24 April 2014

Spring/Summer Jewellery Edit

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The candy swatch watch- Tacky? Perhaps a little. But I’m sure we’re all in agreement that this candy inspired watch is just the cutest little Spring accessory. It’s one of those that's so 90's and quirky that I think the ‘tackyness’ transpires into cuteness. I’m thinking along the lines of jelly shoes here; looking at this watch is making me want to wear it with pride, put on a pair of jellies with a dungaree playsuit and re-live my days as a 90's kid. I can’t help but think how amazing it will look with a tan too!

In general, this Spring I’m not so attracted to the pretty floral pieces; it’s the boho chic, tribal colours and styles that have jumped right out at me. I can imagine these paired with floaty tops and bringing a simple white A line dress to life. Especially the turquoise- turquoise accessories and crisp white tops/dresses just look so beautiful together! Boho beaded necklaces and cuffs are going to be my go-to accessories for the beach, and I’m just waiting to get to Marrakech to add cute handmade bracelets to my arm!

What accessories are inspiring you this S/S?

20 April 2014

Ralph Lauren Bexley Heath Crossbody Bag ♡

RRP £215 - £69.99 Tk Maxx

I had to pinch myself when I saw this tan beauty hanging amongst the other bags. I noticed the high quality soft leather finish and was instantly drawn to the cute size, then seeing it was Ralph Lauren obviously meant I was sold! I think a satchel bag like this is timeless and such a good investment, it came with a big dust bag too to keep it pristine. Inside it’s actually quite spacious for a small bag, with a separate internal zip pocket and an open flat pocket at the back. The gold hardware buckles are just for show and each one lifts up and fastens with strong magnets which saves the fuss of opening them each time.

I’ve got to admit, I’m usually a bigger bag (Mary Poppins style) girl, wanting to carry the kitchen sink around with me to be prepared for ever eventuality. A bag hanging from my forearm acts as sort of a security blanket, which I’m sure most of you girls reading this can relate to. Saying this, I think a small crossbody bag is a wardrobe must-have, especially for Summer days and holidays when the kitchen sink isn’t necessary!

Browsing in Tk Maxx has always been a bit of an obsession of mine, I just love that you never know what you’re going to find and I now feel as though my frequent rummages have definitely paid off now! Ever so slightly in love with this bag 

This find has spurred me on even more to keep looking in Tk Maxx stores! It’s shopping at it’s best. I wonder what my next treasure find will be...

15 April 2014

Starring The Metallic Loafer

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Silver leather loafers- £15.00 (rrp. £59.99) Tk Maxx (similar hereherehere & here‣ Faux fur jacket- £35.00 H&M gold label collection ‣ Vest- £1.99 H&M ‣ High waisted jeans- £22.99 New Look  Leather bag- £59.99 Zara (in store)

Can we all just stop to appreciate these beautiful metallic loafers?! They’re without a doubt my new favourite go-to shoes and this isn’t only down to the obvious aesthetics, but also because they’re made from the softest, comfiest leather. It’s like walking in little silver clouds- dream footwear, hello!

I spotted them in Tk Maxx a few weeks back during one of my regular rummages and at £15 they’re an absolute steal! One of the things I love about any Tk Maxx find is that you can almost guarantee that no one else will have the same, they’re your own little unique treasures. Talking of treasures, I found the ultimate *cough, Ralph Lauren* Tk Maxx treasure yesterday, if you follow me on Twitter  or Instagram you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about, but a post solely dedicated to it will be up very soon!

These photos were taken during a lovely Spring day out with my boyfriend last week in Tunbridge Wells. Whilst it wasn’t quite warm enough to go out baring all, this fur jacket proved to be the perfect ‘not too hot/ not too cold’ option. It’s super soft and furry, yet still really lightweight and I just love the deep navy blue shade. I kept the rest of my outfit fairly simple and turned up the hems of my high waisted jeans to compliment the loafers.

Are these loafers catching your eye too?
I’ve included links to a few metallic silver leather loafer dupes, but there really are so many high street and designer options to choose from! They’re most definitely a shoe staple for this S/S.

07 April 2014

Pick Of The Pleats

From razor sharp stiff pleats to the, pretty, floaty and delicate, and the boxy, wide varieties; there’s a pleat for everyone and every occasion. They're such a good way to add texture and volume to an outfit without creating too much bulk, meaning you’ve still got a flattering ensemble. I know they’ll be livening up my wardrobe this S/S. Below are my picks of the pleats that I just cannot wait to get my hands on...

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I’m struggling to pick my favourite from all of these, I think they’re all equally as beautiful! The culottes may just have to enter my wardrobe first though (closely followed by the rest of course) as they’re such a versatile Spring staple and a trend I cannot wait to wear. 

Which is your stand out pleat?

04 April 2014

Spring/Summer Moisturising Essentials

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My everyday body moisturising routine usually involves putting on baby oil when I get out the shower and then towel drying myself. I swear by this as it keeps my skin baby soft yet it's so quick and means I can get dressed straight away without feeling sticky or greasy. However, once the sunshine appears I have to switch this up to avoid frying myself. Read on to find out which products will take its place...

Being a lover of the scent of cocoa butter, this cocoa radiant gel oil instantly jumped out at me. You need to apply literally the smallest amount (else it does feel a bit greasy) and it soaks into your skin almost instantly and really does give you such a radiant glow as it promises. The gel oil combination is such a lovely formulation to use and it feels really luxurious on the skin. It's going to be perfect for Spring/Summer evenings to ensure your tanned skin is glowing whist keeping it hydrated.

