ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK


Oh hello!! I was doing so well, can’t believe I've missed two posts, well technically one because I am publishing this today. Still, very naughty, Sandra! I’ve just been so busy the last couple of weeks. You know them weeks when you’re working all the time and then when your days off come around you’re busy too? Yeah, it’s been like that. 

My 17 year old cousin and his girlfriend came to visit this weekend and I absolutely loved having them here. Can’t believe he’s got a girlfriend, I feel like only yesterday he was 8 years old haha. Where’s time going? But yeah, I finally met his other half and she’s such a lovely girl. They’re so in love bless them. They came to visit in the most perfect time, it was the Balloon Fiesta in Bristol this weekend, not sure if you’ve ever heard of it? It’s basically a hot air balloon festival, where there are a lot of rides, games, food vans and at the end of the night they have a ‘Night Glow’ show. It’s basically loads of hot air balloons being lit up to the sound of music. It’s incredible and definitely something I would highly suggest you get on your ’to see’ list. During the day you can also see loads of balloons scattered around in the air. It really is something special! 

Yeah, you could say it was windy!

This outfit I wore back when I was in Kefalonia and I have to say I felt rather comfortable in it. Usually I’d feel very unlike myself in a skirt, but something about the shape of this one made me feel somewhat confident. I picked it up from Missguided for only £15 so as you can imagine it doesn’t feel like incredible quality, it feels very cheap, but it’s comfortable and I knew I wouldn’t get much wear out of it in the UK anyway, so I wouldn’t want to spend too much money on a clothing piece like that.


The shirt is from River Island. I bought this a couple of months ago and I really like it. It’s very oversized and baggy, so it does look a little boxy, however I adore the cold shoulder detail! To disguise the boxy look I tied the shirt into a bow at the front and tucked away the loose ends. I’m a huge white shirt lover, however looking back on this outfit now I do think that it would’ve looked a lot better if I wore the skirt with a t-shirt instead. What do you think?

My sliders are from New Look. I absolutely adore New Look shoes, they’re my favourite highstreet shoe brand. I just find their footwear so comfortable and great quality, especially for the price too! Pretty much all my non-designer shoes are from New Look, that’s how much I love them. These sliders are no exception, they’re mega comfy. When I first wore them I thought that the front part of the suede was going to dig into my big toe and cause a blister, but nope, nothing. I found myself reaching for these shoes every day while I was away. The sunnies are Ray Bans, they’re currently my favourite sunglasses and I wear them every time the sun is out.


I’m currently half way through writing a review on the ABH Subculture palette. Gosh, everyone and their mum has been banging on about this palette. I’ll let you know my thoughts on it soon, just waiting for a day off where I can actually shoot some looks. Right, now I’m off to bed. Been staying up way too late and I have a lot of sleep to catch up on :) 

Night, night - or good morning!
SFS.

3 LOOKS - URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT

It’s Friday and guess what? I’m off! I don’t usually like having my days off on the weekend as it’s crowded everywhere I go, however, it’s the ever so famous Balloon Fiesta here in Bristol and my cousin and his girlfriend are here to visit, so it’s the perfect time to show them around. The other day I published a post where I wrote a review on the new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, and I was going to add some looks on that post, but I came down with a cold and my nose was all red, so it wouldn’t look too good in pictures haha. But I've recovered since and wanted to share some looks that I created using the palette. I wanted to show you how versatile this palette is and that you can use it to create a very simple everyday look, some bolder looks using the shimmers and the oranges, or even a smokey evening eye look. 


This first look is one for those who don’t like wearing too much makeup, or aren’t allowed to in their job or at school. It’s very subtle, but still adds a little something to the eyes. I used the shades Chaser and Sauced in the crease, Ounce all over the lid and then a touch of Cayenne and Low Blow in the crease again to add a bit more warmth. For my bottom lash line I used the shades Sauced and Low Blow mixed together.


This I think might be my favourite look of the three. I absolutely adore orange shades and I think these colours will suit every eye colour out there. It’s a suitable look for both day and night, however if I wore this on a night out or for a dinner, I would probably add a winged liner and some lashes. I used Sauced in the crease to start off with. I took this shade a little higher up and winged out the shadow. To add more depth I used He Devil in the crease too. I like layering different crease shades as I find it gives a better finish. Cayenne is my favourite matte in the palette, so of course I had to use it again. I added it on the outer V of my eye and also ran it along the crease. For the lid shades I went in with Lumbre first in the inner corner of my eye and towards the centre of the lid, and then I added Dirty Talk which is my favourite shimmer from half of my lid outwards. After this was done, I drew on a very thin liner with the shades En Fuego and Ashes. In the bottom lash line I used the shade Sauced to begin with, and then added Cayenne to smoke it out further. 


The last look I created was something a little more suited for evenings out, however I didn’t want to add lashes or liner as I thought it would distract from the main feature which is the eyeshadow. I took Sauced and Low Blow mixed together and added that to the crease, again winging out the eyeshadow. Then to deepen the crease a bit more I used He Devil. On the lid I used the most stunning shade I’ve ever come across, Ember. It’s definitely one you have to see for yourself as it’s not like any other eyeshadow I own or seen before. Then I took En Fuego and Ashes to deepen the outer corner of the eyes. And finally on the crease I used Cayenne again to smoke out the crease even further. To finish off the look I used Cayenne and He Devil on the lower lash line.

