1 Sep 2014

HELLO AUTUMN

The great thing about having to go in to work over the weekend, is having a Monday off in return! Cue a lazy day of food shopping, eating Chinese food and lounging on our gorgeous new sofa (apartment tour soon!). I wore this super comfy get up, which comprised of skinny ripped jeans, a baseball tee, oversized slouchy cardigan and new Chelsea boots. I know I already said this in my AW14 wish list post, but I'm really loving simple, basic pieces and the moment, and lately I've been injecting a lot of grey and monochrome in to my wardrobe as apposed to bright prints. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a sucker for a good floral dress or blouse, but I've found myself drawn more to laid back, casual pieces.







Cardigan - Primark (bought in a size Large for an oversized fit)
Baseball Tee - ASOS
Jeans - ASOS
Chelsea Boots - 'Randy' by ASOS
Bag - Urban Outfitters
Watch - Michael Kors via John Lewis

I didn't realise until writing this just how ASOS heavy my outfit is, but I think it's fair to say I'm a little bit obsessed with it at the minute. The boots and baseball tee are new additions to my wardrobe after having a major clear out (Blog sale here. All clothing £5!!) and I love them so much. I wanted a pair of heeled Chelsea boots that weren't patent, and would look great with skirts, jeans and dresses, and I think I found them! The cardigan is also something I picked up recently after spotting it on the rails in Primark last week. I love nothing more than a big slouchy knit when the weather starts to get colder, and this one is a great length and weight for this in between weather. I would normally go for a small in Primark for something like this, but I just didn't like the way it fit me, so I sized up to a large and I love it!! I really like the oversized, undone look it has and for £14 it was a steal.

Have you started updating your wardrobe for Autumn? 

29 Aug 2014

ALCHEMY OIL | GRAPEFRUIT HAIR REMEDY

As I'm sure most of you know by now, I'm a big fan of finding products to care for my bleached locks. Since going blonde back in April 2012, my hair has changed quite a lot when it comes to texture, natural style and manageability. I used to be able to leave my hair to dry naturally and was blessed with tumbling curls, but two years on, if I do the same I end up with what can only be described as a limp, almost straight mass of frizz! That being said, I'm sure you can imagine it can take a lot of caring for and heaps of styling and taming to get it looking and feeling healthy. Enter the Alchemy Oil Grapefruit Hair Remedy



Grapefruit Hair Remedy - Alchemy Oils*

This has been an absolute saviour for my hair. I'm no stranger to hair oils and have a couple that I've always enjoyed using, but this one has to be my new favourite, hands down. Like most oils, there are two recommended ways to use the product. The first being as a full 20 minute (or even overnight!) treatment before washing at the roots all the way down, and the second being after washing and conditioning, with a small amount applied to damp hair at the tips.
I've tried this out both ways, and have to say the latter has given me the best results. My hair can go greasy fairly quickly, and I found that when I used the oil on dry hair for around half an hour before washing, it seemed to feel greasy after just a day. It did look and feel a lot healthier and conditioned after washing, but I think it was just a bit too much for my fine hair.
Since then I've used the oil on the tips of my hair when damp, then go on to blow dry and style with my curlers. My hair feels glossy without being heavy, and the ends feel nourished rather than split from all the heat styling!
Another thing worth mentioning is the scent of this gorgeous product. That's mainly down to the citrusy Grapefruit oil, but it's also packed with four other oils; coconut, castor, almond and avocado. The product claims to 'promote growth, thicken hair and impart a lustrous shine'. Now I can't speak for the growth part as I haven't really been monitoring that, but I can definitely agree with the thickening and shine properties! I'll be continuing using this for a long time as a little goes a very very long way, and I'd happily recommend this to anyone looking for a new hair oil that does what it says on the label!

Have you tried this product yet? What's your favourite hair oil?

24 Aug 2014

FORGET ME KNOT

It seems like forever since I uploaded an outfit post on here, so long that I felt a little rusty going outdoors and posing! Anyhow, I really wanted to wear this gorgeous Zara top I picked up in York as it's really unusual compared to other things I own. It zips up at the back and knots at the front in a cute cropped style, I really love the fabric, a cotton shirt material in a baby blue shade with white pinstripes, making it feel sophisticated and easy to dress up or down. I tried it on in the fitting rooms at Zara whilst wearing my vintage lace skirt, and it looked lovely, so I decided to recreate that look again here!






