Outfit Planning - NYC

Jacket - Zara
Leggings - Topshop
Jumper - New Look
Boots - Topshop

Jumper - Topshop
Pinafore - Topshop
Scarf - H&M

Hat - Topshop
Top - H&M
Skirt - Topshop

So this time tomorrow I'll be on a plane to New York (yes I'll shut up about it soon) so I thought it was about time I started packing.

I took it upon myself to start planning some outfits. Obviously it's pretty chilly there right now, so factor in some coats and tights to these outfits. These are just a few outfits out of the clothes I've packed, and as usual, I'm pretty sure I'm taking more than I need. Amongst the things i my suitcase there's a couple of cream jumpers, a grey jumper, a teal jumper. Do you see a pattern?

I'll be back to posting in about a week. Expect lots of photos from my trip!

Super Soft Lips: Lush & Dr Lipp

I'm prone to getting very dry lips, especially in winter. I searched for ages for a lip balm that would help prevent and soothe chapped lips, and eventually discovered Dr Lipp.

I'd read a few reviews on the 'nipple balm' (originally intended for breastfeeding) and decided I just had to try it out. It has been my lip saviour! Whilst £11.50 may seem a bit pricey for a lip balm, I can really vouch for this. I've had my tube for around 3 months and there still seems to be quite a bit of product left. I now go into a panic when I think I've lost it, definitely my 'holy grail' lip product.

Whilst the lip balm does a lot to help my dry lips, I needed something to buff away dry skin. This is where my Lush lip scrub comes in. Simply use a small amount to scrub your lips, then lick it off. It tastes beautiful too! 

I use the scrub, then the lip balm, then my lips are ready for even the most drying of lipsticks! These two products really help me to achieve super soft lips, even in the coldest weather. 

Candy heart. If anyone could, you could have a candy heart.

Jumper - New Look
Shirt - H&M
Jeans - American Apparel via ASOS
Hat - Topshop

So award for the most boring outfit goes to me! I just can't seem to put on anything interesting any more, and I just live in my new easy jeans. The hat made an appearance today in preparation for New York (i've named it my New York hat). 

It's been pretty sunny today, so I'm hoping if the nicer weather sticks around it'll convince me to dress in something a little more colourful.

On a side note, only 8 days 'til New York! I'm very very excited to say the least. If anyone has been and knows of anything fun I should do, please let me know! 

Oh, and Happy Valentines Day! 
I don't like Valentines Day, but I like THIS song.

You are 'beary' nice.

Inside of the 'L is for Love' reads: 'And what is life without love?' Anyone guess the reference? Hint: Ross gets drunk and makes FAJITAS! 

Who doesn't love a good bear pun?

My messiest card, but this one was just for fun!

I've never been a fan of Valentines day, but if there's one thing I do love it's crafting things! Give me some glitter and glue and I'll be occupied for ages. So whilst I'm not Valentines' biggest advocate, I did have a lot of fun making cards for it!

Yes, I probably could do much better versions using Photoshop, but where's the fun in that!? For these I simply used blank cards, left over wrapping paper, glitter card , and some glue! I made cards for my boyfriend and best friend, as well as one for a 'secret admirer' exchange. I then just got a bit carried away and made extra.

They may look like a 7 year old made them, but I think they're cute. I need to start hand-making people cards a lot more, because I really do enjoy it.

Favourite Fonts

Hello my name is Fern, and I'm a font addict. 

This is a slightly different post for me, but if there's one thing I love, it's a good font. I figured that whilst my blog isn't centred around design or typography, every one should know about wonderful fonts. These are just a small selection of some of my favourites, expect a part two coming up. The best bit? They're all free!

There's always somebody taller, with more of a wit.

Dress - ASOS
T-shirt - Zara

So my spending ban isn't going quite as well as I'd hoped. This dress arrived this morning, and despite making me look the tiniest bit pregnant, I love it. It's so comfy, and easy to throw on over a t-shirt or collared shirt.

I spent today baking cookies yet again, I just can't seem to get enough of them. The rest of my afternoon has been spent sat in bed, browsing through Pinterest and refreshing Twitter. I'm getting a little obsessed with pinning again. 

I now have a work meeting to go to, so it's probably time to change out of my pyjamas and head off. 

My Top Products for Problem Skin

REN Clay Cleanser, Vichy Micellaire Soliution, La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo, Origins Drink Up-Intensive, Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic, Origins Super Spot Remover 

Origins Super Spot Remover

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

I've had problems with my skin since I can remember, but it's in the past few years that it's become more noticeable. I don't have awful skin, but I tend to get breakouts a few times a month, and always seem to have some kind of blemish on my face.