For all three looks I used Ounce as a brow bone highlight, however it isn’t very shimmery so it doesn’t show up too well. For the inner corner highlight I used a Becca highlighter and another by ABH. 

As you can see this is a very versatile palette, and you can really play around with all the shades as they all mix well together. Obviously there are many more combinations you can come up with, however I just wanted to show you these three as I think it can take you from day to evening, and has you sorted for any occasion. 

What is your favourite look? Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)
Lots of love, SFS.

UPDATED BROW ROUTINE


I’ve used up a whole Dipbrow Pomade. I don’t get how some people say theirs has dried out and they can no longer use it? I’ve had mine for maybe a year and I never had an issue with it drying up. I actually think it works better when it’s not so soft because you have more control over how much product you use. Although I loved it, I felt like going back to the eyebrow pencil life. I just missed it. So I made an order the other day, one of the many orders I’ve made lately and went old school. I got the ABH Brow Wiz in Soft Brown and I got the Ready, Set, Brow gel by Benefit which is something I haven’t used in ages! With the Dipbrow Pomade I felt like I didn’t need to used a brow gel as the pomade kept my hairs in place, however I am loving the control I have with this gel.

My brows are looking so much better since using this combo, and I am loving the gel to brush some of my brow hairs up. Recently I’ve been really into bushy brows and kinda like the werewolf look. You know the one? Where girls brush up some brow hairs to make them look fluffy. Usually I would hate that, but lately I am all about that look. Not sure how long this is going to last for, but I’m sure I’ll look back on pictures one day and say ‘wow Sandra, you looked ridiculous’ haha.


Werewolf  trend not used in this picture as I didn't want to scare you away. You're welcomed!

This brow pencil stays in place all day and is super easy to use. It’s not too hard, nor is it too soft where it can go all over the place. It draws on perfectly and you have complete control over it. I also love that it has a spooly! It’s the perfect pencil to travel with. Do I think it’s the best eyebrow pencil I’ve ever used? Definitely not. I used one by Maybelline a couple of years ago and it was just as good, but I do like that it’s a twist up pencil and that you don’t need to worry about carrying around a sharper in case the tip breaks. 

As for the brow gel, I’m not too sure yet. It feels a little weird. When you apply it it feels like a regular brow gel, but when it sets you can actually feel the product on the brows. To the touch they don’t feel crispy at all, I mean, you can't feel the product with your fingers full stop, but you can feel the product sitting on your face. Did that make sense? Weird, weird, weird. But I am loving how my brows look lately, so at least there’s that :D

What are your thoughts on the werewolf brow trend?
Lots of love, SFS.

URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT - A REVIEW


Omg, omg, omg! I can’t tell you how excited I am to own this!! If you read my recent makeup haul post, you will know that it was this palette that sparked my love for makeup again. I haven’t been this excited for a product in ages! I got in the post a couple of days ago and I literally ran down the stairs when the postman pressed the doorbell - and trust me, running down the stairs in my house is hard work, they are so steep! I quickly took these photos for the blog and went on to using it straight away. 

Orange, red and very warm shades in general have been my go to ever since I tried a couple of eyeshadows from Makeup Geek, particularly Cocoa Bear which is an eyeshadow I use every single day, so this palette literally screamed my name. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I own the first and the second and I hardly ever use them. I find that Urban Decay eyeshadows are super pigmented and creamy, but they always have so much kickback and fallout. This Heat palette does also have a lot of kickback, but no fallout! Did you read that? No. Fallout! I usually do my eyes before my face makeup anyway, but now I don’t have to worry about having makeup wipes near me because there is nothing to wipe away! Yaay :D


This packaging is also very different for urban Decay, it has a lot of colour and comes in a plastic case. It’s my favourite look out of all their palettes. It’s also very easy to wipe down if you get any makeup on it. The palette also comes with a double ended brush which I personally love. I know many people say that it’s too dense, but I love it for that exact reason. The domed side of the brush has become a staple for me, and I love using it to pack on colour in my outer crease. Personally I think the brush is a great addition to the palette.

Now, let’s move on to the shades. It has 12 shades in total, 5 shimmers and 7 mattes. A lot of people have said that they’re not a fan of the shimmers, but I absolutely love them! My favourite shimmer of them all is Dirty Talk, it’s a gorgeous metallic copper. I am yet to try using it with a wet brush, but even when dry it looks stunning. The mattes are all shades that I will use on a regular basis, however if I had to pick a favourite it would be Cayenne. It’s a very warm brown with a hint of orange. It reminds me a lot of Makeup Geeks Cocoa Bear which if you haven’t already noticed, I love! 

This is by far my favourite Urban Decay Naked palette and one I have been using every single day since it arrived. This will definitely become my go-to travel palette as it has every shade I would normally wear. The variety of looks you could get out of this palette is no joke. You can create a very subtle nude look, but you can also go all out with the copper shades, or even go for a really smokey evening look using the shades Ashes and Embre - these 3 different looks will be coming on the blog soon. Ember is such an unusual colour, I haven’t seen anything like it before, so, so stunning! This Heat palette will look great against every eye colour, especially blue and green, but hey, I have brown eyes and I love it just as much.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Are you a fan?
Lots of love, SFS.

