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Embracing Autumn

3 Sep

Hello wonderful readers. Are you in as much shock as me? It’s September already!! I will say in total cliché style that I don’t know where the year has gone. We’ve had a lovely summer and us English roses were very fortunate to have a heat wave in July.

Speaking of waves, it’s now time to start waving goodbye to our summer wardrobes, unless you’re jetting off in the next couple of months for a last ditch week of sunshine you lucky beggars! 

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This summer was all about embracing the new; pastels, prints, brights, and well colour… to my mono-boring clothing collection. I very happily adopted lots of new make-up, nail polishes, clothes, accessories and two kittens. Now it’s getting colder my mind is shifting to; snoods, boots, hot chocolate, coats and everything else in the quest for warmth.

However I still want to add some new so this is all about embracing Autumn.

I usually love wines, plums, warm greys and blacks and I picked a few items to mirror this in an outfit i’d wear back to college or university.

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My essentials clothing wise is the ability to layer clothes. Wearing some black ‘boyfriend jeans’, a short sleeved wine jumper with a ‘peter pan’ collar and warm grey ‘waterfall’ cardigan. I like to turn to warmer, richer colours and these reflect some items that would turn my head in a shop. The Jeans are multifunctional as is the cardigan.

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Teaming with some classic Doc Martin boots and a novelty bobble hat. I love my hats, I have a small knitted horde of them they’re cute, comfy and practical in the colder months which is perfect for me as I get ear ache very easily. The boots will be a great companion for my warm tootsies all I need is some fluffy thermal socks!

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Keeping all your supplies handy in a black leather crossover bag, lets face it us girls like to carry around a lot of crap. Double that if you’re going to college or university as you have books and supplies and all sorts! A big bag for me is a necessity and I really like this one as it plays on the school satchel style. As far as the ring goes, who doesn’t like a statement pieces of jewellery.

My make-up palette will consist of browns, coppers, plums, berry reds and blacks. Here is some of my wishlist items.

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I really want to pick up the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, followed by the infamous Kate Moss Lipsticks in the shades 107 & 111, I will be purchasing the MUA Chocolate Box shadow trio and the Sugar Plum Kohl Liner by Sleek – look at the swatch! So pretty!

What are your autumn essentials this year?

Much Love x

 

Guest Post – Fashion On A Budget: Forever 21 Jewellery

24 Aug

Hello everyone. My name is Hayley and I normally blog at Water Painted Dreams but today I’m writing a little guest post to introduce you to my new love: Forever 21. I know that there isn’t a Forever 21 in every city but one opened quite recently in Glasgow and it’s my new love. Even if there isn’t one near you then they have a website where you can shop online! I was impressed by the sheer size of the Glasgow store, never mind the items. It’s 3 massive stories of just clothes, shoes, and jewellery.

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Now I’m more of a beauty blogger but I do try my hardest to put together nice outfits. But one thing that I really struggle with is jewellery. The trends in jewellery change more often than with clothes, and a necklace from Topshop can cost a small fortune. I also think that Primark jewellery isn’t worth the low prices because they break and often look quite tacky. Enter Forever 21.

Both of these items were £3.15 which I would say is a middle ground on the price. And yet they’re extremely well made. I really love the earrings because they look really classy and the white ones go with just about everything. This set also came in white, red and black which would be great for a/w. But my favourite piece has to be the joy necklace. I love the aqua colour of the lettering and it’s a great reminder to appreciate the smaller things in life(even if it does look like ‘you’ if you look at it in the mirror). The jewellery starts from about £1.50 for smaller pieces and granted more ‘statement’ pieces get a lot more expensive but I feel that they are very good quality for money. I’ll definitely be back.

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Bloggers Love Event

16 Aug

A few weeks ago I had an email drop in my into my inbox from Bloggers Love asking me to attend an event in London. I was literally so overwhelmed to be asked to my first event especially after only being a few months old as a blogger.

I was incredibly nervous about going and not knowing anyone, so I arranged to meet Lorilee from Lorilee’s London so we could attend together! She was so lovely and met me at Euston Train station as I wasn’t overly confident where I was going…seriously I could get lost in a dead end street. 

On a walk through London to Leicester Square I got to marvel at the sight of Tottenham Court Road & Oxford Street before we arrived at the venue. We met another lovely blogger Sophie from SOPHisticateXX and her friend Becky.

The event was to showcase two fabulous designers efforts, Angel Armogida & Nicola Crawford. Angel is an amazing evening wear designer take a look at her website here!  she had such a stunning little collection on show all of which were modelled by beautiful lads and ladies.

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Here is a shot of her collection and unique pieces on display, all of which you could tell had been handmade with the uttermost love and attention to detail. I especially loved the Aurora dress that was displayed, such a sparkly spin on the classic ‘LBD’ even worthy of the ‘Blingaphobe’s’ wardrobe!

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After swooning over the evening wear and wishing I was a tad skinnier! I wandered over to see the jewellery by Nicola Crawford. I had researched this lady prior to this event and when I saw her collections on her website it was love at first sight. No joke!

I encourage you to check out her website here!!. Her pieces are wonderfully hand crafted and so intricate I especially loved her leaf rings as I adore nature inspired pieces. Her entire collection just sung a whimsical story that captured a touch of magic.

Here is a shot of a few of the pieces on display. The detail as you can see is second to none.

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Being a keen jewellery maker myself I was so inspired by her work. Definitely a designer I will be keeping an eye on!

Aside from a fab fashion show and gorgeous jewellery Bloggers Love also provided some amazing cupcakes and free manicures. The view from the venue was snapshot perfect and I was totally in love with the whole evening.

Here are a few other snaps from my evening –

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Cupcakes & Table Centre Pieces.

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The lovely Lorilee enjoying her manicure! She was so lovely I felt very honoured to meet her.

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Gift Bags for all the attendees – each had the cutest little silver key charm inside which I have happily adopted.

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The view from The Penthouse – The London Eye & Big Ben! I was such a tourist, I have been to London several times but have never seen these two iconic London attractions – i’m such a saddo!

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A picture of my manicure which was done by http://www.fourfingersonethumb.co.uk/ such a lovely lady! My OPI Nails in Paprika were perfect!

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Here are the ladies at work on Sophie and Becky’s nails. Another two fab ladies that I met!

Would just like to thank Bloggers Love for inviting me and for the two designers for showing their talent.

Much Love x

 

 

Beauty Blogger Tag

21 Jul

Very excited to be doing my first tag post! I have lots of love and thanks go give to Katie from http://beautyandthebakerblog.blogspot.co.uk/ if you don’t know this blog go on and take a peek now, i’ll wait for you………… are you back now? Ok brill!

Right then so onto this tag! Now this is my first time, i’m a little nervous so take it easy on me please 😉

1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.

I rarely groom my eyebrows. Purely because I have had the plucking life scared out of me (see what I did there, ha!) by seeing my older sisters over pluck to that trendy 90’s fine line. My eyebrow hairs are really fair rather pale and sickly looking (poor dears) and if I over trim or pluck I look like I barely have anything there! I try to keep them to a defined shape but my brows scare me!

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?

I am better at washing them then I used to be! My old trick was to wipe them on a baby wipe or similar and reuse them. I thought this was acceptable, *holds out wrist for a slapping*… NOT anymore however! although I should wash them more regularly, I definitely wash them correctly now. A serious step in the right direction!

3. How long will you last with chipped nail varnish?

On average around 5 seconds. After this I start chipping away at it as it’s the most satisfying feeling ever, terrible for your nails so don’t you guys do it!

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it (i.e., top coat, foundation and so on)?

It depends what it is! I am terrible at replacing mascara even when it starts to dry up I will continue to use it way past the recommended shelf life! Some things i’m good with though and I will buy them just before the old runs out and dies so there is no gap in between… I wished I was this organised with all things in life…

5. What is your worst beauty habit?

Picking spots (eeeewwww) I just can’t help it though, I tell myself it will help it disappear quicker if I pick at it – sigh.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.

Cleaning the oven. Hands up who likes cleaning the oven? I hate it… even Mr Muscle doesn’t make me want to get to it. It’s definitely one thing I will procrastinate on over and over and over again.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?

I absolutely hate being rushed! However if I give myself too much time to think about what makeup to wear or how to style my hair I get in a fluster!! I like to take a hour all in all to get dressed, hair, makeup & nails. I think that’s acceptable? Right?…

8. Can you commit to spending bans?

Hmmm yes and no. I realise that sometimes money can be rather tight, bills, food and necessities need to be prioritised so when I have my sensible head on I can save and not spend. However I do get those days where I am just feeling a little deflated and a trip to the high street is just the remedy required. I think you have to treat yourself now and again; A) because you’re worth it and B) because it doesn’t hurt now and again.

