Friday, 21 November 2014


I never told you guys the story about when I got blown over by the wind. About 12 years ago there was a seriously strong wind whipping through the streets of Newcastle - it caused travel disruption, power cuts and a lot of trees suffered its full fury. I was walking from college to the bus stop when an almighty gust of wind whipped me off my feet and threw me unceremoniously to the floor and into a large skip bin.

Cuts all over my face, rips in my jeans and smelly garbage water all over me. I was a bloodied and bruised, and of course pretty darn embarrassed. So I hid behind a little water fountain until my dad came to pick me up, I did my best to walk to the car with dignity, but I'm not sure I really pulled it off.

Fluffy Jumper, AX Paris - Same Here.
Shift Dress, Primark.
Biker Jacket, Matalan - Similar Here.

I can laugh about it now, but I still get a little bit wary when the wind starts whipping up. A little thing like me can get swept up into the clouds never to be seen again. Luckily on a recent super windy day in The Toon, I was lucky enough to survive with my feet on the ground, although I did look a little windswept at times.

I think I have my winter laying sorted, with a cosy cropped jumper worn over one of my dresses with some thermal tights. I might have to let my dresses go soon, but I'm not ready to yet, besides I was informed by Etail PR that I won a dress of my choice from Hybrid (as well as some Wonderful Hair products) and I chose an amazing faux leather gun metal shift dress...I can't wait for it to arrive!!

How do you layer up for winter?

Don't forget there is still time to enter my competition to win a bundle of beauty goodies.

Gems x

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Monday, 17 November 2014


Those that know me, or follow me on Instagram, will know that I am obsessed with all things nails. The thing is I hardly ever create blog posts about my manicure efforts, eventhough there is barely a day that goes by without me painting my nails (and half my fingers in the process) or popping on some fabulous falsies.

Well, when I picked up this Barry M Silk Polish in Forest, I knew it was blog worthy, as it is bloody beautiful. It applies super smoothly, as you would expect from any Barry M polish and just two thin coats is enough to give a saturated coverage. It dries to a beautiful semi-matte finish, almost like a candy shell, it is just lovely and feels so nice on the nails.

Forest is ther prefect shade for the festive party season with it's deep green metallic shade and subtle glitter flecks that sparkle when they catch the light. I wore the polish like this for a few days, but then the polish started to chip on the ends after washing a mountain of dishes. But I wasn't ready to say goodbye to forest. So I covered the chips with  some silver from Maybelline Color Show and a top coat and the result was dazzling.

My success with Forest has resulted in me lusting over many gorgeous winter shade from Barry M, I am such a nail varnish addict...

1) Silk Effects in Meadow.
2) Chameleon Effect in Blue.

3) `The Royal Textured Glitter Collection in Gold Majesty
4) Nail Paint in Silvery Lilac.
5) Nail Paint in Racing Green.
6) Nail Paint in Raspberry.
7) Nail Paint in Gold Mine.

I hope you liked my first Manicure Monday, there will be plenty more to come as I bought myself a Ciate advent calender from TK Maxx for the bargain prince of £19.99 - it feels like December will never get here. It appears to have sold out online, but if you are lucky you might be able to nab one in store.

Any wintery nail shades you would reccommend?

Gems x

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014


There is so many super gorgeous florals in the shops right now for the Autumn/Winter season., but as a former tomboy, I really struggle with them. Sometimes when I think about myself and how I look, I still see the sixteen year old, round glasses wearing, bad-skinned uber nerd, who had the curves of a ruler. That Gemma wore nothing but tracksuits (the baggier the better) and was painfully shy - she would neer have worn a pretty floral dress, just in case someone noticed her.

Floral Dress, Ribbon @ Bank - Similar Here.
Biker Jacket, Matalan
Necklace, Oasap - Similar Here.
Stiudded Bag, Birthday Gift

Even now, if I try anything too feminine on, I feel incredibly uncomfortable - like how I imagine a dog feels when it is forced to wear a dress. You have to wrestle that dog into the dress and then it spends the rest of the day looking miserable!

I wear a lot of dresses, but none of them are too girly - no frills, never any lace or crochet details, and anything with sequins is out. I tend to go for bold prints, denims and something with a bit of edge. That doesn't mean I can't do florals, I just make sure I accessorise with leather and studs to keep my tomboy vibe. I tend to avoid feminine colours and dainty prints too - My goal is never to be called 'A Lady', it would feel like an insult.

I loved this Ribbon dress from Bank on first sight. The fit accentuates what little curves I have, and the neon print, whilst being floral, is not in the slightest bit girly.

What are you're tips for wearing Autumn Florals?

Don't forget to enter my UK Giveaway for beauty goodies.

Gems x
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Wednesday, 5 November 2014


Yes, it has arrived, the competition I have been promising you guys, for all your continued support. It still surprises me that people still stop by and say nice things to me. It has really helped boost my confidence over the years, and as a result helped me cope with my issues with mental health. That feeling of isolation totally disappears when you realise how many others are going through similar things. It has been a real privilage to me to reach out to some of these people and the gratitude I feel can never be repaid.

