Monday, 21 July 2014

10,000 Subscribers & Giveaway!

10000 subscribers and giveaway

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

On Friday evening, my YouTube channel reached... 10,000 SUBCRIBERS! It still feels very, very, very strange to be typing that out and it still hasn't quite sunk in. Trying to imagine that amount of people who have also watched me prance and ramble on the internet is rather scary too ;)

Without turning this into too much of a gushy, cheesy ramble - I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you whether you're a frequent viewer, reader or somebody who has just popped by. I can't say enough how much I appreciate your support, lovely comments and messages. Every single one puts a huuuge smile on my face! 

On a personal note, things have been tough recently. Putting on a brave and happy front had become increasingly hard which is why I took a bit of a time out from everything online and only posted when I've felt a little bit more upbeat. I always find myself flicking through the comments/emails to cheer myself up and they're always a mood and confidence booster! I really am so grateful for all of you : )

I might go into more detail about it in the future but for now, let's keep it as happy as I can as I'm positively SQUEALING to be able to share this amazing news with you all! Being able to upload these little videos and blogposts on Shulikesclothes is an absolute pleasure and the feedback received for the content is really, what keeps me going. : )

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^ ^ ^ The amazing custom made subscriber trophies that Jordan and his dad designed and made for me! It makes me feel like an important movie star which is probably why I'm treating this as an Oscar awards moment! Thank you, Jord and Paul! : )

As a small token of my appreciation to all of you, I thought I'd arrange a small little giveaway over on my YouTube channel. It was so exciting to go out and shop for these little bits - I really hope whoever wins these little packages will have a little smile on their face when they receive it! 

I've labelled them as either the:

Pink Bag #1:
- a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Pink Pong
- Barry M Hi Shine Nail Paint in Mango
- A H&M dainty triangular charm necklace

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Orange Bag #2:

- a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Hot Pepper
- Barry M Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blueberry
- A H&M dainty triangular charm necklace

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Yellow Bag #3:

- a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Peach Club
- Barry M Hi Shine Nail Paint in Almond
- A H&M dainty triangular charm necklace

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Note: As it's my first ever giveaway, I'm testing the waters with the whole process and postage etc so this will be a UK only giveaway. I'm sorry to my international viewers! I'd love to arrange an international giveaway in the near future for you all! : )

There will be three winners and entering really couldn't be simpler!

Giveaway Rules:

- UK only 
- You must be at least 18 years old. If not, please have your parent/guardian's permission to enter!
- You must be a subscriber to my channel
- Give the video a thumbs up
- ...And in the comments box section, please put your name/nickname/initial (if you're not comfortable in sharing your first name!), your preference of either bag #1, #2 or #3, a fun fact about yourself and your favourite joke/pun : )

That's it! : )

The giveaway will start from today and end on the 1st August 2014 at 12:00PM (GMT).

I will announce the giveaway winners via Twitter and will also pop it on an annotation at the start of the video on the day! 

I can't wait to put a name to some of your faces, get to know you all better and to have a little laugh at the jokes/puns! : )

Good luck to everyone that enters! <3 comment-3--="" nbsp="">

Saturday, 12 July 2014

90s Kids' Wardrobe Revisited

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I found these snaps whilst scrolling through my iPhoto albums. They were taken on Jordan's birthday in March and they must've forgotten to hop on the train to board on this blog.

Dungarees and jumpsuits shaped every '90s kids' wardrobe but that's not to say that they can't make a comeback as an adult either. To look less like a toddler that had been dressed by my mushroom haircut lovin' mother, I put on a slick of red lipstick, slipped on my cowboy heels and a big ol' floppy hat before we jumped in the Mini to Brighton.

We went to Foodilic in town for lunch. It's a buffet of... healthy food. It was crazy good and I'm still dreaming of the spinach, walnut and pesto salad that I'd happily eat bowls of. There's a detailed review over on my food blog

Just look at that mountain of roasted butternut squash...

Okay, let's move on.

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Meet Jordan's Austin Mini from 1986.

She's older than either of us but she's a million times cooler.

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| Playsuit - ASOS (no longer available - similar ones here and here) - Boots - H&M - Top - Primark - Fedora Hat - ASOS |

Snapping it back to present day, I'm sporting a bardot crop top and high-waisted denim jeans. I'm really rootin' for my childhood wardrobe to come back, huh? Outfit post for that to come soon (and not in four months time).

Shu, stop trying to make a 90s comeback happen...

