Saturday, 28 June 2014

NYC!

In February of this year I was fortunate enough to visit New York City!!
 

It was something that I had dreamed about for years, as cliché as it sounds.
 
Whilst freezing in the streets of New York, I made my mum walk many blocks, despite her plea to catch a taxi, so that we could visit the Empire State Building.
 
After walking around all day as we shopped I think my mum and I were both pretty exhausted, but it was the Empire State Building...
You can't miss an opportunity as great as that!
 
One of my favourite pictures that I took was this one:


It's beautiful.
 
Every time I see it I can't help but wish I was back in New York!
 
The weather was bitter cold, to point where I thought I was going to turn purple at some points, but that did not deter me from viewing these stunning scenes.

I somehow managed to get all around the observatory on the Empire State building, however my mum gave up after two minutes of standing outside as it was that cold!

The scenes are immaculate.

Whatever the weather, it's totally worth paying a trip to this wonderful building.

I recommend it 100%!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

UNIVERSITY? GAP YEAR? APPRENTICESHIP?

What do you want to do when you leave sixth form?
 
University? Apprenticeship? Work? Gap Year?
 
What university do you want to go to?
 
What do you want to study?
 
Where will you live?
 
How are you going to manage your money?
 
 
It's all so overwhelming for a 17 year old.
 
Although you know all of this is coming, you can never prepare yourself for the pressure and stress that choosing your future will put on you.
Especially if you're a worrier or you like things to be organised and planned like me.
However, I know that for some this kind of thing doesn't phase them too much.
For those like this, I'm very jealous of you!
One thing I've learnt about myself recently is that I put a lot of pressure on myself and so things like this become stupidly stressful and exhausting. I'm so glad that I've realised this because now I know that I need to work on controlling it. If you're anything like me, you will know that it's a horrible habit.
 
Personally, I've chosen to go down the university route so I'm in the process of researching different places and visiting them on open days.
I think I have picked the course for me however as I can't fully decide, I'm on the edge which is okay at this stage.
My big worry is picking a course and regretting that decision from the day I begin the course in October 2015 - money is the main reason for this worry as it is a lot of money to have in debt if you never really wanted to go to university in the first place.
Although I have a bit of pressure from my parents to go to university, I definitely think I want to go.
I'm not going just because of my parents - I think that would be a mistake.
 
My advice for anybody looking at universities now is to do what you want.
Don't go to university just because your parents want you to, it's not their future, it's yours.
Also, don't do a certain course because your parents want you to.
They might want you to be a lawyer, but your heart might lay in photography!
I understand that you don't want to upset them and you might feel as though that's your only option, but you need to be in control of your own life. If you go to university and don't enjoy it, you will probably feel like you wasted three years of your life when you could be travelling and gaining experience or building up your skills through an apprenticeship or a full time job.
That's not always the case for some people; although you might not enjoy your course, you might love the experience and the social life.
But, if you choose to do something other than you're parents wishes, they will understand in the long run.
Remember they only want the best for you!
They might think that university is the way for you, but only you truly know what you want to do.


What are your thoughts on university?
What about your experiences? Or your worries?


Despite my worries and stress at this stage, I'm still really excited to go to university.
I can't wait to end my school life and begin a new adventure.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

FAVOURITES: Fragrances

 At the moment, I have two perfumes and two body sprays that I can't stop using!
I own many fragrances, however these four just keep drawing me to them so the others get abandoned.

With the perfumes, I have one that's a day to day kind of scent.
And the other is my absolute favourite so I always save that for nicer occasions.
 
Before I start trying to describe these scents, I just want to apologise because I don't know whether it's me personally but I find describing scents and smells really difficult, however I wanted to share these!
 
My day to day favourite perfume is:
 
RRP: £22.00 from Hollister
As you can see, it is produced by Hollister and is called 'Crescent Bay'.
This is sent is really fruity and it's pleasantly nice.
The description online for this fragrance is 'Watermelon - Poppy - Sugary Woods' which is something I completely agree with.
I don't feel like this is quite a typical Hollister perfume, I'd imagine it to be more of a body spray. But, none the less, it's still lovely.
It's also quite strong so even using small amounts works wonders.
I have often been complimented when wearing this.
If you've ever had this before, you'll understand what I'm saying!
 
