweet you want and they blend it into something beautiful.

When I was contacted by Currys and asked if I had any recipes I’d like to share for an online Student Cookbook this was the first thing that I thought of. You’d probably expect to see spaghetti carbonara or shepherds pie, but as a very recent graduate I know that a milkshake is the perfect company for any girlie night in or revision session.

So, you’ll need:

  • A Blender
  • Glass
  • Straw
  • 2 scoops of Vanilla Ice-Cream (Or whatever you fancy)
  • 1 pint of Full Fat Milk (you can go for the healthier ones, but it won’t taste as good!)
  • Any sweet/chocolate of your choice (A small packet/bar or handful)
  • Optional – Chocolate Sauce/Nutella/Chocolate Spread

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I’d just like to note that you can put however much of each ingredient in, but I recommend lots of ice-cream so it’s thick and creamy. It’s all about trial and error, thats half the fun. You can use whatever chocolate/sweets you like, but try and pick something that will blend well – skittles probably aren’t a clever choice. 

Instructions

1. Put the ice-cream in your blender and then add the milk, I usually buy a pint and put near enough a whole one in.

2. If you want, add in some chocolate sauce, nutella, chocolate spread… you get the gist?

3. Break up your chocolate/sweets and throw them in too. I found that Aero and Maltesers worked really well, as did Milky Bar, mmmm.

3. BLEND

4.  Pour into a glass, add a straw and enjoy.

To find out more about Currys Student Cookbook, click here.

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Lidl To Launch Clothing Range

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Lidl have decided to enter the competitive market of ladies fashion in an attempt to compete with the likes of Primark, and supermarket brands such as George at Asda, F&F by Tesco and TU from Sainsburys.

Whilst Lidl already offer their customers a small range of clothing, it’s mainly basics such as vests, t-shirts and underwear. The range launches on Monday (25th August) and will include autumn staples such as a leather jacket for £14.99 and jeans for just £6.99.

Retailers like Lidl and Aldi have seen rapid growth in the UK over recent years, attracting customers with their promises of cheap products that rival expensive branded alternatives. But will that message transfer to clothing… I’m not too sure.

Apparently, they’re releasing mens range in November, so thats boyfriends and dads Christmas presents sorted, right?

Whilst I love slipping a new dress in the trolley whilst doing the food shop, I’m not sure I’ll be venturing to my nearest Lidl to check out their offerings.

What do you think, are you heading off to Lidl for your new leather jacket?

BETHXFOOTER

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YouTubers – A License to Print Money?

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I am in no way suggesting that these YouTubers don’t work for the money they earn and that their life is in anyway easy. I’m also not saying that I don’t like this culture, I watch a lot of YouTubers myself. But agencies such as Gleam have hit the jackpot with the likes of Tanya Burr, Zoella and PointlessBlog.

If you watch these YT’ers videos from events such as Playlist Live and Vidcon, you’ll see the impact they have on peoples lives. Hundreds of (mostly) teenagers queue up to say a quick hello and grab a photo with their idols. They can relate to these YT’ers who may have suffered from anxiety, have body image problems or simply like make-up. They may watch their videos as an escape from their own lives, or just because they’re a bit nosy like me. It’s great that these people are role models for millions of people around the world, that they can use their videos as escapism, or just for tips on how to create the perfect cat eye.

These YT’ers are HUGELY influential, they have huge audiences of potential consumers who take in everything the say. Queue the brands who pay them to say nice things about their products. I have no issue with this really, I don’t blame them but this is where I feel it crosses a line of some description. I’d like to think I’m pretty savvy about PR, I run this blog and have just finished my degree in Marketing. I can usually easily identify when Zoella is being sponsored by a brand, this means that I’m not bothered what she is saying. It might be true that she loves a Simple moisturiser, but I know she is being paid and disregard the message. I’m not saying that YT’ers lie and say they like a product simply because a brand is paying them, but they may act as though they love it more than they do. I think this is misleading for those viewers who aren’t aware this even takes place, I’m unsure as to whether my 14 year old sister would know her favourite YT’ers are paid to rave about products. It worries me than 13 year old are hanging off every word of their favourite YT’ers and if they say they love something, they’ll annoy their parents until they own it.

