This week has been...

I know I say this every week but man doesn't time fly by! I think it's because of looming deadlines and the fact that I have been missing home but I have been spending a LOT of time  on the BBC food website, seriously, I swear it's porn for foodies! So far I have made blueberry muffins, lemon muffins and a slightly adapted version of these spicy potatoes this week... 

I made ginger cookies the other week and I swear they were perfect, slightly crunchy but chewy in the middle, I used this recipe by Jamie Oliver but added some crystallised ginger to give them a bit of a kick :) Being a girl guide, I was prepared and froze some to eat when essay despair kicked in and boy am I glad I did! 

I swear the only thing that gets me through essays is coffee... flat white from Costa is my tipple of choice, I just wish you could get them in the BIG cups, I love the little ears :P

...reading for my essay and my dissertation. I always find my essays really interesting but they can be such a pain to research, I have to try really hard not to go off on a tangent and waffle too much...oops!

Luckily I have some books to keep me occupied; I have the original How to walk in high heels and loved reading it so when I saw this in the charity shop, I snapped it up! The New York Trilogy is on loan from my friend George and I'm looking forward to sitting down with a cup of tea and getting stuck into it...

Dainty Doll blusher in Gold Finger, lipstick in Saucy Sailor and Nails Inc. for Diet Coke in Milan
ASOS next day delivery is very difficult to resist ;) After my last post asking if anyone had tried the Dainty Doll range, I saw that it was reduced on ASOS and decided to try the lipstick and blusher. So far I have been super impressed, the lipstick colour is lovely and super moisturising and the blusher has a lovely colour pay-off. I paired my new make up with my gorgeous Falke fishnet tights and my lovely dress to go to the pub yesterday. 

And finally, not a glamourous addition, but a necessary one! I have been under the weather for ages now and need some T.L.C and a hug from my Dad I think :) Luckily I have Danni and Lisa's birthdays to look forward to and we are going out tomorrow so that should be AMAZING! :D 

What have you done this week? Got anything fun planned?

What's in my make-up bag? Make-up for pale skin :)

I think it's the fact that I am so nosy but I love seeing what is in other people's bags. Harriet, Leia and Paula showed us their make-up essentials and I am going to attempt to do the same. I wrote a post about my favourite lipsticks a while ago and although I have since added to my collection, I am going to focus on my basics which I use almost daily to give me a natural look (which every girl knows takes a lot of make-up! :P)

As I have very pale skin, I often find it difficult to find foundation and concealer that doesn't make me look orange, has anyone tried the Dainty Doll range by Nicola Roberts? I want to try it but it's quite expensive if it isn't any good! 

L- Maybelline Super Stay 24hr concealer in shade Light/Beige Clair 2 R- L'Oreal Infallible concealer in shade 01 Vanille. 
As I have skin that is prone to spots, a good concealer is a must! Currently I am favouring L'Oreal Infallible and Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Concealer. Both of these give good coverage and blend well, I would say that I prefer the Maybelline at the moment, merely because it doesn't feel too heavy

L- Barbara Daly Soft Focus illuminator R- L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Primer

I bought the L'Oreal primer when it was slightly cheaper in Boots and cannot recommend it enough! A tiny amount leaves my skin velvety and keeps my make-up looking flawless even after a night out. I normally mix the illuminator with some foundation to give a lighter dewy glow or dot it along my cheekbones as a highlighter. 

L- Maybelline Dream Creamy foundation in 04 light porcelain R- Max Factor Second Skin foundation in 040 Creamy Ivory.
I use the Maybelline foundation if I am feeling more self-conscious about my skin as it gives  slightly heavier coverage. My Max Factor foundation is so light and creamy and covers any redness of my skin whilst giving  light dewy coverage.

Clockwise from left: Mac Summer Rose blusher, Topshop blush from palette and Benefit Thrrrob blusher
I tend to choose my blusher dependent on the outfit I am wearing, for example if I am wearing red, I will choose Thrrrob as it is a pinky red, whereas the Mac blusher is more purpley in tone. The Topshop blush has to be applied very lightly as it is very pigmented! 

