Leah Pelly

Fashion – Travel – Beauty

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6 Month Check-Up

Picture this. You’re sat with your best friend, in a little field sipping on pink lemonade in a city that you’ve not yet discovered. You’re both picking daisies from the grass talking about everything from your future plans and family drama to the latest gossip. The sun is so warm on your back you begin to think that Summer’s actually arrived- and after sitting in it for 4 hours and having severe tan lines you know that it’s a certainty. This is just what you needed: a lengthy catch up, a cute picnic and all the time in the world to just breathe. This is Summer.

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This is the moment you realise that this year has already gone so fast. You’re in May, nearly half of the year has gone. And while you try to reel off all the things in your head that you’ve done that make the passing of this time worthwhile, you acknowledge that you’ve come so far since this time last year and yet there’s so much more to do.

And before you start to think that this is going to be a post about things to do this Summer, let me stop you there. This little post is your reminder that this is your time. I know it’s exam season for so many of you right now and work, revision and deadlines are mounting up so badly you feel like you’re drowning in academia, but just take 10 minutes, get a cup of tea – we need a little chat.
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I feel like I have a bit of insight for you. Since being on my gap year, I’ve realised that time is now, sounds ridiculous I know. But this moment that you’re in right now is only going to happen once. So yes, it’s important to work hard and get the grades or meet the deadlines you need to, they’ll help you get to where you want to go. But please, do not get so caught up in aiming for the future and wishing years of education away because you’ll miss out on now and you’re never going to get this time back.

So what I’m saying is once you’ve done pushing yourself over this final hurdle take time to go on random walks with no clear destination, spend hours talking to your best friend about boy drama, go to that gig, stay out till the sun comes up and dance till your feet hurt. But also stay in bed on Sunday mornings, make your mum a cup of tea, stand outside with nothing on your feet, gaze at the stars and realize how small you are. We get one life, so do what you want with your time but make it a combination of madness and what some would call the mundane. Be active, don’t just observe.

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And I promise you, then you’ll have that moment, when you’re sat there at one o’clock in the morning and you’ll come to the realisation that you’re the happiest you’ve ever been.

Leah xxx

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How To Ride The Paris Metro

If you’re going to be spending some time in Paris and want to explore the incredible city and take in the wonders of all the attractions, then you’ll find that the easiest and quickest way to do so is by using the Paris Metro. I know that using a Metro in another country can be quite daunting especially if your knowledge of the language is limited to GCSE vocabulary like mine, but once you get started it’s easier than you think.

When my friend and I recently travelled to Paris we used the Metro everyday- getting us not only to the main sites such as The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and The Eiffel Tower but we also used it to get to Disneyland Paris – something that without using the Metro we probably wouldn’t have done. We found it was fairly easy to navigate with a little help from google – take a look at our tips and insider info below.

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I would recommend that planning is key to making the most of your time in Paris – particularly if you’re only there for a few days. We were lucky enough to find a Paris Metro map leaflet in the hostel that we stayed at. I’m sure you’d be able to pick one of these up from the Train or Metro Station or in your Hotel/Hostel lobby. From the map we found it was easier to look at where the different attractions were, which zone they were in and how far apart they were from each other. Looking at the distances between them and grouping the closest ones together meant that we were more organised and saved time.

On our first day in France, we went to Disneyland  – as we knew we were going to be there the whole day we decided to just purchase two single tickets. Whereas, for our other two days in Paris we had a list of places that we wanted to squeeze in and see so we found it was best to get a 2 day, zone 1-3 ticket which cost us around 20 euros. This meant that we could travel anywhere in zones 1-3 across the two days, which made hoping on and off the Metro ,in between sightseeing, super easy. The ticket allowed us to travel from our hostel in Colonel Fabien to all the major attractions.

 

 

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We purchased both of the two types of tickets we used (singles and the day pass) from the Metro station closest to our hostel and I’m pretty sure they can be purchased at any Metro station. We got them from a machine and paid in cash as it was easiest for us. There was a handy English language option on the ticket machine which made getting tickets a lot simpler for us but there was also a couple of other language options available including Spanish and obviously, French.

 

 

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We found that getting the day travel cards was so much easier than purchasing singles as otherwise it could of got confusing as for some journeys you need to use a few different Metro trains and it worked out far more cost effective.

