Monday, 24 August 2015

Haul / Mid Month Treats

I honestly can't remember the last time I posted a haul on my blog - I tend to show you my purchases in outfit posts and reviews! But there have been a few things that I've bought over the past few weeks that I'm super happy with, and want to show you.

1) British Vogue, September Edition. I couldn't leave this on the stand with the promise of an Emma Watson interview inside. It's a great piece I would definitely recommend you read! Emma is someone that I want to be / be best friends with.

2) Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Polishes in Check Mate and All Or Nothing. I'm always on the hunt for a cheaper dupe for Essie's Ballet Slippers (which will forever be the nail polish I wear when I can't decide what to wear). It's slightly more opaque than Essie's offering but is cheaper than Essie polishes at the mo - Boots are holding a '2 for £8' offer which is amazing seeing as just one retails at £6.99?! I have yet to try Check Mate but it looks like a shade I'll be wearing all A/W this year. 

3) Evil Eye Bracelet, Urban Outfitters. I picked this up because 1 - Evil Eyes have become my obsession and I find it hard to walk away from anything that has it in the design and, 2 - it was only £3. Urban Outfitters is the place to look for jewellery but only when the sale is on, in my opinion. My student budget won't allow for their full price goodies but when it's a toss up between a caramel frappucino and an evil eye bracelet, the money isn't hard to part with and £3 is a bargain.

4) Nike MD Runner 2. An early birthday indulgence that I picked up at work because I was worried they might go out of stock. I had my heart set on a pair of New Balance but changed my mind when I saw these. I love the all-black and they're so comfy. 

What have you treated yourself to recently- is there anything I should consider looking at next time? There's a pair of ankle boots that Primark just RT'd onto my twitter feed and I really don't need them but they look right up my street, so don't be surprised if they make it onto the blog soon...

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Flying Fashionably | #Ad

I'm one of those people that always forgets something when they pack for a holiday. I've yet to perfect the whole hand luggage thing too, I can never remember how many liquids you can take, and where to put everything when you go through security. But here are the things I'll always throw into as a big a bag as I can find... 

For more help with luggage allowances check out the amazing Hand Luggage Guide from Purple Parking. It tells you all you need to know!

Most important for hand luggage is moisturiser, moisturiser, moisturiser. The two I like are Weleda's Skin Food for anything and everything but especially hands and lips, and Weleda's Iris Hydrating Face Cream. I'll keep makeup to a minimum because I'll probably only take it off anyway, and wear concealer (Collection 2000's Lasting Perfection usually), mascara (Benefit's They're Real!) and blusher (Bourjois' Little Round Pot in Rose D'Or). If I'm not feeling too tired or lazy I'll put a little of Benefit's Cream Shadow in Bikini Tini on, which doubles up as a highlighter too. The key with light packing is versatility! Find products that have several uses and focus on moisturising and adding glow to prevent looking tired. 

The latest copy of Vogue or Elle goes in my bag when I get to the airport, but the Kindle will be thrown in too. I find it impossible to sleep while travelling so I have to keep myself entertained! Although I spend most of my time on the flight watching movies...

My outfit will be the last thing I decide on and it completely depends on the length of the flight. Comfort will always be key though, and for me that means jeans and a tee. At the minute I'm obsessed with Zara's jeans (potentially the best jeans I've owned ever), and I'll slip on any pair of sandals - these are from Primark and so is the massive cardigan which is perfect for travelling as it's so warm. And that's it, super easy! Summer holidays here I come.

*This post is sponsored by Purple Parking, but all the opinions expressed are completely my own.

Friday, 14 August 2015

The London Student Experience | The Diary (#Ad)

Last week saw the London Student Experience project really come to life and it's about time that I told you all about it. Unite Students invited me down to stay in Stratford One, an amazing building directly opposite the Olympic Park, with a view of the City of London. 

Monday- The Warm Welcome

We dived straight into the whole thing with welcome drinks and bowling (I lost in a quite impressive way), and then it was time for a cup of tea and early night before the build-up to the 24 hour challenge began.

Tuesday - The Preparation

Tuesday saw an early morning and breakfast with a view (again!) We weren't about to get used to it anytime soon. We spent the morning settling in and listening to a presentation from the lovely guys at Steak. After lunch we got to learn how to capture the upcoming 24 hours in London with fancy cameras and the talented Tim from There4 Productions imparted all his knowledge. Then- the bit we were all anxious for - the announcement of teams. All twelve of us had bonded so well but once groups were revealed, we knew the vibe would change. There was an iPad at stake for each of us, o things were about to get competitive! 

The Brief - Students, London, a tight budget. Up to 24 hours to pack in as much as possible, capturing the day on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and Video. 

Rachel, Alex, Iman and I were put together to form #TeamRAIR, and we had the afternoon to plan Wednesday and our 24 hours to explore London to create our guide. Laptops and thinking caps came out in full force! We all tried to get an early night but the mixture of excitement and anxiety made it impossible to sleep!

Wednesday- The Big Day

Alarms rang at 4am to start getting ready for the day, and we saw the sun rise over London at 5am. We were leaving Stratford One at 6am and the three teams went their separate ways to put our plans into action and explore. 
We tried to cover as many miles as possible so it would be a mammoth task to tell you about everything we stuffed into the day, but here are some of the highlights! I'll be tweeting all about the final guides when they have been compiled. I can't wait for you all to see what we got up to!

Thursday - The Goodbyes

Thursday was our last day in London. The teams all re-convened and we compiled all our material to show the Unite Team what we got up to! Before we knew it, it was time for the journey home and lots and lots of sleep. It's a couple of days that I want to relive over and over! 

This post is sponsored by the lovely Unite Students. But don't worry- everything I've written are my my own words and honest opinions! 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

An Update | The London Student Experience

If you follow me on twitter you've probably seen my throwing around the hashtag #uStudents24. In a few days I'm going down to London along with 11 other bloggers, vloggers and online creatives to work with Unite Students. We'll be creating an hour by hour guide to all the good stuff you can do in London on a budget. 

I'm travelling down on Monday but Wednesday is the big day when we're set the challenge of filling a whole 24 hours with sight seeing, shopping and food. Unite will put all the pictures, video and writing together and share it with you guys later this Summer! I'll be live tweeting as it all happens, as well as sharing snippets on instagram and snapchat (@rubesisobel). 

There will be more blog posts as it happens so make sure you follow me on bloglovin' to find out where the trip takes us. I'll leave all the important links below... x

Follow Unite Students on Twitter:

Find out more about the project here:

Meet the students taking part: