Tuesday, 16 May 2017

I have my eye on you!

I didn't really want to write much in April, but May is now upon us (where did the time go?) and I wanted to share my item of the month. 

I have a confession, I am not very adventurous when it comes to my make up. Don't get me wrong, I like make up but to do it myself...I would probably end up like Rachel in Friends after Ross does her make up (classic). I like to keep it simple. The only thing I like to change is the way I wear my eye liner. 

I do get asked what I use on my eyes as I like a dark eye. But to be honest, it involves a good eye liner, a little liquid liner and a good mascara (and there you have it). 

I normally stick to high street brands, but I am really liking the Charlotte Tilbury range. I love her eye liner. It's soft, it's long lasting and sits perfectly.

I like to put a layer of  liquid liner on top to make it darker, thicker and to make it neater; a skill that can be challenging in itself.

Finally I top it off with a nice layer of mascara. There are so many good options out there. My favourites are definitely Rimmel, Maybeline and Barry M. 

Like I said, I am no expert when it comes to make up and I don't pretend to be. I am still learning. What are your favourite eye products? I would love know. 


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Day by day.

Watching the media lately about Prince Harry opening up about mental health and how he dealt with his mother's death, I felt that I needed to write this piece and hopefully it will help any of you as it helps me as I write it. 

I have been absent from my blog for a little while. I sadly lost my grandad very recently. It was a complete shock and something I don't think I'll be getting over for a while

I have been lucky to have all my grandparents with me for this long. I don't know many people my age who are as fortunate so I count my blessings that I got/get (I still have 3 living grandparents) to know them for as long as I did/do and know that I will have good memories of them all. 

I was his first (of two) grandchildren and we were very close. Like everybody else, I would stay with him on school holidays and go to the beach when we would go to Spain. He was a happy go lucky man and he loved to have a laugh and dance the night away in fiestas. But above all, he loved life! Over the last few years, he was so happy. I would talk to him on the phone and he would tell me about what he was up to. He would always ask when we were going to visit him and his face would light up whenever we were with him. Since his heart attack a while ago, he looked after himself and made sure he ate and drank well. And how could I forget the sight of my grandad doing squats in his living room....a very entertaining sight. 

One thing I do know; he loved my sister and me very much. Meeting people over the last few weeks and them telling me how he use to talk about us just showed this. He was loved by so many. Coming from a small town in Spain, he knew everybody. Why wouldn't he?? He would talk to anybody. I wish I was more like him. 

It has been a complete shock, one that I am not over and probably never going to get over. I miss him terribly. But I know that I am only at the start of this process but reading what Prince Harry went through when he lost his mother, made me come back to my laptop once again and feel like I needed to write this. It was just something that I needed to do.  Many would think, why would you do that? Call it a comfort if you will. 

My worry that it may trigger my anxiety has crossed my mind and right now I do not know if it will, but what I will say is that I know myself well enough to know the symptoms and when I need to ask for help I will. Keeping it bottled up will not help you. Get the help that you need, when you need it.  

Grief is dealt with very differently by everybody. Some people get on with things, with others, it takes time. I on the other hand go through good days and bad days. I mananaged to get back to the gym and train with Alex which has helped a lot. Chatting to friends and people has helped too and I couldn't have gone through this without them. 

Somebody recently said to me on an Instagram post that there is light at the end of the tunnel and I do hope so. Keeping my mind busy has helped a lot, whether it is hitting the gym, catching up on work for my other job, researching my next projects for this little blog or even just walking the dogs. Remember it is what helps you. There is no right or wrong way of going through this. I was told that you have to go through this process and take each day as it comes and that is what I am planning to do; day by day. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Happy Birthday Lil Crissyr!!!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!
Can you believe my blog is 3 years old! I have enjoyed having a blog, sharing my ideas, fashion favourites and showing a little side of me that not everyone gets to see. I have also learnt a lot about myself since creating this blog. 