If you do ever have a problem with understanding the Metro machine then speak to a person at the Information Desks that are in most stations – the people are friendly and tend to speak pretty good English.

 

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The best way we found to navigate the Metro was with Google Maps. It’s just so simple. Put in where you are going to and where from, click the Metro option of how you’re getting there and it will tell you how far away your nearest Metro station is and how long it will take you to walk there, give you the name of the Metro you need, the end destination, how many stops it is until you need to get off and also which exit to take from the Metro as sometimes there can be a few.

Please be aware though that google maps will try and translate some of the stop names into English for you, which can be a little confusing when you’re looking for them in French on the Metro signs, but if you have a small grasp of the French language then you should be fine.

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If you’re ever unsure if you are getting on the right Metro, we found it was best to double check the poster just above the doors as you step onto the Metro carriage, to see that the end destination matches the one on Google Maps.

Obviously it is a city so be prepared for the Metro to get very busy, particularly at peak commuter times- try to avoid these if you can and keep an eye out for pickpockets.

 

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We had a really positive experience of the Metro when we visited Paris and would definitely use it again on our return to the city, it just makes exploring so much quicker and easier. Let me know if you found this post helpful and be sure to head back here on Sunday for some fun Disney snaps.

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xoxo

PhotoBook | Cows and Stiles

Oh Hi. Welcome to a new little concept.

Every once in a while I’m going to start publishing ‘PhotoBook’ posts which enable me to share with you a series of photographs of something that I’ve done recently. Similar to ‘A Day In The Life’ type videos you’d find over on Youtube.

It gives me a little bit of space to share my photography with you, for you to see what I get up to and somewhere for me to document my adventures.

I hope you enjoy these few photographs from a walk I went on recently as part of my training to walk The Three Peaks.

 

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You can find more of my photographs on my Instagram page, Leah Pelly.

Galentine’s Day

I’ll be honest I was kind of dreading Valentines Day this year, everything is so in your face ‘relationshippy’ and ‘oh look you’re very single’ orientated. But after moping around for a while, and seeing some Galentine’s posts, I came to the realisation that this is a perfect time to celebrate the amazing women in my life and most importantly my best friend who has been through so much with me.

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The Best Friend

In case you guys didn’t know Frankie’s the one who tends to take my photographs for me (I’ll leave her links at the bottom). But aswell as being the gal behind my photographs, she’s also been there for me through some of my most wildest, and happiest times. She is one of the most supportive people I know and despite her recent move to Nottingham is always there for me. So seeing as though it’s International Women’s day soon too, I just wanted to share with you this strong, inspirational gal and some throwback photos of ours.

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Please excuse all bad hairstyles and stupid faces in these photographs, we were young and adventurous.

How We Spent The Day

We decided to celebrate Galentine’s day by having a super cute day in the city- wondering the shops in Valentines themed red and pink outfits, a cheeky Starbucks and silly photo booth pictures, followed by a night in with some face masks and overly cheesy films. I captured snippets of our day over on my insta story- if you haven’t seen it already you can watch it here.

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Tshirt – Boohoo – £10, Shoes – Primark

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Bodysuit – Boohoo – £18, Boots – Primark

 

We loved playing with colour this Valentines Day and slayed in bold pinks and reds. We found that Boohoo had a great selection of pieces that were bright and playful and suited both of our individual styles. Again, full outfit photos can be found over on my insta stories.

I’d love to hear about how you spent Valentine’s Day, whether it’s in the comments or over on instagram 🙂

Happy Galentine’s Day to all those strong independent women out there.

xoxo

Frankie’s Instagram – frankiethephotographer

Frankie’s Facebook Page – frankiethephotographer

 

How to create the perfect Transitional Outfit

It’s definitely getting to that time of year where you’re cold in the morning but then boiling by midday, which causes havoc for when you’re choosing what to wear. In this post I’ll be showing you one of the outfits I’ve been loving for this awkward time of the year and how you can replicate it.

