April 2017 | Just Sarah xoxo

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

My love affair with Mad Men

I haven't been doing much lately, apart from Netflix-and-chillin with Mad Men. It has recently been added to Netflix so I took the opportunity to start watching it. I know it came out in 2007-2008, and when it came out I was probably too busy with my school work so by the time I was going to start watching it it was already on its 4th season, and lets be honest what kind of monster starts watching a series from the 4th season?!
The perfect excuse to binge watch had arisen and I took full advantage. Since the day I started approx. 2 weeks ago, I haven’t been the same since. See, I made this pact with my mum (as she started watching from the second episode and took a fancy to the series also) that I wouldn’t watch it without her. Our work patterns kind of conflict some days so when I have my day off it’s so hard for me to resist watching the next episode. I think I have withdrawal symptoms. I just want to know what is going on in these people’s lives, I think I know more about them than my real-life friends. The pain is causes me to think if Don is once again doing the dirty on Megan.. the wife that is just so perfect for him.
This show has spurned emotions in me. I get sad when Sally gets treated bad by ummm…literally everyone!! Give the poor girl a break, I mean if she isn’t getting an earful from Betty Draper (bring back season 3 Betty!! What the f happened to her) it’s her grandmother in law or her dad. I just get the urge to call her up and say “its gonna be okay Sally” and give her a hug that she needs.
Im on season 6 now and to be honest, I don’t know how much more I can take. Season 3-4 to the beginning of season 5 was the best for me and now its taking a huge downhill. I loved Betty and Don together because she was the beautiful girl next door and THOSE outfits, THAT hair…god somebody give me that wardrobe. The envy I have for her style is immense, I want to look like her. But in reality, I didn’t love them to together as they didn’t work in real life, only on paper. I couldn’t take all of Don’s cheating, I mean I felt like he was doing it to me. But now he has really done it, cheating on Betty is one thing; she cheated on him even though 2 wrongs don’t make a right. Cheating on innocent, fun loving Megan is just about as much as my weak heart can take. I finally thought Don had met his soulmate and Megan had changed the old Don, how could he be so wonderful through the whole of Season 5 and then in Season 6 Linda Cardellini waltz’ in and corrupts him again. And it’s hard for me because I loved Linda Cardellini in freaks and geeks, why do this to ya girllll!?
Aside from all the goings on with Don, the whole office dynamic is interesting. My time is greatly invested in the lives of Roger, Peggy, Pete and Joanie. What an interesting bunch. What an interesting yet slightly revolting time was the 60’s. I couldn’t deal with the dirty old men trying to cop a feel every 5 minutes but it’s fascinating to watch to see how far we have come as a society. I’m a lover of the 50’s and 60’s from the music, style, art and interior so I’m just away in a dreamland most of the show.
 Oh, and of course it centres around advertising. A subject I am intrigued by and as it is in the 60’s I like seeing how certain aspects limit them and the obstacles they had to overcome. Peggy Olson is the ultimate girl boss in the show and is something of an inspiration.
I haven’t really stopped shouting and gasping at the TV since I started the show and I’m glad I waited until now to finally watch the show because I understand it a whole lot more than I would of it I watched it way back when.
 
I had to write a piece on the show because I’m in love with it. It’s that simple.
P.s. what am I going to do when the show is over?!?!?!?!?!!


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Monday, 24 April 2017

#FASHION | On wednesdays we wear pink


I just had to insert that Mean Girls quote in somewhere, and seeing as this whole outfit is pink its very fitting. From my last two fashion posts I have repeated the same feeling of love towards floaty and frilly tops and of course that beautiful bow detailing, so I'm not going to bore you anymore with how much I love that trend (even though I think I just did o.O)  


The trousers are actually tailored ankle grazer, so I'm taking it back to Victorian times, when it was only acceptable to show a little ankle! I actually really like ankle grazers for work and equally for play. Seeing as I love this trend with the tops at the moment, I often wondered what  I will be so into next...I do still love the oversized trend so maybe you'll see a whole lot of oversized tops soon?