GOT INK? MY FIRST TATTOO - PAIN, WHAT IT MEANS TO ME & GENERAL ADVICE


Ahhh guysss, I finally got my first tattoo! :D What the hell?! I can’t even tell you how long I’ve wanted this tattoo for, it’s been years! I’ve always known exactly what I wanted and where I wanted it, the only reason why it took me so long was because I didn’t have the balls haha. But hey, looks like a grew a pair because I finally done it! I got it done last week Thursday with two friends of mine. I tried to get it done the week before, but they didn’t have any space to fit me in. The guys at the tattoo shop said that we can only book to get a tattoo done if it’s big, for small tattoos they just do walk ins and it's a first come, first served basis. 

Apparently you need to have a good breakfast before getting a tattoo, so me and my friend went to have breakfast in a cute little place near where we live. We then made our way to the tattoo place, it’s called Tattoo Time and it’s in North Street in Bristol. We got there really early, but the tattoo artist was already busy, so the owner of the place kept my phone number and said he would call me back during the day to let me know if they had space for us. Trust me, I was a nervous wreck the whole time! I’m the kind of person that likes to get things done straight away, so waiting really got my anxiety levels up. Around midday another friend of mine said she was coming to get a tattoo too, so the three of us just waited around for the phone call. The phone call came at about 3pm and we got to the tattoo shop in about five minutes!

We were all bricking it! Haha. One of my friends had already had a tattoo before, so she was the calmest out of the three. My other friend was shaking, and I just couldn’t wait to get it over and done with. I went first as I already had my design all printed out and ready for them to tattoo. Here's how I experienced the whole thing.

I still have a bit of adhesive tape left on my skin. It's a pain to remove! I also had a skin allergy because of it.

PAIN
I won’t lie to you, it hurts! Personally it felt like a box cutter cutting my skin over and over again. When she first started tattooing, I was shaking! I guess it’s just because I didn’t know what to expect. It was a different kind of pain to anything I’ve ever felt. The worse parts were the words ‘Keep Me’ the rest was absolutely fine. And I mean fine! I couldn’t even feel it. I had to ask Katie (the tattoo artist) if she was actually touching my skin because I couldn’t feel a thing. But the 'Keep Me' part was really bad, I'm assuming it’s because it was on the boniest part. The tattoo took less than 10 minutes, so it was super quick. I also didn’t bleed much which I was really surprised about for some reason.

MEANING
My tattoo says ‘Keep me where the light is’. It's in a John Mayer song, but that isn’t why I got it. I got it because I love the meaning. For someone who has suffered with anxiety since the age of 17, I feel like it’s important to always see the positive in everything and to stay away from negative/dark thoughts, so that’s the meaning behind the tattoo. I’ve also always known I wanted to get it on my left side, and on my upper shoulder/back. Don’t know why, but I always knew I wanted it there. Also, I wanted to quickly mention that I don’t believe you should always have a meaning for your tattoos. If you like something enough to have it on your body for life, that to me is meaning enough.

That is the exact paper I showed the tattoo artist. I don't remember the name of the font, but I found it on the DaFont website.

HOW IT FELT AFTER & HOW I TOOK CARE OF IT
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but the pain is temporary. The minute they get the needle off your skin, the pain stops.. hallelujah! However, about 10/15 minutes after getting the tattoo done, my skin did start to sting a little. I kept my tattoo wrapped for a few hours, although the tattoo artist mentioned that I could remove the dressing 1h after getting it done. I bought a Dove Baby Wash and Bepanthen to care for the tattoo. After a couple of hours I filled up my sink with warm water, made some bubbles with the baby wash and used a cotton round to clean the tattoo. Then I went in with a thin layer of Bepanthen and covered it again with a dressing. My friends didn’t keep theirs covered, but I saw a video of Jamie Genevieve where she mentioned that she always applies cream and covers her tattoos for a couple of days after getting it done, and that it helps keep the tattoo moisturised and therefore causing less itchiness, and I have to say I agree. I’ve had close to no itchiness at all so far. The worst itchiness I've experienced was exactly a week after getting it done, and to be fair I did forget to put cream on it the whole day, so I guess it was just a little dry. I wash my tattoo twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening, and I apply Bepanthen three times a day. The first few days I cleaned my tattoo a bit of ink came off which is normal, but I haven't noticed any more since.

ADVICE
I know I’ve only got one tattoo, but I still want to give you my two cents of advice. Firstly, eat! If you’re as nervous as I was, it will be hard to fit anything in your stomach, but I can see why they tell you to eat a big meal. You can feel a little faint if you’re under the pain for too long, so make sure you eat well and bring in a sugary drink or snack if you’re going for a longer session. Secondly, make sure you know exactly what it is you want and where you want it. Spontaneity is great, but a tattoo is something that is going to be on your body for life, so make sure you’re 100% sure before getting it done. Thirdly, don’t be scared to tell the tattoo artist if you don’t like the placement/design of your tattoo. It’s going to be on your body not theirs, so make sure you speak up. And lastly, just enjoy it! It’s over before you know it and like I already mentioned, the pain doesn’t last long, so if the fear of the pain is holding you back, just go for it! Its’ not that bad. 