So to rejoice at how much I love blogging and that I want to give back a little, I picked up some beauty goodies to giveaway that will keep your hands and lips looking beautiful through the winter months.

Up for grabs for one lucky winner is the Glitter Face Ache nails from House of Holland for Elegant Touch, Ted Baker Nail and Lip Duo in Peach Perfect, and Nivea Luscious Lips Tin. If you have any questions about the giveaway, please ask.

I'm sorry but the competition is only open to people from the UK due to postage costs, but I will have a competition for international enteries coming soon I promise.  Please no spam enteries or follows and immediate unfollows, as I check each entry and invalid ones will be disqualified. The winner will be contacted following the Rafflecopter draw and must claim thier prize within 72 hours or another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck Everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Gems x
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Monday, 3 November 2014


When I saw on Twitter that one of my favourite cosmetics brands W7, were looking for some bloggers to try out some of their eye make-up must haves, I jumped at the chance. Eye makeup is something I don't wear a lot of, because I'm never sure what to use and I have hands so shaky, eye liner and shadow usually ends up all over my face.

A few days later there was a padded envelope waiting for me when I got home with three full sized products inside, which I have been playing with every since ( I won't lie, there has been some eye-liner accidents, thanks to my own clumsiness)...

1) W7 Lashtastic*
2) W7 Perfect Eyes in Lovely Lilac*
3) W7 Eyeliner Pot*

Let's start with the Lashtastic Mascara, which aims to create a false lash effect with its short plastic brush. The formula is ultra black, which does help the lashes appear more defined and it certainly thickened up the individual strands, which was much welcomed on my spider leg lashes. I have to say I am a real fan and I have been using it everyday. I will definitely be buying more once this one runs out, as at £4.95 it is a real bargain.

On to the Eyeliner Pot in black, which has a felt nib applicator. Now I have to admit, I find liquid eyeline a real struggle because I have such shalky hands. So I have been practicing with this beauty for the past few weeks, and I have found that you can create both thick and thin line depending on the angle you hold the applicator...genius. The liner lasts all day long and goes on smooth, so I am sure I will be perfecting my cat's eye line very soon.

Finally, it's the Perfect Eyeshadow in Lovely Lilac. The shade is not currently available on the W7 website, but there is so many other lovely ones available, I am dying over the Silver Bullet shade. The shadow has a thick powder formula, but is creamy enough to last for many hours without creasing and if perfect for eye make-up novices like me, as it can be applied with the finger with ease. I love the metallic hue and touch of shine, perfect for the Autumn/Winter months.

I now have a W7 wish list as long as my arm, which starts with their Countdown to Christmas Calender - it beats chocolate by a mile.

Have you tried any W7 products?

Gems x
*Products provided free of charge to me by W7 for purposes for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, 31 October 2014


Chiffon Tee and Wedge Trainers - Primark.
Skinny Jeans - Levi's.

I think I have finally beaten that cold virus that turned me into a snotty, grumpy, moany mess. Now I get to be grumpy because I have loads of work to catch up on - I know the common view of a Freelancer is someone who doesn't get out of bed until lunch and sits around in their pajamas all day (for me it is usually food stained sweats). But we actually work pretty hard, and we get no sick pay or paid holidays, so being ill can be hard on the pocket.

So whilst I have been franticaly been catching up with work to make some money to keep the cobwebs in my pocket company, I haven't been too concerned about my appearence (which, is good because crypt keeper comes to mind everytime I look in the mirror - Happy Halloween). Every day recently has been casual Friday, with jeans and tee being my go to look. I just don't have the time to wrestle with tights and impossible dress zippers - the fear of pinching my skin is extra stress I don't need :)

How do you guys dress for Casual Friday?

Gems x
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Monday, 27 October 2014


For a eighties/nighties child like me, Raccoons are a big thumbs up, thanks to cult cartoon 'The Raccoons'. So when I met streetwear label,  Raccoon Brand a few months ago, I was instantly drawn to all the cheeky designs featuring rascal raccoons getting into all sorts of mischief.

I have so many Raccoon Brand graphic tees and sweats on my winter wishlist, and I am very excited that they have some snap backs coming soon - perfect for hiding those bad hair days. As all pieces are unisex, anyone can get a taste of the raccoon attitude, check out Gemma's fave way to get all mischevious...

1) Premium Rum.
2) The Night Is Yours tank in teal.
3) Pool Hopping.
5) The Logo Sweatshirt.

How great is the Logo Sweatshirt for winter - with a pair of skinny jeans and sme biker boots, yes please!! Well if you fancy creating this look, I have a little surprise for you. Racoon Brand have given me an exclusive discount code to share with my readers that gets you a whopping 50% off all purchases. Simply add the code FashionWellDone at the check out...happy days!

What Raccoon Brand pieces are you lusting after right now?

Gems x
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