Knotted blouse - Zara
Lace skirt - Vintage
Shoes - Primark
Satchel - LYDC*
Rings - Pandora
Nails - CND Shellac in Electric Orange

Can we all just take a moment to stare at the beautiful baby pink handbag? This beauty is from a brand called LYDC and is the perfect size for carrying round all your essentials. I really love the mock croc detailing on the top, and the envelope style shape. It looks just as cute with a long handle as it does without (it's detachable, fyi!) and adds a subtle pop of colour to any look. Lovely!

I hope you're all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend! Oh how I love being able to lie in on a Monday morning. Bliss!

PS. Have you checked out my blog sale? All clothing is just £5! 

23 Aug 2014

HUGE BLOG SALE - ALL CLOTHING £5!

That's right - it's time for a huge clear out, so I'm giving you lovely people first dibs on my many, many clothes (I have a serious shopping problem, I know...). It's taken pretty much a whole day to put this together, so here goes!

PLEASE READ BEFORE BUYING :)

PRICES: All clothing is £5 per item. All shoes are £10 per pair.
POSTAGE: £2.50 for the first item. 50p for each extra item. (Shoes will be charged at £5 postage per pair due to weight!)
Items will be sent via 2nd class postage. Proof of postage receipt will be emailed to buyers once dispatched. I can not take responsibility for any lost items after this point.
For shipping overseas please comment and I will get back to you with a cost.
PAYMENT: Paypal only.
HOW TO BUY: Please leave a comment with the numbers of the items you would like along with your Paypal email address. I will then send a Paypal invoice to you for the total amount. Please pay within 24 hours. First come, first served!
NO RETURNS!

To see larger images of each item, please check out this gallery I have uploaded where the full size photos are all available to view.


1. Floral sheer smock dress with built in slip // 'Monteau' at TKMaxx // Size Medium
2. SOLD
3. Black sheer maxi dress with lace overlay // Miss Selfridge // Size 10
4. SOLD
5. Light wash denim dungarees // Primark // Size 10
6. Jersey black & white striped cocoon style dress // Monki // Size Small
7. SOLD
8. SOLD
9. SOLD
10. SOLD
11. Blue denim dungaree dress // Primark // Size 12
12. Leather-look dungaree dress // H&M // Size 12


13. Black oversized bat wing blouse // Vila // Size Large
14. White button up tunic shirt with sheer panels // Monki // Size XS/S
15. SOLD
16. SOLD
17. Sheer navy blue floaty blouse with black lace detail // Warehouse // Size 10
18. SOLD
19. SOLD
20. SOLD
21. SOLD
22. Sheer beaded blouse // F&F Limited Editiion // Size 10 PENDING PAYMENT
23. SOLD
24. Vertical white and navy blue stripe tshirt // ASOS // Size 8
25. SOLD
26. Sheer baby blue floral blouse // Primark // Size 12
27. Patterned mint green top with side zip detail // Primark // Size 10
28. Printed 'This Is A Classic T Shirt' Tee // Reebok // Size Small
29. Black volleyball 1989 printed American style button down top // Primark // Size 8
30. SOLD

31. Denim boyfriend fit jacket with Aztec print panels // Choies // One size
32. SOLD
33. SOLD
34. Grey and black sheer printed maxi kimono // Primark // Size XS

35. Floral textured metallic high waisted shorts // Miss Selfridge // Size 10
36. Bleach effect ripped denim hotpants // NaaNaa // Size 12
37. Pastel pink high waisted vintage cut off denim shorts // Levi // Waist 33"
38. Leather-look short // Daisy Street // Size 10
39. Lace & crochet effect skirt // NaNa // Size 8
40. Floral print midi skirt with elasticated waist and button detail // Vintage // Size 12
41. Navy blue brocade patterned trousers (never worn) // Primark // Size 10
42. Slouchy sporty monochrome print trousers with elasticated waist & drawstring // Forever 21 // Size Small 
43. Multi coloured floral midi skirt with elasticated waist & button detail // Primark // Size 10
44. SOLD

