14 May 2017

The Lust List: 20% off & Other Stories




Confession time: I have been living under a right ol' big rock but I'll put my hands right up in the air and say it super quick - & Other Stories has never been on my radar. It's always been a bit 'out there', too pricey for me and I've never clocked anything IRL. 

But stepping into the store just off Regent Street, I found myself nearly late for brunch as I was snooping so hard. And i'm never late for food reservations. Uh huh. 

When my girl Jess got over the initial horror of my ignorance, she let me in on a 20% off code that has had me refilling my basket like no tomorrow - and digging out my hidden credit card. 

Browse my hot-list here and shop with the code SXD20 - valid until the 21st May.





Red dress (£95) ∙ Star hoops (£12) ∙ Almond block heels (£55)


Straw basket (£45) ∙ Nude strap heels (£65) ∙ Print dress (£95)


Cross front dress (£65) ∙ Red heels (£69) ∙ Bar earrings (£7)

(I NEED THIS OUTFIT IN MY LIFE)









Grey t-shirt (£19) ∙ Red swimsuit (£45) ∙ Geometric hoops (£17)





 Embroidery top (£45) ∙ Frill skirt (£39) ∙ Straw clutch (£35) ∙ Gold sandals (£65)









I'll take it all then kay?




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1 May 2017

Style: Throwing it back '70s style



Suede Sandals - Topshop (£52.00)

That spending ban that I kept banging on about it? Nailed it. If you excuse the multiple Pret choc bars here and there, oh and these Topshop suede '70s style heels.

When the 20% student discount hit my inbox, I said a quick prayer to my brother for studying his masters - then the very next day they were mine.

Something about a chucky wooden heel just gets me. Awaiting the warmer weather, I cannot wait to throw these on for a slightly dressier day-time look with denim or mixing it up on holiday for heels that are for once, easy to walk in.

Currently lusting after:



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30 April 2017

Style: The perfect stripe tee



T-shirt - ASOS (£12.00)  Mid Rise Jeans - Zara ∙ (£39.99) Boots - Topshop


I feel like a bit of a tease writing this post, as the perfect stripe tee I'm banging on about is currently sold out. Great.

Having said that, it is from ASOS and when something is a corker of a best seller they tend to restock it. 

ANYWAY - in short, you need this t-shirt. Yes I am full blast enabling you, but it's for your own good. 

Why?

1) It's oversized in a good way. The sleeves and t-shirt length are little longer than most, meaning you can tuck it in nicely and it's super flattering on your arms - a major win for me. 

2) It's striped, navy and white, no explanation needed. Must have staple. 

3) It's cotton, super soft without being clingy or showing your bra. Double winner.

4) The white neck collar band makes it look way more spendy than the £12 price tag and it's a just a nice touch. 

5) Did I mention it's twelve English pounds - yassss! 


And whilst you wait for ASOS to get their stock situ under control, here are the other colour ways I'm diggin:



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13 April 2017

Style: 20 Topshop pieces that won't break the bank



I'm a Topshop girl through and though. I'm no stranger to stalking their 'new in' page on the daily whilst scoffing down my breakfast in the early morning rush.

However, out of nowhere - like a bat out of hell - their prices soared. Um what? No thank you. Unlike Zara where you can indulge in the season's newest trends without emptying your account, Topshop is a right bugger for overcharging for no reason. Their knitwear? Case in point.

I've come to notice them a few style snips sneaking on to the website. Ones that don't exactly break the bank, but are a nice treat come payday. And as sharing is indeed caring, here are my top 20 currently tickling my fancy / enabling me to break my spending ban...





