27 June 2015

Taylor Swift 1989 Tour at Manchester



Where do I even begin with this one?


I've loved Taylor Swift since I was about 11 years old (when Love Story was released) and must have played her debut album 'Fearless' about 1,000,001 times. Now, 8 years later, I've finally had the chance to see the queen herself live in concert.

I've decided that I'm going to write a whole other post on why I love Taylor herself (make sure you're following this blog to keep an eye out for that one!), so today I'm going to tell you all about my time at her latest tour, 1989.

First of all, my friend Grace and I had to travel down to Manchester. It took a lot of train tickets,



but we made it! We had a little time to spare so we decided to do a little shopping.

     





 The summer sales were on which was great because I ended up getting 2 tops, 1 jumper and a body mist from Hollister for £48 and a limited edition Marc Jacobs perfume from Selfridges down from £48 to £20, bargain!

This was my first time at the Manchester Arena and I didn't quite realise how big the Arena actually was after being used to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. The bigger scale meant an amazing atmosphere but there was a downside to it. Our seats were in the upper tier. So what? You may ask. Well, it turns out that anxiety, heights and lots of people doesn't mix well.

I spent the opening act trying to calm myself down and couldn't really pay attention to anything else that was going on (sorry Vance Joy!) and I was so close to getting up and walking out. The thought 'I can't do it, I can't look down, I won't be able to watch the show' was on a constant loop in my head. Every time I looked down I freaked out even more. However, in the break after Vance Joy, my friend and I went outside to go to the toilet and get a drink and I think that's just what I needed, to get out and take a second out of the situation to just breath. When we returned to our seats (and I'd had a drink) I felt much calmer and was ready for Taylor to come on. Phew!

The lights went down and the wristbands lit up, there was an instant buzz in the air and a roar of screams from the crowd. The wristbands were one of my favourite things about the show. There was one left on each seat which meant that everyone there could be involved. The wristbands lit up different colours in sync to the music, it looked magical.



Taylor sang and performed every song from her 1989 album (when does that ever happen?!) and the crowd seemed to cheer louder for every song.


I love that she put on such a big production of a show with costume changes, dancing, playing various instruments, walking around on a floating platform, dancers on heelies, huge paper aeroplanes... the list is endless.


I also loved the videos that played in her costume change breaks that featured some of her celeb friends like Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevigne. The videos were funny and gave Taylor's audience an insight into her life, thoughts and what it's like to be her friend.

The biggest thing that I admired was Taylor's speeches before some of her more meaningful songs. She gave out messages to her audience telling them that they should love themselves, not to worry if they're going through a tough time, not to let guys mess them about and to remember that you are special. You never know, for a lot of people out of the 15,000 there, that might have been just what they needed to hear.

Not to mention, Taylor is hilarious! She honestly made me laugh so much as she has the same sarcastic humour as someone like Emma Stone, so that just made me wish that she was my best friend even more!!

For my outfit I wore a pinstripe blazer with a black vest top, a quilted, baby pink skater skirt and a pair of black wedge boots.


I wore the blazer through the day and then wrapped it around my waist on the night.





(Blazer - New Look, Top - New Look, Skirt - H&M, Boots - Kurt Geiger)

Writing this post has just made me want to go back to this night so much! Have you been to the 1989 tour? If you have then please leave a comment telling me your favourite thing about it!

Lucy x



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22 June 2015

Soap & Glory Haul

Soap & Glory have currently got a 3 for 2 offer on in Boots, yay! Soap & Glory is a make up brand that never used to come to mind when shopping for make up, but recently I've become a bit obsessed with their products with some of them even making it into my everyday make up routine.

The first thing I picked up was this Sexy Mother Pucker 'Pillow Plump' lip gloss in the colour 'Clearvoyant' (get it?)


I've had something like this from S & G before that came in a silver tube and this does pretty much the same thing but I think it's meant to be a little step further with the 'XXL' on the front? I love this product as it perfectly plumps your lips and they still look nice and natural so there's no worries about looking like you've been hit in the face with a frying pan!


The next thing I picked up was this 'Hocus Focus' highlighter.


I'd watched one of Freddy My Love's videos on YouTube where she praised this product saying that it gives you a healthy glow, and afterwards I just knew that I needed to get my hands on it! Plus, I've never tried a liquid highlighter before so I'm quite intrigued as to how this turns out.

With this next item I've actually had it before and I got it as I needed a top up.


The 'Clean On Me' shower gel is a Soap & Glory classic and leaves you smelling yummy after a shower.


Another thing to keep me smelling pretty after the shower is this 'The Righteous Butter' body moisturiser. Mm!

The next thing I picked up is a handbag essential:


'Hand Food' is something that every girl's had at at least one point in their life, right?! I love keeping some kind of hand moisturiser in my bag as you never know when you might feel like using a bit while out and about.

This next item is one of the products that has made it into my daily make-up routine!