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Beach Strolls and Tortilla's Steak Burritos

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This weekend, Jordan and I went for a leisurely stroll along the beach. 

We pulled on our walking shoes, slung on our rucksacks and took a break from being stuck indoors. The reason for our seaside adventure? I'm starting to feel a bit better and am able to walk for more than 15 minutes so we're making up for lost time. For this particular mission, there's a burrito-sized treasure pot at the end of the rainbow.

Jordan was responsible for the directions, he's a human SAT NAV and alas, I'm not.

Case and point, confused specimen A.

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"This way!" Jordan exclaimed with a jolly jaunt.

Let's go! 

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- Super Duper Crop Jumper - Monki | Tile Print Jeans - Topshop | Dainty Converse - ASOS | Brown Rucksack - New Look -

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The lovely people from Tortilla invited us over for a bite to eat and a Californian burrito was exactly what we needed for a refuel. As I'm currently back home, the Brighton branch greeted us with welcoming wafts that made our stomachs flip and somersault. 

Shall we take a look inside?

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As homage to its Mexican inspiration, rows of Corona bottles settled themselves along the ceiling. Brightly coloured chairs were parked under the wooden tables and quirky pieces of artwork dotted themselves on the spray-painted walls.

After a brief look around, our rumblin' tums dragged us over to the counter and we proceeded to build our winning burritos.

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For the filling, there's a choice of chicken, steak/shredded beef (for 50p extra), pork and vegetarian. I opted for the barbacoa steak (seared beef braised in mellow adobo and then shredded) whilst Jordan chose the carnitas (pork, slow-cooked for hours until fall-apart tender)

Once assembled, it's time to stuff it.

The second station consisted of either Mexican (tomato-infused) or coriander rice. It was followed up swiftly with the choice of peppers and onions, pinto or black beans. The final stop was for optional extras of lettuce, guacamole, grated Monterey Jack Cheese, sour cream and an assortment of salsas depending on spice intolerance.

Coriander rice and a generous helping of black beans with a sprinkle of cheese (with no sour cream please) and their spiciest salsa graced my tortilla wrap whilst Jordan swapped the legumes with roasted peppers and onions.

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Aside from burritos, Tortilla also sells tacos, skinny burritos (for those who want to ditch the wrap) and nachos on the side. For those who fancy a tipple, frozen margaritas and Mexican beers are on offer along with the standard soft drinks.

After it was rolled into a tin foil blanket, it was time for the taste test.

Specimen A surveying the wrap.

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My first bite was met with a comforting blend of flavours and the burrito cushioned together a medley of textures. The black beans and shredded beef work together perfectly whilst the coriander rice added a subtle tang. However, I couldn't taste the habanero salsa roja at all but was swiftly met with two towering bottles of hot saaaawwwwce to give it a spicy kick.

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Yeah, I like to drown my food in chilli sauce.

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That sneaky smirk says it all.

The sauce sat at the top and lazily drizzled its way through the rest of wrap. Luckily, there were no soggy bottoms here, folks. Fears of a soaked unravelling burrito is the reason why I previously disliked it in the first place but it wasn't the case with this one, thumbs up!

On to Jordan:

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He was pleased with his choice!

The peppers and onions gave the burrito a distinct sour tang - you can spot the jalapeƱo nestled in amongst the pork and cheese. The flavours were on the other side of the scale when compared to mine so if you're after more of a summery zest to your burrito, opt for the roast peppers. If you want a warm blend of complementary flavours then go for the black beans!

All in all, I'd recommend Tortilla. For a chain, it's pretty good and it's worth a lunchtime visit. A medium burrito is £5 whereas a large is £6. The medium was around half the size of Jordan's, which is fine as I prefer smaller portions but for £1 extra, it'd be a good idea to upgrade it unless you have a salad or some nachos on the side! You can have a sneak peek of their menu online here.

We walked off our lunch by returning back to the seaside and spotted these big slabs of rocks. Jordan poked and nudged for me to climb it. I gingerly tip toed across the pebbles and looked up at the big ol' boulders. Short stumps for legs meant that it took me a while to clamber up onto the rocks but several lightyears later, I reached the summit.

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A victorious defeat.

 I gazed out at sea spotting the coastal stretch between Brighton pier and Dover. It's a pretty remarkable view on a clear day!There were a few brief seconds that I pretended I was the king of the world (just don't look down at only being a few metres from the ground).

How did you spend your weekend?