I paid £50 to get mine done, which I guess is a standard price for a small tattoo, and I did tip the tattoo artist. I read somewhere that you should always tip them, and I agree. They’re giving you something that's going to be on your body forever, so why not thank them with a little something? Now that I know what getting a tattoo feels like, and I no longer fear it, I am most definitely going to get a couple more done. Let me know if you would like me to share my future tattoos with you. 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! 
Lots of love, SFS.

AQUAZZURA - NEW IN MY DESIGNER SHOE COLLECTION


I kinda made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t post any more shoes on the blog for a while, but I just couldn’t resist sharing these with you. I had been eyeing up these Aquazzura beauties for such a long time, but I just couldn’t justify the price, until they went on sale! Aaah, I know!! I literally squealed with excitement when I saw that they were on reduction. I ran downstairs to get my card and purchased them on the spot. They went down from £490 to £195, it'd be silly not to!

I’m usually not a lover of sales, mainly clothing sales because the clothes are always all over the place, the shops are always crowded and it’s almost impossible to find something decent in the middle of all the mess. Online sale shopping however, is a completely different story, especially when it comes down to designer items. Who doesn’t want a few pounds knocked off such a hefty price tag? These shoes went on sale on Net-a-Porter and I just couldn’t resist getting them. Although £195 still isn’t cheap, it’s definitely a friendlier price tag and one I can justify a lot more.


They won’t be to everyone’s taste, as with everything. I feel like I’m going through a phase of loving ‘pretty ugly’. Like with the Gucci Slingback Loafers, they're absolutely hideous, yet I can’t get enough of them. I get the same vibe from these shoes. There’s something so ugly about them, but at the same time I find them the most beautiful shoes ever. How weird! Haha. I didn’t think it would be possible, but I like them even more in person than I did when I first saw them online. 

They’re a gorgeous tan suede with a white pattern running through it. They have a gorgeous bohemian vibe and that really translates to any outfit you pair them with. As usual with Aquazzura, they tie around the ankle and have tassels right at the end. The ankle straps are also suede and I have to say that they're holding up really well when it comes to cleanliness. Usually I spray my suede shoes with a suede protector before wearing them out, however I couldn’t resist wearing these as soon as I unboxed them, and so far they’re still as good as new. I should really spray them some time soon though.


I showed them to a friend of mine before they even went on sale, and he told me in a very nice way that they were ugly and tried to persuade me to get the Wild Thing's instead - I always appreciate your bluntness Apo haha. And I will agree, the Wild Thing's are a lot prettier, but if I’m thinking of practicality and cost per wear, I know that I will get much more wear out of these. The shoes and the heel is super comfortable. The side of the shoes don’t dig into the foot at all, and the heel is only 50mm, so it’s the ideal everyday height. I got these in my usual designer shoe size, EU35 and they fit like a glove.

I’m starting to think that Aquazzura are my favourite designer shoe brand. I just love so many of their shoes at the moment, my wishlist is never ending! But I am aware that my designer shoe addiction is getting a little out of hand, so I’ve told myself that I am not allowed any more shoes until October at least! Let’s see if I can refrain from buying more until then...

What are your thoughts on them? Hope you have an amazing weekend!
Lots of love, SFS.

HAUL - NEW MAKEUP PURCHASES


Wow, it’s been a hell of a long time since I went out and bought makeup. I kind of went off makeup for a while, nothing really excited me much, but ever since the launch of the new Urban Decay Heat palette - which I am dying to get my hands on, I have had the urge to buy new makeup bits again. I went into town the other day and popped into Debenhams to go by the Makeup Forever counter. I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from the brand before, so I was excited to finally get my hands on something. Obviously I made a few other detours and ended up buying more things from different makeup counters. Who goes into the shops only to buy one thing anyway? I haven’t had these products for very long, so this won’t be a review, it’ll just be a little haul with a ‘what I think about them so far’ kinda post.

Starting off with the thing I am most excited about, the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation. Aaaah, this is just something else! I watched a couple of videos on Youtube of some girls wearing this foundation and saying that it left a dewy finish, and I was immediately sold. I love me some glow. I got matched to the shade Y405 which matches my skin perfectly at the moment, but undoubtedly will be too light for me in a couple of months - or weeks if the sun doesn’t make a comeback soon, but that’s ok as I’ll just use it as a contour stick. It’s super creamy, very easy to blend and it gives such a beautiful coverage! It’s a medium to full coverage, which is very different to what I’ve been wearing lately aka no foundation, but I’ve been reaching for it everyday since I bought it. It also leaves a satin finish on the skin which looks absolutely stunning, it makes my skin look so healthy. I’m not sure if people with oily skin would get on with this, but if you have normal to dry skin, I think you will fall in love! It also looks invisible on the skin, it doesn’t look like you have any foundation on at all. I am completely and utterly obsessed with it. I haven’t been this excited to do my makeup in such a long time, but having this in my collection has brought back the spark.

