Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend, even if it was pretty damn cold!
I’ve had the obligatory January cold/flu so I’ve been reaching for all the layers I can find and to stay extra warm I think all the cosy accessories are a must- hats, gloves and scarves! Plus, I’ve heard it’s getting even colder this week, to as low as -3 today so you may see me wearing two sets of gloves soon!
I don’t really have a specific style when it comes to accessories but I’ve recently been moving away from wearing black and I think that although black accessories have a place I really like wearing lighter coloured neutrals or pops of colours too. I really love a scarf, I picked that up from my mum and even in the summer I like a silk scarf but if it’s cold enough I definitely wear a hat and gloves!
I hope you are all well and had a lovely Christmas/New Year. I had a nice Christmas/New Year but if I’m honest it’s probably been the time around it that I have been enjoying most. I’m officially back to work today and it feels good to be back after having some down-time. My boyfriend even called me from work this morning to say how much he has enjoyed the last two week, we didn’t do much but it was throughly enjoyable and has shown me that maybe I should be taking some more time off this year.
I was watching everyone’s yearly recaps on Instastories, the ones that literally went on forever- which had me thinking about the last year and going through my own camera roll. It’s hard to not compare yourself to others and although I didn’t have a baby, get married, buy a house ordo any of the other monumental things, I had a pretty good year. It was nice but I’m very much looking forward to the new year.
I don’t really set strict resolutions but here are a few things I want to achieve/do this year:
As I child I use to read loads. I spent endless Saturdays in the local library and was at Waterstones on the day of any Jacqueline Wilson release but since then it’s been a bit of a struggle to read much. Last year I started to read again, with a little help from Audible along the way (let me know if you’d like me to share some tips about getting back to reading) but this year I’d like to read a little more. I have a GoodReads account and I’ve set my target at 16- wish me luck and leave me book recommendations in the comments. In particular I need to make a real effort to read fiction!
2. Mask weekly
I think masks can make a huge difference to my skin but for some reason I still don’t use them quite as much as I should which has to change. I have a few I like but I haven’t found one I can’t live without so if anyone has any recommendations then please leave them in the comments.
3. New York
I know this is crazy but I’ve never left Europe. I’ve travel loads in Europe but never outside it, which is why I felt this had to change. Traveling further really fills me with anxiety but it’s something I want to overcome. I have booked a trip to New York as I felt this was a nice middle ground, okay- it’s not in Europe but culture wise it’s still very similar. Don’t get me wrong I really want to explore other cultures and I think once I’m there I’d love it but for now New York is my stepping stone. I’ve never been excited about New York but now that it’s booked I can not wait. Just another 90 days to go. I’m already getting impatient.
4. Say yes more and say no more
I often say no to things that are out of my comfort zone but I want to start saying yes to those things and start making an effort to do more. At the same time I want to say no to things that I’m not keen on doing instead of simply saying yes because I feel I should.
5. Be more eco-friendly
Honestly it’s unlikely I’ll be perfect at this but I really want to make an effort and move in the right direction with this. I want to buy less bottled water, less one use coffee cups, eat less meat and buy less stuff that I don’t need.
6. Buy a house
Writing this one down scares me. I’ve been putting this off for ages despite my boyfriend wanting to buy one for a while but I finally feel ready and I think we’ll start looking next month. This is something I’ll start talking about a little more in here once we have the ball rolling but honestly, I’m terrified (& excited).
7. Exercise more
I’m not going to go too much into this because I haven’t been to the gym in about 6 weeks. I want to just be more active. I have a pilates class I want to go to and I’m looking for a few more classes. I do enjoy the gym but I think I want to try more classes instead as although I enjoy the gym my motivation to get there is low.
8. Have less
I will never be a minimalist. It’s not really in my nature and I’m usually a more-is-more kind of person. However, more isn’t more and I really want to down size the amount of belongings I have, in particular beauty products but everything else too. I want to buy less things and honestly if I wasn’t a blogger I think I’d to a no-buy first half of the year but I can’t see that as being possible with my Joh but I’ll definitely be buying less.
Happy Friday! Happy Black Friday! & Happy Thanks Giving if you celebrated yesterday!
It’s time for my yearly round up of Black Friday deals but this year I want to encourage you to get a good deal but only on items you actually need. It’s a great time to get a good deal on your Christmas presents but remember that if the company tempts you in to buy something you don’t need the only person getting a good deal is them. Buy only what you need and only within your means.
I don’t have a super cleaver way to organise this so I’ve listed all the shops in alphabetical order but toward the end of this blog post products which are on offer.
I’ll be updating every few hours with more deals/retailers so be sure to check back!
Hi Everyone! I hope you’ve all had the best summer, I’m just back from my yearly family holiday in Portugal and although I’m sad it’s over, I am very excited to get stuck into work and for autumn! I’m really one of those people that gets excited for cliche things like Cosy Evenings, Hot chocolates and Christmas way too early in the year.
I’m starting to write this blog post before I have even got all my photos together and the truth is I’m a little nervous as a month is a long time and I wore a lot. Admittedly some outfits were repeated/won’t be worth showing but August is by far my favourite month to dress for and this will be a long post. I’m always away in August and I think since I have not much else to do I love to plan and style my outfits, plus I’ve usually got a few new pieces to wear which is always exciting!
To get this post started I’ll start with my most worn item, a black playsuit from Primark which definitely cost me under £10 and which I just love! It’s lightweight and stretchy but the tassels and the Bardot style make it fun. Honestly, if I had to wear just one items last month this would have been it! Primark is excellent for easy to wear holiday items.
Also, these sliders will feature heavily in this post, as they were undoubtedly my favourite item of footwear and I even wore them today in London. They’re only £25 from M&S, super comfortable and easy to wear, they also come in a whole range of colours but I think the red was perfect for adding a pop of colour to so many of my outfits. I think they release these (or something similar) every year and I’ll be back next year for some more!