45. Lita inspired platform boots with zip fastening & lace up detail // Boohoo / Size 5
46. Nude platform heels // Nelly / Size 5

Happy shopping! :)



19 Aug 2014

AUTUMN/WINTER '14 WISH LIST

The temperatures are dropping yet again, and fluffy knits have started to creep their way back in to my wardrobe (not complaining - I love Autumn fashion!), so I thought it was about time I put together my AW14 wish list / spend a good couple hours drooling over clothes! Lately I've found myself mostly attracted to plain, simple pieces, which is a big change for someone who usually packs her wardrobe with pretty prints. I just love the whole sleek, sophisticated look that has minimal effort, hence why a lot of my picks are fairly simple! Of course I did have to throw in a couple of prints for good measure. Can't forget about those completely!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

The main talking point (and the item that's gone straight to the top of my birthday wishlist for next month) is the coat. I'm obsessed by this gorgeous grey boyfriend coat - perfect with skinny indigo jeans and a tee for day to day wear, or thrown over smart trousers and a blouse for work. I'm dreaming of wearing this in the winter months with my beloved faux fur stole for a classic look. Love! For days when the weather isn't quite cold enough to completely wrap up, I'm a big fan over oversized cardigans. The nude number from Monki is a great midi length that would look just as lovely over a pretty dress and boots as it would over a baggy tee, leggings and trainers. Speaking of shoes, let's just take a moment to appreciate the boots I've picked out. Navy blue pointy suede beauties, and chunky classic black Chelsea boots - great investment pieces that will see you through right in to next Summer and probably years to come after that too!
Other pieces that have been catching my eye are chic A-Line leather skirts,  classic stripe tees and boxy blouses in muted floral prints. I'm also loving chunky leather rucksacks and fluffy bobble hats when it comes to accessories, again keeping everything nice and simple!

I hate to say it, but I almost want Autumn to hurry up now after seeing all the beautiful pieces hitting stores lately. Let's face it, Summer is pretty much done and dusted! Autumn Winter is always my favourite time of year for fashion as I love a good knitwear, I get over excited about coats and the thought of buying a new pair of boots makes me giddy like a little child! I won't even begin to mention how much I love layering! I'll stop now...

What are you lusting after for next season?


11 Aug 2014

MAKE UP FOR PALE SKIN: BLUSH & BRONZE

It's time for the second instalment of my pale skin series, where I show you the best products I've found for my pastey complexion. If you missed the first post I did on make up bases for pale skin then you can catch up with that one here. I talk through my favourite foundations, concealers and setting powders, but today's topic is blushes and bronzers! For me, when it comes to adding colour to the skin, whether that be with a contouring product, something to add a healthy bronzed glow or a pop of blush to the cheeks, it has to be subtle. If I'm too heavy handed with colour then I literally have to wipe my cheeks clean and start again, otherwise I resemble one of those scary porcelain dolls with the bright rosy cheeks (not the good kind!). Everything I'm going to mention varies in pigmentation, but all are really buildable when applied lightly, and give a really natural finish when used sparingly.
Bronzer was something I would only tend to use when I'd applied a bit of fake tan, but since taking these photos I've actually fallen in love with a liquid bronzer I've recently discovered. Enter The Body Shop 'Honey Bronze' Bronzing Gel for Face! It's basically a bronzer in a runny gel formula that's designed to add a subtle sweep of colour to the face. I think it's meant to be applied all over, but I've been buffing mine in to skin as a contour at my cheek bones using a stippling brush. It gives a lovely dewy finish and blends in really nicely. Before this came in to my life I'd been using a light dusting of the Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzing Compact Powder in Light Shimmer. I like this one as it's a lovely light shade for paler skin tones, and the shimmer is really subtle. I suffer from quite visible pores in certain areas of my face so have to be careful with shimmery products, but this is just right. Another couple to mention that I didn't photograph (oops) are the Sleek Contour Kit in Light and Benefit's Hoola Bronzer. These are two really great matte alternatives if you really don't want to add any shimmer, especially when it comes to contouring, and although they do look a little scary in the pan, they blend out really nicely and a little goes a long way!