Next is my all time favourite perfume:
 
From The Perfume Shop;
30ml - RRP: £42.50
50ml - RRP: £57.50
80ml - RRP: £76.50
 This is Candy by Prada.
Now, I find this really hard to describe, so I strongly recommend you to test this perfume if you're ever in a perfume shop or the perfume section within a shop.
I think this scent is more flowery than the other.
It's very unique, I'd say.
Strong, like the other as well, so I only need to use it in small quantities at a time which works perfectly for me as it means I don't use it as quick as I might with others so it lasts longer.
I don't really know the standard prices for perfume, but I do recommend stretching a little to purchase this perfume if you can!
It's gorgeous and many people have complimented me whilst wearing it.
 
Now, onto my favourite body sprays.
 
Out of my two sprays, I have one distinct favourite:
 
RRP: £7.50 from The Body Shop
The Body Shop's Strawberry body mist.
This body mist is amazing. I love it.
And to top it off, the strawberry scent just adds to its brilliance.
I love the strawberry smell so this is perfect for me.
The Body Shop do a huge variety of scents in their body mist range, so even if you don't like the smell of strawberries, check out their range. You might find one you absolutely adore.
 
And finally, this is my second favourite body spray:
 

RRP: £6.50 from Boots

This is the Soap & Glory - Mist You Madly body spray.
It is described as a flirty, floral and fragrant body spray, featuring scents of bergamot and blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk.
I couldn't agree more, honestly I didn't really know how to describe it but I think it's quite typical for Soap & Glory.
I love this to quick squirt on if I'm in a rush.
 
I think all of those fragrances are lovely and I definitely recommend each of them.
They're worth every penny!

Monday, 16 June 2014

The TMI Tag :)

So, whilst reading some new blogs I stumbled across, I found that this tag was a reoccurring post.
After reading Louise Robertson's TMI post, I decided I might as well give it a go myself as she tagged everybody reading it to give it a ago.

So, here goes... 

 
1. What are you wearing?
Just a pair of pale grey shorts and a plain black vest
They're my favourite 'lounge around the house/comfy clothes'
 
