TEACUP ON THOMAS STREET





Brunch has to be the perfect meal for a lazy weekend. On Sunday morning I couldn't be bothered to get out of bed, let alone cook.. So after hearing some good reviews I decided to try Teacup, and I wasn't disappointed. A friend and I got there at about half eleven and it was absolutely packed, but we were seated almost immediately. A lovely lady explained the different menus really well. The service was friendly and fast, and the atmosphere is lovely. The brown and red decor is accented by pretty china and bright teapots.

The drinks menu is fantastic; teacup has a whole menu devoted to loose Earl Grey: 50 shades of Earl Grey. I went for the Blue Sky Earl Grey which has grapefruit in. The staff bring around more hot water, so you can get more tea for your money. I also had an Aretha Franklin smoothie, which was apple, raspberry mango and banana.

They serve eggs all day, which is fantastic.. I had eggs Benedict, which is what I always opt for when it's on any menu. It was one of the best versions I've ever tried, served with ham, capers and wholegrain mustard. My friend had mushrooms, avocados and a duck egg on sourdough toast, which was on the specials menu, and was equally delicious.

After digesting our food a little, it was half one, and we decided it was a perfect moment for cake.. I had the pear drop cake, and my friend had the rainbow cake, which were both lovely, and served in such big portions that we couldn't finish them. The hot chocolate was also good.. served in a nice big cup and really rich and creamy.

I'm definitely going to be heading here regularly.. So if you're wandering around Manchester's Northern Quarter I really recommend Teacup as the place to eat and drink!

I haven't actually had a chance to have a look, but I know that teacup shares recipes and offers on it's app Casual Manna. Has anyone else been to Teacup?

THE WEEKLY WANT #2 ..SWIMSUITS


1. River Island Yellow Tribal Print £25
2. Insight Magnolia One Piece £65
3. Ted Baker Marra Twist Floral Swimsuit £70
4. Miraclesuit Avanti Leaf Peepers Bandeau Swimsuit £140
5. Seafolly Deco Empire Swimsuit £114

I'm going to Florida in June, and as it's a family reunion type of holiday, I don't fancy wearing a revealing bikini.. I've also put on a bit of weight recently so something covering my tummy sounds ideal. Nice swimsuits are really hard to come across; I think a lot of them are really tacky and just as revealing as bikinis, if not more so! I really like the ones pictured above, some of them are a little out of my budget but I am willing to pay more for a really well fitting swimsuit.

Is anyone else going to be choosing a swimsuit over a bikini this summer?

OJON OFFERS | TODAY ONLY!




I've just been ordering some goodies from Ojon because they have some amazing offers on right now! Delivery is free (usually £3.95), and with any order over £15 you get a free 50ml Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment (worth £16). And if your order goes up to £40 you get a free full sized Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner Duo (worth £41.50).

I already own the damage reverse shampoo and conditioner, and after using this on and off for a few months, my hair is in the best condition it has ever been. I have very thick, frizzy hair and after using Ojon, it feels sleek, shiny and manageable without being weighed down.

Today I ordered the Full Detox Rub-Out Spray (£18) which is essentially a dry shampoo but claims to leave no whiteness in your hair, and the Rare Blend Oil which I have been meaning to try for ages.. At £29 for a 45ml bottle, it doesn't come cheap, and when the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil is so so good, it's hard to justify the price.

However, today I didn't have to think twice about buying this oil, as I received £57.50 worth of hair products for free as well as free delivery!

Obviously, Ojon isn't really affordable on a student budget, but they are always setting up great offers and even giving away products (I got my last damage reverse duo free by recycling old shampoo bottles at their boots counter). If you haven't already, I recommend signing up to Ojon UK's facebook page, which keeps you informed about offers like this.

Let me know if you take advantage of these offers today..

SK:N VITAMIN-RICH CLEANSER FOR DRY OR SENSITIVE SKIN

sk:in Vitamin-Rich Cleanser for dry or sensitive skin - Boots £11 (currently £7.33)
I picked this cleanser up in Boots a few weeks ago. I've never used anything from sk:n before and this cleanser appealed to me as it isn't soap based, it contains key vitamins - A,C and E, and allantoin which I've heard can be moisturising for dry skin. It also contains evening primrose oil to soothe and heal.

I initially liked the packaging of the product, it's simple and clear, but what really annoyed me is the fact that it doesn't have a full list of ingredients on the bottle. I bought the product and when I got home, I read the full ingredients list here.. I don't know a lot about product ingredients but to me it seems like quite chemical based product.

