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Philippa Grace Artus. Cambridge. Business Management Graduate. 21 years old.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Valentines Day Cards

I don't know if I have ever told you all before, but the website notonthehighstreet is my ALL TIME favourite website. I buy everything from card sets, presents, pretty things for the home and even for pets! The person behind that website is a genius and it should simply be advertised as 'buy anything from here and your girlfriend/wife/sister/mother/grandma etc will be happy'. Anyway, with the most romantic day of the year looming, I thought I would show you some of my favourite Valentines day cards that I would love to send/be sent! Unfortunately my boyfriend and I won't be together this year, but i'm sure we will make up for it another day soon. Like one of these cards says 'i love you 365 days of the year, not just on valentines day' :) 
Click HERE to view these cards.







Thursday, 6 February 2014

Roast Dinner


Now I don't know about you, but being especially patriotic to my great homeland of England, means that I love everything special to the country. Of course, top of that list is the roast dinner. What more could you ask for? The perfect mix of meat, potatoes and a hell of a lot of vegetables that normally you don't have at any other time of the week (or year). If it was up to me, every single Sunday of the year would be spent eating roast dinners and because of this, my aim is to be able to make the perfect roast. Now, I ask you...what makes the perfect roast dinner?
Are you a 'lots of meat and no veg' type, or do you go for a vegetarian option? Do you love adding in unusual vegetables or cook them in a different way? Or do you add sauces that are typically associated with that type of meat? Tell me all! 
Tweet me at @Pippa_ctx with your answers too as I would love to know.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Julie and Julia

Recently I watched the stunning 'Julie and Julia' and it put me in such a good mood; I felt so inspired after watching it and it really made me want to get out there and do something fun! I thought it very appropriate to share a particular moment with you all because it made me happy and proud to have a blog :)
 ”You’re not a writer unless someone publishes you.  See, that’s what’s so great about blogs.  You don’t have to be published.  You can just go online, press enter and there it is, out there.”


I may not blog all the time, but when I do, it's because I have something I believe is worth sharing. I hope you all agree! Blogging enables you to say what you think, when you want to write it and simply let people read it if they choose to do so! What could be better :) So I guess in a sense, this is a strange form of apology for not blogging more often, but sometimes a girl just has to have some fun!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

My Accessorize Christmas Wishlist


Eclectic Mini Brooch Necklace £15.00 - Accessorize
Delphine Occasion Collar Necklace £19.00 - Accessorize 
Charlotte Jewel Statement Necklace £19.00 - Accessorize
Twisted Rope and Leaf Statement Necklace £19.00 - Accessorize
Bobble Round Necklace £12.00 - Accessorize
Cannes Statement Necklace £29.00 - Accessorize

When I was at University my friend borrowed a necklace from her mum and essentially, from that day it became hers. Ever since that day I have become obsessed with statement necklaces and really do see the value in investment pieces. My favourite shop for these is Accessorize! Although I am living on the other side of the world for the year, I can still look at the website and drool. My favourite is definitely the Bobble Round Nacklace for £12, its very similar to my friend's mums necklace and whenever I see it online, it always reminds me of her! What better than a Christmas present to yourself that also has sentimental value? What are your favourite accessories this season?

Thursday, 21 November 2013

"Your life is an occasion, rise to it"

This may seem like an odd title to most people, but to those of you who have seen Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium will know that the title of this blog post is a saying from this sweet and beautiful children's film. Ever since I first saw the movie I remembered the quote as I thought it was a great thing to remember in life. So since I have been in Australia, I have tried to live by this. Below are photos from the Melbourne Cup Horse Races at Flemmington Race Course; I was apprehensive about going as I heard it was quite an expensive day with outfit buying and food and drink. However, I thought to myself that these races are a tradition here in Melbourne and I don't want to miss out just because I was short for cash. I need to prioritise my money so that I can enjoy myself but not go over the top! As a result of these thoughts, I went out and bought this white dress for $35 (around £20) from TEMT Fashion and borrowed the headpiece from someone else (Bardot Junior). The day was so much fun, and we were lucky enough to have a full day of beautiful sunshine - making the whole experience so much more worthwhile. Situations like this make me realise how short life is and whilst 6 months in Australia seems like a long time; it is actually flying by and I need to make the most of every opportunity presented to me.

 


Friday, 1 November 2013

Marks & Spencers Sunglasses

Before my move to Australia I was running around trying to buy all the things that would be needed in the sunshine (that are never needed in England). Of course sunglasses are quite an important item for hotter countries; however, when you need to buy some, they are a little like buses (when you need one, they are never around, when you dont, you see them everywhere). I feel like I was quite lucky to get these, especially as it was September. But good old trusty Marks & Spencer's pulled through! These beauties were £25 in the accessories department and I think that is pretty good for a decent pair of sunglasses. I especially love the brown tinted lenses and curved shape; makes me think of cat eye sunglasses worn by celebrities and fashionistas in the 1950s. What do you think? Do you have a favourite pair of sunglasses?










Tuesday, 29 October 2013

No7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer

As some of you may know, I am a little bit obsessed with lip tints! I used to buy all these lovely lipsticks and then become frustrated when they would come off half way through the evening, or even after only a short time. Then, as ashamed as I am to admit this, my mum introduced me to the concept of a lip tint! I cannot believe that my own mother found out about a trend before I did. Obviously lip tints have been around in different forms for a long time, but I have to say that I have found my favourite so far. No7 has brought out so many amazing products recently and i'm always keen to try their new products when they come out as they have achieved a great reputation among my female friends and family. The lip tint I bought is called 'Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer' in the colour 'Chilli' and it is one of a collection of six beautiful shades of reds and pinks. I have been wearing it on every night out recently and often in the day time too as it is possible to tone down the colour intensity by simply applying less. Have you guys tried this? I definitely recommend it!

Monday, 21 October 2013


If you follow me on Instagram (@clashingtime) then you will know that I recently took a big step in my life and have moved to Melbourne for 6+ months. I am working as an au pair for a lovely family in Melbourne whilst also exploring what the city has to offer. Over the past three weeks since I got here I have taken trips, enjoyed amazing lunches and dinners, been to cute bars, met new and interesting animals and seen impressive sights. I can't wait to see what the next few months brings me and all the people that I am going to meet; it really is a new and exciting adventure! Are any of my readers from Australia? Can anyone recommend anything for me to do?










Sunday, 22 September 2013

Paperchase Organiser

Recently, I decided that I need to get organised. So much is going on in my life at the moment and in the near future and ideally, I'd prefer not to forget anything. Paperchase has always been my favourite place to buy stationary, and when I started my hunt for the perfect organiser, I knew this would be a great place to look. This 18 month organiser is perfect for my travels to Australia as it has pockets for important documents, different sections for my diary, calendar and addresses, and it is lightweight for carrying around with me in my bag, even when its full to the brim with my innermost feelings. Have you got an organiser?










Sunday, 1 September 2013

Up At The O2


 

For my boyfriend's birthday recently we were bought the amazing present of walking over the O2, otherwise known as the Millenium Dome. It was a pretty daunting task as although you have the protective gear shown in the photos, that was it! Whilst walking up the O2, it was all quite open and I felt like it may not have looked very safe. The experience lasted a total of 60 minutes and we were lucky enough to have a great instructor to help us up and down, and tell us a few interesting facts during our ten minute stop at the top. If you need to buy a present for anyone or fancy treating yourself to viewing the sights of London, then I would definitely recommend it! However, to ensure you really get value for money, ask lots of questions the whole way through about what you see, even if you think that it may sound like a silly question...as you never know what people may tell you!
Here is the official video...