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 picked a few of my favourites down below…

What are your go-to accessories on colder days?

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I really had no idea what to call this post or even how to go about writing it but it’s something I’ve always wanted to write a little bit about, ever since starting my blog a good few years ago.

I’ve been blessed or cursed (which ever way you want to see it) with a bigger bust (typically a 32FF), it’s never really bothered me as I think they fit proportionately to the rest of my body but buying bras that fit has always been a bit of a challenge.

The first thing I have to recommend is getting measured, every time I try a new place I get measured! Your bra size is likely to change depending on your weight, hormones, age and simply because our bodies change. A good bra is always essential, bra fitting services are free and most places offer it. I promise it’s not at all scary!

Many years ago I use to love La Senza, they were great until they got bought out and no longer stock my size nor do I quite understand the whole sizing concept. Everyone tells me to go to Marks & Spencer and they do have beautiful bras but I think the fact they also have some not so nice ones has put me off a little bit especially as I find they only have a handful of nice ones in my size.

My most recent discoveries have been Next and Rigby & Peller both very different but great for anyone looking for a bra thats a DD+.

I’ll start with Next who have really upped their game in almost everything recently, I use to think of Next as a shop my mum might shop at but all my friends have been raving about their clothes and homewear section whilst I’ve been raving about their underwear. I’ve got the Lizzie and Phoebe designs which are both very different but excellent quality, affordable and really comfortable. I find the whole range to be the perfect balance of sexy and practical.

Onto Rigby & Peller which are more of a luxury brand and a store I’d never been in because I thought it was too expensive. When I went in I did find it to be more expensive than highstreet stores but not quite as expensive as I imagined, it’s largely still affordable although I would probably just buy a few staple piece instead of all my underwear.

The quality of the bras is really what you pay for, theres a great attention to detail, the materials are all luxurious and I love almost every style they carry. They even taylor underwear so if they don’t have your size in the exact bra you want you can get one altered to fit! I picked up a beautiful black lace one from Maison Lejaby which is one of the prettiest bras I own and a Simone Perele one which is the most comfortable one I own, I would happily wear it every single day!

Since it’s party season I have to also recommend the Wonderbra Strapless bra, I wouldn’t bother with anything else. All other strapless bras don’t offer me enough lift, are uncomfortable and really flatten my boobs but this does the opposite. I’ve had a few of these over the years and they’re excellent!

PS. I also like Ann Summers, they also have lovely great comfy items not just the kinky stuff.

When Nintendo asked me to try out one of their new
New Nintendo 3DS and game I wasn’t too sure if it was
something I would enjoy but since I loved Nintendo when I
was younger and I have a friend which uses her DS regularly I thought I would
give it a go. 

Luckily the game, New
Style Boutique 2 – Fashion Forward (exclusively
for 3DS), is all about fashion and beauty, you get to create your own character
and life in an imaginary world, work as a stylist or run your own boutique-
sounds like a fun world right?! 
Right from the beginning I enjoyed the game, I love the idea of
building my own character- you can design it based around yourself or be really
creative and imagine up a whole new person. 
I decided to base my character on myself and really concentrated
on getting her to look as much as me as possible, thinking about my own face
shape, colouring and features. Doing something like this is something that I
find really helps with real life makeup application and working out if you have
a wide face, for example, allows you to then use makeup to alter this if you want
to. 
You also get to choose clothes for both yourself and the clients
that come into your store. Your own wardrobe at first is a little smaller,
think capsule wardrobe, meaning you have to be quite creative and mix and match
different available pieces. For the clients that come into my store I love
choosing the more expensive pieces but still have to ensure they look
good. 
I’ve been playing this game for the last few nights and it’s a
really great way to get off social media before bed, especially as I’m not much
of a reader. I like to relax for an hour or so in bed with a cup of tea and
catch up with my boutique and ensure all my clients leave looking their best.
Although I enjoy playing games I never have enough space on my phone for them
so it’s great to have this on a separate console and I’m so impressed that they
have fashion and beauty games too! 
If you’re looking for a way to relax and unwind in the evening
and like the sound of running your own virtual boutique from the comfort of
your sofa or bed than this is the game for you! 
To celebrate the launch of New Style Boutique 2 –
Fashion Forward you can download a demo version of the game on the 3DS
eShop and you can watch the trailer and find out more about the game here.
 This
post is sponsored by Nintendo

It feels like a life time ago already but it was only last month that I was in Madeira. If you don’t know too much about Madeira it’s an island which is part of Portugal, but actually more off the coast of Morocco than of Portugal. I’ve been there a few times as my boyfriend’s family are originally from there and since his parents have a house there it’s a nice place for an easy and fairly affordable holiday. Although the tourists there are usually a fair bit older it’s actually a beautiful island and we always have a great time; consume far too much food and usually have some fabulous weather too.

I’ve done most of the touristy things in the past but there were a few things we never got round to ticking of the list. We went up to visit Pico Do Arieiro which involves is a bit of a scary but enjoyable (and safe) drive. It’s Madeira’s third highest peak which leaves you above the clouds and is potentially my favourite place in Madeira!

Another place I discovered this year was Santa Catarina Park, a fairly small but truly beautiful and free to visit park. We ended up here after visiting the CR7 museum (not my cup of tea), it was a really warm day but the perfect place to relax and have a leisurely stroll.

We also stayed a few days at the Porto Mare hotel and I’m so glad we did! The room we had was amazing: large sitting room, a good size kitchen, a perfect bathroom, balcony and a huge comfy bed. We spend the whole day by the pool, drinking cocktails, relaxing on our pool floats and playing games. We made the most out of the pool loungers and inside pool, although we didn’t get round to trying the outdoor hot tub.

For dinner we went to Kyoto Da Ilha which we were recommended to by some of Mike’s family. They serve some of the best sushi I’ve ever had, in a beautiful location too. It’s a little expensive compared to other restaurants out there but pretty cheap for sushi. I think this has joined O Lagar with being my favourite restaurant in Madeira.

The following day, after a great nights sleep at Porto Mare, we had a great breakfast outside in the hotel’s gardens where we had choice from a huge breakfast spread and then went on to enjoy the pool some more. We had such a lovely stay that I hope to be able to book there again for the next time we go.

Boy did this post give me the holiday blues but check out my YouTube channel where I’ll be sharing my Madeira vlog once it’s been edited.

If you’re a long time reader of ALO then you will be use to this post. Every summer I am lucky enough to escape London for the month of August and head to Portugal and I am happy to report that this year is no different.

Today I will be leaving for Madeira for a week with my Boyfriend and will then be joining my family in the middle of no where, somewhere in Northern Portugal and I couldn’t be more excited! I have scheduled post for whilst I am away but naturally they may be a little slower than usual (I am aiming for five a week)

If you want to keep updated with my holiday then head over to my Instagram and Snapchat as I shall be updating daily (once I’m set up with my internet) and I will be uploading videos to my YouTube channel too! Also check out the vlog I recently uploaded from last years holiday below.

If anyone happens to have any recommendation on what to do/where to eat in Madeira then please leave them below, I’ve been a few times before but I’m looking for a few new places.

See you soon, from sunny Portugal….

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