From top: Models Own volumising big brush mascara in black, Maybelline The One by One Volum'Express mascara, Rimmel Professional Eyebrow pencil in 001 Dark Brown and No. 7 Amazing Eyes Liner. 
I first used an eyebrow pencil after I had my eyebrows waxed and the woman took off 80% of the hair. I totally freaked out and ran to Boots to find a pencil that I could use until they grew back. Luckily they did but I still use this to brush through my eyebrows and fill in any gaps. I am always amazed at how much eyebrows can change the shape of your face and this pencil helps to keep them groomed. The liquid eyeliner is a fairly new purchase, thanks to Boots No. 7 vouchers and a little encouragement from Danni. I haven't quite mastered the Cleopatra flick  yet but I am getting there!

From top: Max Factor Lipfinity lasting lip tint in shade 04, Lipcote, Burt's Bee Pomegranate lip balm and Cherry Carmex.
The Max Factor lip pen is the perfect 'your lips but better' shade for me and the felt tip applicator makes applying it a doddle. Lipcote is indispensable if you want to wear lipstick without it rubbing off as soon as you eat or drink something and Carmex and Burt's Bees have been the saviours of my lips this winter... I blame Laura personally! ;) 

I also keep a mini hairbrush (despite only brushing my hair once every blue moon!) hair bobbles, kirby grips and cotton buds (to correct those pesky eyeliner mistakes!) inside my rather gorgeous Celia Birtwell case. You should know by now that I am a sucker for anything shiny with floral print! 

What's in your make-up bag? Any products you can't live without?

Guess what, I'm not a robot...

I love when you find a bargain in a charity shop, it can really make my day and the fact that the money is going to a good cause makes me feel less guilty about spending it! I spotted this cute robot t-shirt hidden amongst some rather questionable jumpers, proof that having a rummage is always a good idea! 

Top: New Look via charity shop, skirt: Dorothy Perkins, blazer: Tesco, socks: Marks and Spencers, shoeboots: Next, bag: c/o Fiona and Siren

I love all of the different robots, aren't they just gorgeous?! I felt quite a lot like a schoolgirl in this outfit, I think it was the grey blazer/sock combo?

I won this bag in a giveaway over at Fiona's wonderful blog and whilst it is not something I would ever choose for myself, I absolutely love it! It makes me feel a bit cooler (definitely no bad thing!) and adds a "delightfully tacky" element to my outfits. I really love some of the stuff on Siren's website, this gorgeous purple suede bag WILL be mine! :)

Also seen here with an outfit that I really loved but didn't photograph well; a gorgeous vintage green 'wiggle' dress and mulberry tights, leaving me looking like a cross between Joan Holloway and Laura! Not a bad combination AT.ALL. 

Dress: vintage, tights: John Lewis, coat: c/o Tesco, shoes: Tesco, bag: New Look, belt: Primark 

Back to the grind of essay and dissertation writing...luckily I have Danni and Lisa's birthdays to look forward to in the next few days :D I need to put on my dancing shoes and go and party! :D 

Have you found any bargains recently? 

P.S. Keep a look out for some exciting new features, coming soon! :D

Love me tender..

No, this isn't a late Valentine's post but rather an ode to my favourite new necklaces and a love letter to the blogging community. There are many reasons why I love the blogosphere, whether it is offering styling advice, helping to track down items that are no longer available locally or just being all round awesome, you guys always come through and I am very lucky to have such lovely people reading Frills 'n' Spills! :D I love the supportive community of bloggers and love the fact that I can call so many of you lovely ladies, friends! [OK, soppiness over :P] After expressing how lovely I thought Sarah's jewellery was on Twitter, a cute little parcel popped through my front door. 

What though was in my little striped parcel? 

A gorgeous butterfly in a goldy/bronzey colour, perfect for adding just a bit of sparkle when wearing a plain dress or top. I think this is going to look perfect with my thrifted Topshop dress, tan brogues and tan belt this Spring! 