I had a bit of a hunt for this. The first boots I went to was sold out and I thought the second one was too until I found this shoved to the very side of the stand. I was so worried it had gotten discontinued or something, phew!

I love to use the felt tip end of this pen to fill in 'hairs' where I have gaps in my eyebrows and then I use the gel/wax side to fill my brows in, give them texture and to give them more shape. It's also so quick to do on a morning which is always a bonus!

I love Soap & Glory products and am very tempted to go back and treat myself a little bit more (sorry bank account..).

Lucy x
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14 June 2015

My Time at Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest!

This post is a little late as I got ill in the middle of writing it (bed ridden on my 19th birthday, good times!), so it's been sitting in my drafts for a few weeks, but I've finally gotten round to finishing it!

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll of seen me posting some pretty pictures from my time at Center Parcs. I went with my Dad and brother and we stayed for a bank holiday weekend.


This was my first time at Center Parcs and I have to say that I loved it! I had a slight idea of what to expect, I thought it was going to be quite action-packed and tiring but I actually found it to be a very relaxing environment.

The Lodge we stayed in.















There was some stunning views and it was just a very calming atmosphere, which I loved.





   


Because the site is so big it's best to rent a bike (or bring your own) to get about.

This totally wasn't posed...


Some of the many activities that we chose to do included quad biking, swimming and ten pin bowling. My favourite was the quad biking, I was a little nervous at first but within about 5 minutes I was loving it and wanted to go all day!


Before quad biking (#OOTD)
Ok.. here's an actual outfit of the day!

I thought this was a genius idea, big pipe thing on a hand dryer meaning free hair dryer!

And I can't forget to mention the food! There was a huge plaza full of places to eat (american grill, italian, pancake house etc). I wanted to go to the pancake house so badly as it looked AMAZING, but sadly we ran out of time and missed it. However, 'Huck's American Bar & Grill' more than made up for it. I opted for the classic choice of a burger and chips but let me tell you, it was a good choice.







All in all I loved my time at 'Center Parcs Whinfell Forest' and I hope that I get the chance to go again.

Lucy x




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7 June 2015

Happy Sunday's

Just a quick update on what I've been up to this Sunday.

Today's make up choice - winged eyeliner and a rosy red lip. 

I rekindled my love for having pink grapefruit for breakfast this morning!

I got the chance to go down to a vintage fair in my area and made a few purchases with some birthday money. I got these 3 bracelets and this ring all for £18, bargain!




I also got my brother to take some photos at my grandmas as for one her garden is so lovely but also today was the first time I've worn my fedora hat. I was unsure about it at first as I'm not very daring with my fashion choices but now I'm glad I've put myself out of my comfort zone and I don't want to take it off.

I've also posted most of these pictures on my Instagram, if you want to follow it then it's @justlucyslife .

What have you been up to this Sunday? Let me know in the comments!

Lucy x
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6 June 2015

Topshop Wishlist

I've seen lots of bloggers do 'wish list' posts and I love reading through them to find out more about their style and to get some inspiration for my wardrobe! I've been loving Topshop lately, especially with Kendall + Kylie brining out their collaborative collection, so here's my Topshop wish list:



Angel Springs Fringe Tee , Ripped Denim Shorts by Kendall + Kylie at Topshop , Floral Print Playsuit by Kendall + Kylie at Topshop , Swiftheart Slipper Shoes ,  HELIOS Lace Up Sandals , MOTO Bleached Ripped Joni Jeans , Small Elephant Necklace , Grey Fedora Hat , White Metal Bar Tote Bag 

Lucy x
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3 June 2015

5 Seconds of Summer - Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour in Newcastle!

I haven't been to a concert in quite a while, which anyone who knows me well knows is a rare occasion, but tonight sure did remind me how much I've missed this feeling!


Tonight I went to see 5 Seconds of Summer at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle with my friend Grace and I now remember why I prefer listening to live versions of their songs more than the studio versions!




5sos put on a show so good that my ears are now ringing and I'm losing my voice, but in my opinion that's how you know you've done a concert right. Not only can the boys sing well live, but the way they play their instruments is insane. Just watching them made me want to pick my guitar back up and do what they were doing.



For me, 5sos were 'that' band. The band where you don't just fall in love with their music, you love them as people too. They're the type of guys that you want to be your best friends and I love that they're bringing heavier music back into the mainstream charts.




The atmosphere was incredible; the crowd was insanely loud, whenever any of the guys stopped singing there was no pause as the crowd was already carrying on at the top of their voices, everyone was jumping, clapping and doing the famous trademark of the rock 'horns' hand gesture.


I got a T-shirt and a programme, I just couldn't help myself.



I would definitely go and see 5 Seconds of Summer again in a heartbeat, and if you get the chance and just want to have a good time and let your hair down then get yourself to one of their shows. I promise you won't regret it.


I'll be going to sleep tonight still buzzing from the show and watching the videos I managed to take.

Lucy x
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