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collections? 

My makeup is split up. I have a makeup bag with all my everyday essentials in and a larger bag with the rest of my collection. My nail polishes all live an an old Converse box – I really would like to organise them better.

10. What is the longest time you’ve gone without writing a blog post? 

I have tried to slow down between blog posts a little, purely because I don’t want to post for the sake of it and for the quality of what I write to become less. I try to post 2/3 times a week but lately this has been more like 1/2 times.

Right my lovelies thank you for reading my first tag post! I hope you enjoyed my rambles and now onto my blogs to tag!

http://www.nickisnicknackery.com/

http://www.littlemissaverage.com/

http://www.newbeautyrevolution.blogspot.co.uk/

http://amysannex.blogspot.co.uk/

http://whatmollyloves.blogspot.co.uk/

Love you all x

Liebster Awards

15 Jul

I cannot believe I am writing another Liebster Award post! I was so chuffed the first time I was nominated but since I have been completely overwhelmed because I have been nominated a further four times! Totally gobsmacked but I want to thank all of you who have nominated and everyone who stops by my little blog. Massive love xx

The lovely ladies who nominated me are –

Shona from http://www.shonaelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk/

Suz from http://bloosieslife.blogspot.co.uk/

Steph from http://stephaniemaverick.blogspot.co.uk/

Katie from http://curledfantasies.wordpress.com/

Before you read on I urge you to go and pay each of these beauts a visit as they all have fabulous blogs and I feel very lucky to have them in my little blogging world, they’ll rock yours promise! xx

As I have been asked similar questions by each lovely lady i’ll condense the ones that are the same or similar to make the post less of a bore 😉 x

Down to the questions –

Asked by Shona

1. Did you have an inspiration to start blogging? if yes, who? (Asked by Shona & Suz)
I didn’t really have any blogging inspiration, I had heard of some successful beauty bloggers but really mine started because I just wanted somewhere to release my ramblings. I didn’t have a particular subject I wanted to blog about just anything that interested me.
2. If you could travel to one place right now, where would you go?
I would say the beach. I love a nice sandy beach, one I can dig my toes in the sand take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery and just recharge my batteries!
3. Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Just one?! ooooh…. I really love mint choc chip – it’s a classic right?
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4. Favourite handbag item?
Aside from the obvious I always carry a notepad and or sketchbook. If inspiration strikes then I have the tools to capture it or scribble my mad idea down before I forget it! I love doodling and writing notes / lists so these are actually as essential as my purse and phone.
5. Sun or Snow?
Can a girl have both? I love the sunny weather but as i’m pale the sun can effect me a little too easily if i’m not careful but the snow is fun to muck around in and look at!
6. Favourite type of shoes?
I am a boots kind of girl, you can get casual ones or dressy ones, ankle, mid calf, knee high or thigh high boots. So many options, so little wardrobe space…
7. Bold eyes or bold lips?
I struggle to carry off bold lips so I would definitely go with eyes!
8. Favourite TV show?
I do love a bit of Come Dine With Me or Don’t Tell The Bride, these I have on series link so I always have a stash of episodes to watch!
9. Bath or shower?
Showers! They are so much more refreshing, I will relax in a bath if i’m having a bad time of the…ok i’ll stop there (you get the hint!)
10. Least favourite shop?
I hate…HATE the supermarket, especially on a weekend. People are rude, I always get my foot ran over and guaranteed I will get walked into..I am nearly 5ft 9″ am I really that hard to miss?!
11. Favourite colour nail polish?
This has got to be the hardest for me…I love (at the moment) pastel shades and I am currently wearing a lovely mint green from Rimmel.
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Asked by Suz

1. Bourbon cream or custard cream?
Bourbon Cream, no doubt about it!
2. Camping or luxury hotel?
I haven’t had any good experiences camping so for now I will have to say luxury hotel! However I would love to have a good camping experience!
 3. What’s your favourite word?
Serendipity! It means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; a fortunate mistake. Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.
 4. What smell do you like the most?
I love the smell of fresh clean washing, fresh cut grass, my vanilla cupcake Yankee candle and my boyfriend’s aftershave.
 5.What’s the worst Christmas present you have ever received?
Haha. The worst present was a computer mouse. Yes that’s right I tried my best to look grateful (I was grateful…it’s a useful present! but when it’s all you have under the tree to open from your boyfriend it’s a bit…oh thanks) I still feel bad about it now! Sorry Rob! x
 6. Which is your favourite season?
I like Autumn, it’s pretty, colourful and still can be rather warmish.
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 8. Laptop or desktop?
Desktop, I prefer being able to sit up straight when working at the computer!
 9. Bright colours or pastel colours? 
I am scared of a lot of bright colours so definitely pastels although these are new to me too!
10. What is your ideal day off? 
My ideal day off would be a good productive day, being somewhere I enjoy like the beach and feeling like i’d made a difference to someone that day.
11. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Salad. I could eat the stuff till the cows come home. I swear I was a rabbit in a previous life! x

