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STYLE: 7 NOW PIECES FOR YOUR WARDROBE

10 October 2017
As I sit here in a heavy knit induced hot flush (glam as ever), winter is indeed coming as they say - just not as a quick as my winter wardrobe would hope. Taking it back to basics and stocking up the season ahead, here are 7 'now' pieces for your wardrobe that will take you through to spring. Bold claim, I know.

Trench - River Island  Silver flats - Gap  Pink Jumper - & Other Stories  Belt - Boden  Cashmere jumper - M&S  Jeans - Zara  Pink scarf - & Other Stories

I might have already snapped up this classic trench from River Island - ok I crumbled after my last died a sad worn out death and even the dry cleaner told me there was no going back. Whilst it may not look all that, IRL it's a corker. It's structured, of good quality and the storm flap and swish buttons certainly give it that little something something.

Admittedly my wardrobe is fifty variations of grey. Not that, you filthy minded person. I'm talking charcoals, gun metals to pastel hues. In a bid to liven shit up, this 'woah there nelly' PINK as a punch jumper from & Other Stories is just the style shake up I'm after.

As is the snazzy leopard print belt from Boden (you can find a similar less pricey version from Warehouse here) Having picked up a similar style whilst in Dallas from Banana Republic (RIP), it's another of layer of animal print that my wardrobe craves. And if like me you fan girl over Emma Hill, belts are my new go-to accessory.

Three pieces that your wardrobe will thank you for: a cashmere lightweight jumper*, a pastel hue scarf and a premium (but still highstreet) pair of jeans you can wear everyday.

BRB - just adding it all to my basket. 
To ponder, delete, re-add back in, buy. 
And then the weather will turn bloody chilly.


*Yes, cashmere is a pricey investment - and whilst it does pay to spend that bit extra, I do have a spendy tips and tricks post up my sleeve coming soon.


FIVE THINGS: Hello

29 September 2017

It's been a while since I simply said hello.

There have been an assortment of beauty and style posts lurking over the past few months, but I haven't said a proper hello in a long time. 

In the short space of summer, quite a lot changed and life threw a few curveballs. Which at the time seemed pretty horrendous but really looking back now, it makes me want to roll my eyes into the back of my head and say hang on pal, it's gunna be fine. Which it is. Because of course life has a way of working out like that. 

So hello, here are five things to read on a Friday. 

1) Ch-ch-changes

To keep things short and snappy, here's a little recap of how my summer went down. Incase you missed my internal monologue on twitter:

Suddenly found myself without a job.
Started panicking. 
Panicked a bit more. 
Decided to learn to drive with new found free time (didn't happen).
Began to miss my train commute - WTF. 
Scheduled in multiple gym classes with new found free time (this half happened).
Somehow cancelled out above point by eating out way too often.
Accepted a brand spanking new dream job, all within a month of loosing previous job.
Took a mini break to Cornwall with Matthew in a 7 hour car ride and ate multiple cornish ice creams in one day. Living my best life. Then my family whisked me on a weekend break to Dublin, where we basically did a drinking tour of the city. And I ate 10 chicken wings in one sitting.

2) Then onto the good stuff

Started dream job in a higher position with a super cool company. So far there have been fresh, new challenges and a trip to Dallas in my second week (!) to meet my lovely new team. That means Sephora happened. J Crew happened. Watch this space.

3) Jetting off, again

Remember that time I spent 8 hours in a mini bus to Amsterdam back in January and saw like, zilch of the city? No, me neither. I have mentally blocked out that shit show. I am however jetting off on another city break (this is my life now) back to Amsterdam where Matthew and I will be staying at the swish Hoxton hotel to celebrate out birthdays in October. We blagged 25% discount by snapping up an offer on their email newsletter and now I am avidly planning our trip. Recommendations kindly appreciated.

4) Another year bites the dust 

It's true, I'm nearing the end of my twenties. Not too close! But close enough for people to bunch up their noses and ask why I'm not yet a house owner or married. So for number quatre in my 5 things and an answer to their confusion, let's leave this here and let the tumble weed roll. 

5) You need this...

Zara blazer in your life. The one I'm wearing above.

Check blazers might be all the rage this season, but really they are ugly as hell and they'll be in your local charity shop by February. 

STYLE: THE TROUSER CONVERT

3 September 2017



Before we get down to all the important trouser talk, I need to start by saying - you need to clap eyes on this French embroidered t-shirt from Topshop. It is a SNIP at £12. This is not a drill people. It is not only cute, it is not cropped (!!) and it has a nice sleeve length. Snap it up here.

Now - onto trousers. I hate trousers. There I said it.
Unflattering, uncomfortable and entirely uninterested just about sums it up.
Stuck in a jean rut that I desperately needed out of, I threw shit to the wind and snapped up this loss tailored sale pair in River Island.





T-shirt - Topshop  Trousers - River Island  Shoes - Topshop (previous season)



As it turns out, transitional dressing ain't my thing. I am apparently only capable of dressing for the deepest depths of winter, crisp spring or sunshine filled days. All that in-between, hell breaks loose and I become a slave to my (too-ripped) jeans.

This RI trouser offering however make all the difference. I feel like 1) I'm actually making an effort 2) with next to no effort. They are elasticated at the back (can we get a hell yeah!), they have pockets, have enough material room to tuck in tops without the dreaded buldge and they are lightweight enough to wear on the hottest of city days whilst looking like you are keeping your cool.