(L to R: Chanel Eyeshadow, NARS Matte Concealer, Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick foundation)

I also wanted to try a new concealer as the concealer I am currently using has been creasing under my eyes even after powdering. The whole internet has been raving about the new NARS Soft Matte concealer, so I picked one up too. I got mine in the shade Custard which was the same shade I had in their Radiant Creamy Concealer. Although I was aware that this is a matte concealer, it is definitely a little drier than I expected. It blends really easily, it’s super creamy on application and stays put all day, but it is a little dry to the touch after it’s on. I’ll see how it works with my skin in the long run, like I said, I’ve only had these products for a very short period of time, so I’ll let you know of any updates or change of opinions in a future post. 

Something I have also wanted recently was a cream eyeshadow. I am such a fan of easy to do eyeshadow looks, the ones that you can just slap on without requiring too much effort or time. I was browsing the web for some Charlotte Tilbury ones, but when I went in to Debenhams I stopped by the Chanel counter and found their Ombre Première eyeshadows and fell in love with so many shades! I had to swatch all of them on the back of my hand. I ended up going for Terre Brûlée which is a sort of burnt gold. It has a slight brown and orange tinge to it. The formula is very weird, it’s a cream that feels like a mousse and has a bounce to it. Very strange combination of textures, but very long lasting finish. This does not budge, nor does it crease. The brush that comes with the eyeshadow is also pretty useful which makes a change! Usually I throw these brushes out immediately, but this one has the perfect amount of density and feels pretty sturdy too.

Lastly, I picked up MAC’s Warm Soul blusher. For some reason I thought it was going to be a lot more bronzy and brown, but it’s a peachy pink. It does have a slight hint of brown in it but not too much and it also has a touch of gold shimmer. It’s very pretty. I know it’s been a cult favourite for such a long time, but it just never really appealed to me until now. I am always late to the party haha.

So these were my purchases. I am dying to get my hand on the Urban Decay Heat palette and quite possibly some more makeup. These little purchases have awaken my love for makeup and I feel like there’s so much more I want to try! If you have any product recommendations please leave them below :)

Hope you’re all having a fab day!
Lots of love, SFS.

HOW TO MAKE RELATIONSHIPS WORK

I always struggle to come up with introductions to my posts, so I’ll start by saying that I’m no relationship expert. I have been in a serious relationship for over seven years now and I have learnt a thing or two along the way. Obviously I know we all want different things in relationships and in life in general, so some of these points you probably won’t relate to. But I hope you find something in this post that helps you, even if it’s just seeing something from somebody else's perspective.

(Dress ASOS, Bikini Top Pretty Little Thing, Sunglasses Ray Ban, Sandals Havaianas)

MAKE THINGS CLEAR RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING
One thing I always made clear to Ricardo right from the start was that I did not want a relationship where you break up every time you get into an argument, and that I always wanted to split the bills together. I’ll go into more details about both these things in the a bit, but whatever it is you want or don’t want from a relationship, make sure that it is clear right from the very start.

BE HONEST
I bet you’re thinking ‘well, no shit Sherlock’ but really, be honest! Honest to the point where you might even hurt your partner. I have always told Ricardo everything. Back in our first year together I went away to Germany to do a training course, and on the last day me and my friends all went to a bar where our instructor was. My instructor came up to me and was asking how I found the whole training etc, when the whole bar started shouting ‘kiss, kiss!’ they all thought he had a thing for me, but truth is that he had a thing for everyone haha so he gave me a peck. It was meaningless and it was just a joke, but I told Ricardo straight away. I could’ve kept it to myself because he would never find out, but I wanted to tell him. And from that day onwards, Ricardo has never had trust issues, because he knows I will tell him absolutely everything. 

DON’T CONTROL THEM 
By this I mean so much! Don’t look through their phones behind their back, it’s tacky and it shows that you don't trust your partner at all. Don’t stop them being friends with the opposite sex! Ugh, I can’t tell you how much I get annoyed when couples aren’t allowed to have girl/boy mates. Ricardo has always been fine with me going out for drinks or dinner with male friends and I’ve always been ok with him doing the same. As long as you tell each other everything, it shouldn’t be an issue. Also, don’t tell them who they can and can’t be friends with! Ok look, basically what I’m trying to say is that if they’re gonna cheat on you, they’re gonna do it regardless of all your rules, so just let them run free.


HAVE TIME TO YOURSELVES
Just because you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean you need to be together all the time. Have time alone, or hang out with your friends without your partner there. Let them have time alone with their friends too! Obviously there will be days where you will hang out all together, but it’s important to have time away from each other. Also, it makes it more special when you are together again.

LET THEM LIKE SHIT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I just had to take a deep breath for this one, because WHY is it an issue for your boyfriend to like another girls picture? Omg!! Seriously! I don’t get it?? Maybe I’m just a very chilled girlfriend, but I really don’t care if my boyfriend likes another girls picture. It’s only a picture. So many times I’m scrolling through Instagram and I see a hot girl and I go and show my boyfriend. I’m the kind of girlfriend that will tell her boyfriend to look when a fit girl walks by haha. If you’re secure in your own relationship, things like this shouldn’t come between you. 

SHOW EACH OTHER YOU CARE
I’ve lost count of how many amazing surprises Ricardo has done for me, especially when we were long distance. But it’s the things he does for me every single day that make me so incredibly thankful to have found someone like him. When I’m doing early shifts he'll wake up at 4am, make me breakfast while I do my makeup, packs my lunch for work, irons a shirt for me if I don’t have one already, and he drives me all the way to the airport. He’s been doing this for over four years! And I do the same for him - apart from drive him to work because I don’t have a license haha. It’s the small things that count. So yeah, just show each other you care, even if it’s just leaving a post-it note saying ‘good morning’.


TAKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP SERIOUSLY 
With this I just mean respect each other, and don’t break up every time you disagree on something. I had this friend who was changing her relationship status on Facebook every time her and her partner got into an argument. I just think that if you have to constantly break things up, is it even worth being in the relationship? If you were married you wouldn’t be getting a divorce every five minutes, so why do it when you’re just boyfriend and girlfriend?

DON’T GO FOR THE FUCK BOYS
I knoooow! I’ve been there, we all want a bad boy in our life, but we are worth so much more ladies! Back in my teens I used to love the bad boys. I always wanted to be the girl that would tame them. What a loser. But luckily at 18 I realised I deserved better. You’re never going to have peace of mind, you’re never going to stop overanalysing things, you’re never going to stop playing games if you go for a bad boy. Just know your worth and know that you deserve to be treated like a fucking queen!

BE EQUAL
If you think you’re allowed to do something, make sure you’re ok with your partner doing it too. Also, make sure you split the bills. I know this might be a controversial topic, but I really do believe in sharing things. Of course it’s ok when you want to treat your partner to a nice meal, or they want to do the same for you, just don’t expect them to be paying all the time. Me and Ricardo have always split things, or if he treats me today, I’ll make sure to treat him tomorrow. 


There is so much more that goes into making relationships work, and like I said at the very beginning of this post, we all want and look for different things in relationships. But wether you agree or disagree with the things I mentioned, I hope you enjoyed reading it anyway.

Lots of love, SFS.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GETTING A FRINGE


The last time I had a fringe was back when I was 8 years old. I wouldn’t stop pestering my mum about it, so instead of taking me to a hairdresser she got out a pair of scissors and gave me a fringe. My mum isn’t a hairdresser, nor had she ever cut anyones hair before, so there wasn’t much technique involved. As you can imagine, eight year old me was far from impressed. I started crying, threw a tantrum and went around the house like a crazy person, looking for some clips so I could clip the fringe on the sides of my face. Ever since that day, I never thought about getting a fringe again, I was scarred for life haha. 

However, a couple of months ago I started becoming bored of my hair. You know when you just fancy a change? I needed one, big time! I made an appointment at my hairdresser and said that I wanted to go darker and that maybe I’d get a fringe too. I have to say, I was pretty nervous. I told her I wanted a thin, wispy fringe. Obviously it had been a minute since I had a fringe, so I didn’t want to go all out. She stood in front of me, and all I could see was hair falling on my lap, I had to tell her to let me see myself in the mirror before she continued haha, but I LOVED it immediately!!! It was such a big change! My boyfriend came to pick me up and he loved it straight away too. Sometimes a change in you hair can give you that extra confidence boost, and I definitely felt so much better after getting it done. 

Although I’m absolutely smitten with my hair, there were a few things I didn’t take into consideration or didn’t even think of before I got my hair chopped. So here are a few things I’ve learnt since having a fringe, and things you should be aware of if you’re thinking of getting one too.


YOU NEED TO WASH IT EVERY DAY
I’m a girl that washes her hair once or twice a week tops! Back in the day I couldn’t do this, but I’ve trained my hair well. So when I got a fringe I was baffled by the fact that I would have to wash it pretty much every day if I wanted it to look decent. It goes all over the place while you sleep, so when you wake up you either have to style it with a hot tool, or wash it. I usually have to do both.

YOU NEED TO GET IT TRIMMED EVERY MONTH
Obviously this will depend on how fast your hair grows and how short you cut your fringe to begin with. I like cutting mine pretty short because my hair grows super fast, so it avoids me going to the hairdresser so often. But yeah, regular trims are a thing, so you either learn how to cut your fringe yourself, or you’ll be paying someone to do it almost every month.

PREPARE TO LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT AT THE BEACH
I used ‘idiot’ for lack of a better word haha, but when you’re at the beach or by the pool and you want to get a tan, you will have to clip your fringe on top of your head. This used to look good on me when I had a long fringe, but at this short length, it looks pathetic LOL.

IF YOU HAVE WAVY HAIR, YOU’RE SCREWED
Yep, rain, beach or pool days will be your enemy if you have wavy hair, so you better get those beach selfies before going in for a dip! 

THE WIND IS YOUR ENEMY 
I will soon be sharing a post of all my picture fails while I was away in Kefalonia. The wind there was no joke in the evenings! If I didn’t have a fringe, most of the pictures would’ve come out pretty amazing, but with a fringe I just looked like Johnny Bravo or like a character in Dragon Ball. Not pretty!


Although these things all seem like cons, there are so many pros to having a fringe! You look younger which is reason enough to get one. You don’t need to worry about getting your eyebrows done, because no one can see them anyway. You can kind of hide behind the fringe when you get shy in certain situations, and it makes you look like a Victoria Secret model! Honestly, it gives you that model feeling :P

When was the last time you had a hair change?
Lots of love, SFS.

