Life Lately- January 2013

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Pics taken from my Instagram, @misshollieb.

Somehow, it has been an absolute age since I blogged but time away from it has made me realise just how much damn hard work running a blog is and I take my fedora off to the likes of Louise, Alison and Alice who manage to run hugely successful blogs whilst also having small children. Ladies, you are Internet Super Women!

I thought now would be a good time to reflect on the last six months. When I last blogged, I was nearing deadline day on my degree (hence blogging. Because procrastinating). Now, in 2014, I’m a graduate and a full time working person with a real life actual job that people pay me to do. There’s even an office dog, for Christ’s sake! Basically, life got good.

Picture 1 is of me in Waterstones after a gin fuelled afternoon. At the time, I thought taking this photograph was the funniest thing ever. No, I don’t know why either…

Working full time means I now appreciate the weekends more than I ever did when I was a student or freelancing. Six months ago I’d be up at 8am to go shopping and run errands and go out and “seize the day” or whatever that means. Now it’s all about the long lie-ins and contemplating how the hell weekends go so damn fast. And gin. Have I said gin too much already?

The third picture is the office dog. Enough said.

In September time I went on Sky News (most nerve-wracking thing EVER!) and spoke about the latest infertility breakthrough. My face was shown around the world so I apologise to any Aussies that may have seen that face just as they were about to go to bed.

Following on from Sky, I discussed the same topic with Radio Five Live which meant sitting in a little studio in BBC Nottingham where, incidentally, one of my favourite YouTube ladies works! If you’re not following TalkBeckyTalk, go do so right now!

As ever, despite the long working days and the weekends hiding from the world in a onesie, I’m still as much of a beauty addict and I adore this recent NOTD. Sadly, I can’t for the life of me remember for the life of me the name or brand of the polishes. Useful, aren’t I?

Christmas this year was filled with parties, too much champagne and lots of dressing up. Going to the Zeebox UK party at The Savoy was a particular highlight and the Notts TV cocktail at my work party was to die for!

Finally, I started 2014 off celebrating seven years with Mr M. He is nice.

So here’s to a new era of Life of a Digital Girl- one with more NOTDs, OOTDs and OMGIADOGDs (that’s an “Oh My God, I am dying of gin” day). Thanks to everyone who has read the blog in the past, I hope you’ll stick with me as I find my feet once more.

Time for Tea

♥ Hello, Digital Girls (& Guys!). As always, I’m getting excited about my Summer move to London and buying a pad with my boyfriend. But rather than think about all the mortgage and financial stuff, it’s pretty decorations and beautiful wallpaper that occupy my mind.

♥ We’ll be taking quite a lot from our current home but injecting some much needed style into the new place. One thing I really want to sort out is the kitchen and replace our dull Ikea plates with something more chic and swap the mix-matched mugs for delicate tea cups and floral printed side plates.

♥ Interiors wise, I’m very much into the minimal look and prefer bright whites and contrasting grey tones to create an airy feel. Saying that, I also love an injection of colour in the form of feminine shades of blue, purple and pink.

Marie Fleur Gris from Villeroy & Boch - teacup & saucer

♥ When I saw the newest collection from Villeroy & Boch, it was like it was designed in my dreams! Following the success of their Marie Fleur tablewear collection, Villeroy & Boch have extended the range to include a new grey colourway that would look so pretty in any country cottage, family home or city pad. Starting from just £6.50, the collection is available online and in stores and I for one am certainly adding the whole range to my wishlist.

Marie Fleur Gris plates from Villeroy & Boch

♥ Now all I need is for summer to come so I can serve iced tea in the teacups and homemade bread and chutney on the pretty places. Ahh…

Marie Fleur Gris from Villeroy & Boch plate

Beauty Temple, Nottingham

♥ I’ve found somewhere that, for me, is basically Heaven. A whimsical enchanted kind of  place with candles, herbal tea and nothing but relaxation. Beauty Temple is the ultimate beauty salon, offering everything from spray tans and make-up application to pedicures and massages. After the brilliant people of Twitter suggested I head to Beauty Temple for a pedicure, I waltzed off on a Tuesday afternoon to take full advantage of their 20% student discount deal.