Oh, exciting news, I actually got these trousers while I was thrifting AND they was brand new, so originally they are from Dorothy Perkins and had an £18 price tag on them buuuut I go them for £5 :) makes me soul smile!! The top is from Primark and is a size 10, I find Primark clothes sizing to be so inconsistent and where you might fit into a 10 in one top you wont in another. I would say its actually a big snug for a 10 as it doesn't really have any give in the material, so that's worth thinking about if you're going to purchase it.


TOP - here (similar)

Trousers - here (very similar)


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Thursday, 20 April 2017

#OOTD | Bow detailing, flared sleeves



I'm still feeling the spring vibes with all the floaty, flared sleeves. Still more flared outfits to come >.< this trend also makes me feel super girly :) I kept with the blue tones and paired the Bershka top with some trousers I got in Peacocks; they have a beautiful belt detail which can be tied in to a bow  *heart eyes*
For some reason I feel like this top also makes me feel a little bit like Joan Holloway from Mad Men, or maybe I'm jus wishing that haha, I have been watching the series on Netflix and maybe I'm just imagining in every outfit it has a bit of the Mad Men influence! I'm utterly obsessed with the fashion and the story of the show <3

Top - Bershka
Trousers - Peacocks
Vans - Schuh

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

#OOTD | Victorian ruffles








Ruffles, frills, flared sleeves, give me anything in that department and I will wear it.  Not only is it something you can dress up or down, it also has that throwback vintage vibe about it. Whether it be 50's, 60's or even 1800's haha! I got this shirt from H&M and every time I go in there I want to buy all the shirts that look similar ^_^
Culottes are also on that wavelength of either dressing them up for work wear or a social gathering or dress them down and wear them casually on a warm spring day. My Vans are just for added comfort, also because I don't own that many shoes as my feet are just so awkwarddddd. ughhh.


Shirt - H&M (similar)
Culottes - New Look
Vans- Schuh

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

#SKINCARE | REN clarimatte range review for oily/combi skin

 Hi guys! I got around to writing this post after I promised it a while back, but I had to be sure of what results I got before I recommended or said no to buying. I'm actually using my new laptop for the first time and the keyboard on this makes it so much easier :) happy Sarah haha.
More news before I get on to this post, who has seen the blogger's essentials box from Dot Creates?!
I am the biggest stationary lover and everything in the box looks amazing.

 Back to the REN post!
I haven't previously used any REN products, so for me this was such a gamble. Tbh I hadn't really heard too much about REN but the 2 things I did like when I read more about them is 1. They are vegan friendly (aside from about 6 products) and 2. They do no test on animals. One of my things at the moment is buying makeup and skin care products that do not test on animals, so what a big plus that is.
I bought this clarimatte pack as my skin tends to be oily/combo and it retails
at £15.

Detox Mask
The mask was the first thing I used and I had an amazing picture in my head of the mask being like the charcoal mask and pulling out all the dirt. Soo it wasn't at all like that, I put it on my skin and left it to dry out for a bit , once I was ready to take it off I used a warm flannel. My skin was quite red underneath, I guess it was due to the rubbing of the flannel which caused blood cells to rush to the surface but I don't feel like my skin was deep cleaned like I would of expected this mask to do. I'm thinking of trying a different mask from another range maybe?
 T-Zone balancing gel

This gel was probably my favourite from the bunch, if anything I felt it helped to control the oil on my face. I had a theory that as it is more of a gel texture than a cream that's why it wasn't sitting on my skin like some creams can do. So if anything I would recommend this product if you suffer from oily skin.


T-Zone cleansing gel

I used the cleanser a couple of times before I realised that it was making me breakout a lot, in truth that's a good thing as it is making all the dirt and bad toxins rise to the surface but then I was stuck with bad skin for a while. My skin did feel fresh and clean after I used it but now I want to try some other ranges too to see what effect they have.

Any recommendations?

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*not a sponsored post*




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