Floral blouse - £36.00  Silver pointed flats - £22.00 ∙ Structured bardot top - £32.00

Denim shorts - £26.00  Bag - £32.00  Grey sandals - £26.00

Ballet flats - £16.00  Lilac bag - £29.00  Broderie sleeve t-shirt - £24.00 ∙ Point shoes - £29.00 

 Stripe shorts - £26.00  Stripe top - £22.00  Bardot dress - £29.00  Scoop neck t-shirt - £10.00

One shoulder dress - £29.00  Pink trainers - £24.00 ∙ Lipstick - £8.00

 Leopard print sandals - £26.00 ∙ Embroidered shirt - £29.00  Nail varnish - £6.00


How on point is Topshop's shoe game huh? Those sandals are a snip at £26! 

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7 April 2017

5 Things Friday: Spring hotlist



It's official - I've ditched my heavy cream coat and I have whipped out my light weight grey suede biker jacket, spring has arrived. Whilst the spending ban is still in full force (7 days proud), I've made a spendy list of what's on my to-buy list for May, the month of a sunshine filled weekend getaway. In the mean time here are on my top 5 spring hotlist:


1. Delicate is the new statement. 

Minetta is a jewellery brand I want to shout about from the rooftops, whilst keeping their delicate and dainty collection all wrapped up to myself. From their initial stamped necklaces to their dainty gold plated bracelets, I've fallen head over heels for - well, everything. Whilst I've got my eye the majority of their collection, the curved bar bracelet has been adorning my wrist pretty much since it arrived in the post. Major heart eyed emoji. 


2. I've found the one to rule them all. 

Essie gel nail varnishes, where have you been all my life? The most long lasting polish I have ever used - for real, it's a dream. Check out the shade Spool Me Over. 


3. Finding my inner, inner core. 

Pilates is a fitness class I can't wrap my head around. Because I don't sweat like the beast I do in my cardio classes, is it really a work out? Sure I get to zone out for an entire blissful hour and appreciate my pedicure, will I see any benefit? At the moment I'm just crippled by the fear.  *TMI warning*
The fear of farting whilst your ass is sky high. 


4. Can we all please take a moment

...to appreciate how beautiful this Topshop lace top is?
Now let us all roll our eyes in unison at Topshop who insist on making everything cropped. Nah pal. 


5. A new discovery

If like me you wear glasses, you know what a ball ache the sunshine is. I take that back, you know I didn't mean it. But really, the constant squinting. The realisation that if you want to save your forehead lines, you accept that you must be prepared to go blind in a pair of stylish sunglasses. OR you can snap up a cheap as chips pair of prescription sunglasses from Toy Shades

After a work pal recommended the brand to me last year, I picked up a pair of rip off aviator sunnies for £40 with my prescription and they have been a staple since.

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3 April 2017

The Lust List: 30 must-have accessories from H&M


So whilst I may be only day three into my spending ban, that does not prevent me from 1) enabling you 2) online 'window' shopping. 

Excuses over - let's talk my top 30 must-have accessories from the high-street hero that is H&M. A place I often overlook (mainly because cba with those racks), but online it's another story. Offering up quite the premium range with suede handbags, polarised sunnies and gold plated jewellery, their accessories game is majorly on point for spring. 

With the trend for luxury so hyped at the mo, it's pushing me to the reverse. Sussing out arm candy that won't break my house savings, the pink powdered suede bag with gold detailing is the perfect addition for the gazillion weddings I have this summer. Thank you please. 



Knot bangle - £5.99 ∙ Pink glittery heels - £24.99  Pink sunglasses - £6.99

Grey belt - £4.99 ∙ Suede pink bag - £39.99 ∙ Hoop earrings - £5.99

Cream suede bag - £24.99 ∙ Oval hair clip - £3.99 ∙ Belt - £12.99

Red heels - £17.99 ∙ Rose gold shopper - £17.99  Hair grips - £1.99

Suede navy bag - £24.99 ∙ Printed sunglasses - £6.99 ∙ Suede pink heels - £39.99

Powder pink shopper - £17.99  Silver belt - £4.99  Hoop earrings - £4.99  Ruffle flats - £17.99

