Monday, 23 May 2016

ROMWE OFF THE SHOULDER TOP











 
I used to be a massive fab of Romwe and featured them in quite a few of my wish list posts, but to be honest I was a little bit wary or ordering from them with the prices being so cheap and hearing various things about the quality. I got the chance to try out one of their products this week and opted for this off the shoulder bell sleeve top. I'm a massive fan of any Bardot style at the moment and the photo on the website looked right up my street. However, I wasn't sure what it would be like when it arrived (as I said, I've heard various horror stories about ordering from this kind of website) so didn't get my hopes up.
It popped through my letter box on Friday and I hurriedly ripped open the package, eager to see what was inside with a slight pang of apprehension! I was not disappointed though.
It's the nicest thick feeling cotton-esque fabric which it sits so nicely. I was also a bit worried how it would fit, as it only comes in one size, but with the elasticated bandeau top and arm cuffs it fits a dream. It is super simple, and doesn't have any fancy labels or anything, but I can tell I'm going to live in it this summer. It's perfect to channel the off the shoulder and the bell sleeve trend all in one, and thrown on with a pair of ripped jeans and sandals it's an effortless instant cool look.  
I've teamed it with my layered necklaces, which I spoke about in my last post. I literally haven't taken this Muru coin necklace from Tienne jewellery off since I got it. I've had so many lovely compliments about it to. Don't forget, it comes in silver and earing form to, you can visit their website here to view the whole range and all the other brands that they stock.
 
If you think you could be living in this top this season to, then you can snap it up here. 
It's certainly taken away all my fears about ordering from Romwe and I cant wait to have a good browse of the website today for more goodies to add to my Summer wardrobe!
 
 
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

MURU X TIENNE



 







 
 
I've mentioned my love for the Tienne Jewellery website before in this post, where I blogged about my gorgeous little Estella Bartlett rose gold wish bone necklace. Recently, I've become a little bit obsessed with jewellery layering. I've seen a few people doing it and I think it's just such a nice way to jazz up a basic outfit. Plus I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to gold, so the more the merrier. Maybe I was a gypsy in a former life? Although probably not, I'm not a big fan of caravanning.
 
I wear my gold bar necklace all he time that Josh got me for my birthday a couple of years ago, I love it so much, but lately I've felt like it needs a little friend to join the party. I was searching for a pendant or coin necklace everywhere, as I thought it would sit well alongside the rectangular bar, but you would not believe how hard it is to find one. I checked on all your generic websites for the perfect little one for ages, but alas not luck. Then after a little chat with the very lovely Sally from Tienne, I found this Muru beauty. Muru is a brand I'd heard quite a bit about before and I know it's a bit of a blogger fave... but it actually didn't cross my mind to check it out for all my pendant needs. I'm so glad I did. It's perfect.
The ancient coin pendant is supposed to bring wealth and help you prosper, so having just started my illustration business this year it's definitely a little charm that I could do with to bring me some luck! If you're not a gold gal like me, it also comes in silver. You can  get matching earrings to for a bit of extra sass, but believe it or not I don't actually have my ears pieced! So I'll be sticking to stacking my necklaces for now.
 
To view the whole range of Muru and all the other fab brands that Tienne stocks, you can visit their website here. If you need to contact them for anything then don't hesitate, I can vouch that they are the nicest of people!
 
 
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Friday, 6 May 2016

MY HOLY GRAIL OF SKINCARE : LA ROCHE POSAY








 
 
 
 
I am by no means a beauty blogger. In fact, although I love make up, I hate the skincare. I find it SO daunting. There are so many products out there for different types of skin, that promise so much. I just don't know where to turn, and it's been that way for years. So, this year, my new years resolution was to get into a good skin care routine. Easier said than done. I didn't know where to start. I started trawling through numerous blogs and Youtube channels desperately looking for the brand that would solve all my skincare issues. After what felt like hours, a banging headache and even more confusion, I decided to try Liz earle.
The reviews all seemed really good, and there were even Youtube videos on how you should apply the products. Which for a clueless skincare moron like me, was just what I needed. So I went on to Boots.com and invested in the whole lot. It arrived and looked and smelt divine. I used it for probably a week or two, before my whole face (including eye lids) started to literally flake. It was the driest my skin had ever been and was really uncomfortable. Especially around my eyes. They were so red and dry, everyone at work noticed and commented how sore they looked. It was that bad. So I can only assume that it was way too strong for my skin, or I had a reaction. So it all went back.
 
My plan B came in the form of Lush. Trusty ol' Lush that is mostly natural, doesn't test on animals and is everyones friend. I have had a lot of Lush products in the past, so my hopes were high. What could go wrong? I ordered the Ultra Bland cleanser and Enzymion moisturiser, I already have the tea tree toner water which I was going to use in combination. Again, it completely didn't suit my skin. It went rough and dry, and made my sore eyes flare up again. I emailed Lush and to their credit they were absolutely amazing. It was probably the best customer service I have received. They rang me up and were so friendly and quick to deal with the problem. They said I could send the products back and could also pick something complimentary that I have had before and knew suited my skin. How nice is that?
 