Asked by Steph

1. If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be? e.g. home, your bed, on vacation. 
I would definitely be on holiday! Somewhere sunny 🙂
2. What’s your favourite lipstick? 
My current favourite is Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. Infact i’ve used it all up 😦
3. When it comes to eyeliner do you wing it, smoke it or not use it? 
I generally wing it when I wear it but it’s not often as it doesn’t last well on my oily lids!
4. Dragons or unicorns?
Dragons for sure!

“I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, khaleesi to Drogo’s riders, and queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.”

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5. If you could meet anyone in the world from any time period who would it be? e.g. Amelia Earhart, Tom Cruise.
 I would meet Cleopatra, get her to tell me where she is buried and then make the find of the century uncovering her tomb. Yes I love Egyptology.
6. Do you prefer your hair up or down?
I usually sling my hair up, I say sling that is quite an accurate description of what I do. Me and hair do not get on well.
7. On vacation of you wear dresses and skirts or jeans and shorts? 
Hmmm I haven’t been on a decent holiday for a few years now but I would say shorts for the daytime and dresses / skirts for the evening.
8. Sandals or flip-flops? 
 I love both and can’t possibly choose. Don’t make me 😦
9. What is your favourite feel-good summertime song right now? 
I love the new Will-I-Am Song ❤
11. What do you want to get out of blogging, where do you see yourself a year from now? 
I don’t want to get anything out of blogging really, I am happy whatever happens. It’s lovely that people are following me and enjoying my writings and if PR companies want to further work with me great but it’s still my ramblings,  nothing more. In a year I see myself applying to university and having just blogged about my year in college as a mature student and about my art.

Asked by Katie

1) What is your all-time favourite nail polish? Brand and colour! 

The common brand in my nail polish collection is Rimmel but I wouldn’t proclaim it the favourite.. I am loving the new Barry M Gelly Hi Shines! If I had to pick a colour it would be Prickly Pear!

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2) If I were to give you £100 what would you spend it on?

I would probably take my other half out for a decent anniversary meal and date. ❤

3) What is your favourite high street store?

Primark. That’s right…I said it.

4) How would you describe your personal style?

If I had to describe it in 3 words it would be – Mixed, Comfy, Classic.

5) Top beauty/styling tip?

I would say that hygiene is really important, clean those makeup brushes girl!

6) What’s your favourite film?

Insert geek moment – Scott Pilgrim VS The World… I heart that film, so so so much.

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7) If you could visit anywhere in the world where would that be?

Egypt. I love the history and if I had the grades i’d of gone into Egyptology and Archaeology. x

8) What is your favourite meal?

Caramelised onion, roast cherry tomato and steak salad. Yum x

9) Do you have any siblings?

3 half sisters and a half brother.

10) What is your guilty pleasure? (This can be ANYTHING – food, tv, film…)

I love video games! World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Skyrim, Fable…geeeeeek!

11) Where do you live? I love to know where my fellow bloggers are!

I live in Warwickshire in the United Kingdom 🙂

 

Right! Time to nominate some more wonderful bloggers and share the Liebster love!

I would like to nominate –

Mari @ http://themarimaskscara.blogspot.co.uk/

Katy @ http://gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Steph @ http://scottishstefsnails.blogspot.co.uk/

Megan @ http://www.littlemissaverage.com/

Fifi @ http://fifimcgee.blogspot.co.uk/

Emma @ http://lifeispeachytales.blogspot.co.uk/

Jess @ http://coffeeandcosmetics.blogspot.co.uk/

Nora Lilly @ http://hello-you-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

Steph @ http://stephsinsidevoice.blogspot.co.uk/

Sazzle @ http://sazzle262.wordpress.com/

Not all of these ladies are beauty bloggers. They all have their own unique blogs which I love reading. Please check them out!

My questions to you all are –

Cat, Dog or Other Pet?

