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Buying My First Car

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll be aware that I'm very close to my driving test and have been spending weeks looking for the perfect first car. I hate to admit but I am bit of a stereotype female who knew virtually nothing about cars, and what types of things I should be looking for when buying, so it took me a while to get my bearings when car shopping! When my Dad, who is helping me look for my car, asked what type of car I wanted my first response was "One that's not too ugly and not too big" which obviously went down like a lead-balloon. I had no idea of how much different things cost, engine sizes, mileage, warning signs to look for when checking out a car for sale, the list is endless!

I'm leaning towards a Corsa or a KA for my first car and I've been looking mainly on AutoTrader. Whilst me and my Dad do disagree on what can be classed as an 'ugly' car (he has no taste in my opinion), I can say that I have a much more informed opinion on what type of car I'd like and how to check it's going to be safe for me to drive in!

If you've passed your driving theory and practical test (or close to passing) then you will be aware of the safety checks you should be doing before starting your journey. They are mostly simple things but if you check them before buying a new car, it could save you a lot of money in the long run and there won't be any hidden surprises! 

Check the brakes. Super simple, start your car and slowly move off then press your foot brake down. They shouldn't be spongy/slack and your car should stop without pulling to one side. So easy to check and super important. Turn on the ignition and get a friend/relative to walk around the car while you use the brakes and indicator lights to see that they all work. Also check all your tyres before the journey. Point S have a fantastic section on their website about how to check your tyres - remember they are the thing that supports the weight of the car and keeps you and your car linked to the road! Also check the tyre tread depth. It's illegal to have a tread under 1.6mm because the deeper the tread depth, the less likely to puncture and have better grip when braking. It's a good idea to change your tyres once the tread is at 2 - 3mm and Point S actually stock a huge range of tyres from all brands. You can even tap in your registration number if you don't know what size tyres you need and Point S do all the hard work. Plus, if you are a car newbie like myself, you can even book to get the fitted at a Point S depot - easy peasy!

To all first time car buyers who may be petrified at the thought of it all - trust me, I've been there but I've found out there is really nothing to it! With such amazing resources, plus a little guidance from a friend who owns a car, you'll be breezing through car shopping in no time!

Becky xo

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Irregular Choice meets Star Wars?!

Two things I love: 1) Shoes, 2) Star Wars. So imagine my joy when I find out Irregular Choice are teaming up with Star Wars to create the most amazing piars of shoes anyone could possibly wish to own?!


My friends often tag me in pictures they think Id' like on Instagram but when my friend tagged me in Irregular Choice's latest post, I was quite surprised. There it was... a beautiful, blue almost mosaic tile heeled shoe with a beautiful blue velvet bow. Oh, and R2-D2 was the heel. IT HAD A ROBOT HIGH HEEL GUYS. *hyperventilates* Could there be a more perfect shoe for someone whose blog is called Geek Gets Glam? I think not!

I can't really remember where my Star Wars obsession began. I remember watching the prequel trilogy in the cinemas and being too scared to sleep after in case a droid army would take over (I was easily influenced by films at a young age haha) so I guess I can thank my Mom and Sister for taking me to see Star Wars - that probably created my inner geek haha!

And you know I love a good pair of shoes; I recently went to the V&A's Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition and I adore the creations from quirky shoe brand Irregular Choice. I can spend hours on their website browsing all the lovely shoes I can't afford but need to own ;) I cannot wait for the release of these shoes and I will be treating myself to a pair. I know they are not to everyone's taste but I think they are cute and totally unique! I cannot wait to see the whole collection when it launches this Winter!

Becky xo

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Best Places to Read

Finding a perfect spot to snuggle up and read in is an art form. Reading should be relaxing and transport you to another world, and it's hard to pick up a book and read it anywhere (unless it is  the most amazing book you've ever read). As a book lover I reckon I have mastered the art of finding the perfect place to read and I'm about to share my secrets with you ;)



In Bed
I think this is one of the more obvious places to snuggle down and get reading but not much beats the feeling of fresh sheets and a lovely new book to get into. Reading is relaxing too so it's the perfect activity before bed. Plus it stops you being distracted by your mobile phone or tablet, making sure you will settle down for a decent nights sleep.