Grey heels - £17.99 ∙ Leopard print bag - £8.99  Gold plated bracelet - £12.99 ∙ Necklaces duo - £5.99 

Coral suede bag - £24.99  Silver shopper - £17.99  Tortoise shell sunglasses - £34.99

Hair clips - £4.99  Gold plated necklace - £17.99  Pastel pink sunglasses - £34.99  Grey shoulder bag - £19.99







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31 March 2017

5 Things Friday: The perfectly pink flats




Coat - Zara  Bag - Topshop ∙ Scarf - Warehouse  Breton - Boden ∙ Flats - Accessorize ∙ Jeans - Zara 


In a bid to share more 'me' on this little space of the internet, I'm bringing back 5 things Friday. Oh yass. Being immersed in the world of social media and influencer marketing career-wise, I somehow forget that I *actually* have a blog. And that's something that I wanna change, so here goes...


1. First and foremost, the pink pointed flats I shared over on my insta

Pastel pink perfection, of which pairs perfectly with my Zara rough hemmed jeans. Where from? You'll never guess. Accessorize. Uh huh right?! They have seriously upped their shoe game. A snip at £29, sure they'll murder your feet, but so worth it. 


2. This new-in Topshop dress is currently sitting in my wardrobe (see below).

It's navy (winner), it has a dinky star print (double win), but it's a midi dress length. Otherwise known as slicing me in half length. Should I whip off a chunk and make it into a mini?


3. Which leads me nicely into the fact that this month is going to be known as: MEGA SPENDING BAN ENFORCEMENT.

April is all about #adultingtheshitoutoflife and saving my bucks for the flippin' 6760786 weddings and hen do's that are lined up this year. Not even mentioning the never ending house savings. This year was honestly like a light switched - pow! - you are now officially grown up, now cough up.


4. Whilst I plan to fill you in good and proper with a health and well-being update (hold on to your seats kids).

I'm finally feeling back in the game and ready to hit the gym. Throwing myself in the deep-end with weeknight circuits - sweet mother of god preserve me - and pilates classes, I am determined to find my inner core, however deep down it might be hiding.


5. It's official, I suck at posing in outfit snaps.

You may have noticed. But you know who masters them every damn day and has shared her all top tips in a handy blog post? Deborah. Go read her post. I've been making notes and really trying to suss out how to change the depth of field on my camera - whatever that is. Next go follow her on insta, she's one of the best 'real' bloggers out there.




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19 March 2017

Beauty Talk: My Charlotte Tilbury Collection



Remember way back when I was literally too excited to function (but managed to pen a blog post) when Charlotte Tilbury sent me her new collection? Yeah, I still can't believe that either. But I'm back with the next instalment on the other CT goodies in my stash. That fancy gold packaging has me hook, line and sinker - here's a round up what you need stat, and what you can kindly look over.


Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder

When I avidly read that Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo) was a dedicated fan of the flawless finish face powder, that's when I knew needed in.

It's light, it's breathable, slightly overpriced - but it simply does wonders to blur and mattify. In short, it's perfect for finishing off your morning routine.

Not quite handbag friendly, what grates on me is the super luxe packaging is never not marked with finger prints. It's like the never clean Nars packaging all over again. Meh.

Magic Foundation 

Normally flirting between a tinted moisturiser or something a little fancier like Armani luminous silk, the Magic foundation is heavier. It smacks you right in the face with full coverage, yes - it blurs and covers imperfections - but you look dull, flat and lifeless. Eurgh.

Not velvety soft matte, nope, nada - just dull. I'm currently mixing in my precious liquid Becca highlighter with every dollop.


Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Perhaps the most expensive item in my stash - the Tom Ford doesn't count as that was (duty) free - and the CT Filmstar compact was worth every buck. I honestly dread the day I hit pan. Dramatic, I know. A sleek compact that is home to a very cool toned bronzer (no glitter here people) to sculpt and slim, joined by a soft and buttery highlighter that offers that's that candle-lit glow in real life.

