Sunday, 1 June 2014

Snupps: the perfect app for the intensely disorganised

I am a working girl.

Oh hang on, that doesn’t mean what I think it means does it? What I mean by that is that I am now with job. Like, proper job. Commuting, London, City-type job. Yeah... I KNOW.

There is only one issue that comes with me and having a proper job and that is that I am not an adult. I struggle to remember to feed myself in the morning so remembering what I’m going to need for the day ahead is a task in itself. To give you an idea of just how scatty I am, during my first week as a city girl, I managed to walk off and leave my purse on the train, complete with a weeks worth of train tickets, my house keys, debit cards, ID. Facepalm.
So what can be done about this? Well in an effort to make myself into a functional human being I have recently been playing with a new app called 'Snupps' that allows you to keep track of all your possessions in one place. A god send for someone like me who doesn't go a day without leaving something essential at home.

The basic idea is that you can create 'shelves' that hold all your stuff. You take a picture of the item you want to put on your shelf and write down all the details you have about it: warranty details, how much it was, what's inside it etc and then if you ever (god forbid) lose it or break it you've got all the details about it stored on the Snupps app!

So here's a little look at one of my shelves 'Shiz I need for work' I tend to leave at least one of these items at home every day so looking at this list before I depart is going to become part of my daily routine.

This shelf has been made private so that only I can see it but if you want to share your cool collections with other users you can make your shelf public so that other snuppers can admire what you own! I've done this with some of my nail polish collections. 

I'm really loving my nail polish shelf at the moment because it means I can just scoot through what colours I've got on the app and decide what colour I'm going to go for without getting them all out and going through them individually. Bore. 

I WISH that Chanel Bags shelf was mine. I've been lusting over it for days... one day I will have my own designer bag shelf. Just you watch.

Are you going to be trying out Snupps? I'd really recommend it if you want to get organised or have a nosy to see what other people are collecting.

Go to Snupps for more information on downloading the app.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


RUN FOR THE HILLS. OR, if you'd prefer, your nearest Boots store. 

It's that time of year again, folks. That's right! It's the Boots, Mega-fantastic-super-duper-very-very-good-and-very-very-cheap 70% off sale! Okay, so it's not quite as bargalicious (new word) as previous years when it was 75% off all the left over Christmas gift sets but it's still PRETTY DAMN GOOD.

And, me being the savvy (or intensely tragic - you decide) person I am, I headed down to not one but TWO of my local Boots stores to experience the chaos. In fairness, one of them was just a little pharmacy that was up the top of my road, so that doesn't really count. Ahem.

The other store I went to was in Lakeside and was basically a free for all. People were swinging from the rafters, scratching at each others eyes out and playing 'human bowling' with shopping trolleys all in the name of bargain bubble bath and an apron bearing Gino D'Campo's face.

I really wish I'd taken pictures of the store as I've never seen anything like it in my 22 years upon this planet.

Anyway, here's what you came here for... pictures of my bargains:

1. James Brown Seductive Shine Hair Set - Was £15, Now £4.50

Included in this set are a high shine shampoo and conditioner and hair mask. I've been looking for some decent good shampoo to take to the gym with me so I couldn't pass this up. It was also the last one in the shop so that probably played some part psychologically in this purchase...

2. No 7 Total Colour Compact - Was £16, Now £4.80

This is the first on two No 7 products I picked up. I really love No 7 for skincare and nail polish but I've never really tried their make up so this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

3. Jenny Packham Compact Mirror - Was £10, Now £3

This is a crystal-clear mirror, it is normal on one side and x2 on the other and comes in a lovely little pounch. Couldn't say no.

4. No 7 The Skincare Collection - Was £16, Now £4.80

Really excited about this little lot. I really think No 7 skincare is amongst the best and there's a few bits in here that I've never tried.

5. Soap and Glory Girl-O-Whirl Cosmetics Kit - Was £40, Now £12

I've wanted to try out Soap and Glory's make up for ages now but have never got round to purchasing it. This set includes Thick and Fast Mascara, Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick as well as loads of eye shadows, lip glosses and bronzers. It also comes in a really cute case that I can use for my Ipad too!

Originally this would have come to £97 but in total I paid just £29.10! What a barg, eh?

So what do you think of my sale haul? Have you been to the Boots sale? If you've written a post about it leave me your link as I'd LOVE to see!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Giving a little extra...

Isn't it just lovely when you get the opportunity to treat someone who really deserves it?

And no one deserves it more than my daddy, he really is the glue that holds our family together, he does everything for everyone which includes taxiing me around to my jobs (shamefully, I still can't drive), being house handyman and cook, all whilst working 7-6 every day. There's no one more hard working than my Dad and I'm so proud and love him so much.

Earlier this month I received a lovely email from the people at Halifax asking whether I'd like to partake in a Christmassy event in which they gave £50 to bloggers to buy a present for someone who deserves it, I snapped up the opportunity to do so!

So when £50 of Amazon vouchers landed on my doorstep, I quickly got to thinking what would he like. After some guidance from my Mum, I decided on this 3D DVD player. We've had a 3D TV for quite a while now but we've had no way of using the 3D capabilities as we don't own a DVD player or have sky. What a waste, eh? NOT ANY MORE!

As a family we don't really "do" the present side of Christmas - we love the food, the games and general festivities but present buying can really spiral out of control so we just get each other small bits and bobs (I got shower caps and pocket tissues this year - SCORE!) So when I left the big wrapped, nameless box under the Christmas tree everyone was wondering who it was for. My Dad's face when I said it was for him was a picture!