Psssst... how do you feel about the lifestyle posts? I thought it'd be fun to include a little backstory to outfits but let me know what you think! : )

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Day-To-Night Summer Wishlist

Daisy Chain Dress - George @ Asda |  Pastel Stone Drop Earrings - Topshop | Floral Heeled Sandals - ASOS | Hologram Foldover Clutch - ASOS | Pink Daisy Earrings - Topshop | Gold Plated Leaf Bracelet - Topshop | Lemon Clutch - Monki | Mint Green Leather Sandals - ASOS  -

Summer is arriving - I can feel it in my fingers.

Well, I can feel it in my toes too when I'm kicking off the winter blanket that I'm still hesitant to pack away. I'm dreaming of mid-afternoon snoozes in the sun, mint chocolate ice cream dribbling down my chin and floating around town in a thin dress, floppy hat and leather sandals.

It's time, my friends, for a date with your Chip-and-PIN. I've had a daily peruse around my usual haunts and a few items have themselves a one-way ticket to my wardrobe. When an email from George (at Asda) landed in my inbox inviting my wary eyes to browse through their collection of frocks, I wasn't expecting much but was actually pleasantly surprised. The range is on trend and cheap as chips so in popped a dress... or three (much to the annoyance of my bank card)

The Voulez Vous monochrome number above particularly caught my eye - you all know that I can't resist a good Peter Pan collar. Throw in a 60s shape with a daisy chain print and I'm all in. After consulting my wishlist, I naturally decided to build the perfect day-to-night attire for a summertime affair - all in the same dress. 

The morning is all about bright punches of colour and flower power, baby. The lemon clutch is just asking for an outing in Brighton with a stroll along the beach and a seafood platter for lunch. Fast forward a few hours and you'll be slipping off your leather sandals to bust out your best moves with your favourite cocktail in hand in some floral platforms and a hologram clutch. 

Can I just wear everything now?

What would your perfect day-to-night summer outfit be?


For more swishy dresses, pop over to George at Asda and have a look at everything else on offer!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Bluebells and Fairy Tales at Hyde Park

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Whilst I confessed to having a slight phobia of mud in a recent blogpost, the part of me that grew up with fairytales about magical lands and creatures that lived within the woods couldn't resist this little adventure.

After an hour of cycling around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, we stumbled upon this bluebell-filled area and didn't hesitate to hop off our bikes to explore. Living in London, it's easy to get swallowed up by the buzz of the city. When an opportunity strikes for you to cross over to a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of the roaring streets, you seize it and enjoy the temporary escape. 
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(floral swing dress - ASOS, pink boyfriend coat - ZARA, necklaces - New Look & eBay, leather bracelet - Rome, cowboy boots - ZARA, panda tote - Primark)

An event like this calls for an explorer's uniform; form-fitting dresses and leather trousers are simply not allowed. I opted for a swing dress that danced along with me when I spun around and around on the grass and caught the wind as we rode through the soft breeze. 

We used to live on a road lined with cherry blossom trees and it was truly a magnificent sight as soon as spring arrived. On the way to school, I'd gaze up as the petals waltzed through the air and be lost in thought at the sheer beauty of it. Naturally, wrapping myself in this pink hued coat is my way of taking the cherry blossoms along with me.

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You know what else a swing dress is good for?

Hiding a big ol' food baby after indulging in a mountain of sushi.

Prior to this, we attended a Yo! Sushi making course and *brushes shoulders* created these Japanese parcels like raw fish makin' ninjas. A food post on this will be coming up in the next few days on my food blog!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Missing: Spring In My Step

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Missing: Spring

Last seen during mid-April and the beginning of May wearing a vivid coat of sky blue and a sunshine yellow coloured floppy hat. Often accompanied with a Mr. Whippy ice cream (with a flake on top, I'll have you know) and ludicrously happy star jumps on a blanket of brilliantly green grass.

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If found, please ask for spring to return to us. We have swan-shaped rowing boats doing a twirl on the lake and I've worn my favourite Marvel tee and some floral jeans to make it feel more at home. We'll do numerous leaps of joy and celebrate prematurely with a grand ol' whiff of some shrimps on the barbie. 

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Warning: 20C heat on British soil will make its habitants deliriously happy (especially after one too many jumps that transforms a 21-year old to a giddy 6-year-old) so please prepare for the jeans to turn to ripped denim shorts and the t-shirt to be replaced with a crop top.

Who are we kidding?

Any sign of sun will have us reaching for our bikinis and ice-filled drinks quicker than you can say 'OH HEEEY'.

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Psst... we prefer you to our British 'summers' anyway.

You're way hotter than July and August.