It's a subtle boost on a no-makeup makeup day, it's the added cheekbones and luminous glow for an occasion worth dressing up for. And what's more? It's idiot proof. I can take a large powder brush in the bronzer for a healthy complexion or embrace my inner super model cheekbones with an angled contour brush. If you haven't tried it, you need to.

Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk

The 'your lips but better shade' in lipliner form. The hype for this modern day liner has been so intriguing and I can thankfully report back that this lip cheat does certainly that. You can ever so slightly enhance the shape of your lip line to look fuller. In a way that Kardashian wouldn't know how.



Sexy Sienna Lipstick 

You know you have have the best bunch of friends when they surprise you with a CT lipstick in the post on your birthday. Sexy Sienna is one of the 16 celeb inspired shades in Charlotte's Hot Lips collection. Named after the beauty that is Sienna Millar, this golden coral shade is calling out for summer days and it can't come soon enough. Major props to the square tipped shape that makes application a dream.

Mini Lipstick Charms 

Every Christmas, Charlotte brings out a dinky little lipstick gift that features three of her most popular shades. Whether you're a lipstick newbie (this is a great way to suss out shades that suit you) or you are lipstick junkie, they are perfect for slipping into your handbag - and really, who could resist the temptation of miniature lipstick? Major swoon.

Eyelash Curler 

Ah, the famed golden eyelash curlers that were sold out long enough for me to obsess over them and decide that I most definitely needed them in my life. How do they fare? Couldn't tell you. I simply never remember to use them. They do look super pretty on my dresser however.


Tell me - what should I try next?



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3 March 2017

Style: Feeling shirty





Shirt - Next  Jeans - Zara  Flats - J.Crew  Bag - Whistles 


There's a new trend on the block - and it's one I can totally get behind. Say hello to the blue ruffled shirt. Conquering that awkward transitional in-between season palaver. And making you look effortlessly sophisticated at the same time.

WINNING.

Really, this is me pretending to be trendy. Springing into next season a little early, when I stumbled across this frilly but flirty blue shirt months back I knew it would be just the pick me up my wardrobe needed.

It was a snip at £28 (impressive), super comfortable (standard), needs next to no ironing (dreamy) and it was from none other than from Next. Uhuh, you read correctly.




Paired with my trusty Zara skinnys (as per) and my painful but oh so pretty J Crew flats, a slick of Bobbi Brown lippie - it's fail safe. 

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13 February 2017

The Lust List: Spring dreaming


Technically I promised my next post would be the second instalment of Charlotte Tilbury must-haves. And then - well truth be told - last week was pretty shitty. The weather is never ending god awful, I injured myself in the gym (clearly death is more on my agenda than being skinny) and then I spent the entire weekend eBaying my life away - this calls for retail therapy stat / slash adding items to my pretend online baskets.



Star & Moon bracelet - Estella Bartlett   Silk floral dress - Zara   Mini Lily - Mulberry  





Gingham top - New Look   Red mini bag - M&S   Bow pointed flats - Accessorize   Flounce jumper - Zara




Pink coat - Mango  ∙ Floral blouse - Zara   Lightening bolt t-shirt - Hush   Lilac bag - Topshop  Pink flared jumper - Zara  Flute sleeve jumper - Mango





Funnel jumper - Miss Selfridge   Star t-shirt - Hush  ∙ Jeans - Zara   Striped top - Warehouse   Coral bag - M&S  





Lace top - Miss Selfridge   Pink heels - Topshop  ∙ Pink blouse - Topshop   Skirt - River Island   Scarf - Zara




Coat - Zara ∙ Top - New Look ∙ Heels - Miss Selfridge 



Yadda yadda, I'm having a pity party right now - but seriously, I need to up my eBaying front to get that mini Mulberry in my wardrobe. 


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