1- I am camera shy.
Yes, ok, I can do a selfie because that's just me in front of the camera and most of the time it's me being silly (Thank god for SnapChat). But when it comes to somebody else taking my picture (thanks Jocelyn), I go all camera shy and nervy. I have been practising though, so hopefully my face will not look too awkward next time you see me. Ha. 

2 - I love shopping and looking for bargains.
My name is Crissy and I am a shopaholic (Hi Crissy). I am not going to lie, my wardrobe is probably bursting out of the seams and my bank account surely hates me right now. I love clothes! To my friends, this is a given and one that remind me off every chance they get. 

3- Managing time to write is hard sometimes.
Blogging isn't my full time job (as much as I would love it to be). I have another job so finding time to blog isn't always easy. But when I do blog, I love to write a few at a time and spend time on it. I have a few ready but I just need to find time to shoot. 

4 - I am still learning new things. 
Since I started blogging, I have begun to explore fashion more and trying new styles such as my knee high boots and even my new timberland boots (whose debut is coming soon). We all know my love for black, but now I am trying to add a bit of colour into my wardrobe too. I'm still getting use to this so stay with me. Ha. 

5 - I love the my camera.
I an not going to stand here and say that I know what I am doing because in actual fact, I haven't got a clue but...I am learning. Ever since I bought my Olympus Pen, I cannot put it down. It is a lovely camera but it boy do I need to go on a course. 

I know I always say this, but I really am looking forward to sharing more with you all on LilCrissyr. I have got a few things coming up so I will continue to try and post as much as I can. I have now scheduled myself so that I post once a week. I am hoping to stick to this. But before I leave, I do want to say a massive thank you to those of you who do take the time to visit and leave me messages and emails. It is truly appreciated and I love receiving them so Thank You once again. 


Thursday, 16 March 2017

March - item of the month

This item really shouldn't just be for the month I thought it would be a good idea to make you more aware of them. We use them all the time. I absolutely love them. 

Yes I am talking about the handbag! My love for handbags really begun thanks to Sienna Miller and Nicole Richie and a certain Balenciaga bag. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag and it is still one my favourite bags to date. I bought my first one in blue when I was at Uni. It was a blue motorcycle bag. I loved it. I used it to death. When I say this I mean that the colour went a horrible colour because of so much use. Don't worry readers, the bag is being repaired as we speak. What I loved about the bag was that it has character, it has a bit of edge to it and to those who know me, will know that I too have a bit of edge when it comes to my wardrobe. 

My collection started there and gradually began to grow. Since then I have built on my Balenciaga family and also introduced other members to the small collection. My current favourite hangbags are my Givenchy Antigona bags. Now I have to admit now, that no I do not earn lots of money. Every bag that I buy I think about first and save for it. Not all my bags are bought straight from the shops either; some are second hand. This is also a reason why it also takes me a while to buy a bag. I check that they are 100% legit. I do not mind if they are second hand as I always think that I will give them a loving home. But please, before you purchase, make sure that it is genuine. 

My favourite bags are bags that I can use for different occasions. In particular bags that I can wear across my body. So what next for my collection. One of my dream bags is a Chanel jumbo. This bag is a classic and one that I will always love. This bag I would buy from the store as I would love to experience tho whole Chanel experienceBuying this bag would be a dream, but right now it is only a dream. So...what's your favourite bag?? 


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Never too short for knee high boots - February favourites

I hope everyone has managed to survive the January blues (that had to be the longest month ever). The cold weather is truly upon us. I said I would start doing my clothing favourites again every month. This will be an item that I think would be appropriate for the month, or something that I have fallen in love with and want to share it with you. 

My item this month has to be over the knee high boots. I may have mentioned (like 100 times) that my style has changed over the last 3 years and I love trying out new things. I like giving things a go and believe me I do sometimes get it wrong. 

Now as I am a lil shorty (hence the name), I put these boots to the back of my mind for a long time thinking that I was far too short for them, that they wouldn't suit me and that only tall people could wear them. How wrong was I!!!!!! 