Here he is trying out his new toy:

A big thank you to Halifax for inviting me to take part and making his Christmas - and mine - EXTRA special.

Do you give a lot for Christmas? Don't you just think giving is so much better than receiving?

Monday, 18 November 2013

House of Fraser: Denim Challenge

I've been a-browsing the House of Fraser website a lot recently looking for some nice knitwear for my winter wardrobe and noticed that they were running a blogger challenge to style up some denim so, as I love a styling challenge, I thought I'd give it a go!

Firstly I picked out some simple single-tone denim jeans. I'm not a big fan of acid washed denim or rips in my jeans or anything along those lines so these classics by Salsa stood out to me straight away.
I love this whole look, I've really gone for country/student chic with the whole satchel and tartan blazer combination. Can we just talk about the Ralph Lauren blazer for a second? HOW AMAZING? Tartan is the trend of the moment but the cut and style of this blazer just means it will never age! I love it!
I've completed this outfit with yet another timeless addition, a cream ruffled blouse and a snuggly snood to keep you warm and toasty in the wintery weather.

I've aimed to create a classy yet on-trend denim look with the outfit, do you think I've suceeded?

Friday, 15 November 2013

The Christmas Party Dress Dilemma


How have you been this fine week? I've been just fine and dandy, thank you for asking. I have had a serious case of dress dilemma today though as it's my work Christmas 'do' coming up in about 2 weeks.
At the time of writing, it is 38 DAYS until the big day itself which means 'HOORAY' if you're a Xmas lover but a big slap around the chops if you can't stand it, like me. The thing is, I probably wouldn't hate it if I didn't work in a shop but Laura Ashley have had their Christmas stock(ing) out since the beginning of October so, for me, Christmas lasts about a 1/4 of a year and it just feels like a whole lot of build up to a day in which I will put on a stone and have my heart broken by Julian Fellowes (WHY COUSIN MATTHEW, JULIAN? WHYYYYYY?) Hashtag still bitter.

ANY WHO, one thing I do look forward to is the Christmas party... mainly for the food as opposed to the whole 'socialising' thing but potato/potato, right? (Yes, I realise that doesn't work quite as well when you're reading it from a computer screen) 
So, I've been looking for the perfect dress for the last week or so and had narrowed it down to these four beauties:

I had to rule out the red Lydia Bright dress because I think the shape of that dress would make me look like a tent, unfortunately. In the end I went for the first dress by Chi Chi clothing and I have to say my decision was ultimately swayed after seeing Charlotte Clothier donning it. I LOVE the way she's styled it and I think it's just enough gold and glam enough for Crimbo. 

I've got my heels picked out but I'm not sure what jewellery to go with yet or what to wear over it. Any suggestions?


P.S. Anyone else LOVING Lily Allen's new single? It's not subtle, in fact it's a big ol' slap in the face of a video but it is AMAZING... and so catchy! It's hard out here for a bitch.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Nothing particularly inspiring.


Nice to see you. Where have I been for the last 3 months? Oh, just hanging around. Painting my nails, watching youtube videos, stroking cats. That sort of thing. Nothing to blog about. 
In all honesty I've been busy contemplating just about everything for the past three months which, I can only assume, means I am in the midst of a quarter-life crisis - HOORAY!
Anyway, no one wants to hear about the apparent misdirection of my life really do they? So I've been avoiding the whole blogging scene for a while. Well, that and I'm a bit of a lazy sod who can't be bothered to come up with anything particularly inspiring to share with you.

So here's nothing particularly inspiring that I will share with you instead:

1. Awwwww babeh. Ciate were doing a half price sale (From £9 down to £4.50) a couple of months back so I invested in a little treasure trove of goodies to see me through Autumn. I will do a more in depth post on the colours I've got but *spoiler alert* Ciate polishes immediately became my favourite the moment these arrived.

2. Everyone who's anyone has been reading 'The Fault in our Stars' by John Green. I am not everyone but I am anyone, so who am I to argue? From what I've read so far it seems pretty good but if I haven't cried myself into oblivion by the end of it, frankly I shall feel let down and misled.

3. I bought this lovely lovely lovely Topshop dress in the sale from £45 down to £20! I adore it, it's really flattering... considering I usually look like Princess Fiona in ogre-form, I think that this was a good investment.

4. YES, THAT IS WHAT YOU THINK IT IS. Unless you're not a massive nerd like me, in which case, no it is definitely not what you think it is. It is actually a Paul's Boutique bag or something equally as 'trendy' dressed up as Sherlock-themed Cluedo. And yes I bought it.


P.S. You can come and follow me on instagram (helenhearts), if you like. I don't post often but, hey, it might be more frequent than every three months - you never know your luck!

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Autumn Hues and Winter Blues

Hasn't summer has just whizzed by like a chimpanzee on a segway? I've been at work for most of it so haven't seen much of the beautiful sunshine but I did escape to both Iceland and Turkey this year so I can't complain, lucky ol' me, eh? Though as soon as the weather starts to turn I always head into a bit of a blue mood as I'm a complete Spring/Summer girl. 
On the brightside, I do love a good piece of knitwear and oxblood is my favourite clothing colour so I've really got my eye on a few bits and pieces for next season. I do love to mix pretty florals with edgier leathers and studs so this Topshop playsuit works beautifully for that. Can't wait to break open the opaques, though I'm still secretly hoping for an Indian summer.