Sunday, 22 September 2013

autumn wishlist

I'm always glad when Autumn comes around so I can pull on my thick tights, ankle boots and cosy scarves that I've had stored away over the Summer! This season my wardrobe mainly consists of autumnal colours - burgandy, green, yellow, purple and brown, and ankle boots are my staple piece throughout the colder months. I'm loving these five pieces which are -unintentionally-nearly all from Topshop, especially the tartan dress which is bang on trend right now, and can't wait to get my hands on them as soon as student loan day arrives! I think this outfit would look really cute with a black leather jacket and thick black tights! What are you guys lusting after this season?

Thursday, 12 September 2013

august fun

[l-r: me enjoying a night out in Edinburgh, me and my best friend Bryony, yummy curry, rice and salad my sister Heather made, and strawberry milkshakes with Bryony.]

[Not enjoying this English weather!, just chilling with the boys, out for lunch with my big brother and sister - the best jacket potato ever!]

August's been a pretty busy month for me! When I got back from Tenerife I had a lot of friends and family to see and lots of news to catch up on. I was so tired after my late night/early morning flight that I basically just slept all day when I got home, but the next night I went straight out with my best friend Bryony to our favourite Indian restaurant for a much overdue catch up! Afterwards we sat in her car on the sea front eating mini milks, how romantic!
I met a boy in Tenerife....*blushes*, and although I wasn't sure if it would be any more than a holiday romance, we decided to meet up back home! I live in the North East of England and he lives in Edinburgh so I paid him a little visit which was originally meant to be for three nights and I ended up staying for 5, much to his mothers' disapproval I'm sure! My sister Heather also lives in Edinburgh so I had a nice catch up with her and another sister who was visiting from London. Heather made us an amazing curry so I just had to take a picture - sadly the 'being able to cook' gene must have skipped me!
I've been enjoying my last few weeks before going back to university by going on nights out with friends, and meals with the family. It's just really nice to relax after a crazy summer and before the stress of uni hits again (not that I go as much as I should, oooops!)

i heart summer tag

Hi guys! The lovely Melissa from It's Me Mel has kindly tagged me to do the 'I Heart Summer' tag, and although I'm a little late since it's getting dark at 8 again now, I thought this would be a nice way to say goodbye to the Summer (not that we had much of one!), sum up some of my favourite Summer products, and prepare for Autumn!
1. Favourite bronzer for summer?
I love love love Seventeen's Instant Glow Gold Bronze Shimmer Brick, that's a mouthful! There are four gorgeous shades in this little compact, and I sweep a contour brush across the powder to create a gorgeous bronzed glow! The lightest shade is also great to use as a highlighter, and I got this for less than £5.
2. You're relaxing on a hammock in a tropical island, what would you be sipping on?
Lemonade, my all time favourite drink, or a Sex on the Beach cocktail with a little umbrella just for fun! I do try not to be naughty and drink at least 2 litres of water when I'm somewhere warm though to stay hydrated.
3. Favourite summer lipstick?
I've been loving bright coral colours this Summer. I'm not really a fan of wearing lipstick in the heat though so while I was abroad this year I was constantly using Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous. It gives a gorgeous summery colour, smells delicious and stays on all day! 
4. Pool or beach?
I love both but I'd have to choose the pool. I love beach days and swimming in the sea, but applying suncream to sand-covered skin is just such a hassle, and it hurts my feet so much when the sand is too hot!
5. Summer = crazy hair, what's your must have styling product?
This year I loveeeeed using the Aussie Beach Mate shampoo and conditioner. Aussie products have been a staple in my shower for years, and these little limited edition beauties were a godsend abroad! Charles Worthington Sunshine Shampoo is also excellent. It makes my hair super shiny while protecting it from the sun too!
6. Sunbathing or fake tanning?
I fake tan all year round using St Moritz lotion and tanning mitt, which is obviously the safe option of tanning! However, I am guilty of lying out in the sun all day on holiday, relaxing on a sunlounger is heaven, but I make sure to apply a high SPF regularly.
7. Favourite summer nail polish?
I love bright colours on my nails in Summer, especially reds, pinks and oranges. My two most used nail polishes this year were Nails Inc's Portobello and Rimmel's Coralicious. They're both gorgeous, super fast drying colours!
8. Any summer traditions?
I don't have any die hard traditions but I love to go to the park with friends on sunny days and relax, I love wearing summery clothes, going to the beach, family BBQs, taking my doggy Tara for long walks and sitting outside in the warm evenings with a cocktail!
9. Favourite summer scent?
Marc Jacobs' Daisy, every time!
10. Favourite BBQ food?
I'm not a massive fan of BBQ food, I don't eat a lot of meat so I'd always opt for a salad or chicken burger if possible, but I do like the odd hot dog!
11. Favourite summer proof makeup?
Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof was my staple make up product this summer. I feel as long as I have mascara on I can conquer the world! I've also loved Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, it stays put all day and is the perfect shimmery shade for Summer.
12. Any summer vacations planned?
I spent my Summer in Tenerife so sadly I've not got any holidays coming up, although I am going back for a week at the end of October for a little reunion with some of the friends I made out there, I can't wait!

Thanks for reading this guys! Think I'll do an Autumn tag next, bit more appropriate haha!


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

a new beginning & the best summer ever!

Hey cuties! I've been absent from the blogosphere for so long now but I finally feel like it's time to get back into it properly and I have lots of ideas for new posts! September always signifies a new start for me with people going back to school/college/university; I'm going into my third year in less than two weeks, scary stuff! I'll have to actually get a real grown up job in less than a year and stop living off noodles... So I thought it would also be a good time to start blogging again, and give sleeplesswithsienna a fresh start!
I've actually not been blogging for so long because I've been working abroad for the summer! I went to Tenerife in June with a company that helps you find work and puts you in a hotel with like-minded room mates, and it was the best decision I ever made. I was feeling really unsure of myself and didn't know what I wanted after Zak and I split up, and really needed to just get away, meet some new people and have adventures, which is definitely what I did!

So that's just a few pictures from my adventures in Tenerife, I had 300+ on my camera but I won't bore you with them all!
How was everyone's summer?!
Much love x