I've been using this cleanser for a few weeks now. The product is quite thin, but has a nice fresh scent. It reminds of a perfume my mum had when I was a child, but it's not an overbearing scent at all. It's designed to be wiped gently over dry skin with a cotton pad, and rinsed off with water. It claims to remove make up and impurities. As I mentioned in my last post, my skin is dry and can be sensitive and prone to blemishes. I don't feel like this cleanser removes all my make up, and whilst it leaves my skin feeling soft after use, it doesn't do anything to clear my spots or make my skin look healthier. It does say to avoid the eyes, but I used it on my eye make up the other day, and whilst it didn't remove all of my mascara and eyeliner, it didn't sting my eyes either.

I know that I won't be repurchasing. I prefer cleansers that do more to help my skin look brighter and clearer. I think this cleanser could be ideal if you have normal or sensitive skin, and you are not looking for anything to fight spots and make your skin clearer. This is a really gentle product, it didn't irritate my skin at all, but I know I need something stronger to remove my make up. sk:n also do cleansers for normal and oily skin, and the formula is really different, with the oily skin cleanser being a gel. You can buy it online here.

I'm not sure how I feel about trying any more products from sk:n. I know they do exfoliating washes, which I may try in the future. Can anyone recommend any other good products from the brand?

THE WEEKLY WANT #1 ..HOLIDAY ACCESSORIES

1.  Ray Bans from asos
2. Ted Baker beach bag with flipflops
3. Forever21 studded straw hat
4. Carvela Kenya leather leopard flat sandals
5. Samsonite suitcase
6. Warehouse canvas bag

To start off my first little weekly feature I decided to do holiday accessories post.. I'm off to Florida in the summer, and ever since the flights were booked I have been planning everything I need to buy. I think I might get the warehouse bag this week.. It's big enough to carry all my holiday essentials in (sun cream, sunglasses, book, camera) but also the right size for the plane and not too pricey at £30.


Next week I'll post a wishlist of swimsuits and bikinis.. 

BLOG DESIGN


I think for any new blogger, the look of your blog is important; no matter how good your content is, readers can be put off by hard to navigate or hard to read blogs. I think everyone wants their blog to be perfect before they start, but it is so easy to get caught up in the design. I can be a bit of perfectionist, and for me it got to the point where I wouldn't post until my blog looked the exact way I wanted it to. This was obviously holding me back from writing my first post and just getting involved in blogging and the blogging community. I'm still not a 100% happy with the way HIW looks, but I'm still aiming to post 2-3 times a week, as I can always play around with the layout as I am going along. The picture above was just one of many many designs I tried to create. I would snip aspects I liked from my favourite blogs and collage them together with my own designs for inspiration.

I struggled with the design and layout of my blog, not to mention html.. Still not entirely sure what that means? I'm not really in any place to give advice, but I would say that google truly was my best friend when creating my blog. There are so many websites and articles out there covering everything from where to get free backgrounds, to doing cool things like a hover effect over social media buttons.

I've collected a few of my favorites here:

I hope that these links help any other people wishing to start a blog, or even anyone who is looking to redesign their blog.

FIRST POST

Welcome to the first ever post of How I Wear.. My name is Nisha, and I've decided to set up my own style and beauty blog. I'm a first year Law undergraduate and I've decided to start blogging as a little creative outlet from my purely academic degree subject. I want to post about relatable, everyday fashion and beauty products. I've been inspired by so many bloggers and I'd hopefully like to inspire other people some day. 
You can get to know me a bit more in my about me page, but here are ten random facts:
  • Hogwarts is my home.
  • I have a big addiction to style, beauty and lifestyle blogs and also watching haul videos on YouTube.
  • Ladybirds terrify me.
  • I don't really like my teeth. The first thing I notice about people is their teeth, and sometimes if people have really straight, white teeth I can't stop staring at them.
  • I prefer nice dinners or nights in than nights out.. does that make me a bad student?
  • I dye my hair and sometimes cut my fringe at home. Probably terribly, but oh well..
  • I love putting on freshly laundered clothes straight from the dryer because they are warm.
  • Salted popcorn is better if I'm watching a movie, and I eat sweet if I'm just snacking.
  • I'm an only child.. I spend a lot of time by myself, and I don't mind it. I very rarely feel alone.
  • I like socks. A lot.
So introductions over, in the next couple of weeks I am planning haul posts, beauty product reviews and outfit posts. I hope you stick around and enjoy reading HIW..