Click here to shop for these amazing boots 

Ladies...they fit perfectly! I purchased these lovely pair from New Look. They look amazing with short skirts, t-shirt dresses and even jeans. They do not look silly, they cover enough leg that will keep you warm but look stylish and they are comfortable. When I go out, I like to wear dresses (mainly because I don't wear them often).

We shouldn't have to hide those legs during this cold weather (even though we probably want to) and the knee high boot is a great substitute for those evening/nights you want to show a bit of leg but still stay warm. As they say, 'These boots were made for walking'. 


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Shoes, shoes, shoes...

As I have mentioned time and time again that I love shoes. Being 5'0, I can get away with wearing crazy heels. However, I save these for special occasions and I do not always wear them (although I probably should). I am more of a flat shoe gal or even a chunky heel. But I do admire shoes. I admire them a lot! 

When Farfetch asked me to write a piece of their new collaboration with Aquazzura, I couldn't say no!! There are 4 great statement pieces to chose from; Deena, Pascaline, Claire and Holli. I suggest you all get a chance to look at them because they really are a piece of work. 

Pascaline Boot

I loved all four shoes but there was one shoe that really caught my eye. That was the Pascaline boot. I love teaming boots up with dresses and as I am short (have I mentioned that before) a mini dress and boots are my ultimate favourite; both casual and going out. I've teamed up this boots with the following items which you can also purchase from Farfetch. I thought this look was quirky and cool and something that I would wear. So go and shop your own amazing pair of Aquazzura shoes and let me know how you would style them. 

moschino dress
Drome oversized leather jacket
Givenchy Antigona bag

Chiara Ferragni beani hat


Friday, 6 January 2017

looking back...

Happy New Year!!!

I know everyone gets a little reflective around this time of year. I am no different. After a really bad 2015, 2016 was a good year for me. I sadly lost a dear friend at the beginning of the year but my one of my best friends also had a baby. 

As for me...things have been peaceful. I closed the door to people that didn't play a positive part in my life, but I also welcomed people into my life. But I still have the people in my life who haven't left my side and for those people, I owe so much. 

My fitness has improved so much last year. Even though I lost my mojo for a short time and I managed to keep the same PT for the whole year (thanks Alex). My body has changed so much this year. I have muscles in places I did't even know I had. My booty is getting peachy and my ab is starting to grow a twin. I am not going to lie, it is getting harder and more cardio has been thrown at me (which I hate) but when I see how far I have come, I cannot help but be proud of my journey; someone who hated the gym. This is an area that I want to share more of this year. 

Since starting my blog, my style has changed so much and I am exploring my style more. I know what suits me, what doesn't and I am willing to try new things. Being short is something that doesn't bother me. I value it, and I think it makes me who I am and is part of my character. So dressing for my height is always fun but at the same time can be quite frustrating when you you've found that one dress but it needs to be taken up (sad times). 

As for everything else, I am still busy as ever and my blog has taken a step back, but I need to stop making excuses for that now and get to work. Which means blog more! finding that time to blog and take pictures (which I really enjoy doing). I started an item a month post a while back (but due to work I didn't continue) that I want to try again. I cannot wait to show you my item for this month. But there will be much more happening on Lilcrissyr. I am looking forward to blogging more. 

I don't want to wish too much for 2017, but there is one thing that I would really like and am working for and that is to buy my very own property. I started this journey in 2016 and would like to complete it in 2017. To have my very own set of keys to open my very own door and call it mine is something I cannot wait for. As scary as it is, I am also looking forward to it. I know it is not going to be easy but a new adventure and new chapter in my life. It is has been a dream of mine for a while, which is why I am sharing it with you.

My blog is not a big thing and I sure do not get sponsored for it, but it's a little part of me and I love writing on it and sharing what I have been up to or what I have discovered. I am thankful for anybody who takes the time to read my blog. Just knowing that there is someone out their reading it makes me want to continue. Lately my blog has been going through a makeover and it hasn't been as easy as it was the last time. I have a busy year ahead of me but I am determined to blog more about my journey and share it with you. 

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