Whilst it could be worse, it still really bothers me and affects my confidence. I'm sure many others are in the same boat as me, so I thought I'd compile a list of my favourite products to tackle blemishes.

A lot of these products you'll have already heard about, but that's only because they really are great!

I've recently started using REN's Clarifying Clay Cleanser. I did a full review, which you can find here, so I won't go on about this one too much. I will say though, that since using this my skin has been noticeably better.

I think everyone and their mother has heard of Origins Super Spot Remover by now, but rightly so! Just dab this on (with clean fingers!) whenever you feel a spot coming up, and the next day it should have reduced slightly, and redness should have died down. Obviously it doesn't get rid of them instantly, but it does work to improve, and banish blemishes a lot faster. It may seem a little pricey, £13 for a tiny pot, but you really do get loads for your money. I've had mine since August and I'm not even half way through it.

To take off my makeup I use Vichy 3 in 1 Micellaire Solution. Pretty similar to the likes of Bioderma, I use this on a large cotton wool pad to remove all my makeup at the end of the day. The one I use is actually for Acne prone/sensitive skin, and although I don't know if that makes a whole lot of difference, it certainly doesn't make my skin any worse. I have pretty sensitive skin, so I'm very wary about using fancy products on it. This works like a dream. This is a little pricey at £10.50 and it only last a month or two, but I much prefer this to face wipes.

My go to mask for when my skin is feeling clogged and full of blemishes is Lush Cosmetic Catastrophe. This mask is full of blueberries and other yummy things, so it smells wonderful. I use it when I can feel blemishes coming on, and it's great for really calming the skin down. I keep it in the fridge so it's wonderfully cooling on the skin too.

Another product which has been raved about in the blogging world is La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo. I picked this up a week or so ago after giving into the hype. At first I thought it had actually caused my skin to break out more, but I've persisted and it's worked quite well. I don't love it yet, but hopefully we'll become good friends.

Using a lot of products aimed at blemishes can really dry out my skin. Origins Drink-up Intensive Over Night Mask isn't aimed at acne prone skin, but it certainly helps when you've overloaded your face with drying products. I use this a couple of times a week, pop it on just before I go to bed, and wake up with much healthier feeling skin. I love the smell, it reminds me of bellinis (peach and champagne, you can't go wrong there).

This seemed to turn into a pretty lengthy post, but I've found these work wonders when my skin is feeling a bit 'under the weather'. I'm still on the quest for perfect skin, and I think it'll be a while before I achieve it, but these have certainly helped.

20 Things About Me

So I kind of maybe jumped on the bandwagon here. I had to cut it down to 20, because I find it hard enough to say one thing about myself, let alone 50.

1. My initials spell out the first three letters of my first name F E R. My aim is to marry someone with a surname beginning with N.

2. I studied Journalism at Uni for a year, before deciding I hated it and left.

3. I spend my days making coffee for people.

4. I don't actually like coffee.

5. When I was 8, I wanted to own a seal sanctuary and be an author. I decided I'd work at the seal sanctuary 3 days a week. Write for 3 and have Sundays off. Where did all that ambition go?

6. I love reading, but it takes me ages to actually pick a new book to read. 

7. I hate making decisions involving other people. I'm always worried they won't like what I want to do etc etc.

8. Saying that, I'm pretty shy in general.

9. I live on the South Coast of England and I love it here.

10. If I could go back to any age I'd be 7 again.

11. I'd love to teach primary school, but I'm so awkward around children it would never work. 

12. Sometimes silence is nice. I hate it when people feel the need to talk. All. The. Time.

13. I believe most meals can be made better if you just add cheese.

14. I absolutely adore Arctic Monkeys and find it hard to find other music that I love as much.

15. I loved school. I love learning but find it hard to pick one thing I'm really interested in. Therefore school was perfect for me!

16. I took Business Studies, English Language, Photography and Textiles for A Level. The only one I enjoyed was Business Studies.

17. My favourite animals are elephants.

18. My mum is probably my best friend, and I think I had the most wonderful childhood thanks to her.

19. I've been driving for almost two years, but I have yet to drive on the motorway (I'm terrfied).

20. I think white t-shirts are possibly the best piece of clothing anyone could own, closely followed by black jeans. I think I need more colour in my life.