For me, blushers are the most important part of my make up routine as they give my complexion a bit of life! I tend to go for rose shades (English rose and all that!) most of all, but I'm also partial to a coral or a baby pink! I have way too many blushes to feature, so I've whittled it down to my absolute favourites. The one I reach for most is my NARS blush in Orgasm. There's something about this pinky coral that makes my skin look so much nicer and brighter. It does have a fair bit of shimmer which may be a little too much for some, but I can just about handle it. All the others I've chosen to feature have a matte finish. I'd recommend Illamasqua's Nymph - a bright candy pink, Benefit's Dandelion and Natural Collection's Peach Melba - both peachy shades , all of which have a great colour pay off. Nymph is obviously a lot brighter, so use this one with caution as it is VERY pigmented, but once blended out it gives a lovely pop of colour on the apples of the cheeks. Dandelion and Peach Melba are very similar (I'd probably go as far to say as dupes) and give a really natural rose flush, perfect for every day. Finally, and best of all in my opinion, is the Fine One One cream blush from Benefit. This comes in stick form and almost resembles a roll up deodorant, but once you get past the bizarre packaging, it's my all time favourite blush. I won't harp on about it too much as I've written a whole blog post on this beauty here, but it's basically a pink blush, coral blush and highlighter all in one, which gives the most amazing dewy glow to the cheeks and works perfectly on pale skin.

So there we have it! That's my run down of the best blushes and bronzers I've found for pale skin tones. Obviously there will be a lot more than these but these are the ones I've come across so far. If there's any others that you'd recommend then let me know! 

Next time I'll be back with a run down of my favourite eye products, featuring eyeshadows and a few eyeliner, mascara and brow recommendations for good measure!

9 Aug 2014

MAKING MR COCO! | ALPRO COCONUT ORIGINAL

As many of you will know, I'm a big fan of Alpro products and I tend to collaborate with the Alpro brand quite often on the blog, so when I was asked to try out the new Coconut Original Drink, of course I said yes! Alpro is a brand known for their dairy alternatives; perfect for those with an intolerance or wanting to reduce the amount of dairy products in their diet. They specialise in milks made from yummy ingredients such as hazelnuts and almonds, as well as yogurts and deserts, and have now launched a delicious Coconut drink to add to the collection. This is something I was pretty excited about, as I'm a big fan of Coconut waters, so the idea of a milky version had me super intrigued.
You may have seen the television advert for the new Coconut Original drink (if not then scroll to the bottom of the post! You're welcome!) with the cute little monkey, Mr Coco, who has an embarrassing moment when he is blasted from the back of a whale on to a tiny boat in the middle of the ocean, and lands with a crash in to a lovely lady monkey! Well, Alpro kindly sent me a crafty kit to make my very own Mr Coco doll! I've made a little video below to show you (at super fast speeds) the making of my doll, who is crafted from felt and held together with oodles of glue and stitching. He was a fiddly little thing to make but I really enjoyed getting back in to sewing and making this little fellow!



Back to the drink itself, Alpro Coconut Original is a lovely refreshing drink made from coconut milk and rice. It's got a really smooth texture to it, ever so slightly thicker than milk and tastes incredibly fresh. I loved the taste of this and would maybe even go as far as saying I preferred it to coconut waters (high praise there). I also used it to make a smoothie with strawberries, frozen berries, mango and watermelon and it was delicious. Another thing I'd say is that this lasts a long time too! Once opened you can drink the Coconut drink for up to 4 or 5 days unlike the usual 2-3 of similar drinks.


Overall, I'm really impressed with the new addition to Alpro's range, and I'd definitely recommend it, especially if you're dairy intolerant or on a bit of a health kick! I'm going to be buying some more for smoothies as it adds a really nice taste to them, and I'm dying to try a cheeky cocktail (or two) - hello Pina Coladas!!

Have you tried the new Coconut drink? What do you think of Alpro's products?

Disclaimer: I have been gifted a bottle of Alpro Coconut Original and a Mr Coco Crafting Kit by Alpro for review purposes. I have not been paid to write this post. As always, all views are my own and 100% honest.