If you had to choose would you rather be blind or deaf?

What life motto do you live by?

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction?

What’s your go to skin care routine?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Describe your personality in 3 words?

What’s your chinese zodiac sign and does it describe you well?

Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?

 

I hope you enjoyed my post and reading my answers to all the questions I was asked. I look forward to seeing my nominees answers Xx

 

The hunt is on – Accessories.

5 Jul

What girl doesn’t love to accessorise? The maker or breaker of an outfit, the icing on the cake…choosing the right accessories is no small feat. My indecisiveness is my Achilles’s Heal. I love too many of my beaded beauties, each uniquely different and each bringing their own element and edge to an outfit.

The only saving grace in this dilemma is the defined colour palette i’m dealing with, everything in my collection that isn’t Silver, Turquoise, Teal or Pearls is out of the question for actual day, but for the rest of the days either side of the wedding I am sure one or two more will slip into the suitcase…

So now I am officially on wedding countdown… I have until July 29th to get every little detail perfected, without further adieu here is my selection of accessories to choose from.

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Normally I like to stay rather minimal with jewellery. I will go with a necklace alone or an earring/bracelet combo. Even though the occasion calls for a casual edge I still want to look my best. I am very into my ‘ethnic and tribal style’ jewellery when it comes to the turquoise scene. Having said that I love the delicate and dainty too! I adore these pieces that I have purchased over the years, memories attached to each of them. My eye is always on the lookout for a bit of sparkle..must be the magpie in me (I blame my mum for that)…

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My little genuine Turquoise beads, bought from a boutique jewellers in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on my twentieth birthday, I do not wear these as much as i’d like. This costume jewellery cuff with filigree detailing and teal enameling is right up my street and was a treasured discovery from a car boot sale. I am a sucker for second hand shops and car boot sales for bargins, the thrify side to me!

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A genuine Turquoise pendant on  a round silver wire I think is beautifully elegant and simplistic which I bought from Woolacome in Devon in a pasty shop believe it or not. The handmade spiral bead necklace is a casual piece I love, a little wooden button to clasp it and all for £1 at a local market.

Below are some potential accessory combinations, let me know what you prefer! Help me pick!

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Necklace & Drop Earrings

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Drop Earrings & Bracelet Cuff

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Silver Bangles & Necklace

 

If you have any combination suggestions, please do leave your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Much Love x

The hunt is on – The shoes

28 Jun

With the hunt for the dress done and the first item clearly scratched off the itinerary we move onto the second item in question – shoes.

If you’ve followed my previous posts in this little blog series you’ll know that my dress is by the brand Minimum and is an unusual mint green/pastel blue shade titled ‘mink’…(?!)

th41368612500Minimum DAKSHA frnt oil blueMy dilemma for shoes is that the majority of the wedding celebrations will be outside so that means no stiletto heels as i’ll just sink in the grass and i’ll need something I won’t mind wearing on the beach…

I obviously want something to go with the colour of the dress and thought something turquoise would be rather nice!

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Turquoise Cross Strap Peeptoe Wedge Heels – Newlook £27.99

These are stunning and such a beautiful colour, but as i’m rather tall anyway wearing something this high would cause the maxi dress to not reach the floor and start to bash the ankles..(not so elegant!)..

Looking to something more on the flat side of things I found these lovely little things.

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Turquoise Stud Strap Sandal – Newlook £15.99

I definitely think something along these lines would be more appropriate to wear but I wanted something slightly more smart looking to wear.

This is when I found these beauties..

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Not only the colour I wanted but also a bargin at £12.00! The padding on the sole of the sandal gives that extra comfort whilst wearing which is a bonus! Here is a closer photo at the intricate detailing.

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The layers of beads in turquoise, yellow and amber along with the wood give them a real ethnic tribal feel which I adore. Definitely smart enough for my summer wedding, along with the practicality of flats.

Definitely a happy girl! Things are starting to come together!

Next on the list… Accessories! more on the Silver & Turquoise scale I think!

What do you think? xx

Shopping haul #1

23 Jun

As the title says I went shopping! Hurrah!

Picture 501Behold the haul of goodies! My shopping trip included – Topshop, Bank, Pilot, Primark & Millie’s Cookies (naughty I know – guilty pleasure!). 

Here’s a picture of my nosy dog investigating my purchases, she always has to see if i’ve brought anything home for her!

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Anyway onto the actual haul! 

