Sunday, 5 July 2015

Getting the most out of your wardrobe


A few months ago whilst away on a trip with P&G to Brussels and I was surprised to learn that the average person wears 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time, which means there are so many items that simply don't get worn. I thought I would share what I do every season to help increase the amount of my wardrobe I actually wear

1. Try things on and make sure everything still fits
Even if I think I haven't put on weight or lost weight I like to try everything on to make sure it still fits how I want it to and to insure I still like it once it is on.

2. Keep everything clean and ironed
I try not to wash my clothes every time I wear them unless I need to, which means occasionally a stain will go unnoticed back into my wardrobe meaning that the next time I want to wear it I can't. I like to go through and very carefully check everything is clean and well ironed. Whilst away in Brussels I also learnt that it's important to use a product that is kind to your clothes but will remove stains as throughly as possible which is why I have been opting for Ariel as it uses FibreScience to clean but look after my clothes as well. I've also been reaching for Lenor because it smells amazing and that always makes me want to wear my clothes!

3. Plan go-to-outfits for every item
This is easier said than done and I don't end up with an exact outfit but I make sure that there is something in my wardrobe to make an outfit with every piece, otherwise there is no way that it will get wear.

4. Stop saving things for best
I understand why people save things for best but I think it should be done only in moderation, I'm not suggesting you wear a prom dress to the corner shop but wear that designer dress for date night every now and then, to really get the most wear out of all your clothes.

5. Turn your hanger the wrong way around
This isn't just to be a nuisance but it's a tip I heard recently and I think it's a great idea which I am going to try! Once you wear the item you turn it back the right way and that way you will find out exactly what items you simply don't wear. You can then decide to make an effort to wear them or simply get rid of them.

I'm off to reorganise my wardrobe this evening so let me know your tips in the comments, it going to be a long night...

Saturday, 4 July 2015

5 things to do this weekend

1. Try out the perfect summer plait
I've been trying all week to do the perfect fishtail plait but my hair is a little too short but I love a good plait in the summer, especially when by the pool/sea.

2. Invest in a good underwear
A few weeks ago I went to Rigby & Peller for a fitting, I was really blown away by how beautiful every piece was and also that they done large sizes. They were also not as expensive as I expected but really great quality, a lovely treat and who doesn't feel better when they're wearing good underwear? If you do pop in take a look at the Maison Lejab pieces which are potentially my favourite!

3. Up your water intake
I've been carrying water around with me everywhere, especially now the weather is hot. I love my reusable bottles as it's so much cheaper than buying it on the go, better for the environment and means I always have it on me.

4. Organise your wardrobe for summer
I'll have a whole post on this tomorrow so stay tuned for that but I always find organising it for the season reminds me of what I have, gives me more space and helps me clear items out.

5. Go for a late night walk
Make the most out of the beautiful weather which we are experiencing and the warm summer nights by going for a long walk around your city. If you're London based than the South Bank is my favourite!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Affordable Paris Hotel

 

Last month whilst in Paris we staying in the Holiday Inn OperaOpera-Grand Boulevard, I usually opt for more of a boutique hotel but the location of this one was great as were the reviews. 

I'm such an over packer and after facing Paris' Metro stations (which don't have enough escalators or lifts) with my super heavy suitcase I was happy to find that the hotel was literally right outside the exit. I managed to mess up the days but they were very understanding and kindly changed our booking. We dropped our things off early, far too early for check-in but they looked after all our suitcases.

We went out for some breakfast and to explore a little before coming back to collect our room keep and check out the room. I was surprised at just how large it is as the previous hotel I stayed in, in Paris, was tiny- I mean we could barely put our bag down. We did stay in the Executive Room but it was actually cheaper than the room I had previously stayed in and double the size! 

Once we had dumped everything off we asked the hotel staff for some recommendations which were all great and they also gave us a map! The hotel was a short walk from the Palais the Palais Royal which I've never been to before but is very popular with Instagrammers and from there we went on to the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens.

