Choice Discount

Mid-dissertation, I opened my front door to a lovely little parcel* from Choice Discount. Living in Scotland now, I do miss trips down to Choice with Polly and Mumbly, so it’s good to know that they’re launching online soon! Their online store is going to have exclusive sales, with bargains you can’t get in their stores.

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As well as womenswear (when I worked in the city, pretty much all of my workwear was from Choice), they also cater for men and children, and have homeware and make-up brands. They’re on instagram now too, and I’ve fallen a little bit in love with this bag from their menswear range. I do love a weekend bag.

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In with my parcel was the w7 In The Nude palette, which the beauty blogging community quickly spied as a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. It’s gorgeous. I’ve got a couple of nude palettes (like this one, and this one), because they’re the eye colours I wear the most often, but In The Nude has pretty much become the one I grab first. All of the colours blend together beautifully, and it’s really easy to just sweep a couple of them together for daytime, and build up with the darker ones for later. Day-to-night makeup ftw.
Choice Discount also sent me a new liquid eyeliner, which was very much needed, and having binge-watched Orange is the New Black on Netflix and watched a few Burlesque shows at the Fringe, I’m now chanelling Alex Vause’s eyeliner skills.

Okay, can I also point out how gorgeous the clutch bag they sent me is? Now I am free of dissertations, I’m very much looking forward to taking this out dancing with me very soon. Yay! It’s got lots of little compartments, which is always good, and it’s leopardy, and leopardy is my favourite.

Thanks Choice!

Disclaimer: Choice Discount sent me a lovely parcel of goodies to review. As ever, all writing and opinions are honest and my own. I shopped at Choice lots when I lived in Essex, they have stores all over the place.

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Le Cirque des Rêves

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Last year, my lovely book club read Erin Morgenstern’s fantastic debut novel, The Night Circus. The book is stunning, and completely drew me into the world of the circus which appears out of nowhere, and opens only at night.

The circus acts as the setting for the magicians duel which Celia and Marco are (unknowingly) fighting to the death. Circus-goers follow rumours all over the world to find out where the circus will appear next, wearing a flash of red to identify themselves to each other in an otherwise monochrome world, and calling themselves Rêveurs. It was as a Rêveur that I dressed up in my best black and white dress and red shoes on Friday night, and headed to Colchester’s Tea and Sympathy, where rumour had it that the circus would next be surfacing.

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The shop had been transformed for the bar night, and everyone had stuck to the black and white (and red if you’d read the book) dress code. Dotted around the shop were little black and white striped bags filled with popcorn, and each room of the shop had been changed into a circus-esque attraction. There was tarot reading, burlesque, belly dancing, magic tricks, and fire breathing; an amazing soundtrack from the DJ, who played the Monster Mash and the most amazing Nirvana/Rick Astley mash up I have ever heard (it may well be the only Nirvana/Rick Astley mash up I’ve ever heard, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome); and the best cocktails I’ve ever drunk out of a jam jar.

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The whole night was utterly fantastic, and we had a really great time – it was so nice to do something completely different, and T&S put on such an amazing event that it was impossible not to enjoy!

(As I was too busy drinking(!) to take photos, and then my phone died, all of the photos shared in this post are by the immensely talented Deborah Cosgrove (website, twitter & facebook) – thank you so much for letting me use them!)

Tea and Sympathy is a little shop on Crouch Street, run by Jo Coldwell and Melissa Porter, with vintage goodies, cakes, workshops and bar nights. You can follow them on twitter and facebook.