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Destroying My Bank Balance in Lush, Oxford Street

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As a student, I had a part-time job at Lush in York. Unlike other people, this means I bloody loved going to work. I got to spend my days covered in glitter, mixing product concoctions and often wearing fancy dress. The thing about being a Lush employee is that you want to live the brand because the brand itself is just so much fun, and it's why, almost five years after graduating and leaving Lush, I'm still a very loyal customer (if a little bitter that I no longer get the amazing 50% discount).

How to Wear Mom Jeans

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I am a skinny jeans girl. They're safe, simple and I am rarely seen in anything else on a day-to-day basis, but I do love mom jeans. They have a fitted but baggy style to them and I like how they are super casual but look great when dressed up. I've been wary to try them due to being overly blessed in the child-bearing hips department, but these are a bit high-waisted so I still actually get some shape.

Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty at The V&A

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I read a lot of reviews about Savage Beauty, the retrospective of Alexander McQueen, before it even arrived in London. People wrote about feeling emotional, but I just thought it was arty types being a bit dramatic. I love fashion, and I'm even lucky enough to own some McQueen items, but at the end of the day it's just clothes, right?

I was proved spectacularly wrong.

Dinner at Grain Store, King's Cross

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I don't really need much of an excuse to try a new restaurant, but having a friend visit from overseas is a pretty good reason to try something different. Grain Store sits in a little area at the back of St Pancras station next to Central St Martins and is neighbour to two other places I love to eat: Caravan and Dishoom. I won't go off on a tangent here, but making a little excursion to try both of these is more than worth the planning.

Being a Collector

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Since I can remember I've always collected something. At a small age it was badges and pressed pennies, then from the age of about 10 it was anything with Eeyore on it. Bags, clocks, notebooks; I had a rug in my bedroom, pyjamas, bubble bath - I was The Disney Store's biggest customer by miles. As I entered my teens, my fascination turned to music and a dedication to owning every release in every format possible for my band of choice. First of all it was Blink 182, then it was The Cooper Temple Clause and overlapping the both of those was Nine Inch Nails. The latter is the one that I've continued collecting and have been doing so now for over ten years.

How to Wear Khaki Trousers

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I really, truly ummed and aahed about my sudden wish for khaki trousers. This is the problem with working for a fashion retailer; I end up in meetings about trends and it ends up with me putting together a mental shopping list and convincing myself that my wardrobe is bereft without a particular item. On a recent trip back to Milton Keynes I asked my mum if we could go to Matalan as I never manage to get to one in London (although they're opening one on Oxford Street soon so that's exciting!), and lo and behold, the mighty khaki trousers appeared.

Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales

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There's a lot of 'immersive' theatre going on across London. Punters are no longer satisfied with sitting down throughout a performance, instead they want to be at the heart of the action, interacting with the actors, feeling as though they are really in the setting of the play. I've been to Secret Cinema a couple of times and experienced this on a massive scale, but nothing on a more modest scale. The thought of being a part of Grimm Tales was both overwhelmingly exciting and equally terrifying.

Degusta Box: March

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I'm pretty sure that this month's Degusta Box* is the best I've had yet. Everything in there was SO delicious and I've definitely found a few products that will be a regular feature in my kitchen cupboards.

Upcycling With Currys

I was pretty apprehensive about heading to an upcycling event. I always have grand ideas of crafting and DIY but they generally go no further than my bazillion Pinterest boards, my shelf full of scrapbooks or an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition marathon. But hey, being challenged with something new brings out my stubborn side and so I headed out in a horrific rain storm to trek all the way to The Old School Club in Battersea to upcycle washing machine drums with Currys*.

Right as Rain(coats)

Oh the confusion! I desperately want it to be warm outside again, but I've been secretly hoping for rain so I can road test my super shiny new coats from Joules*. I didn't invest in any new coats last year and instead relied on some old and trusted favourites. However, on a trip to Cornwall in the Summer, I quickly found out that my Uniqlo mac wasn't actually as waterproof as I had once believed and all I've had to protect myself from the elements is a pretty crappy Primark umbrella. But now when it's me vs the elements, I'm prepped to tackle any storm with floral linings and NEON pink.
As of 20th November 2014, any products marked with an asterisk (*) have been provided as a sample for unbiased review