It was great that the hotel had a tube just outside as it made getting back so easy even in the evening. We were lucky to get great weather whilst out there and spent our Friday evening eating Pizza and then at the Eiffel Tower watching all the street acts, it was such a beautiful evening!

Once we got back we had a huge comfy bed and although the hotel is on a fairly busy road we didn't hear any noise from the outside. The breakfast was also great; buffet style with everything I wanted from continental to full-english and absolutely delicious. 

We didn't spend too much time in the hotel but I would have been happy to, it had a desk to work on, good internet connection, a bath tub and even good magazines! 

I also had a sneaky look in the room we were suppose to get if I hadn't mixed up my days and it was beautiful, a little bit smaller but really charming- I was particularly impressed by the fireplace and double sink! 

I had such a lovely stay and would really recommend the OperaOpera-Grand Boulevard Holiday Inn if you are looking for an affordable hotel room in Paris in a great location too. It had everything I need from a hotel and really exceeded my expectations, I'm already looking forward to going back... 

I also filmed a Get Ready With Me whilst at the hotel, check it out below....

 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Paris Florals

I thought I would share another outfit from Paris, once again all Topshop as I done a fairly large haul just before I left and took everything with me.

I love every item in this outfit although I did have a bit of a nightmare with this top as I managed to get deodorant stains all over it one morning and only realised once I was out exploring, meaning I was forced to wear my jacket all day in the heat. I'm in love with cami's at the moment and although the Topshop ones aren't the cheapest they are affordable and nice layered fabric, better quality than some of my cheaper ones. I'm really tempted to go back and pick up a few other colours as I think it's a  great summer stable. I do struggle a little with this sort of camisole's and my bra situation which is why I picked up another Strapless Wonderbra from House of Fraser, I think it's a total must have item, it's the best strapless bra I've ever tried as it's comfortable, offers support and gives a great shape too.

Onto my shorts, if you saw these in my haul I mentioned that I bought them in the tall section in Topshop making them a little bit longer which I love as I carry most my weight on my thighs so short shorts aren't really my style. These are super cute as you can pair them with so many different items and I find the crochet detailing particularly cute.

Initially I didn't think I would even like these sandals let alone love them but I do. I love them so much that I am considering buying a second identical pair just in case. I love the colour as it's very flattering on tanned skin, they're comfortable and I love the look of them. I'm trying not to wear them everyday in order to save them for my holiday but it's proving quite tricky!

I'm currently doing a little online shopping for the next few months whilst all the sales are on, if you're doing the same then check out VoucherBinUK for all sort of discount codes including some great Health & Beauty ones, I'm so tempted to put in a Philosophy order! I also picked up a few bits in stores today, have you been sale shopping yet?
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Perfect Neutral Summer Collection

At the beginning of the year I mentioned that I hadn't tried any Bobbi Brown products, that has now changed and there are so many which I am in love. One of the most recent additions to my collection is the new Telluride Collection which comes out this week (2nd July exclusive to Selfridges, available nationwide from 16th July.)

The collection was inspired by the late afternoon sunshine in one of Bobbi's favourite locations in the Colorado mountains. It has an eyeshadow palette, three Pot Rouges, a shimmer brick and three variations of a lip trio.

The product which caught my eye first was the Telluride Eye Palette as it's simply beautiful! I love a good palette filled with earthy browns and soft mauves but I also love that this palette offers both shimmers and mattes.  It has four matte shades which are all real staples in any collection and three shimmer shades which I love, they are all beautifully pigmented although the middle shade is more of an  overlay sparkle than a shadow on it's own.

For the first time I tried the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge and it may be my favourite ever cream blushers, it's perfect! I have the colour Maui which applied like a dream and I love the sheen it left on the skin. I also love the liner and lipstick in Natural Pink, the liner is a great one if you are looking to make your lips look fuller, the lipstick is really creamy and a beautiful shade.

I have a suspicion that I'll be getting lots of wear out of this collection, one of the most wearable ones I've tried in a while!

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