Beauty Temple is based smack-bang in the middle of Nottingham, just off Market Square on Queen Street. But this is no ordinary city centre beauty salon. Decorated with huge influence from the East, Beauty Temple welcomes you in with the gorgeous relaxing scent of essential oils and luxury decoration. The oriental theme is stunning, making it somewhere you’ll find stacks of interiors inspiration for your own home.

♥ Last month I indulged in the most relaxing luxury pedicure which saw my feet pampered to the extreme. After a good buffing, moisturising and massaging, my toe nails were painted in a Jessica colour of my choice. I went for the black with a coat of gorgeous shimmer over the top, just for something a little different. After relaxing on the sofa for a good ten minutes to allow drying time, I walked out into the city to flash off my new toe nails with such pride. And a good four weeks later, they’re still looking perfect! My nail paint hasn’t chipped once and they look like they’ve just been done. Hopefully, just to escape the madness of third year, I’ll be back next week for another perfect pedicure!

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♥ After my pedicure, I knew Beauty Temple would be the perfect place to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday… so that’s what we did. Robin turned 42 on March 1st and one of his gifts from me was a some good quality pamper time. The following day we went off for a massage and foot treatment in the gorgeous double room and I’ve never been so relaxed in my whole life. We undressed and lay on the bed (one with pink towels, one with blue- very cute!) and were covered with oriental inspired fabrics as the girls got to work and undid every single knot of tension in my back and shoulders. After our treatments we were spoilt with a glass of champagne and a cupcake, which even included a candle for Robin to blow out and make a birthday wish!

My birthday boy celebrating at home.

My birthday boy celebrating at home.

♥ I cannot recommend this tranquil city haven enough. It’s my happy place.

♥ Beauty Temple is located on Queen Street, Nottingham, and they can be contacted on 0845 402 4003.

OOTD: Valentine’s Red

♥ Valentine’s Day may have gone in a flurry of roses, glasses of bubbly and sexy snogs but I am still feeling all romantic and keeping up the Valentine’s theme by injecting some passionate red into my wardrobe. I feel in love with this coat when I was browsing the George at Asda site (seriously, there are some hidden gems on there!) and ordered it instantly. It’s a soft trench with great gold zip detailing and came in at a mere £28!

♥ This is my very first Outfit Of The Day so please be kind! I’ve been inspired by the incredible plus-size blogger Callie Thorpe who is constantly stylish, always lovely and very, very beautiful. Fingers crossed y’all like it!

OOTD

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OOTD

♥ Details:

Scarf- Market stall in London, Coat- George at Asda, Ring- Primark, Jeans- New Look Inspire, Flats on my crazy flat feet- New Look, Bag- Alexander Wang

♥ Take Me Back To Paris

♥ Last year my lovely boyfriend whisked me off to Paris to celebrate my 23rd birthday in style. As a huge fan of French fashion, I spent weeks pouring over French style blogs and hunting out the perfect trench coat and navy accessories to wear in the city of love.

♥ I’m still obsessed with French style- stripes, monochrome, cute little neck ties, red lips, navy, spots… the list goes on. With the world’s eyes on the Paris Couture Fashion Week shows, I’ve fallen head over heels (again!) for the Chanel Couture collection featuring lace, black and white and the beautiful Cara Delevigne walking the catwalk. The whole collected wowed me with lace, monochrome, gothic style and prettiness and I’ll be taking a lot of inspiration from it to add to my own everyday looks.

♥ My own style is very paired down with a usual mix of ballet flats, a trench coat, chiffon shirts and slim fit trousers or jeans so I was chuffed when I started browsing the Next website to see they have a real French inspired style in their latest collection. As you can see below, I’ve picked out my favourite pieces and added some snap shots from one of the best trips of my life!

Paris Collage

Bag– £28, Textured Tweed Jacket– £55, Navy Trench Coat- £75, Striped Shirt– from £25, Denim Trousers- £30, Polkadot Blouse- £26. All from Next.

♥ Are you inspired by French style?