Missguided 50% off Madness

It’s every fashionistas dream to receive a magic code through your email inbox that entitles you to a massive 50% off online shopping….. Dreamy. (It’s funny how we don’t know we need new clothes until there’s a bargain?)  So what happens when these dreams are crushed by being booted off the website every two seconds due to the hugeeee amount of traffic? 

I’m one of (what I can only assume) THOUSANDS of girls that stormed Missguided for some 50% off bargains yesterday upon receiving their email with code NOJOKE. The only problem is, it soon started to become more than a joke. For starters, there was a queue just to get on the website, then when you were on, each click lead to you being booted off again. If that’s not annoying enough, the ‘add to basket’ function broke also, meaning that even if you did manage to stay on the site for more than 2 minutes, it was near impossible to get anything in your basket. 

I started at around 9.30am and with constant refreshes and persistence of steel, I managed to get 6 items in my basket (ALMOST everything I wanted) and admitted defeat to go to the checkout. Then I realised that checking out would be the worst part. Long story short, I got booted off another several thousand times and with ruthless persistence and copious amounts of refreshing the page, my order was complete. 

Upon searching Missguided on Twitter, it seemed I was pretty much one of the only ones to achieve this, give or take like 2 others (Not smug, promise). Missguided had put out a few tweets stating their website was down and they’d be back up and running in no time. 

So the question is, why did Missguided put this mega offer on, if they were never going to be able to cope with the demand? Their website was down pretty much within minutes of sending the email out. So, was this a clever PR stunt or simply an oversight from their tech team? Either way, it certainly got them some massive attention and I doubt their competitors made many sales yesterday when everyone knew the bargains waiting for them on Missguided. However, how many sales did they miss out on in those hours where no one could get on? How many people gave up and admitted defeat? 

I’d have loved to have seen the chaos in the offices that day. That being said, I recieved my next day delivery as promised which I was not expecting! And everything is perfect. Winnerrrrrr. As annoying as the issue was, I still love you Missguided. 

Anyway, here’s what I picked up… I wanted some casual day time clothes so I’m happy with these! 

   
    
    
 
Were you affected by the Missguided drama? Did you manage to fulfil your order? Let me know in the comments! 

Hels x

 

 

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Ann Summers: Willa Bra

   
  Ann Summers ‘Willa’, MAC Lipstick in ‘Chilli’ (scroll for more images) 


I’m a sucker for buying cute underwear. I have drawers and drawers full of every variety and colour. 
One of my favourite stores at the moment is Ann Summers. I always used to think it was full of OTT numbers that don’t suit my style at all, but I’ve realised in the last few months that they actually have some really sweet designs that are girly and pretty. One of these is the Willa that I picked up in Red this week (it also comes in black). I really wish they did a white or cream version of this because I think it would be gorgeous! 

Sometimes, thick winter jumpers and coats can leave you feeling a little frumpy so I love wearing delicate bra’s underneath my huge chunky knitted jumpers. Even though it’s only you that knows it’s there, I kinda like that. 

One of the things about the Willa bra is that it’s almost a fashion piece rather than a bra, similar to the Ayra bra I picked up from A.S not long ago. I wore the Ayra with a black top so the lace neck-tie was visible and got so many compliments (you can find the images on my Instagram @heliemac1). I feel you could style the Willa as part of an outfit also, it would be amazing on holiday with a good tan. 

   Lace detail. 
  Styled with a white wrap-around skirt.   
    Perfect teamed with a chunky knit and a matching red lip. 
Hels x
 

Oh Polly! Jumper Dress. 

I love this grey tie-side jumper dress I’ve received from the lovely people at Oh Polly. I’ve looked everywhere for jumper dresses that doesn’t look frumpy and isn’t too long to sit with my thigh high boots. So this is PERFECT and I love the tie up with the cute bow on the side. 

I styled mine with a messy bun and natural makeup for casual chic, and teamed it with my Steve Madden ‘Gorgeous Thigh Highs’ in Taupe. I think it would look cute with some heels and an over-sized clutch back for an evening look! 

You can get yours from www.ohpolly.com along with some gorgeous other items at GREAT prices. 
  
    
   
Hels X 

Lounge Underwear

I love a delivery! Especially when it’s a cute little box with some underwear inside. 