Cookies and Jeans

Top - Zara
Jeans - American Apparel 

I've had both days off work this weekend, which is a very rare occurrence. I've had my eye on the AA Easy Jeans for a while now, but I just couldn't bring myself to part with £60 for them. When ASOS had 25% off last week, after much uming and ahing, I decided to go for it. I am so glad I did. These are the comfiest jeans I've put on in a long time, plus they're wonderfully high waisted. The only downside is the length (hello short legs!) but this can easily be combatted by just rolling them up a bit, I enjoy cold ankles.

I decided to be a little bit productive yesterday and made cookies using Rose from The Londoner's recipe! I had to improvise a little, and also chucked in some fudge cubes for good measure, but they've actually turned out to be pretty tasty. It's a rarity that I bake something that I'm proud of. You should all go check out the recipe here if you want to make them!

I plan on spending the day finishing these off, though there really aren't many left, I had most of them yesterday.

You know the good news?

I feel like a lot of my life can be summed up with a simple Friends quote (namely those by Rachel or Chandler) and this one really has it down to a tee. This is probably going to be a bit of a rambly post, so feel free to click away now.

I feel like I'm stuck in a bit of a rut at the moment. My life consists of waking up, going to work, making coffee, coming home, sleeping then repeating it all the next day. Whilst I don't regret leaving university in the slightest and, despite my complaints, loving my job, I just feel so stuck.

The majority of my friends (including my boyfriend) are all away at university, or just busy, and I'm feeling a bit lonely lately. I'm so desperate to go and do something, but I don't know what that something is. I can't decide if I want to go back to university, and even if I did, I have no idea what I want to study. I'm bored of where I am at the moment, but I don't know if I want to move away.

I'm so jealous of the people that know what they want to do with life, or even if they're undecided in that front, actually have some kind of interest. I want to move on with the next part of my life, but not knowing what I want to do really really limits that. I feel like I'm waiting around for something to happen.

I think I'm now going to watch some Gossip Girl to cheer myself up.


Top - New Look
Pinafore - Topshop

I picked up this dress in Topshop a few weeks back, and whilst it makes me feel like I'm on my way to school, I actually really love it.

I was after the American Apparel cord circle skirt, but couldn't justify the price. This actually cost me £2 more, but it seemed somewhat ok for a dress. 

I look pretty miserable and tired in these photos, and for that I apologise. I've just got over what I think was a mix of flu and a really bad cold, and I'm just feeling pretty run down all the time. I now have two days off for the weekend so it's time to rest!

Review: MAC Peach Blossom

Let's all give a warm welcome to my third MAC lipstick to enter my (tiny) collection, Peach Blossom.
This is a pinky/nude colour and is my favourite formula, Creme Sheen. I find these to be nicely moisturising, and whilst they aren't as pigmented as some, they feel so lovely on the lips.

I've been on the hunt for a nice everyday colour for a while now, and I think this ticks the boxes! It has a slight shimmer to it, but nothing too sparkly. However, like I said before, if you're looking for something that's pretty pigmented, this probably isn't for you. When trying to swatch this the didn't show up as well as it does on the lips.

Also please excuse my horrible dry skin, I'm just getting over a cold!

Wish List #12

I've not done a wish list post in a while (since November if we're being exact) so I thought now might be a nice time. That, and as of tomorrow I'm putting myself on a spending ban, so I can only wish. I seem to spend so much on things I don't really need. I seem to think that having the money to buy things means that I need to buy them, which certainly is not the case. 

The Monki tunic seems to simple and easy to wear, perfect for any season. Plus everyone needs another little black dress.

I've wanted these Topshop leggings for a while, despite never actually wearing leggings myself. Seeing other bloggers in these have just fuelled the lust for them! I've managed to find the black and white pairs in store recently, but not these ones.

I saw these in Zara yesterday (pretty sure they've been around for a while though) and fell in love.

I may have slipped up on this one, and actually purchased it after making this list. I've wanted a new nude-y coloured lipstick for a while, and MAC Creme Sheen is my favourite formula. 

Review: Ren ClearCalm 3 Anti-Blemish Clay Cleanser

This cleanser is my first purchase from REN Skincare. I've heard a lot of great things about them recently, and read some rave reviews about this product, so I thought I'd try it out. I suffer from blemish prone skin, getting breakouts around my chin a few times a month.

Although I'd read reviews before purchasing, the formula of this cleanser surprised me. I expected it to be a lot more 'liquidy' whereas as this is quite thick, not dissimilar to the consistency of the Liz Earle cleanse & polish.

I've been using this a few times a week, both morning and evening. If I'm having particularly bad skin, then I'll use this every day, but if it's not too bad I like to switch it up with my cleanse and polish.

The first thing I can say, is that afterwards my skins feels so so soft. As well as breakouts, the skin around my chin area always tends to be a bit redder, but this seems to calm that down quite nicely.

