Lilliana Stud Embellished Chiffon Style Dress In Mocha, £28.99, Missguided

This gorgeous dress is so lovely! I love how the shape and style is plain but the embellishments make it more ‘wow’! I like how its the type of dress you can wear in so many different ways ; by itself and some wedges in the summer, with thick tights in winter, you can drape yourself in lots of accessories with it for a more classy look..I’d wear it with a soft brown eyeshadow, nude lips and peach cheeks, or with red lipstick as you’d have to be careful to make sure the colour doesn’t drown you out.

The dress is also available in a few other colours such as hot pink (which I’m also considering) but I think purchasing the dress in this mocha colour is ideal as I will get more use out of it!

Crazy Peony Floral Indian Clip Frame Purse, £9.00, Accessorize 
I recently put together an article on bags for a website I’ve began writing for and featured this very cute chic purse! It’s so cute! The purse I have at the moment is a large one that stores all my cards and money etc but I’d really like a mini purse like this just for my coins. The bow detail with the little heart is my favourite part of the purse but I’d be worried about it falling off!
Mariota Belted Chino Trousers in Grey, £18.99, Missguided
Over the easter half term I’ll be doing work experience with More! magazine for two weeks, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for some items that are both smart and fashionable at the same time. These panelled trousers are both. I love the grey/slightly brown shade and would wear these with a white blouse and just pumps – though heels would look better as you can see in this photo! These are a bit different from normal work trousers as they are taken up at the bottom and much more fitted which is what gives them the fashionable edge and off course the fact that you wear heels with them. The belt will also break up any outfit a bit.
Nail Rock Pink Leopard Print Nail Wraps, £6.50, Topshop 
If you haven’t already noticed, girls are starting to become very experimental with their nails and nail art. I, personally, don’t have the patience to do art on my nails myself (no matter how easy it looks, I would no doubt give up after two tries, go off in a huff and never attempt to do it again – like everything else!) so I’ve been eyeing up nail wraps! The design above is very out there and I would probably restrict it for a special occasion or a big night out, but I think it’s quite quirky and I adore quirky things. However, I have seen similar nail wrap designs in the pound store so I might have a gander in there first before I shell out £6.50 on something I’m not sure I’d have the guts to wear!
Soap and Glory Hocus Focus Lotion 30ml, £12.26, Boots
I’m not really into spending loads of money on lotions and potions for my skin as I’m always wary about whether or not they’ll work. But I love Soap and Glory – its cute, retro and smells nice, so I’m considering this. I always have really dull skin and I have never, ever had enough sleep. Add this to the fact that I’m fairly pale then you can imagine why I’d maybe need some sort of lotion to make a difference to my skin, even to just make it healthy! This product is described as ‘A blast of balance for tired skin. An instant visual flaw-softening lotion  with long-wearing LIGHTSCRAMBLE’. It sounds like it does the job?! 
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If you have a look along the right side of the blog, you’ll see that I’ve updated the latest discount codes for all you’re favourite high street shops! I said I’d update these weekly but a lot of codes only last for a day so in those cases I’ll try and update daily too!

On another note, how great is the T In The Park lineup? I’ll admit it, I’m a festival virgin! But with so many great artists playing and the fact that I’m graduating this year, I’m considering it! Now where can I find the money from?! Is anyone else going? For those of you that don’t know, some my personal favourite artists playing this year include Blink 182, Pulp, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Deadmau5, Pendulum, Jimmy Eat World, All Time Low, Ke$ha and many more…view the full line up here!

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By our guest blogger Laura Lowe

And so, it starts!

So it has been two weeks, 3 wedding fayres and numerous expensive bridal magazines since we last met. Doesn’t time fly when you’re wedding planning?!

After announcing our engagement, the first thing I dragged myself out to do, is buy one of those planning books / bibles / novels essential for the perfect day. After much deliberation, a mini domestic and a half hour consultation with the poor employee unlucky enough to ask us whether we needed any help, we bought “The Wedding Planner” by You&Your Wedding (ISBN 978-0-572-03345-3). I felt this was a positive start: this is not just a wedding planner it is the wedding planner! So, armed with my new tool to success and the perfectly planned wedding, I headed straight to Starbucks, a caramel latte, and double choc chip muffin.

Re-fuelled and raring to plan, we opened the bible to:

Chapter 1: First Things First. Good so far!
Answer these questions and your perfect wedding is just around the corner. Even better, off we go!