I must admit, at first when I saw rainbows I panicked. Now I LOVE colour but am always wary of wearing coloured jewellery (after having to be surgically removed from a red necklace which I wore non-stop for at least 3 years, I kid you not!)  but have already managed to incorporate this into a number of outfits, mainly pastels, to give them a bit of oomph with the small blast of colour and the sparkle in the top of the heart...

This necklace though has barely left my neck since I got it. It adds the perfect hint of cute to any outfit and has been complimented by almost everyone I have met. My favourite outfit I have worn it with is my new 80s style Mango dress from Ebay.

Not the best photo but I was trying to show off the bat-wing style sleeves. Now I normally go for sleeveless or short sleeved dresses and tops but these slightly longer sleeves have been a godsend in the recent cold spells. My favourite part of this dress though is the gorgeous skirt, it is actually more of a wrap skirt and adds a bit of interest to an otherwise basic dress. 

Worn here with my AMAZING new hat from River Island which elevates the humble hat into a piece of art. 

I will leave you with the King himself singing the title song of this post; Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender. I can't get enough of Elvis recently, I used to love him when I was about 15 (I had calenders and everything!!) but recently I have been in awe of how amazing his music is. There is a wealth of songs beyond Hound Dog and I really do urge you to give some of his earlier music, his charisma and soul in his voice is undeniable, just WOW. 


Hahahahaha yes this is Mark when we were in our first year of college. We always used to joke that he looked old (i.e. 84!) hence the Classical art sign pointing at his head...
2009 (told you it was at least 3 years!!)
Are you an Elvis fan? What's your favourite part of blogging? 

A week in photos: if music be the food of love, play on!

This week has gone by really quickly! I have been to the Bard's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon and treated to a lovely meal at Café Rouge by Mark's parents...

Demi poulet with garlic butter and french fries
Warmed cherry and frangipane tart with crème Chantilly.

...been to see my uncle play in the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra; they are always brilliant but this time they really outdid themselves with some gorgeous pieces of music...

... had an amazing Valentine's Day with Mark...

...fallen in love with some new make-up...
I'm blaming Laura for my new found addiction to Burt's Bees!
..and tried some new recipes...

Roast chicken with roasted onion, mushroom, carrots and parsnips with Mediterranean bread and wilted spinach
A very foodie week for me! I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words after Danni's departure. I will obviously miss my partner-in-crime but I am really committed to Frills 'n' Spills and I have some exciting new features planned, so keep your eyes peeled! 

What have you done this week? Have you eaten as much as me?!


I bought a snazzy DSLR yesterday when Mark and I were in Stratford and haven't been able to contain my excitement since. We decided to go for brunch today at a local 'gastropub' and decided to bring the new camera along to have a play around with it...

As ever, our meals were absolutely delicious; Mark had pancakes with maple syrup and crispy bacon and I chose a toasted muffin with smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce, poached eggs and spinach. I can honestly say that it was the most delicious breakfast I have ever had! Unfortunately it's not the healthiest, so we decided to go to the park to walk off some of the calories! 

I don't think I have ever jumped this high before!
Nor has Mark by the looks of things! 
Dress: Miss Selfridge, top: Zara via charity shop, cardigan: Dorothy Perkins boots: Peacocks, coat: c/o Tesco, hat: River Island.
This dress has proved so versatile; I wore it out dancing to my friends 21st birthday and yet it is so easy to layer up to wear during the day too. Not bad considering I paid the grand total of £6.30 for it! I am really going to miss my student discount when I graduate :( 

Cue pretentious photo #523. This hat is another to add to my rather substantial collection, it is warm, with ribbon, flowers and sequins, what more could I ask for?! 

Playing Pooh sticks, who needs LFW?! I have loved everyone's posts so far from  the shows but I think my favourite show by far has got to be Paul Costelloe, the shapes, colours and textures are gorgeous and I can see any of the pieces from his collection working in my to win the lottery... 

Have you been at LFW? What's the most versatile piece in your wardrobe? 

P.P.S. If you want to see more photos, come and find me on Facebook :)