So, desperate for a solution for my crusty eyes and dry skin I went to the pharmacy. I thought she would prescribe me with some kind of over the counter cream to clear it all up, but alas she introduced my the La Roche Posay. I was a bit dubious about starting another whole routine, even though she promised me that this is exactly the sort of skin problems it is used for. So she kindly gave me some samples to try and off I went, feeling a bit more positive. I tried the eye contour cream first of all and couldn't believe it when my eyes cleared up in a matter of two or three days. It was so soothing and hydrating, so I gave the rest of the routine a go. I've been using it now for about 6 weeks are so far so good. Very good actually. I love the stuff and finally feel like I've found the perfect routine for my sensitive skin. I only use the Effaclar Duo at night time, in substitute of a overnight moisturiser, rather than twice as day... as it could become drying. Once is day is perfect though, it helps to reduce any redness and blemishes and just feel lovely and clean to put on before bed. I'm going to try the Effaclar H   moisturiser for the morning to prevent my skin from drying out.
 
Now, obviously everyones skin is different and I'm not saying these exact products will work the same wonders for you. The brand range is so big though, that I feel quite confident there is something for nearly all skin types and I would highly recommend it as a brand. The only other thing I will say, is that I stopped using my Mac foundation in combination with using these products. It took me a while to realise, but my Mac foundation really made my skin break out and didn't do me any favours. So I think cutting that out is also partly to thank. I now use Nars Sheer Glow  and find it's a lot kinder to my skin.
 
 
I hope this will help some of you that are as freaked out by the skin care world as I am!
 
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

HANNAH BETH FINCHAM BESPOKE JACKET















 
 
 
So here it is.
The best present I have ever received. Ever. Which is probably not a wise thing to say considering I got given an engagement ring last week, but y'know... you cant compare the two!
 
This absolute beast of a jacket was made for me by the super talented & lovely Hannah Beth Fincham for my Christmas present from Josh. I've wanted one of Hannah's bespoke jackets as the minute I clapped eyes on her work, and I've been banging on about it ever since! I never dreamt I'd get my very own one though, made just for me. I remember on Christmas eve we put our presents under the tree, mine from Josh was in a little box and I text my best friend saying "My present is under the tree, it's very small, it's definitely not my jacket". Like an absolute brat. It turns out he had wrapped a selfie stick up for me and made out like it was my big present (I sound even more spoilt now, I'm not I promise). Then he told me to check the chimney because he thought he had heard someone come down there (cute). Me being the massive child I am ran over to the fireplace where sure enough there was one of Hannah's beautiful business cards stuck to it. I may or my not have shed a happy tear.
 
So the last few months Hannah and I have been throwing ideas backwards and forwards, and this beauty is the outcome. I could not be more chuffed with it. It is absolutely perfect. She has embellished all the beads by hand after we discussed what kind of colours I like/don't like. She even incorporated tiny intricate gold beads, as she knows I wear gold jewellery. What a babe. The words embroidered on the back kind of explain them self, I like being nice and I like nice people. I think we should all be nice and that's about as cryptic as it gets. I'm in love with the 80's script font that she used for the writing, the pure white against the denim is an absolute dream.
There's also a little story behind the actual jacket itself. The jackets Hannah transforms are usually vintage Levi's, but this one is Josh's Dads old Lee jacket. I asked him very nicely if he would mind my having it, which I think is the nicest touch. It's one of those amazing statement pieces that I will be able to pass on to my daughter, even better with the sentimentality.
No one in the world will have one like it and I will treasure it forever with all it's sentiment and sass!
 
If you want a bit of Hannah Beth Fincham action and can't quite stretch to a bespoke piece, she also does a range of amazing sweaters, tee's and varsity jackets on her website. I know she has other exciting things in the pipeline to, so keep your eyes peeled!
 
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

OVERSIZED PEPLUM








 
 
Last night we went for engagement drinks with our parents, I still break out in a cold sweat saying that. A couple of weeks a go I made my first lasagne and felt super grown up, and now I'm engaged. Holy mackerel. Thank goodness for having a super calm best friend who stops me freaking out in these grown up adult situations. What would we do without our gal pals hey? I feel like I don't know how to adult yet, let alone being a wife. Anyway, Breathe. I digress.
This is what I wore.
This Zara top is literally my new favourite thing in the world. I wear it all the time at the moment. I wear it with joggers when I'm working from home, I wear it out walking the dogs, I wear it in the evening... I'm even wearing it to a christening in a couple of weeks. Not with ripped jeans obviously, but it's just so versatile! I love it. I wish they would bring it out in more colours. I got it in store, but when I got home I hurriedly visited the website to see if there were any other options (secretly praying for a baby blue) but alas it's just white at the moment.
 
I promise I'll try to take it off soon, but for the moment you'd best get used to it.
 
P.s, I'm not wearing my engagement ring yet because it's too big so it's being altered, but I will show you when it's back and fits my Mr Burns like fingers.
 
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