This brings me on to YT’ers as brands. Tanya Burr released her lipgloss and nail polish line earlier in  the year, and is launching more in the future. Great, she was an MUA so its credible, right? I saw a 14 year old girl spend ALL of her birthday money so she could buy every shade. It’s her own choice, I know that, but they build a relationship and trust these YT’ers and companies are banking on this. I bought a couple of items from the line, and honestly? They weren’t great. I saw SO many bloggers raving about them and I wanted to shake them. I think a lot of people are blinkered, they see the branding and ignore the product.

Both Zoella and PointlessBlog are releasing books over the next couple of months. There are people out there who spend their whole life trying to get published and fail to do so, even if they are AMAZING. I’m not saying they should turn down the opportunity by any means, go for it. When celebrities write a book, it’s usually seen as ‘oh trying to make more money’, but with Zoella and PointlessBlog people aren’t thinking like that. It has their name on it, they will buy it. I can’t imagine how many children’s Christmas lists they’ll be on this year.

I’m not saying that YouTubers are bad, but companies see their ‘brand’ as a license to print money. Whilst it amazes me, it worries me that it’s practically brainwashing one of the most vulnerable demographics in society. I know this happens in other aspects of life, not just YouTube, but it’s new and another way to target consumers. If you strip it all back, are they  just being used to advertise and make people rich?

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Outfit – Smart Casual

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20140805_163121I wore this outfit for the assessment centre I attended, I got the job! I love patterned trousers in general and the fact they can be styled for the office makes me so happy. These trousers were from Tesco and are one of my favourite pairs! I love baggy blouses and fell in love with this one from the Wallis sale. The shoes are Clarks* from Shoetique (who currently have a huge summer sale on!) and I think they’re great for work. They do hurt my feet so I am in the process of wearing them in! I’ve been wearing my hair like this loads recently, it’s so easy to throw part up with a scrunchie! This cream one was a preset from my little brother in celebration of my University result, so cute! It’s from Dorothy Perkins, and is a smaller scrunchie which makes it perfect for when you are only putting part of your hair up.

What do you usually wear for work?

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The Death of Print?

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Last week Company magazine announced that October will be the last of their magazines available in print. Of course, they’ll still be online and take advantage of popular social media channels, but for me it hits home that actual, hard copy, print magazines are on the way out. I mean, they won’t just disappear from our shelves all at once. But the cost of producing magazines paired with the decrease in sales of these publications means its inevitable for any business wanting to maximise profits, to follow the most cost effective ‘trend’ and move their magazine online.

We’ve seen the same happen in the Book industry, whilst some of us still love the new book smell and the feel of having an actual book in our hands, others have their kindles. Personally, I love having a book, but I’ve used my iPad to purchase books too. This industry has been taken over by Amazon’s Kindle, Apples iPad and various other e-readers available on the market. Even Tesco released the Hudl to compete in the market. The unique selling points of these? You can download what you want instantly, instead of going to your local book shop, or waiting for it in the post. You don’t need a shelf in your living room full of books you probably won’t read again, you simply store them on your device. You don’t have to feel pressured into borrowing a book to someone, knowing you won’t get it back.

The trend towards online publications has seen the majority of companies offer their customers an online version alongside the hard copy. I buy Look magazine once in a while, and know that if I can’t find it in my local newsagents, I can go home and get it on my iPad. I know it’s more environmentally friendly for us all to switch to online magazines, but I can’t help but feel weird about it. There is just something about being able to flick through a magazine and then give it to my sister when I’m done. I have a monthly subscription to Vogue and I love getting it through the post and having it on my shelf.

I think we’ll see more magazines following Company and ceasing their print version, but I’m sure there will still be print magazines for a long time yet. Look at the book industry? You can still get the majority of books in hard copy if you want.

I’d love your opinions on this – do you prefer magazines in print?

BETHXFOOTER

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Week in Photos #6

This is probably the last interesting week in photos for a while, as I’ve started my new job today. I’ve also been looking at my blog and it’s content and feeling as if reviews and a bit boring, maybe even pointless. If you still want the odd review, please let me know, but I enjoy writing and really want to write about things I’m passionate about. They’ll still be beauty/fashion related, maybe a little bit of Marketing but I’m looking forward to the sort of new direction I’m headed in.

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Selfie before the LFC friendly // New shoes from Primark // Boyfriend @ Crocky Trail // Brother @ Crocky Trail

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The BEST ice-cream from Cheshire Ice-cream Farm // RIP Sulley Mug // Bowling // Decorating my brothers room

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Catch up with my best friend // PASTA! // Sorting out my work clothes // NEW COAT!! <3

What have you been up to lately?