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Number One: The Main Event

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The staple piece for this outfit is definitely the light grey, delicate jumper I picked up when I was in Spain recently from a shop called Springfield. I really like how the sewed in quote of ‘collect little pretty moments’ is matched in daintiness by the small ruffles on the shoulders. This quirky jumper is perfect for this time of year, and if the weather was slightly cooler then this would look fantastic paired with a black leather jacket. Thin jumpers are definitely a way to go at this awkward time of the season…keeping you warm in the morning but cool in the afternoon.

Number Two: The Essential

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I’ve been loving these jeans from Next recently! They’re not completely skinny jeans nor mom jeans, they have a more of a relaxed fit and I think that’s why they look so ‘city chic’ when worn with converse or trainers. The slight distressed detailing on the knee and thigh adds an edge to the outfit that contrasts with the delicateness of the jumper. Absolutely obsessed with the way that you can pair these jeans with anything and achieve that ‘I’ve just rolled out of bed and still look cool’ look.

Number Three: The City Chic

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I don’t know what to say about these shoes. They’re just fab. These converse style, lilac, grey, velvet trainers are from Next and whilst also being the comfiest things ever, add a lot of texture to what would otherwise be a quite plain outfit. Gotta love them slightly ‘out there’ shoes!!

Number Four: The ‘why the hell not’

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And Finally I decided to finish this outfit with a pair of medium sized silver hoops which can be found in Topshop. These hoops, worn with your hair can really frame the face, and make you feel just very sassy.

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These photographs were taken by Frankie Peers, she can be found on Instagram under the handle @frankiethephotographer.

I hope this post has been useful guys, feel free to comment below any transitional pieces you’ve been loving at the moment.

Leah Pelly xxx

UPDATE

So it’s the 8th of June and I’m currently sat outside writing this in England’s, what is bound to be short period, of summer sunshine.

I want to apologise for not posting on here for the last 9-10 months. It seems that college is definitely not what I thought it was going to be. It’s very hectic and busy and if you think that you will have more time to do the things you want because you’ll only be studying 4 subjects (if you do A Levels) you are wrong. It seems that every waking moment when at college is spent either doing homework, looking at Universities or revising. This no excuse for not posting on here and it actually makes me feel quite sad that I have been unable to post in such a long time as I loved posting things on here. It’s just that my college timetable would not allow it.

But it seems that as this term is close to ending I have told myself that I am going to be doing a lot more of things that make me happy. There’s really no point in simply just surviving for education and revising in order to pass a test,  which lets face it, I’m going to forget the answers to in less than 3 hours of sitting it. Doing more of what makes me happy includes posting on here and so if I have to sacrifice some small college homework that the lecturer might not mark or I have to not attend a none compulsory meeting that I normally would have done, then I’m going to do it.

Thank you to everyone who follows me on Pinterest or Instagram as I have actually managed to keep those things updated. I am also going to start announcing on my other social media sites when I post on here so it will be easier for you guys to know.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check back here later in the week or sign up to me by Email so that you never miss a blog post,

Leah xxx

 

Beauty Haul

Recently I seemed to have gone on a huge beauty splurge- so that I am all prepared for the start of college next week..eeeek! Lets just say I’m very nervous but very excited about that.

So the first place I went to was Boots where I finally picked up a Boots Advantage card for myself and also went a little bit crazy. Is it just me or does Boots draw you in with the little ‘3 for 2’ or ‘Buy 2 get the cheapest free’ offers they seem to always have on?

I picked up a new mascara for myself – the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I’ve seen this used in lots of Gabby’s (VelvetGh0st) videos on Youtube and her lashes always look amazing so I thought I’d give it a try. Gabby also inspired my next purchase (another Maybelline product) a Color Drama intense Velvet lip Pencil in the shade 150 Fuchsia Desire. I wore this yesterday, and I have to say I’m loving the formulation of this product – it’s so creamy on the lips yet still has got this lovely matte finish that feels like you haven’t got anything on your lips at all. I think I should really look into purchasing some more of these. I also purchased some strawberry Carmex from Primark.


It’s reached that point in the year again when I run out of concealer and feel the need to try a different one. This time I decided to pick up Soap and Glory’s Kick Ass Concealer. It is slightly different to the concealers I’ve brought before in terms of application but it works like a dream and the packaging is super cute- as it always is from Soap and Glory. Due to them cheeky little Boots deals I picked up another S&G product: the Archery Brow filling pencil and brush in shade Hot Chocolate. This makes my brows look incredible – a much neater and natural finish than products I’ve used before. However I don’t really like how the pencil part is one of those ‘twistable’ things… you know them ‘twisty’ things that push the product up instead of you sharpening it? Yeah, I don’t like them, I feel like they work for a bit but then they always end up breaking on me- do any of you have this problem?