Picture 504Left to Right – Primark  dusky pink delicate knit cardigan// Bank coral peeptoe flats// Primark light grey cardigan// Topshop magic liner in black// Lips by Topshop Beatnik dirty pink nude//  Primark natural look false lashes//. 

If you want to see what I purchased from Pilot check out my The hunt is on – Summer wedding dress post.

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I always pop into Primark when I go shopping simply because it’s great to see what bargins they have. The stock changes in there so quickly that nothing ever seems to be the same when I go. I wanted a light grey cardigan that was light, covered by bum but wasn’t a waterfall style. They had quite a selection and I opted for this one.

Picture 507Sums up pretty much everything I wanted! awesome. Also ended up leaving with this one as it’s beautiful and I love it!

Picture 508This photo does make it look more purple then pink but it’s a really soft vintage pink colour and it’s super comfy to wear! Both of these cardigans were £10.00 from Primark which lets face it, is an absolute steal!. I also picked up some false lashes to wear to the wedding i’m going to next month. I have used these before and for what they are you can’t go wrong for a £1.00! They do 3 different styles but the natural effect are the ones I prefer.

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I went in to check out their makeup range as I have been dying to see what the fuss is about. I have heard so much about their range I decided to pick up a couple of bits.

20E14CBLK_normalI have always been dubious about these ‘magic liners’ I have always struggled with a good liner flick but this wasn’t too far on the pricey scale, so I decided to give it a shot! – Not a bad first attempt eh?!

Picture 510I also purchased my second… Lips by Topshop in the colour Beatnik (also pictured above). I am all about dirty pink nudes and this is no exception to the love affair. Take a look at my Product picks for summer post for a more detailed review of this lippy.

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And a swatch..

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Bank

I don’t often get to go in this shop as it’s not in my local town but I couldn’t resist on this occasion! Which leads me to my next purchase.

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These are stunning and perfect for adding a pop of colour to your outfit this summer. I took it as an omen that these were the only pair left and they were in my size. I hardly needed anymore convincing then that. £10.00 in the sale ❤

Right that’s the lot apart from the Pilot purchase but you have to check out my Summer Wedding Dress post for that one!

Much Love x

The hunt is on – The dress

23 Jun

If you’ve seen my last post you know i’m in a tiz trying to find the perfect summer wedding outfit. This post is dedicated to the finding my ideal dress.

Once I knew I had to find something new to wear I had a firm idea in my head of what I wanted. I thought something along the Nautical style would compliment not only the scenery of the wedding but what the boyfriend has to wear also. Upon searching Google, I found that the only nautical dresses I could find were flimsy jersey material that unless you wear no pants and have a flat washboard tummy are highly unflattering (especially on me)…

284231809This black and white stripe maxi vest dress from Newlook comes in at £16.99 and although it’s nice for summer I wouldn’t wear it to a wedding. This kind of relaxed style dress seems to be mirrored in all the highstreet shops and go-to websites for women’s fashion as far as nautical is concerned.

I really wanted something with a bit more structure…

008555baThis gorgeous dress I spotted in Bank and although it wasn’t nautical it certainly was keeping with the blue/white theme I had pictured. The Little Mistress Alyssa Lace Panel Maxi Dress was on the hanger at £70.00 and although it looked beautiful it just wasn’t “me”.

08555bcI wanted to show you a closer look at the intricate beading and sequins along the lace panels, right up some people’s streets i’m sure but just not up mine. I have quite understated tastes and this was just a bit “much” for me.

My hunt continued…

By now I have kind of come to the conclusion that my initial idea of a beautiful structured stripy maxi dress was out the window. I was feeling a little deflated and overwhelmed….what would I look for now?! 

Over a vanilla latte to boost my spirits I started thinking about how I have been trying to push the boat out and expand my wardrobe colours, anyway sugar boost and pep talk done. Outside of the coffee shop was Pilot so I decided a quick look wouldn’t hurt.

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What do you think to this little beauty?! It’s gorgeous isnt it! I found this on a rail and it’s a brand i’m unfamiliar with. This dress by Minimum is only what I can describe as a grecian style maxi dress in a bluey mint colour. It’s a simple dress with an elasticated line just under the bust and hangs beautifully to the floor. I have to say despite being a bit on the booby side I really fell in love with this dress. £70.00 lighter and the first item can be crossed off my itinerary!

Picture 502Now I need to accessorise it accordingly – i’m thinking silvers and light grey and maybe a colour pop of turquoise?