The sweet little grey set is made in the UK and is 100% cotton, making it so soft and comfortable. It’s available also in black or white but I opted for the grey! I have literally fallen in love. You can purchase yours with super fast delivery at www.loungeunderwear.com

   
    
    
 

Boot Delivery! Steve Madden. 

So about five weeks ago, I fell in love with the Steve Madden Gorgeous Thigh Highs. The only problem was – they were sold out everrrrrrywhere in the UK. You know that feeling when you set your heart on something? Yep, I had that. 

I made it my mission to find them, and realised they were still in stock in the US but not able to be delivered to the UK. Therefore, my boyfriends kind cousin who lives in Texas, ordered them for me and sent them over via post. 

I nearly bit the postman’s hand off each day, desperate for them to arrive and after heading to the sorting office to pay the customs tax, I finally received them! Of course I did what any fashionista does when she gets a new item – I took to Instagram to check out a few outfit ideas. 

   
    
    
    
   
Tomorrow I’m shopping so these images of my fav style icons will help me choose a few outfits to match with my very own pair of taupe thigh highs. Olivia, Miranda, Gigi and Rosie work them perfectly 👌🏼. 

Hels X 

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String: Christmas gift wrapping. 

I love this time of year, and I get such great pleasure from purchasing and wrapping up my Christmas gifts for loved ones. I’m always ordering extra little bits just to make the gifts that tiny bit more special. This year, I browsed Pinterest for ideas and blended a few together to create the perfect gift wrap for my presents. 

My 2015 gift wrap is brown paper with white ribbon and tied up with string. I’ve purchased little white and red tags that will have personalised gold stickers on! In addition, I’m tying little candy canes into the bows and finishing the gifts off with gold icicle sticks scattered around the paper. It might sound extravagant but it can be done so cheap when you hunt around. 

  
In my small town, there’s a shop which is full of cute little trinkets, shabby chic ornaments and furniture, and at this time of year – the sweetest Christmas items. I took my 6yr old niece after school yesterday and she said ‘this is the most beautiful shop I’ve ever seen!’. Here, I purchased the brown paper and string and the cute card tags. You’ll be able to find these basic items in tones of shops or online! 

Here’s a few pictures I’ve found of beautiful gift wrap that you could copy or take inspiration from! Most are simple and DIY and they’re all very festive and pretty! 

   
    
    
    
 
I’ve found the best place to get bits and bobs from is eBay! Many can be personalised and cost just a pound or two! Just be sure to order from your home country so they come in time! If you’re a bit stuck on how to get a neat wrap, head to YouTube for tutorials! 

When all of my things arrive and my gifts are wrapped, I’ll post pictures. Tag me in your Christmas wrapping pics on Instagram and Twitter @heliemac1 and help get me feeling really festive! 

Hels X 

2015 Victoria’s Secret Show

Oh. My. Gosh. It’s feirce, it’s feminine, it’s glamorous and it’s the most anticipated show of the year. Last night, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015 commended, with some jaw-dropping outfits and the worlds finest supermodels strutting their stuff down the runway. 

Last year my boyfriend managed to pick me up a 2014 show makeup bag (that’s all that was left of the show gear!) and I loveeeee it. This year I will definitely be heading down to the store to pick up some show goodies! 

VS is one of my favourite things in the world. I don’t think any other brand can ever quite compare. Here’s some of my FAVOURITE pics from the night. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 Which were your best bits? 

Hels x

November moodboard. 

I’m finally starting to get into the Autumn/winter time of year, even though I’m a complete summer girl. 

Here’s a few of my top picks for the month. 

   Mullberry and chunky knits, a match made in heaven. 
    It’s time to get the blankets out! I’m in love with chunky knitted blankets and throws. 
  ‘Basically nude’ bras to keep secretly feminine under all of the baggy clothes and coats.   Cute silky PJs, all year round. 
  Particularly Victoria’s Secret ones.   Major hair envy. 
 Barely-there makeup with a dewy glow and a dab of glowy highlighter. 

 
Illamasqua cream pigment for contouring.   
 Time to top up my MAC lipstick collection with a few warm autumn tones. The reds and purples are unreal. 

   
Guilt free winter warmer – Matcha Green Tea Lattes. 

 Mocha thigh high boots are everywhere at the moment. 

   The 2015 Victoria’s Secret show IS TONIGHT. I’ve decided I’m prepping my body for the 2016 selections. A girl can dream….? Every female models ultimate goal. 

What are you loving this season?