In the bath
Bit of a risky one with the old "what if I drop my book in the water" scenario but it's totally worth it if you are brave!  I usually take a light-weight book if I'm planning on taking it in the tub with me just because I feel like I can hold onto it a bit better and reduce the dropping risk. You can also buy book stands for your bath like this one off Amazon.

In a library
Libraries are usually super silent (except my old university library but that is another story...) which makes the perfect environment to get lost in your favourite book. Also, libraries house thousands of books so you could go empty handed, try a few books without having to pay and find your next favourite novel there.

On the train
I do a lot of my reading on my commute to work as I find the journey so boring and long. It takes me about an hour to get to work so I need entertaining. I love getting lost in a book on my trip to work and the train is ideal because I can sit down and get comfy whilst reading. There are little distractions and you have to travel to work/school, so might as well make use of the time ;)

Where are your favourite places to read? Have I missed anywhere?

Becky xo

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Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Last week, I headed down to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with my sister. It was a bit of a spontaneous trip but it turned out the V&A had a really cool exhibition on called 'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain' which we decided to check out.





The V&A is home to many great works of art and design from all over the world. It has collections ranging from ceramics, furniture, fashion, paintings, sculptures... basically everything and anything that is a craft. It's been popular recently because of the Alexander McQueen exhibition that was on (and gutted I missed might I add) but it's a truly stunning museum to visit and have a ponder round as there are so many amazing thing to look at. They currently have an exhibition on 'What is Luxury?' which is looks into what people regard as luxury now and this is free entry. Plus the building itself is amazing and it has a really good gift shop!

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain was fantastic and gave an interesting insight into the craft behind shoe making and designing. The exhibition shoes the extreme designs and changes to shoes over the years, including shoes from over the ages right up to shoes designed by Vivienne Westwood and Lady Gaga's own shoes! The changes over time are fascinating and some of the shoes are ridiculous... it's funny to imagine people actually wore them! The exhibition is on until 31st of January so there is plenty of time to catch this one if you're interested in fashion!

Becky xo

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LUSH Oxford Street Haul August '15

A visit to London isn't complete without a quick trip to the LUSH Cosmetics store in Oxford Street. I went to London last week to visit my sister and we nipped into the shop to grab a few things before exploring London. I didn't get that much really but I thought I'd show you what I picked up and what you can find in Oxford Street Lush.









Big Bang bubble bar is a huge, blue solid bubble bath. It has a strong citrus smell so it will be really uplifting and happy in the bath. The pink stars on the top are a bath melt which is a nice touch and adds some moisturising power to the bath. I love the Lush bubble bars so I'm excited to use this one.

Cyanide Pill is a bath bomb I've heard loads about so I made sure I grabbed one on this trip! It smells like a faint marzipan kinda smell and it apparently has a load of silver glitter in the middle which is always great :)

Floating Island bath oil is so perfect I got four. I've had three of them before but I just love the vanilla smell and it makes the bath water so soft, I wish I could have one every bath. I love the Floating Island bath melt that Lush do too.

Miles of Smiles toothy tabs caught my eye because they are triple mint. I love the idea of toothy tabs (Lush's alternative to toothpaste) but haven't really liked any of the flavours we sell in store. This mint one smells lovely so hoping I like these ones!

Purple FUN. Everyone has to have FUN in their life - bath play doh?! Yes please! This purple version is pear scented and exclusive to Oxford Street so I just picked one up. I always use my FUN for bath bubbles and they last ages.

Determined eyeliner is a brown, cream eyeliner. I love the formula of the Independent eyeliner by Lush and I knew Oxford Street had a whole new range of exclusive make up that I wanted to try. My original plan was to go fro all the crazy and exotic colours but when it came to it I opted for this safe but lovely deep, chocolate brown.

Composed is the more risky of the eyeliners I chose! Composed is a steel blue colour with lots of shimmer and it is just beautiful on. It really makes my eyes pop!

I really love the Oxford Street exclusives and now they have been rolled out into Lush stores nationwide I have my fingers crossed that these products, especially the make up range, will be seen in stores soon too :)

Becky xo

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