2. Have you ever been in love?
Nope
3. Have you ever had a terrible break up?
No, thankfully!
4. How tall are you?
About 5'8" (I think!)
5. How much do you weigh?
I honestly have no clue!
6. Any tattoos?
Not yet, but I'm definitely thinking about getting a few small ones
7. Any piercings?
Yeah! I have two in my left ear, four in my right ear and a nose piercing
8. Your OTP? (one true pairing)
I'm not sure that I really have one at the moment
9. Your favourite show?
NCIS and Friends hands down!
10. Favourite Band?
I don't have just one... I love any band in the genre Pop Punk or Punk Rock 
11. Something you miss?
Brilliant television shows, such as Ghost Whisperer and Veronica Mars.
They were my favourites!
12. Favourite Song?
I never really have a favourite song because I love so many it's too difficult to choose!
But, a few months ago, I did somehow find this 42 song Pop Punk mash-up 
which I absolutely love - it includes so many of my favourite bands!
13. How old are you?
17 
14. What zodiac sign are you?
Scorpio
15. Qualities you look for in a partner?
Caring, genuine, not controlling and honest.
They also need a sense of humour, I couldn't stand if someone was constantly serious
16. Favourite Quote?
I don't really have a favourite quote
17. Favourite Actor?
Joey Tribbiani... is that allowed? haha
18. Favourite colour?
Black and white, always!
19. Loud music or soft?
It depends on my mood really - although it's normally loud!
20. Where do you go when you're sad?
Somewhere that I can be on my own
21. How long does it take you to shower?
I'd say about 15/20 minutes usually
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
On a school morning, about 20/30 minutes
On any other morning, about an hour
23. Ever been in a physical fight?
Nope
24. Turn on?
A cheeky smile
25. Turn off?
Someone who's blatantly rude
26. The reason you started blogging?
I've always been into writing.
I previously tried to write stories and failed due to my short attention span
Then I realised something shorter is more my style
So I turned to blogging after reading some popular blogs such as Zoella and SprinkleofGlitter
27. Fears?
Somebody ripping your ear when you're wearing hoop earrings
28. Last thing that made you cry?
I'm not too sure if I'm being honest
29. Last time you said you loved someone?
Yesterday
30. Meaning behind your blog name?
'A World Full of Wonders' came about because I was originally using this blog as a piece of travel writing for some coursework last year. Although I did end up submitting a blog piece, I didn't actually write it on blogger and post it, however I did begin to design the blog therefore it was supposed to have a travel theme.
31. Last book you read?
If we're not counting my A2 History textbook, 'The Shock of the Fall' by Nathan Filer 
It was surprisingly captivating. I love it and highly recommend it
32. The book you're currently reading?
I'm trying to find something I can get into
Suggestions are always welcomed!
33. Last show you watched?
Hawaii 5-O
34. Last person you talked to?
My dad
35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?
Best friend
36. Favourite Food?
Chicken burrito's
37. Place you want to visit?
San Francisco, California
Honolulu, Hawaii
Dallas, Texas
38. Last place you were?
Other than my house; Tesco
39. Do you have a crush?
If you're talking about celebrity crushes...
40. Last time you kissed someone?
Yesterday
41. Last time you were insulted?
I don't actually know
42. Favourite flavour of sweet?
Strawberry
43. What instruments do you play?
I used to play violin in primary school, but now, nothing :(
44. Favourite piece of jewellery?
A ring that I bought when I was about ten years old.
I never take it off unless I definitely have to  
45. Last sport you played?
Volleyball
46. Last song that you sang?
Problem by Ariana Grande (Ft. Iggy Azalea)
47. Favourite chat up line?
"Are you a magician? Cause abracadayum"
I actually didn't have a favourite, but when I read this is on Louise's post I though it was great and so I have to say this!
48. Have you ever used it?
Considering I've only just seen it, nope!
49. Last time you hung out with anyone?
Today
 50. Who should answer this tag next?
Everybody reading this!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Wish List: Clothes - June 2014

It's almost the summer holidays!!
Like many, I'm counting down the days until my exciting holiday abroad.
As well as counting down the days, I'm on the look out for some new summer clothes!

Here are a few items that I have loved, but not bought (yet), when on the hunt!


Outlaw denim jacket from the AWG range at
Glamour Kills in America.
RRP: $89.99 which converts to £53.74 (without P&P)
I have actually wanted this jacket for a year or so now.
Alex Gaskarth, lead singer of a band called All Time Low, partnered up with Glamour Kills to design a small range.
This jacket being one of its pieces.
I love how the main part of this jacket is denim but the hood and sleeves are a cotton material.
This really stood out to me when I saw it as I began to love it.
Glamour Kills stock jackets very similar, however without the writing and image on the back, but I loved this design. It really appealed to me and I prefer this one over the plain ones and other designs - and that's not just because it's part of Alex's range either!
 
This jacket is the exception of this post as the rest of my items are summer clothes!
 

Kardashian Kollection shorts for Sears (American department store)
RRP: $44.00 which converts to £26.28
After using my freedom, from school, to watch a tonne of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' last year, I began to follow the range 'Kardashian Kollection'.
This picture popped up recently and I found that I actually really like these shorts.
They're very summery and spot on for this year.
I love the mint coloured ones, the white ones and the washed out denim shorts particularly.
I know that the Kardashian sisters have their range in Lispy (UK), however they don't stock the same items that they do in America so I don't think they have these - which is upsetting.
But, I am visiting the USA very soon so hopefully I can grab myself a pair.


These are the Digi Roses Old Skool.
RRP: $65.00 which converts to £38.82

Whilst in America, I'm hoping to visit a Vans store too so I can purchase these beauties.
I stumbled across them when I was browsing the Vans website for clothes and a new pair of Old Skool vans - for some reason I ended up looking on the American website and I found these!
I currently have a pair in the same style, however they're leopard print.
I think this style of shoe is so comfy and I'm definitely going to get another pair.
(I also recommend this 'Old Skool' style to anyone!! They're great!)
When I saw this particular pattern, with the light pink strip and the roses, I fell in love.
They're beautiful and perfect for what I want!
 