Question 1: what is your dream? Ok, forget the damn book, we’re hiring a real wedding planner!

After stropping for a while and blaming all and sundry for my lack of wedding know-how, I manned up, flicked through the rest of the book, and gleaned that the first thing to do is to make a list: a list of important things, not-so important things, and not-important-at-all things. Easy peasy. Another caramel latte, double choc chip muffin (I’m going to get so fat!) and mini domestic later, my creation, with help from my bible, was complete.

The list now scares me.

Why does nobody tell you that there is so much choice?! Buffet, or 3 course meal. Hotel or a village hall. Registrar, or a church. Welcome drinks, or cocktail hour.

So, armed with the list which tells me the first thing to do is choose the bridal party and groomsmen, Rob and I set out to do the impossible: signal out our best friends from our not so best friends. How on earth do we do this?!

The real ins and outs of planning a wedding by the future Mrs Burke

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Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t plan to do a Valentines Day themed Wednesday Wishlist? Well I spotted the three tops below whilst window shopping and they caught my eye, and EVERYONE wants the red dress. I didn’t actually realise until after I’d put all the images in that all these items are pretty much love themed/Valentines colours!
Peter Pan Swing Lace Dress, £10.00, Topshop
(Out of stock, going for £80+ on ebay)
Do you remember when you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing girls wearing black lace tops and dresses like these? Well now its the red lace dresses that are in style and in perfect timing as well with Valentines day next week. Because this dress is such a bold colour, a tan or black pair of heels would go nicely and accessories should be kept to a minimum. For extra oomph get your hair big with as much volume as you can and either have sexy smokey eyes with long fluttering eyelashes or keep the eye makeup basic and instead choose some bright red lips in a corresponding shade to the dress.
Cream and Red Glitter T-shirt, £14.99, Quiz Clothing
I love this top as its so cheeky and girly. Unfortunately being a crop top I do not think I have the figure for it! This would be great for a night out with skinny jeans and sky scraper black or red heels and might guarantee you a kiss! The sparkly lips will dress the outfit up. Team with a long black cardy in the day and again swap tan coloured shoes for heels to keep it casual.

Cream and Red Sequin Heart Top, £9.99, Quiz Clothing
This top is a bit similar to the last one but I like how its a little longer at the sides with a raised front which means again its quite in fashion at the moment. I’d suggest wearing this top in a similar way to the last!
Scrabble Love Top, £12.99, Internacionale
Another crop top! This little gem is a bit more girly and has more neutral colours which means a lot of things would go with this top (including the brogues bellow!). It would look gorgeous with a pale brown cardigan and light blue jeans, or with a pale blue vest top underneath. Makeup wise, the natural look would be best with this.
Felicity Contrasting Floral Brogues, £15.99, Missguided
I actually hate brogues with a passion but I think I’m finally coming around! Brogues remind me of something my dad would wear (or used to wear back in his day) and I just don’t think they’re the right type of shoes for a girl to wear! In addition, a lot of them just look like they’d rub on your ankle all day when you wear them without socks on. However, these are very, very cute. I think what I like about them is that they are so girly and they look like a nice, comfortable (less shiny!) material too. They also look like they would go with anything! I’ll be keeping my eye on these and may give them a go in the future.
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If any of you girls are still stuck on what to wear for Valentines day this year (taken or not!) then read on for some great offers online at the moment.

Miss Selfridge is offering FREE EXPRESS delivery until 6pm tonight (simply select Thursday delivery at the checkout and enter promotional code VALENTINE) and they are also offering 20% discount for students with a valid NUS card number.

La Senza is offering 20% discount online before the 14th of February when entering ‘VALENTINE20’ at the checkout.

Missguided are also offering 14% off when you spend over £35 by quoting LOVE14 at checkout, and also have a guide on what to wear whatever your doing this Valentines whether its partying with the girls or having a cosy night in.

New Look have, as always, money off for students both in store and online with an NUS Extra card. Their discount is normally 10%, but until Valentines Day it is 20% off.

And finally you can receive 20% discount off Ann Summers thanks to More magazine by entering the code ‘MANDAY’ at the checkout, OR picking up the magazine, filling out the small form inside and having the option to use the discount in store.

Treat yourself (and your boyfriend if you have one!) this Valentines day with these discount codes now. Have fun!

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