Sunday, 1 May 2016

LIFESTYLE | A book for hopeless romantics

I wish I was one of those people that could read a different book each week, but unfortunately I have the attention span of a fish and dedicating myself to a book is about as difficult as figuring out what filter I want to use for an Instagram picture! A few weeks ago I watched Orion Carloto's 'Books I've been reading' video, one book she mentioned was Memories by Lang Leav. The way Orion described Memories just sounded like everything I need in a book. Memories features a collection of poems from Lang's two previous books Love & Misadventures and Lullabies (and includes 35 unpublished ones). I was rather skeptical to get this book as it's not a regular one with a story and I've never taken an interest in poetry, but I took the plunge and have never looked back!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Wishlist | 2015

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Figuring out what I want is a real struggle, but this month seems to have been super easy! I feel I've accumulated a collection of things I've been wanting in 2015. 

1 - My love for stripes will never fade, I came across this striped top on Monki for an amazing price of £8 and thought it'd be a perfect piece to add to my wardrobe.

2 - I've seen this mug in Next a few times now and I feel I really need it, it make look a bit bland online but it's really beautiful in real life.

3 - Over summer I managed to all but one ring! So I'm in need of replacing them. I came across a lot of lovely rings on the Accesorize site, and found this one. I think it's so pretty and very inexpensive at the price of £12

4 - Over this year I've come across so many pairs of platform shoes and every single time I want to purchase them they never have my size! Fast forward to December and I have found a pair that are in my size, probably the nicest looking pair I've seen and have gone down to £27 from £45. I will be absolutely gutted if I can't purchase these bad boys before they go out of stock!

5 - I was hesitant to put this in as it's so "hipster" but who gives a damn?! Record players are awesome, I would've loved to grow up with one and to have built a collection or vinyl's over the years, but better late than never.

6 - Finally, I've really been liking the high waisted jeans and polo neck look that's been going around. I found these jeans on Monki, I really like the rips in the knees, gives it a lovely look!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015


Top -  Topshop | Skirt - Tesco | Hat - Primark | Shoes - Topshop | Nails - Collection

Hello there, it's been around seven months since my last outfit post so writing this feels so new to me! Although I've been spending most of my time in my room, I've still been loving the hot weather we've been having recently. On a trip to Morrissons me and Vanese thought we'd take advantage of the sun and have a lil impromptu outfit shoot!

Stripes are slowly starting to take over my wardrobe and I'm pretty much loving it. They're so great for hot days when you want to spice up an outfit without putting in too much effort. I saw this top in Topshop a couple of weeks back but couldn't afford it, luckily it's been put in the sale and only for £8! If I owned one, I probably would've styled this with a long mustard skirt, but instead I have my lemon nails from collection cosmetics. These shoes have never been featured on this blog but I got them back in October and have worn them to death (Like literally, the sole is non-exsistent!). Lastly, I've been enjoying wearing this hat that I purchased from Primark about a year ago. Its so easy to throw on when I'm having a bad hair day (which is most days!) or when in a rush. I'm all about these summer sales, I like the Topshop and ASOS sales and all the offers on 

Friday, 8 May 2015


May wants
Where has the time gone? How are we already in May?! Today I bring you my May Wishlist!

1 - Skater Dress | I keep seeing these co-ord like dresses and can't help but feel so jealous of everyone who can rock them! (I'm on a mission to find a similar one in petite!) I love that you could wear it for a special occasion or even casually in the summer with some pumps! 

2 - Court Shoes | Since working in Next I've seen so many women rocking little heels and I'm not a big fan of smaller heels but I'm growing more fond of them recently.. I think these ones are absolutely beautiful and would look absolutely amazing with the dress above

3 - Bomber Jacket | I'm not sure when bomber jackets will fall off trend, but it's still in and I'm loving this one from Monki. So lightweight and easy to style, they're going to be so big this summer!

4 - Gold PU Skirt | This skirt from Topshop is so beautiful, I remember seeing it in store and really wanting it but the price was too high and now I've found out it went down to £5 but is now sold out! I love the colour so much, I'd probably style it with something black. Fierce! 

Thursday, 2 April 2015


Hello there, long time no see! Today I bring you my March favourites and a new blog domain. I've wanted to buy a domain for so long but always thought "it's not the right time" but I recently asked myself the question, when is the right time? Never, so just do it! On to my favourites..

100 Days Happier by Domonique Bertolucci - £7.99

I've always liked books on happiness but have never actually purchased one. I don't like the ones that try and tell you how to be happy as they're usually very long and I don't have the patience, but I came across 100 Days Happier in Waterstones and after one glance inside, I decided I'd have to buy it! Each page features a different inspirational message, my favourite one so far is the one shown above. Waking up and reading a new page instantly puts me in a good mood for my day!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Happy Birthday POBA & My goal for Lent!

Happy birthday PerksofBeingAlly, you are three today!

I probably shouldn't be dedicating a post to my blogs birthday as I've gone on about 138484 hiatus' since it turned two! But it's my blog and I can post whenever and however I want! Although I've not blogged as much as I hoped I would in the last year, when I have, I have absolutely loved it. It's my little place on the internet where I can write about things I like, share what I'm wearing or just talk about how I'm feeling. It's going to be great being 60 and reading everything back! My life would be completely different right now had I not started this blog three years ago, so cheers to three years!

As much as I don't want to admit it, I'm quite the pessimist. I constantly think about what's going wrong, how it's going to get worse and how I'm never going to feel happier. I will be turning twenty in four weeks and I don't want to stay how I am. I know how I want to be and what things I want to do, but I pick out the cons and force myself into thinking I can't do anything I desire to. I don't want to be that person that looks at everyone else and feels jealous, thinking "I wish I could do that" I'm too young and also too old for excuses. I might not live to the next February 26th and I don't intend on leaving feeling incomplete!

Recently I've been feeling happier (I don't care about jinxing that, I'm not going to feel happy forever so I'm appreciating it while I can!) I've been busy and changing things in order to keep myself happy without caring what others will think. I'm not religious but I do love taking part in Lent, so this year my goal for Lent is to continue thinking and being positive. I will start doing things that genuinely make me happy and see how I can change my attitude towards any negativity.

What are your goals for lent?

Sunday, 25 January 2015

MUSIC | Playlist Nº.01

Hey! I've attempted to do music related posts on my blog quite a few times but always seem to fail the simple task of continuously posting them on a monthly basis, so here I am, trying again for 2015.

I recently discovered a website called 8tracks, a site full of playlists that consist of at least 8 tracks. I honestly didn't think there were a better music streaming site than Spotify, until now! For the past week I've been losing myself in different playlists, discovering new artists and absolutely loving it. (My favourite is the chill section) Listening to all these new songs inspired me to make a playlist for January, compiled of all the songs I've been playing non-stop and my flatmates probably can't stand! So have a listen, tell me what you think and if you've got an account, follow me - allyretro!

(You can press play without a new window opening or you having to have an account to listen, 8tracks is too cool for that)