Asos Cami in Cage Print
RRP: £18.00

Asos Maxi Skirt in Bias Cut
RRP: £18.00
I'm normally a dress kind of girl, but I'm trying to mix it up this summer.
I think that this cami top with the grey maxi skirt would be a perfect combination.
It's casual and relaxed yet stylish and cool.
Plus, you could wear just about any shoes with it as there's no distinct colour or pattern theme going on.
It's a light option, which could also be dressed up.
I hope that I can get something along these lines for this summer as it would be perfect!
 

Scuttle Mint Green Heeled Sandals from New Look
RRP: £29.99

These heels are gorgeous.
They'd be perfect for a warm summery evening.
The huge platform at the sole means that they're more comfortable to wear as your foot isn't at too much of an angle. Also, the design allows your toes to peep through the front, to show off your nicely painted toe nails of course, but it doesn't show too much foot with the wrap effect.
These chunky heels are in right now and they're pretty (in my opinion anyway!)
 
Also, I'm loving the mint green/pale (baby) blue colours this summer.
 
ASOS Long Line Cami in Animal Print
RRP: £20.00
 This cami is in a favourite pattern of mine. I love animal print.
For some reason I never used to like it, but since I bought my leopard print Vans, I've loved it!
Also, the cami style is becoming a new trend this year.
The thin straps make it easy to wear, light and comfortable while looking just as fab as a normal vest.
With this particular pattern, you could dress it up or dress it down depending on your plans.
Wear it with a cute leather skirt and heels or denim shorts and some flip flops.

Either way, you'll look gorgeous!
 
ASOS Mini Skirt in Leather
RRP: £55.00
I think leather skirts suit certain people. They're very specific.
I've never tried one on personally, so I don't know whether they suit me or not, but I do love them. Especially this one.
I stumbled across this while browsing ASOS for summer clothes. I think that this style is quirky and would match with just about any top.
Personally, I'd go for a patterned cami or a cute floaty top.
Also, you're left room to wear any kind of shoes - regarding they match your choice in top.

New Dorsay Heeled Court Shoes from River Island
RRP: £50.00

These heels are completely the opposite of the other ones, however they're just as lovely.
I think you'd wear these with a more sophisticated and 'going out' look.
They'd be perfect for a fancy meal with family or a fun night out.
The pointed toe just gives the heels that edge.
It's a certain style, which has made its way back into fashion.
And I love it!
 
 
 
 
So, these are some items of clothing (and shoes) on my wish list this summer.
What's on yours?

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Creativity?

 Personally, I'm really into interior designing.
But, I don't think I could do it as a career, it's more of a hobby.
And honestly, I can't wait to get my own home one day so I can interior design that!

Now, I know money isn't everything.
However, like many, I would LOVE a huge home.
But not for all of the wrong reasons, I'd want to be able to buy a big house with my hard earned money.
I wouldn't want this home to brag or show off to everyone, but for my own personal benefit.
At the beginning, I would want it purely to interior decorate my personal home from scratch.
Living in a house, knowing that you put time and effort into making it what it is, is something I aspire to achieve.
Obviously, with a bigger house there's more room to experiment and be more creative with individual room designs.
However, you could do exactly the same in a small house.


My picture this week is of a beautiful (what looks like) entrance of a house, which leads to the staircases and an individual hallway down the middle.


Clearly, this house is massive.
All the while, it is stunning.
 
And, I love everything about this picture.

I love the black and white theme.
The grand piano in the middle.
The separate staircases curving at the top.
The elegant design in the banister.
The arc way into the dinning room (I think).

It's modern and stylish yet precise and delicate.
 
Now, I always say I'm not very creative, but I think I have a random pinch of creativity inside of me.
I'm creative with certain things.
I'm definitely not creative in an artistic way (painting and drawing and that), but I am in this sense.
I like changing things up and making it out to be something I want at the time.
(If that makes any sense at all!)
 