(Sunglasses- Primark and Necklace here)
This lemon dress (currently on sale and only£13!) which is from Boohoo was quite popular on my Instagram and I received lots of DM’s about it. Lemons had a real moment last year but this summer I still really liked them and this dress is super cute. It’s short but the ruffled hem keeps it still looking flattering even if you have larger thighs like I do. I teamed it with my eBay Bamboo bag which I’ve been wearing for months and my new Carvela Nude Sandals which are from Shoeaholics, which is a great place to look for affordable branded shoes.
This gingham and red combo was one of my favourite outfits and I’ve worn it since I’ve been back too. The dress is from TOBI which is website I’d never shopped from but they have some really beautiful pieces including the white dress below which looks particularly great with a tan. The red lipstick in the photo above is MAC Ruby Woo which has become such a favourite and this red bag is a real new love of mine and is also from Carvela via Shoeaholics. The bag is no longer available in the red but the wine and black colours are really perfect for Autumn and under £45!
If you’re after some wow swimwear that won’t break the bank then Debenhams is the place to look, this Positano themed swimsuit is unlike any I’ve ever seen and is from the MW by Matthew Williamson Collections, the print is beautiful but it’s also a really flattering shape. My most worn cover up is this one also from Debenhams, also from the MW By Matthew Williamson collection, so of course it’s a beautiful print. I think both look quite high end without a high end price tag.
Whilst were talking about swimwear I should probably tell you about my most worn sun care products. I used Clarins Milk Lotion, Bioderma Photoderm Bronz and Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Sunscreen on my body. On my face I used Lancôme Soleil Bronzer SPF30 Protective Cream both by itself and under makeup. Towards the end of my holiday I started to use BaliBody on top of suncream to help deepen my tan.
I took some really beautiful bits of Quiz clothing on holiday and it’s a brand I’ll definitely be order from soon, especially from the dress section on the website. This floral dress is perfect as although its quite short it’s still a flattering shape and I got lots of wear out of. I can’t resist a co-ord so I had to pick up this dotty combo, the trousers are a little sheer (I think it’s on purpose) but the top is one of my favourite crop top, even for bigger busts!
Bikinis are hard to find but I think you should really try to find one you feel great in, for me this year it was this one from Freya. Red is my favourite colour to wear as I think it suits my skin tone most but the white pipping helped bring out my tan. The bottom are neither too big or too small and the top offered the support I want without being too covered or looking like a top for bigger busts. I actually saw someone else wearing this bikini (luckily not on the same day as me) and she had a much bigger bust than me and it looked great on her! If you’re struggling to find a bikini you feel good in and really recommend you give this one a go!
I picked this matching top and shorts a little last minute and I’m so glad I did! It was inexpensive from H&M and another of my favourite pieces, the shorts in particular are very comfortable, a great length but look great.
The shoes on the right turned out to be one of my most useful this holiday, they’re another pair from Shoeaholic but these are Michael Kors, they’re slightly dressier than most my other sandals and the slight heel means they’re both comfortable and flattering!
I picked a few things from Oasis (which is one of my favourite places to shop at the moment) before going away. My most worn was undoubtedly this leopard wrap dress, I love a wrap dress and I love leopard print so this dress is great. I wore it lots on holiday but also lots here in London both before and after going away, the pattern and length mean it’s a great one to team with a jacket when it’s starting to get a little cooler and can be dressed up and down.
I also love this more fun, more casual dress (above right)- I love the colours and the tassels, I teamed it with super cute OASIS espadrilles too!
One of my more dressed-up outfit was this scarf print pencil skirt and asymmetrical top, both from OASIS. I really love this skirt and get lots of compliments whenever I wear it, it’s under £50, a really statement piece and can be styled very easily. I went for this red asymmetrical top to make it a little more dressy but it would look just as nice with a white tee.
I had the pleasure of being a god mother this summer and wanted a really nice but summery dress. The mother had asked us to wear yellow and I actually had some issues finding a yellow dress but this one is really my sort of dress. I love a lace dress and this length is really lovely too, I have since wore it to a wedding in London where I got some lovely compliments and although I love the yellow it does come in other colours if you’re looking for something for the next few months.
This little nude bag is again from Carvela via Shoeaholics and currently under £50, it’s timeless and I think I’ll be wearing it for years to come!
These nude heels are from Public Desire, I loved them and wore them for a few years. Sadly about 30 minutes after taking this photo my heel got stuck in a drain cover and I’m sure you can see where this is going…
If you follow me on Instagram you may have spotted this dress before I went away but I really enjoyed wearing this Shein kaftan style dress. Although long sleeves it was too warm as it’t quite loose and I think the embroidery is really very beautiful!
Which outfit was your favourite? Would you like a monthly round up every month?
I’m more of a bag girl than a shoe girl but even still I rarely buy bags. I don’t actively go out looking for a new bag, the new bag must find me and I must fall in love with it before I take it home which is why I’m surprised by just how many circle bags I have fallen for and bought recently.
Circle bags were on the run way at Chloe, Saint Laurent and more, they’re the must-have it-bag of the season, which makes it the perfect way to update any outfit. I also like that they’re typically a nice medium size, they fit all the essentials without letting you fit in the kitchen sink, forcing me to carry a lighter bag- which is always good, although I have spotted some beautiful larger beach ones! I love that circle bags are fun without being childish and they can add a playfulness to almost any outfit, whilst still remaining elegant.
Since it isn’t a very classic shape I think it’s best to keep it highstreet, especially since the highstreet have done such a good job with them! There are straw ones, party ones, leather ones, all the circle bags you could ever need and all for less than £60 down below…