GUCCI SLINGBACK LOAFERS


Remember I mentioned that I had bought a new pair of designer shoes? Well, here they are! The Gucci slingback loafers. I was lusting after these for over a year ever since Lizzy mentioned them on her Youtube channel - as you can probably tell I’m having a bit of a girl crush on her at the moment. But as she mentioned back then, they were impossible to get a hold of. However, a couple of weeks ago I was browsing My Theresa when these just showed up! I couldn’t believe me eyes. Needless to say I bought them on the spot. Usually I’ll try to talk myself out of buying expensive shoes, but I knew how hard these were to find, so there was no time for hesitation.


I picked these up in my usual designer shoe size which is a EU35, and they fit true to size. Initially I was pondering sending them back and getting the 35.5 instead as my heel kind of stuck out a bit, but I decided against it, thank goodness! The leather is super soft and does give in slightly, so my feet fits in them a lot better now and my heel doesn’t hang out anymore - not that it was ever that bad to begin with. They’re beyond comfortable! Like, I know I say this about most of my designer shoes, but these are next level comfort. They’re just so easy to walk in, the leather is extremely soft, they gave me no blisters what so ever, and if you can’t already tell, I’m in love with them! 


I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I’ve never been a flat shoes kinda girl, so even though I had my eyes on the Gucci loafers for ages (all the styles really), I never really knew how they would fit with my style and if I would get a lot of use out of them. But having had these for three weeks now, I can safely say that I am getting my monies worth. They go with every single outfit and because of the specific slingback style, they really add something special to a look too. I know that they are absolutely hideous (in the best possible way) and look like something my grandma would wear, but I just love them. I know that they won't be to everybody’s taste, but that’s what makes them so unique. They’re a very masculine shoe, but the fact that they’re quite narrow adds that touch of femininity. 


If you too have been on the fence about whether or not you should get them, I say go for it! Although Gucci has been all over social media in the past two years, these are still not done. Loafers are just a timeless shoe, so even when the Gucci hype dies down, you’ll still be able to wear them without the ‘fear’ of looking outdated - not that anyone would feel outdated wearing something so expensive.

One thing Lizzy always recommends in her videos and I completely agree with, is to get a rubber sole put on them. I made the mistake of wearing them out without getting the rubber soles done and the leather sole wore down quite significantly, not to mention they are incredibly slippery. I paid £20 to get mine done at Timpson, which wasn’t cheap, but it’s worth it to protect the longevity of your shoes. When you’re already spending so much on a pair of shoes, it’s good to know that you will have them for as long as possible. 


Hopefully I’ll get my boyfriend to take some snaps of me wearing these very soon and I’ll share a post on how I style them. 

Hope you’re all having a fab week so far. 
Much love, SFS.

FULL OF NOTHING


I’m currently sat on a plane on my way to sunny Greece, sipping on a fruity Rekorderlig cider. I love this brand of cider, it’s quite possibly my favourite. Me and Ricardo have five days off together so we booked a cheeky getaway. I made a few fashion purchases before coming out here, so I hope to take loads of pictures to share with you on the blog soon. I don’t really have a plan for this post, I just felt like writing something. I have been so busy and so tired lately, work is just taking over my life. I mean, at least I have a job right? There’s always a positive haha. I was planning on reading while I’m away, but silly sausage me forgot to bring the bloody book. Well done Sandra, well done. So I guess I’ll just have to settle for listening to music and sleeping on the beach... what an awful backup plan! :-P


Since I’m writing this random ass post, I might as well share my thoughts with you on the Pretty Little Liars finale because, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? I have no words. For quite some time now I haven’t really enjoyed PLL, it just got to a point where it was very repetitive and the storyline was always pretty much the same. All these years of dedication to the show and what do they give us? A TWIN! An EFFING TWIN!! What the hell were they thinking giving Spencer a twin? To be honest though, I could’ve handled the twin a lot better if it weren’t for the fact that they gave her an accent!! That flipping accent, haha! I couldn’t tell if it was meant to be British or Australian at times. I was expecting A.D to be someone shocking, like one of the mums or one of the boyfriends, hell, even one of the liars themselves! I wanted it to be someone as shocking as when we found found out Mona was ‘A’. It was just such a let down. I already half expected it to be rubbish because of the whole Cece Drake ‘A’ bullshit reveal, but I somehow thought they would find a way to shock us in the finale.. well, I was wrong. So many unanswered questions too. Big, big let down. What are your thoughts on it?


Here a few pictures Ricardo took of me the other day. I was wearing Topshop jeans, a Pull & Bear grey tank top, a Tommy Hilfiger bomber jacket which is just my favourite piece of clothing right now! Gianvito Rossi Calabria courts and Celine sunnies. Very casual but dressed up thanks to the heels. Anyway, I’ll go now because this post was full of nothingness really haha. Hope you all had a great weekend. 

Lots of love, SFS.

MY DESIGNER SHOE COLLECTION 2017

Like a true UK resident, I have to mention the weather. Bloody hell, it’s been HOT!! I can barely cope. I went to Camber Sands Beach on Saturday and got such a bad sunburn. Sleeping for the past two nights has been a nightmare! Haha. Are any of you in the same situation? .. Ok, right, weather chat done. Today I wanted to share with you my designer shoe collection. It’s not a massive one, but it’s one I’m very happy with. Some of these shoes I got on sale, some were gifts and only a few I bought full price. 