What do you think? Xx

The hunt is on – The perfect summer wedding outfit.

23 Jun

Summer is a the season to get married, my boyfriend and I have friends who are doing just that this year. Our friends are having their lovely wedding in Cornwall at the end of July and we are very much looking forward to attending.

Only recently I found out that the theme of the wedding (dress code wise) was slightly more on the casual scale with the “Summer frocks and flip-flops” emblazoned on the invitation. Ok not so bad I thought, I have a few smart maxi dresses tucked away in my wardrobe and I had one particular in mind. A long elegant vintage dusky pink maxi dress with a halter neck tie and wooden bead detail on the straps. I thought that was me sorted….I was wrong.

My boyfriend has the role of an usher for the wedding and has been given a few bits of clothing to wear to match the others. He’ll be wearing a linen blazer, chino and boat shoe ensemble.

843225797-690-G38s798-867-G38s Won’t he look smart! All items above are from Next in the current men’s summer range.

So if you’re getting my drift my happy idea of a vintage pink number will clash the socks off what my other half  has to wear…oh dear. This now can only mean one thing, with just under 6 weeks to go to the wedding – my hunt for the perfect summer wedding outfit is on! 

Wedding Outfit Itinerary

1. Dress

2. Shoes

3. Accessories

4. Makeup

5. Hair

It’s going to be a challenging 6 weeks, let the hunt begin!

Much Love x

My product picks for summer

22 Jun

I do not proclaim myself to be a ‘fashionista beauty guru’ but I do love trying new things and finding little gems among the overwhelming range of products on my local highstreet. What girl doesn’t honestly love feeling like she looks her best? Because when you’re looking good, it makes you feel great! (Well it does for me anyway!)..

Lately I have really pushed the boat out and tried to move away from my safe harbour what I know and branch out into the unknown territory of beauty. I thought it would be really nice to share a few of my new discoveries!

Skin

With the seasonal change the weather has turned rather muggy in my little corner of the UK. My skin has unfortunately not welcomed this change and has become super oily. This of course as the story goes has led to several breakouts and me being exceptionally fed up over it all. Instead of admitting defeat, this time I took action!

Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream

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This has become my new mattifying mate! This moisturiser is a match made in heaven for my oily/combination skin. It’s all made with natural organic ingredients (sounds rather posh doesn’t it!). The main star of this show is the Willowbark which is supposed to help clarify your skin and provide all day shine control along with hydration and protection. Sounds a lot for this little tub of cream!

In my opinion it’s doing wonders for my skin, I have been applying it on a cleansed face in the morning before make up to give myself a good base to work on. So far without any primer my foundation has been lasting all day and at 17.00 it’s just starting to break down around my nose. Bear in mind, i’ve used no primer and not set with any ‘powder so I am sure this will be a well used product as the summer months continue and whilst we might not get any sunshine, my skin will be shine free! Hurray!!! Despite the thick texture appearance it does blend and absorb into my skin easily and the anti-shine effect is instantly noticeable!

I would definitely recommend this to my fellow oily skinned friends, go try it!! If you needed another reason it’s cheap as chips too so there is NO excuse!!

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying Mask

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Still sending offerings of thanks to the skies for the angel that sent this to me as a substitute in my online shopping! My skin has needed a bit of pepping up lately, it’s been a sorry old state! So, I was hunting for a face mask that would do just that. If you’ve not guessed from the product above i’m an oily kinda gal so a clay mask was definitely on the cards.

I am totally in love with this product! It first of all smells amazing, a very light and delicate scent. Once I have smoothed it on my skin it’s instantly cooling and feels very refreshing, although it’s menthol in the ingredients that makes it cool it has NO giveaway smell (thankfully!! – I HATE mint and menthol blergh!).

I normally kick back and relax with this on my mush for 15 to 20 minutes, I know i’m ready to rinse when I can’t move my facial muscles (which cracks my other half up!). It’s easy to remove with warm water and doesn’t leave a residue on your skin. After using this I find my skin is extremely soft, I look refreshed and perkier. I find it helps calm my redness patches and reduces swelling on any nasty spots. I have been using this twice a week now for 3 weeks and I am over the moon with the results, I have even noticed my blackheads disappearing. Palmers – I salute you!

If you’re looking for a clay mask, look no further. I promise you will have no regrets!

Makeup

I am very particular with my makeup as I have extremely fair skin, I find I struggle to find shades that suit me especially when it comes to blusher. I tend to shy away from corals and orangey shades as I am paranoid they clash with my hair colour which is a natural dark strawberry blonde/auburn.