This spray & go moisturiser has been a bit of a revelation in the moisturising world. It's a moisturiser in a can that sprays out a fine mist of the product, with a cooling effect. It's definitely going to be the refreshing go-to day moisturiser once the hotter weather is here! The cocoa and aloe are my scents of choice, but there's also the light yellow 'essential moisture' which is a scent that hard to describe but I’d say it smells ‘creamy'. 

I often spritz this vitamin e face mist over my finished makeup to help to set it and give it a dewy finish. In hotter temperatures it's such a lovely product to keep in the fridge and use on the face throughout the day as a welcomed refreshing moisture boost. I love to pop this into my beach bag or have it beside me whilst sunbathing, it's a bit of a saviour product! 

The vitamin C energising face spritz also works in the same way but is particularly aimed at dull skin to give it an extra boost. It has a fairly strong citrus scent to it which I'm personally not the hugest fan of but it is very refreshing so will again, work so well as a 'pick me up' sunbathing spritz. 

Last but not least, a tanning optimiser is a must have for all of us tanaholics! Once you get a tan, you want to keep it for as long as possible so I like to use a moisturiser specifically designed to do this. Although I think any moisturiser would help prolong a tan, this tanning optimiser has a blend of ingredients that are specifically designed for this. I've stocked up on this one from St. tropez which has a lovely light fragrant scent. 

I’ve got my moisturisers ready, now all I need is the sunshine... where are you? 
Do you have any specific moisturising products you like to use in the Spring/Summer?

P.S You may notice I’ve just updated my blog design and taught myself a bit of html along with way *proud moment*, I’d love to know what you think :)

27 March 2014

Bikini Lustin'

Bikini shopping often results in an aesthetics Vs. practicality for tanning dilemma. Do you go for a high waisted bikini/ one with multiple criss-cross cut-out strap detailing? Or do you focus on that all important tan and get a simple strapless, tiny ensemble? This year I’m going to invest in both to make sure I fully satisfy my bikini cravings, although I’m hoping that my tanning obsessed self won’t just stick to the strapless top and small bottoms as I usually do!

If I had my way, I’d be fast forwarding time and leaping into the end of July, aka my two week holiday to Marrakech. It’ll be new territory for me and I really cannot wait to explore the culture and lap up the 40c heat. Yes you heard me right, 40c. Luckily being the sun-worshipper that I am, this news was music to my ears. After the English sun teased us last week, I (along with you too, I’m sure) have been left longing after some more vitamin D and some preferably hotter, tanning time.

Bikini’s are most definitely that ultimate ‘IT’S SUMMER!’ ensemble and I can’t help but notice that they’ve hit the high street in force. This year they’re exciting me a lot more than previous S/S's as they just seem to be that much more beautiful, meaning I’ve already got a wish list as long as my leg. As my holiday is already booked I feel like it gives me a guilt free pass to stock up on a whole new bikini wardrobe, it’d be rude not to... right?!

Below are my current top 4 picks-

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All four of these may have to ‘accidentally’ slip into my basket.. Marrakech I’m ready for you!
Are any of these catching your eye too? 

22 March 2014

I ♥ Big Hair


So it's no secret that I adore and love to have big hair. Any products that claim to give a helping hand in achieving volume and I purchase them without hesitation! I'm often asked how I get my hair to stay so big, and since the products I use have changed from my last 'big hair' post I thought I'd share my updated hair routine. If you're wanting to achieve big bouncy locks then read on...

Although I do have quite a lot of it, my hair is very fine so looking out for lightweight products that won't weigh it down is an absolutely necessity. Anything that's heavy would just counteract from any volume I try to create and my hard work in the morning would be gone within a few hours. 

To wash my hair I use a volumising shampoo, the Aussie volume shampoo has been my one of choice for the past few months now and it really does appear to be working. Not to mention it smells so delicious! I follow with Aussie's miracle moist conditioner to ensure my hair is kept soft and healthy. I don't want volume throughout the ends of my hair and think a conditioner should be nourishing so I find a volumising conditioner isn't necessary. 

Once I've towel dried my hair I use some sort of leave in lightweight serum or conditioner throughout the lengths. I mix these up all the time as I do have a fair few to choose from, but my current favourites are the Aussie Miracle recharge shine lightweight conditioning mist and the Aussie coloured hair protector and shine serum (notice the Aussie theme here haha!). 

Next is the vital ingredient to achieving volume... the Got2b 2 sexy big volume, volumising spray mousse. It's the first spray mousse to be released which when pressed, gives out a fine mist of mousse. I spray this onto my damp hair pretty much all over, focusing on the roots and in the places where I want the most body. It's so much more effective than using an ordinary mousse as it's easy to distribute it evenly throughout your roots without having large 'moussey' patches throughout. It gives my hair so much lift and although I try to let it air dry as often as possible (to keep away from heat), when blow dryed with my head upside down it creates even more body. Once dry it doesn't leave your hair feeling sticky of full of product in the slightest, which has always been a pet hate of mine with the outcome of many other products. Instead it still feels silky and freshly washed, although it does leave a little bit of texture which is perfect for back combing.

Onto the backcombing. Unfortunately you can't achieve really big and bouncy hair without the step, which my hair isn't very thankful for. Backcombing is always going to be damaging for your hair and after 5 years of doing it every single day, I'm always on the lookout for new tools that can minimise this. The 'My big fat backcomber' comb from Lee Stafford is fairly new to me, but has instantly become an absolute necessity. As you can see it has larger 'teeth' either side of the smaller toothed comb in the middle, which is designed to be kinder to your hair as less teasing is necessary. I'd agree with this and have also found that I can achieve my usual backcombed styles with a lot less effort and time. I'd really urge anyone who regularly backcombs their hair to purchase this, I bought it from Boots for only £3.99 but I'm sure it can be found in most shops.

So there we have it, my current big bouncy volumising hair routine! 
Do you like big hair too? Have I tempted you with any of these products?