Dartmoor Haze

Coat: Topshop // Jumper: Zara // Skirt: Zara // Bag: Michael Kors

I can't think of a better way to end the year than with a beautiful stroll on Dartmoor at dusk. It's scary to think how quickly this past year has gone but I'm so grateful to be able to say that it definitely was a good one! I don't usually make New Year's resolutions anymore having failed to achieve so many in the past, but I think there's one which everyone should make when looking back on their year because there's no excuse not to keep it. And that's to always be kind and courteous to others. Perhaps that sounds a little meek to some people, but kindness is pretty under rated nowadays and costs us nothing. We all have bad days but each year I hope to get a little better at learning to accept this and not spread any of my negativity or inflict my bad temper onto others. If I can improve on this next year then I'll be a happy girl! 

Anyway hope you like the photos as much as I love my new Michael Kors handbag! Thank you to my top photographer boyfriend for taking them and for also buying me the bag for Christmas. :D The quality is so much better using his camera so I think it might be time to buy myself a new one. Happy New Year everyone, hope it's the best yet!

Amanda xx

Feeling Festive

Scarf: H&M // Jumper: Zara // Shirt: Bershka // Bag: Zara // Skirt: American Apparel 

Zara and Topshop have been by far my favourite two places to shop for cosy jumpers this year. Although both can be a little pricey, I think when it comes to knitwear it pays off to spend a little more on a couple of good quality pieces.

This weekend was the last one at uni before we all go our separate ways for the Christmas holidays. On Sunday the girls and I booked a cosy booth at Marco Pierre White's Sheffield restaurant where we indulged in the most delicious 3 course Christmas dinner and left feeling even more festive and probably a few pounds heavier! It's usually an Italian American restaurant and located just behind West Street, so having never been before I'm sure we'll be back soon to sample that menu too. As you can see we threw on our matching Christmas jumpers which were produced by the University of Sheffield this year and we fully embraced the festivities. 

Amanda xx

Red Lip Classic

Coat: Topshop // Jumper: H&M // Shirt: Topshop // Bag: Topshop // Gloves: Oasis via Asos  // Necklace: H&M

These gloves are my new favourite things! I picked them up on Asos last week after falling in love with the dainty bow detail and the half leather half suede texture. I must admit they're not the warmest of gloves - especially in freezing cold Sheffield - but who cares about practicality when they look this cute.

This is also the outfit I wore when I went ice-skating last week which was so much fun and got me feeling completely Christmassy. I wish I'd grown up near an ice rink so I could have had lessons when I was younger!

Amanda xx

Topshop Lipstick in Trigger

Topshop Trigger £8

I think this might be the one. All I seem to be wearing lately is red lipstick. Perhaps it's a seasonal thing or maybe I just secretly love channelling my inner Taylor Swift. Either way, the Topshop lipstick in the shade Trigger is definitely my new favourite. (See it featured in my latest outfit post here.) Having worn Mac Russian Red for the past few years now, whilst shopping on Oxford Street last month the Topshop make-up range caught my eye and this little beauty ended up coming home with me.

It's a highly pigmented, gorgeous true red shade with no hint of an orange or a pink undertone, it's just plain simple red. You'd think finding this shade would be easy but the struggle is real! And despite it being a matte lipstick it's not at all drying which is my usual criticism with darker shades. Surprisingly even with my pale complexion I actually find it fairly daytime appropriate as it can easily be applied with a lip brush to add just a subtle hint of colour instead of making a bold statement and doesn't require you constantly having to reapply it. You can pretty much double its longevity too if you layer it over a lip liner - I'd recommend either Rimmel Red Diva or Mac Redd depending on your budget. For just £8 I think Trigger comes out better than many of the other well known lipstick brands on the high street.

This is the first Topshop lipstick in my collection but I have a feeling it won't be my last!