Most spot treatment I've used in the past tend to be quite drying. However, although I have breakouts, my skin isn't oily so these products tend not to be great for me. This one, is really good though. In fact, my skin has been a lot less dryer since using it!

Ideally I'd like to have been using this for a few weeks before posting a review, but I'm just so happy with it so far that I wanted to post. It seems to be doing my skin good. The blemishes I've had since using this have cleared up pretty quickly, which is great, especially for my confidence.

Street lamp amber, wanderlust.

I’ve always been the kind of person who firmly believes ‘There’s no place like home’. I’m more Dorothy post Oz than the Dorothy who wants to get away from Kansas. I usually find my self longing for home the moment I get away to anywhere remotely different.

 However, this past week of so I’ve been overcome with the sudden urge to travel. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the depressing weather we’ve been having, or something to do with January blues, but I find myself wanting to get away.

 I’m not sure where I want to go (somewhere sunny preferably) but I feel as though it’s time I saw more of the world. By no means do I want to go away for months on end traveling around and living out of a rucksack, but I’d just like to see more.

This year I want to make it my goal to go to places I’ve never been before and enjoy myself a bit more. With working full time now I’ve found myself with the money to actually be able to do things, and I want to make the most of whilst I can. I’ve got New York in February ticked off, but this Summer I’m making it my aim to go to at least one new place, maybe more!

 I feel my Pinterest board will be getting updated a lot more now. Let’s just hope that at least one of my friends will be up for this with me.

Wear It Again

Dress - ASOS
Cardigan - Topshop
Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs

I bought this dress for my work Christmas party with the view that I could, 'throw a jumper on', and wear it again. So that's exactly what I've done here (if we swap 'jumper' for 'cardigan'). This is probably one of the comfiest dresses I own, and the fact that it'll be wearable in Summer, without tights, is a massive plus.

It's also, shock horror, a colour! I usually only ever wear greys, whites and blacks with a hint of denim, so it's nice having something a tad brighter in my wardrobe.


Jacket - Zara
Trousers - Topshop
T-Shirt - ASOS
Boots - Topshop
Bag - Zara

So after what felt like months of waiting (in reality it was about 12 days) my beautiful new Zara bag finally arrived! I don't own a lot of red, and by that I mean I really don't own any red, so this bag is lovely addition to my Zara bag collection.

I also picked this jacket up in the Zara sale just after Christmas. It is so cosy, the perfect jacket for this surprisingly mild weather we've been having. I need it to get colder, I have far too many scarves I need to be wearing.  I got the boots for Christmas and I like to think of them as my Santa boots. They look a bit similar I think. 

We finally re-booked New York at the weekend, so come the 22nd February I'll be flying out there. Once again, I am so so excited. Let's just hope that this time it all goes to plan.

Cats cats cats.

I wasn't planning on doing a post with my Christmas presents but I've been so obsessed with my new makeup bag that I had to share it! I find it quite funny that out of all the presents I received, my favourite is a makeup bag. But I mean, it has cats on it.

Paul & Joe do the cutest things. My mum also got me this nail polish remover, maybe a little fancy for what it is, but I can refill it and forever have beautiful packaging.

Lastly, I thought I'd share my new watch. This year seemed to be the year of Michael Kors, but I decided to opt for something more Marc Jacobs shaped. I really wanted the rose gold face, but this one is equally as lovely!


Dress - ASOS
Cardigan - Topshop
Scarf - H&M

This can hardly be described as an outfit post as you can hardly see what I'm wearing. Sadly it was the best out of a very very bad bunch of photos. I just couldn't seem to get the right settings/lighting today, no matter what I did.

I'm dreading going back to work tomorrow after five days off. I've got used to sitting in bed watching my OC box sets, and I don't really fancy going back to making coffee.

In other news, we're re-booking NYC for February, so my excitement can start all over again!

Goodbye 2012

I'm not really one for New Years. I'm not one for resolutions and I don't really think a new year means a new anything, apart from a different number at the end of the date. I also think there's a bit too much pressure on everyone to have a good time, whereas I'd much rather stay sat in bed watching my favourite box set.

The one good thing about any celebration however, is dressing up, preferably in something sparkly. This year I'm just off to my friend's house for a quieter New Years, so nothing fancy for me.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish my followers a happy 2013 and thanks for following me. I  know my blog doesn't have hundreds of followers, so I really am grateful for every one of you. So I hope you all had wonderful Christmases (let's face it, the best part of winter) and go on to have equally lovely New Years!