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Bloggers – Too Big for their Boots?

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OK, this is probably a controversial topic to write about, but I am bored of seeing bloggers thinking they’re entitled to EVERYTHING because they’ve created a blogger/wordpress account with a Twitter to support it. Yes, I am a blogger and have a Twitter account for my beauty/fashion related rambles, but I don’t expect anything from anybody.

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I am sick to death of seeing people using their blog as an excuse to bag themselves some freebies. If you are approached by a brand/pr company then brilliant, review it. Do not take to every channel of Social Media, post a photograph of all your freebies laid out, with a terrible cheesy caption, including #bloggermail. I’m not interested that you’ve bagged yourself some freebies and you feel you now have bragging rights. Please stay off Twitter if you are going to tweet things like ‘Wow, so much #bloggermail today!’ it is so annoying. No, I’m not jealous of you, I’ve been sent things too. But even if I hadn’t, NOBODY LIKES A BRAGGER.

#PRREQUEST

If you have a blog and are begging for things to be sent to you via this hashtag, remove yourself from the internet. OK, you need things for content? Use your bloody brain, be creative and come up with things to write about. You need products? Go out and buy them, if you can’t afford to blog about certain things, don’t blog about them. It’s simple, yet there are so many bloggers out there who think brands should be falling over themselves to get their products featured on their blog. Do not create a blog if you can’t run it on your own. If I’m stuck on what to write about, I use my brain and come up with ideas. Even look through your make-up stash and review something you haven’t pervious. JUST KEEP AWAY FROM THIS DAMN HASH TAG.

SLAGGING OFF BRANDS ON TWITTER

This is either because A) you want people to know that a brand or pr agency have contacted you, or B) you have got every other bloggers back and don’t want them have to deal with them too. Oh of course… You aren’t the Queen, brands may offer something you aren’t happy with, stop acting as if you are entitled to half of their products when they want you to sample 2. Taking to Twitter to vent your ‘totally justified’ anger is a lovely way to get yourself some attention in the blogging world. You look unprofessional, brands will run a mile, as will a lot of fellow bloggers. The blogging world has enough drama and you having a cry because a brand won’t tweet you IS NOT NEEDED.

‘I wouldn’t get out of bed for that’

You have 2,000 followers, you get a little too big for your boots and think your blog is the most desirable thing on the planet. You put a lot of work in, so it’s fine that you kindly decline to write a post about a brand for £5. Everyone is different and whilst some bloggers would write the post for £5, another wouldn’t get out of bed for at least £100. Of course, this all depends on how much you feel your blog and time is worth. If you have 500 followers, you’ll probably accept less than someone with 1,000, that is fine. BUT I am sick of seeing people who feel insulted when PR agencies offer them something they disagree with, then of course tell everyone on twitter. Just say no and get on with your life. So you have 2,000 followers and believe you should be paid top dollar, NO, WAKE UP. Just because your bloglovin says you have 2,000 followers, doesn’t mean brands are going to all race to work with you. If you are lucky, 10% of those ‘followers’ are going to actually read your post – so why would a brand want to pay for £100’s to write something nice on your blog about them.

If you blog full time you’ll have a set price for posts, won’t beg for free stuff and probably won’t make yourself look like an idiot on Twitter. But it seems a lot of bloggers think they’re entitled to everything and that people should pay top dollar for the privilege to work with them.

What happened to bloggers being excited to work with brands? What happened to ‘I blog because I love it.’ I blog because I’m interested in fashion and like writing, if a brand wants to feature on my blog, then that is a bonus. Don’t expect to be sent things or for brands to want to work with you, be humble. Write because you WANT to, not because you want to bag yourself as much free stuff as you can. Oh, and don’t brag, loads of people will unfollow you.

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Outfit: Powder Blue Coat

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I spent last autumn/winter lusting after a powder blue coat, by the time I’d found one winter was coming to an end and it was pretty expensive. I decided that I’d hunt one out this year regardless of the price! Whilst in Primark looking for something else, I spotted this coat for a small £23! I tried it on and decided I was having this in my life, even if I wasn’t sure I could pull it off.  I kept this outfit casual, pairing it with jeans from New Look, a top from Topshop and new shoes from Primark. I wasn’t sure about this style of shoe, but I fell in love with this peach/pink pair and have worn them every day since buying them. My necklace is also from Primark, I love the pastel colours in it.

What is your favourite coat style?
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