Let’s kick things off with my first ever designer shoe purchase, the Gianvito Rossi Calabria Courts. I initially bought the white and nude pair in a size 35, but believe it or not, it was a little too big. The problem I have with my feet is that they’re small and thin, not a great combination. But I was determined to make these shoes work, so I wore them out with insoles. Spoiler, the insoles didn’t help, and after walking just a couple of steps on concrete floor the shoes started to come off my foot. Obviously they didn't fit, so I sold them on Vestiaire Collective. I lost SO much money on them and only wore them for a couple of minutes. Not a great start in the designer shoe world.


This is where the black pair come in. I really wanted the white and nude pair, so I bought the black pair in half a size down just to see how they would fit. They fit like a glove and I just couldn’t send them back. I ended up keeping the black pair and I also ended up making a bespoke order for the nude and white ones. The heel on them is very high, but I have to say that they are super comfortable considering they’re a pump with no straps. I recently attended a wedding wearing these and I managed to wear them for a full 10 hours, and that’s with 3h of dancing included. There’s also no denying that these shoes are super sexy, especially the black pair! But the nude and white combo turns heads every time I wear them. The black pair is soft leather and the nude and white is patent leather. I was quite scared that the black pair would get easily scuffed, but I’ve worn them out so many times and the leather is still intact. 


You know how I just said the Gianvito Rossi shoes were comfortable? The Valentino Rockstud Pumps are even more! I believe it’s down to the fact that it has a a strap and support around the foot. I got these in a 35 and they are true to size. However, I did also try them in a 35.5 and they were also ok. I think because it has the strap, you can get away with going half a size up. These are just a killer pair of heels, they literally change an entire outfit. I sometimes wear a pair of jeans, a basic t-shirt, whack on these heels and bam! I immediately look put together. As far as the leather goes, I had seen a few reviews of people complaining about the leather getting scuffed, I haven’t had that yet, maybe because mine are patent. However I am having to send them off for repair as the bottom part of the heel has come off on one of the shoes. Let’s pray it gets fixed!


My beloved Chanel Slingbacks. I can’t tell you how much I adore these. Just looking at them makes me happy. They have such a classic vibe to them and they look incredible with almost any outfit. At first I was gutted that they didn’t have them in soft leather when I bought them, but after seeing so many of the leather slingbacks look marked and worn in, I am so thankful I went for the suede. Before wearing them out I sprayed them with a suede protector and up until today, they still look as good as new. These are a size 35 and they are true to size. I guess with slingbacks it always depends on your personal preference, you can go up a size so your heel doesn’t ‘hang’ out the edge of the shoe, or you can go true to size. In my case, my foot doesn’t hang out at all, but like I said, my feet are quite slim, so they always slide to the front of the shoe anyway. Also like I mentioned in my Chanel Slingback post, the strap at the back can seem like it’s sliding off the foot, but it isn’t. It just sits lower than most slingback shoes.


The Chloe Foster Sandals were... a mistake! Haha. They’re just not very me. A couple of months ago I saw these on sale reduced from £600 to £350 and I just had to buy them. I thought that with summer around the corner I would get a lot of use out of them, but the truth is that I almost forget I own them. I got swept up into the whole sale malarky and impulse purchased. They are a size 35 and I’d say they’re true to size but if I were to buy them again, I’d buy them in a 35.5 or a 36, mainly because the front of the sandal is quite rigid, and they hurt my toes a bit after wearing them for a while. I’ve only worn these twice, so I can’t say if they soften up after a while. 


Let’s move on to my Gucci Espadrilles. For espadrilles, I guess they’re not as comfy as they could be. It has the rope-like material on the inner sole which rubs my feet a little after wearing them for a long period of time. They also stink! Haha, I know this is TMI, but they really do! Every time I wear them I have to leave them airing out for quite some time. The top bit is made of canvas which is perfect because you can wipe them clean whenever they get a little dirty. I also really like the design, I find it gives the shoe a cooler vibe than just a plain pair. I got these in a 35 and they fit perfectly fine.


I think that I’m quite the expert in picking out comfy shoes. Not one of these high end shoes are uncomfortable to walk in, but these Tory Burch sandals are just something else when it comes to comfort! They are the perfect sandal to wear when your foot has got blisters. The strap goes around your ankle which means that the back of your heel is free and isn’t touching anything. Life SAVERS!! The leather on these sandals is also incredibly soft and it has a rubber sole so you won’t be sliding around the streets. I would honestly buy these again in a heartbeat.



These next two shoes I’ll talk about at the same time because they’re both similar in the fact that they’re comfy, add something special to any outfit and I’ve also dedicated a blog post to each, so you can read more about the Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Flats here, and the Aquazzura Christy Flats here. The Beya flats are just such a different style of shoe for me. Up until recently I was never one for flat shoes, and I definitely wasn’t one for metallics. However, these are so comfy, they completely transform a plain outfit into something more interesting and because of them being a metallic silver, they really add something special to my collection. The Christy Flats are equally comfy, they’re not as practical due to them having the laces, but the laces add something very sexy to the ankle.

So there it is, my shoe collection. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I did order another pair of shoes and I'll be writing about them in a post very soon, so keep your eyes peeled. Hope you all have a fab ween and stay safe in the sun! Don't get sunburnt like Sandra over here.

Lots of love, SFS.


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