Saturday, 23 May 2015


Dress- Topshop
Shoes- Kurt Geiger
Cardigan- Topshop
Hat- Primark

So I am 23....WOW that sounds old! Does anybody else still get all confused when somebody asks their age and say 21 or something? I don't want to be a proper 'grown up' yet! But personally I don't think I look a day over 20 so I think I'm alright for now. Anyway, here is what I got up to last weekend to celebrate my day of birth.

It was actual birthday on May 16th, but I went home last Friday to see my family and friends, and FINALLY get my barnet sorted! My roots could be seen from outer space, and each hair was split about seven times, so a bit of TLC was long overdue. It takes about three hours to do a full head of foils on my head, but I kept myself entertained by reading almost every magazine in the salon (LOL) and drinking several coffees to stay away. On some occasions in the past when I have had my hair coloured, the root ends up a different colour to the rest of my hair, and can look quite brassy, I was blown away by the results this time! I felt like the Princess from Tangled! (No pic from the front as I was sans make-up and had just been for a sunbed so I was red RAW.) However the BEST part was when I got to the till to pay, my cutey little mother had already rung up and paid for it for me as a little early birthday treat!!!! I nearly burst out crying on the spot, absolute BABE.

VOILA! (Ignore Ryan's crusty tart in the background)

The plan was to come home Friday night, but I missed the last train home so I ended up sinking two bottles of red wine with my friend Jess, my Mum and her friend at my house. Yes, you did hear that correctly, RED wine. My palate must have been in the process of maturing in preparation for my birthday, as I usually can't think of anything worse than a 'nice glass of red', but I was absolutely loving it! Of course one bottle turned into two, and before I knew it we were in a taxi to town to carry on the celebrations. Last minute plans are always the best, and I had a really fun night. Needless to say the train home at 8.30am was NOT the most enjoyable thing I could think of to kick start my actual day of birth. But when I got home Ryan surprised me with a trip to Patisserie Valerie for brunch! I always bang on about how I have never been taken for brunch so I was so excited for a bit of eggs benedict! My photo wasn't as ascetically pleasing as the ones I see on Instagram but the taste  definitely made up for it. And of course I couldn't leave without getting one of the famous pastries! I chose a massive slab of chocolate-gateaux-creamy-profiterole thing and it was UNBELIEVABLE. Probably devoured my whole months calorie allowance in that one visit but calories don't count of your birthday.

We went out in Manchester that night and ate at Australasia. If you like sushi then you HAVE to visit! Everything from the glamorous but relaxed atmosphere, the attentive hosts, to the faultless service was just perfect. We decided to chose a few small plates to share, like tapas. The server recommended we chose four each, and they were brought out in stages. After Australasia we went for a few cocktails at the Alchemist and then back to Grand Pacific. Such a perfect evening and I was so happy to spend my second birthday with my boyfriend!

After eating like a queen all weekend, it's back to reality...and the gym! Marbella is 11 days away! I repeat, ELEVEN. Stay tune for bikini pics! (Or wetsuit pics if I still look like a California roll on June 3rd)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015



I can officially say that it is my birthday NEXT WEEK! 11 nights.....10 sleeps!!!! Of course getting older isn't something to shout about, but as long as I can still describe myself as 'early twenties' I'm happy. 

This months 'Lust List' is a special one, as it doubles as my birthday wish list! So basically, anybody struggling with what to buy me this year..Look no further...and get your wallet out. (Jokes)* It is surprising smaller than I would imagine most people would think it would be, with the main reason being I already have everything that I want! *Smug face* SO cliche but I honestly struggled to put this lust list together because anything I want badly enough I just buy myself!

*(Not actually joking)

TOPSHOP FRINGED SNAKE PRINT CLUTCH. I have probably written about this on every lust list since I started creating them! They have now disappeared from the website so it is my mission to track one down before they vanish from all Topshop stores altogether.

NIKON CAMERA. Well, maybe not this exact model but you get the picture ('SCUSE the pun) I need to step my blog up to the next level, and that means so more crappy iPhone camera photos. I really want to start vlogging more as well, and with a decent camera the quality will be a million times better! PLUS you will get to see my face in HD instead of the usual 1megapixel camera on my MacBook. Feel free to tweet me with any camera recommendations you have for a camera newbie like myself! @CLAUDIAWRIGHTx

ANATASIA BEVERLY HILLS CREAM CONTOUR KIT. I wanna look flawless every living moment, so I think I need to start learning how to contour, and what better product to start learning with?!

ZARA DRESS. This is pretty random but I was struggling for gift ideas! I am fully embracing the gypsy/hippy/boho summer trend and this dress would look divine with a pair of lace up gladiators and a fringed bag.

COVER FX COVER DROPS. Such a shame they only sell this at Harvey Nics and Selfridges because I need matching up before I go making any internet orders. If you don't know what this is, watch some tutorials on YouTube. It's either going to be unbelievable or a massive waste of £36.

YSL BLACK OPIUM. Such a cliche birthday gift but this smells GORGEOUS. I have written about it before and, well yeah I still haven't got it so MUM IF YOU ARE READING THIS GET TO DEBENHAMS RIGHT NOW....It's the 100ml bottle or nothing.

PHARRELL X ADIDAS SUPERCOLORS. According to Ryan 'every man and his dog have the red pair now they are so common babe get another colour'. WELL my dear boy:
1. Out of the hundred people I have seen wearing them only a couple have been red
2. Stop trying to think of excuses not to buy me them!!!!

Out of all the gifts I am expecting would love to receive on my birthday this and the camera are the main ones. It is my birthday in exactly 11 days and they are currently sold out everywhere so the race is on!

Will Ryan pull it out the bag? Will I get anything on this list? Will my birthday be RUINED?! All will be revealed soon!!!!