I purchased 2 Rimmel products: the Rimmel Wake Me Up anti-fatigue Foundation and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Two basics really. I usually buy the Rimmel Match Perfection but the Wake Me Up was on offer so I decided to mix it up a bit and I thought the Stay Matte Powder will be great for those days in College when I need to touch up.

And Finally, from Boots I bought the Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set. I have wanted these brushes for soooo long and when I saw that they were on offer (there’s £10 off them in Boots go grab them now!) I had to get them. I’ve been using them for the last couple of days and they are amazing- they have totally altered the way I put my makeup on and the finish on my makeup is so much better than it was before. I LOVE THESE BRUSHES! If you follow me on Instagram you will already know this.

Ok, Skincare. I went into Poundsaver recently and I know what your thinking Poundsaver and Skincare? but yes when I went to Boots I forgot to pick up my usual Tea Tree Moisturiser so instead of going back to Boots I picked up this Tea Tree daily use, cleansing facial scrub suitable for all skin types. It was only a pound so I wasn’t expecting miraculous results but so far I am loving it. I’ve used it twice already – last night and this morning and my skin feels really soft. I think I’m going to continue using it for a week and then do a review on it for you. When I was in Poundsaver I also picked up these Tea Tree deep cleansing nose pore strips. I have heard Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter) talk about something similair to these on her channel before and so because they were a £1 I decided to pick them up. I used one last night and they worked like a treat.

Finally, I picked up these Nspa Body Mists from Asda. They smell absolutely incredible. I’ve been seriously loving the smell of Passion Fruit recently so I picked up the ‘seriously intense passion fruit’ one along with the ‘fresh, sweet raspberry’ scented one. They are so strongly scented and smell really girly and pretty. (I’m not good at describing scents but hey ho).Next time your doing your shopping go give them a smell. They’re also on 2 for £4 so your saving a pound too.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What beauty products have you been loving lately? Please let me know down below.

Leah xxx.

Youtubers Mentioned:

Gabriella (VelvetGh0st)

Sprinkle of Glitter

OOTD: Chinese Food.

Tonight I am off out with my Mum, Sister, Great Auntie and my Brother’s Girlfriend – basically my family, as it is my Mum’s birthday. We’re going to have a lovely meal at a chinese restaurant that I haven’t been to before and so I’m super excited. This is my outfit that I’m going to wear.

Dress- New Look

Shoes- E-vie

Bag – Claire’s

Lipstick – Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in shade 01

Leah xxx

GLAMOUR, Ingredients & Nails.

I’m currently sat here on my sofa all comfy and watching a few episodes of Miranda. I’ve yet to make a list of the ingredients I will need to make my Mum’s birthday cake for tomorrow and I need to paint my nails (I’m using Barry M’s Jelly shine in shade passion fruit… I think)  in order for me to get out of the horrible habit of being a nibbler. But to be honest I didn’t have that much sleep last night and the summer sun that seems to have appeared is draining me of the little energy I had built up.

I am super busy this upcoming week and so I am super excited. It’s my Mum’s birthday – this is what has inspired my surge for baking tomorrow, we’re going out for a Birthday meal on Thursday. Plus, on Friday we are travelling to Newcastle Upon Tyne to do some well earned shopping as my Brother and my Dad are walking Hadrian’s Wall this week: we are going to meet them at the end.

Pictured above are some of things I’ve been loving recently and somethings I’ll be taking with me to Newcastle -obviously not my mason jar cup. I picked up the latest issue of GLAMOUR yesterday as the cover girl is Blake Lively and as I have recently finished Gossip Girl I’ll read to listen to anything that has got a link with it. I have been loving blush this season and this Bare Mineral angled blush brush has made the application a dream. Over the summer I promised myself I’d get back into writing imaginatively and sketching and so I’ll be packing this sharpie which I can write all my ideas down with.

I’m going to incorporate lots of fashion soon, so keep checking back,

Leah xxx