 
Also, I get quite bored of what I already have so I like rearrange every now and again.
For example, I have just recently cleared out and tidied my bedroom.
I rearranged most of the furniture and added simple things, like some fairy lights around my telly, in order to change it up.
It looks totally different, but I haven't had to spend any money.
I just used my time, effort and motivation to create something new.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Recommendations: Make-Up - June 2014

The title is pretty explanatory...

And so, here are my recommendations for the month!

Foundation: L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint  


RRP: £9.99 for 20ml (Boots)
 Concealer: Rimmel London - Wake Me Up (in liquid)


RRP: £5.49 for 7ml (Boots)

Blusher: Natural Collection - Rosy Glow


RRP: £1.99 (Boots)
I apologise for the quality of my blusher, it's old
and has been battered around too much!
Bronzer: Rimmel London - Natural Bronzer

RRP: £5.99 (Boots)

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay - NAKED 2

RRP: £37.00 (Debenhams)
 Mascara: Soap & Glory - Thick and Fast
 

RRP: £10.00 (Boots)


Eyeliner: Soap & Glory - 'Supercat' (in liquid)

RRP: £6.00 (Boots)

Lipstick: MAC - Matte collection

(Not necessarily in a pink colour)
RRP: £15.00 (Debenhams)

 I've found, from personal experience, that each of these products work wonders.


The foundation is so soft on your skin and works well alongside the concealer to cover up any blemishes you feel self-conscious about.
The blusher and bronzer go well together and provide excellent contouring.
The eyeshadow is an all time favourite of mine (see my previous 'favourites' post here on the Naked 2 palette).
The eyeliner is super easy to apply and stays on throughout the whole day, much like the mascara which also doesn't clump and it works well as a base coat if you prefer to use multiple mascaras.
And finally, I find the matte lipsticks from MAC are amazing.
Great colours, great coverage and, most importantly, they're long lasting. I find I don't have to keep reapplying my lippy as much as I do when I'm wearing normal lipstick.

Honestly, it's really hard to find good make-up that works.
But bare in mind that different products work differently on different people.

I hope, if you take any of these recommendations, that you love them just as much as I do.

If you have any recommendations of your own, feel free to leave comments!
I'd love to know what you guys think and chat to you about them :)

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

La la la

This week my pictures (of the week) are a bit different.
 
This week my picture is...
 

 
Someone I aspire to be like - not for her musical or acting abilities necessarily, but for her approach to life.
Her desire to help people and make a change in this world.
 
My idol - Demi Lovato
 
I find that Demi's attitude towards revealing her story and attempting to make a change in order to saves peoples lives receives mixed opinions from the public.



Some believe she is doing good, some see it as attention seeking.
Everybody is entitled to their own opinions and I respect that.
 
Personally, I believe that Demi has been through a hell of a lot from a young age and is using her experiences to help those in need and create awareness for mental illnesses that people commonly miss or choose to ignore.
 
 
 
 
  
Demi has a lot of influence among teenage girls, especially her fans, and so if she can use this to make a difference then why the hell not?
 
 
 



I'm not going to lie, I have loved Demi Lovato ever since she made her big break in Camp Rock on Disney Channel.
From then on, followed her career in television and music.

Demi has a unique and amazing voice, which she uses to produce record selling music.
I love her albums and I think she tells a lot through her music - like many artists.

I think she's a beautiful and strong young woman with huge potential, a mass of success already in her pocket and the ability to succeed further in the future.
 
I could never justify fully why Demi Lovato is my inspiration.
She just is.
 
 
 Below I have included two of my favourite songs by Demi Lovato.
These two are slow songs, compared to some of her music, however they both have stories to tell.
 
Warrior
 
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Skyscraper
 
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Demi Lovato is an inspiration to many.
She has helped hundreds and has contributed to saving lives just by sharing her story.

And for all of her determination, personal recovery, success and hard work;
Demi Lovato is my idol.



I would love to hear who your idols are?
Let me know in the comments below :)


*I take no credit for any of these pictures, gifs or YouTube videos*