However, I have been converted!

MeMeMe Boho Balm Cheek & Lip Tint

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I have been using the colour combination Coral Taupe and I adore it! It has a creamy texture that is easily blendable with your finger tips and creates a peachy glow for your cheeks or a sheer tint to the lips. I found the taupe shade slightly intimidating at first, but, I quickly took the plunge and tried it as a bronzer/contour and it works wonderfully. Either apply with a brush or your fingers for effortless beauty. The only thing I find at a downside of this little gem is it can be quite hard to open.

This is another highstreet steal so go grab yours today!

Lips by Topshop

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How…how on earth have I only just discovered the Topshop Range?! I know beauty bloggers have raved for what seems an age but this range has always been on my “To Do” list. I love dirty pink nudes for my lips, my last favourite being the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. I picked up the Lips by Topshop in the colour Beatnik.

First of all the packaging on the entire Topshop range is so cute and although I think the range is a little pricey for some pieces I was eager to see if they lived up to the hype. I have been living in this colour, I think it’s truly versatile and suits my complexion perfectly. I have worn this with an understated summer makeup, a more rock chick grunge look and even to the office. It has a slight shimmer to it and I find it lasts well on my lips.

If you are new to the Topshop range like myself, check this colour out.

Nails

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know i’ve gone a wee bit potty over nail polishes lately. I have bought loads but the one colour i’m coming back to time and time again is…(drum roll……)..

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint

Barry-M-Gelly-Hi-Shine-Nail-Paint-Prickly-Pear-187727I own two of these beauties this lovely colour (pictured) Prickly Pear and Blueberry. I love the shiny gloss effect they give and the fact I can be lazy and only do one coat and still get a good colour pay off! I have been rocking this colour most of the time since I bought it and I am almost in need of a second!!! I have to say when I repurchase this I will be buying more colours and I have my eye on Lychee, Green berry, Guava & Pomegranate…

barry-m-gelly-hi-shine-nail-paint-prickly-pear.jpgI am sure that these are well and truly on your radar for the summer, if not..where have you been!

 

I hope you enjoyed my post on product picks for summer, please do feel free to share with me what you’re loving this time of year and if you’ve discovered anything new.

Much Love x

 

 

Summer Nails

12 Jun

I have been a little obsessed lately with my nails.

There are sooo many beautiful nail polishes available at the moment in a stunning array of colours. Every time I seem to go shopping another seems to make it home with me…I might have a slight issue (don’t tell!).

I am loving the pastel colour trends but have never been brave enough to try them. This year with my new mantra I have decided to adopted these little beauties. Picture 482

Left to Right – Rimmel Coralicious// Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Rose Libertine// Barry M Prickly Pear// Barry M Blueberry// Rimmel Sky High//Rimmel Sweet as Sugar// Models Own Indian Ocean//Rimmel Mary Quite Contrary.

As you might be able to tell I am always drawn to Rimmel. Their colour shades always keep me coming back for more, today being no exception –

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I have also been drawn to Barry M’s new Gelly Nails range. Super cute colours with a glossy shine… what’s not to love?!

If you are a traditional girl and love your red and pinks have a gander at these…

Picture 484Something to suit everybody here, whilst giving into the Corals and Vintage Pastel colours –

Left to Right – Rimmel Double Decker Bus// Rimmel Apricot Pop//Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Rose Libertine//Rimmel Coralicious (front). 

Pastels more to your taste? Check these –

Picture 488These colours remind me of Dolly Mixture…

Left to Right – Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Prickly Pear// Rimmel Mary Quite Contrary// Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Sweet as Sugar// Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Blueberry.

As with all drugstore nail polishes I find they last better with a top coat and give them 2-3 coats for maximum colour payoff. Go and have a wander into your local drugstore and prepare to be mesmerized by the amazing colours – treat yourself to something new this year.

Tell me what your favourites are for your nails, any excuse for me to try something new!

Much Love x

The Week #1

8 Jun

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This week – Revlon Kiss Me Coral Lipstick Being a shade braver at work//Barry M Gelly Nails Prickly Pear My new fav nail polish range//Bristol Home Town Feeling Home Sick//My Gorgeous Pup Always a pleasure to come home to xx//Boots Botanics Range Trying new things//My Last Holiday Cuba 2011//Family Photos Remembering your roots//Green Eyed Girl No monster, just me//