Hels x 

Goodbye, July. My July Top Picks. 

Perhaps this post is a couple of days late, but I thought I’d do a little post detailing some of the things I’ve loved this July. As I’ve celebrated my 21st birthday, I’ve had lots of nice treats to try out! Here’s my top picks. 

1) Australasia – Spinningfields. 

  

On my 21st, after my graduation ceremony (busy day!) we headed to Australasia in Spinningfields, Manchester. I’ve been before to this Asian Fusion restaurant and it never fails to impress me with the food, drinks and decor. It feels super exclusive heading downstairs and the selection of sushi, delicious dishes and cocktails are exceptional. Make sure you try the chocolate dome! 

2) All things Elemis. 

  

I’ve been loving the Papaya Enzyme Peel, Exotic Moisture Mask and Skin Bliss Capsules that I picked up on my spa weekend. I suffer from dry skin so these are all really hydrating and are keeping my skin glowing. 

3) Nutribullet. 

  

I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve used this every single day since I got it! I’ve been enjoying making new recipes up with different fruits and leafy greens – I would totally recommend this for any health-lovers like me! 

4) WheyHey Protein Ice Cream. 

  

On the rare sunny days in England, it’s nice to have grab a frozen treat and WheyHey offer an amaaaaazing guilt free one. One 150ml tub contains 20g protein and tastes delicious! I think it has an almost sticky/chewy consistency and comes in a range of flavours. You can pick some up in Holland and Barrat or online Here.

5) Fudge Make-A-Mends Shampoo and Conditioner. 

  

I picked these up from the wholesalers and I’m loving how silky they’re keeping my hair. I always like to spend a little more on good hair products, with having bleach on my locks. You can snap some up online Here.

6) All things Missguided. 

  

The affordable fashion site has so much to offer right now that I can’t choose what to buy, I want it all! I picked up a few items already and I know for sure I’ll be making an order this August. Take a look for yourself Here.

7) Muji Aroma Diffuser. 

  

This is one of the many gorgeous gifts I received from my lovely boyfriend, after he’s noticed me lusting after them in selfridges for ages. I adore things like this and always have scented candles and oil burners on so this is perfect for me as it vapour uses water and essential oils and produces a scented must that fills the house. My favourite oil so far is the Mandarin one. You can purchase online Here or visit selfridges. 

These are just a few of the things I’ve loved this month and I’ll be sure to post next months up on time! 

Hels xxx

Miss Scuba UK: Red Carpet Ready Photoshoot

Today, I’ve taken a road trip down to Lincoln for a very glamorous Photoshoot. In August I will be taking part in the annual Miss Scuba UK pageant. It’s way more than your standard beauty pageant – the main focus of the competition is marine conservation and taking care of our beaches and sea life. On the night, we will find out the top 5 in no order, who then go to Cyprus AND Egypt to scuba dive and for a girly holiday! The ultimate winner will then be decided and will head out to Malaysia for the Miss Scuba International pageant! This is an amazing opportunity and I’m so privileged to be part of it. 

The shoot was at Red Carpet Ready – an amazing dress shop that’s stocks a wide array of beautiful designer gowns and dresses. When I say amazing – I mean you just would not believe it! It’s set in beautiful grounds and has three separate sections, each full of the latest designs. There’s something for everyone. 

   
    These are just a few snaps of what’s on offer at Red Carpet Ready!   

  A group image of some of the finalists. Can you spot me? 
   

   This is the stunning Pia Michi gown I wore for the shoot – it’s understated but still glam due to the intricate sparkles and unique back. This particular gown is slightly too big on me, but you can imagine the amazing silhouette that this dress can create. 

We had a few group shots in different locations on the grounds. The sun was out in full force and my sensitive eyes were watering all over the place so I hope my images don’t come out all squinty! It was a great giggle though. I can’t wait to see the images when they’re released – keep an eye out on Instagram! 

You can purchase these gowns and many, many more at Red Carpet Ready or visit the store if you’re ever in the Lincoln area. They’ve just had a new showroom fitted with crisp white walls and marble floors with stunning big mirrors – perfect for a few selfies! 

Big thank you’s go out to Jaime-Lee, Jill and Sue (and the rest of the team) at Miss Scuba UK, Kirsty and the ladies at Red Carpet Ready, Tom Parnell – the brilliant photographer for the day, all of the girlies and of course my Mum for driving the long journey for me! 

Hels x