This pair might have been in the sale, but they've got different colour ways still in stock - I'm tempted to even invest in the grey for spring next year. Now that is how you know you are onto a winner.

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BEAUTY: SKINCARE HEROES

27 August 2017


When it comes to beauty, I'm a firm believer in if you nail your skincare, everything will fall in to place. Well she hopes. And it isn't until your entire skincare stash decides to conveniently run out all at the same time, that it makes you really appreciate your skincare heroes - and your credit card.

Additionally when you also wake up one morning, fresh faced to find a pesky little line appear on your forehead - you know shit has got real and you're not on the right side of 25 anymore. Nope. After a little breakdown and 6766786 whats app messages to your pal, out comes the big guns, hard and fast..

Neutrogena facial sunscreen

Every time I travel to the US, I make sure to restock on the Neutrogena facial sunscreen in SPF 30. Christ this makes me sound like a right knobhead, but I'll admit that I have finally become one of those women. The ones that religiously slather their face in spf - shock, splutter - even in the winter months.

This light lotion from Neutrogena just makes it all too easy. After moisturising, I smooth over my skin and apply my make-up right after. I like to think the skincare gods are looking down on me proudly. But honestly, it doesn't sting your eyes, clog pores, cause breakouts, it's oil free, light-weight on the skin and doesn't leave any white tint to your face. AND you can purchase it on Amazon here.



The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 

Say hello to the new wonder brand on the block, Canadian skincare brand The Ordinary delivers high quality ingredients and premium formulations for pretty much cheap as chips. Stocked on ASOS, I quickly snapped up a number of their cult favourites and it was the retinoid serum that really stood out to me.

Applied 2-3 times a week, I pop on a few drops of the milky serum before moisturising in the evening. I won't go fully into the benefits of retinoid (you can read more here), but as anti-acing skincare goes, this is shit hot. And not only that, the next morning I instantly see brighter, softer, smoother skin. So if you are looking for an affordable anti-aging product to introduce into your skincare routine, this bad boy is a snip at £8.

Pixi Glow Tonic 

An exfoliator in a bottle. Treat it as a toner with the added ingredient of glycolic acid. Light enough to be swept over the skin every morning and night, but boy, is it packing a punch. Literally wiping away dead skin cells, it will leave you with brighter looking skin, refined pores and smoother complexion. Job done.



Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment 

This was my first foray into the world of Kiehls and three years later, the mint green avocado night cream is still a firm fixture in my night time routine. Being honest, I'm never really sure when a night cream is working to be frank, but when it runs out and I try and convince myself out of it - my tired, dark circles haunt me back into repurchasing. Sneaky work Kiehls, sneaky.

Origins GinZing Eye Cream & High-Potency Night Cream

If I could stand from the rooftops and shout it, I would because I bladdy love Origins. My skin quite literally drinks it up and I can't get enough of their mask (more on this to come in another post).

Their GinZing eye cream is nothing short of magic. Applied every morning, it has a slight pearly shimmer that brings a brightening WOW to your dark circles without looking like you're ready to disco. It depuffs and hydrates, leaving the perfect base for your under eye concealer.

The snazzy Orgin's High Potency Night-A-Mins moisturiser might be a pretty fancy name, but this night cream is pretty fancy. Jam-packed with vitamin C, E and H, I apply a good dollop every night after cleansing and it gives my skin a much needed shot of hydration leaving it look and feel refreshed come morning. It's pretty pricey at £36, but a tub goes a long way and I recently picked up this gift set for £36.50 for a full-size Night-A-Mins cream amongst other goodies!

Have you tried any of this beauty buys? I would love to know your faves. 

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STYLE: DRESSING FOR WEDDINGS

20 August 2017



Dress - Topshop  Wedges - Topshop  Bag - Whistles (previous season)


I've definitely hit peak adulting. This year (and next, dare I say) is jam-packed with non-stop hen do's and save the dates penciled in. And with every wedding that sneaks up in my diary, so does the excuse for another dress. Yes I am milking every occasion.

Enter the floral fancy Topshop midi dress that I spotted as a late summer addition in their new in section. A complete and utter style snip of the Zimmermann number that the beaut Anna snapped up. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed it, stat.

Being that girl who doesn't have a single black item in her wardrobe (no really - bar a pair of jeans), this dress was the exception to the rule. A corker of a floral print, it's super flattering with a bow detailing, a cut out section and a hem that hits just below the knee.

Despite the fact that, yes I had to fake tan the cut out section (crikey), it wasn't a crop top-esq shit show I was expecting, but actually highlighted my waist quite nicely. Not to mention it's flowing midi skirt hid multiple bits of cake I scoffed. Well done Toppers, you beauty.



This weekend I was invited to a magical wedding of my beautiful friend Jen, not only was the venue a forest wonderland twinkling with fairy lights galore, it had a silent disco (waaa!), bacon sarnies, amazing band and was decked out like something out of an Anthro store. Pinterest dreams IRL. You can sneak a pic of the stunning bride here!

I might also do a post on my beauty must-haves for my wedding guest make-up - I have found the perfect lashes that a) aren't a nightmare to apply b) don't make you look like a drag queen. Let me know! 

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