Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Shabby Chic Garden With Cox & Cox

As I mentioned in my home furniture wishlist post last week, I'm very much on the lookout for homeware and accessories at the moment, so when I do have the keys to my dream home I can make good use of my pinterest boards I've been pinning on for months. It's fair to say that I've spent most of my time focusing on the interior, and have quickly forgotten that I'll probably have a garden area to think about too. Despite having maybe only a few nice enough days to sit in the garden each year I still want it to become a peaceful escape that I can sit in with a book and watch the world go by. I stumbled across Cox & Cox who do a stunning range of Provence Outdoor Furniture, think a dash of French style with shabby chic touches. It really is the most perfect simplistic range for the garden, the pieces are also fairly reasonable in price for garden furniture items. Whilst the range is fairly small, they have a selection of gorgeous benches, rocking chairs, tables and plant stands.
I'm literally going to be the happiest girl when I finally own a rocking chair, it's been a life long wish of mine, there's something so comforting about sitting on one and gently rocking. The fact that this is a garden rocking chair makes it 100 times better, all you need is a book and some sun for utter relaxation!
I don't have enough time to myself as it is, so I can't image having time to do much gardening when I get a house. All I want is a pretty and low maintenance garden which is where this Provence plant stand comes into play. I think plant stands come ladders look so pretty in gardens, layered up with lots of brightly coloured plants, you'll definitely also find a cactus creeping it's way onto mine!
I picked this cute little tray table out from their range too which I think is just adorable! It's definitely a must have for outdoor picnics, and summer gatherings. I think it's the perfect style for creating a super instagrammable flat lay or an ariel view of your breakfast, is it bad that I always think about would look good on instagram at the front of my mind?! 

Come rain or shine, you'll always be able to admire the beauty of your garden with the Provence Outdoor Furniture range! Now I just need the garden to go with it... I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Have you heard of Cox & Cox before? Are you a fan of shabby chic home styling? What would your dream garden look like?

*This post has been written in collaboration with Cox & Cox, but all opinions are honest, and are 100% my own.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Occasion Wear Wishlist With Coast



It's no surprise that I absolutely love to get all glammed up, and I'm not just talking about your standard Saturday night out, I'm talking abut those occasions where all the stops are put out, and you really can look as glam and fabulous as you want. I think this stems from my love of cruises, as formal nights at sea are such a big thing, and it's all about who can wear the sparkliest dress and the most show stopping shoes, it's not for everyone, but it's probably one of my favourite occasions to dress for, and to admire everyone else's attire too! But Weddings, proms and such all come close, and for these occasions it's worth investing in a really nice timeless piece that you know you can bring out of your wardrobe for years to come. 

Since last year Coast Stores has been my go to for formal outfits for a cruise, their selection of well put together dresses, tops, shoes and accessories are all elegant and sophisticated. I bought a sequin top and a matching long length skirt last year from Coast that honestly make me feel like a princess every time I wear them. The best thing about Coast is that they're easily accessible on the high street, but at the premium end of the spectrum, so when you're at your special occasion you're much less likely to bump into someone with the same outfit on too!

I could honestly spend my whole wage on new formal outfits each year, and with more of my friends getting married in the coming years I think I've got a pretty good excuse to expand my Coast collection further, don't you think?! As you can see from my wishlist (all items linked above), I was drawn to all the sequins and pastel colours, I was never a fan of maxi dresses or skirts until last year, but I find them so sophisticated whatever your age. Coast make such timeless pieces like the sleeveless sequin top, this is such a classic style that could be pulled out for so many different events, and teamed with a whole host of different skirts or trousers. It's definitely worth investing in evening pieces like this from Coast, with the amount of new stuff I've been purchasing recently, I think I'll be set for life!


Which piece is your favourite? Are you a fan of Coast? Do you have any upcoming events to get dressed up for?

*This post has been written in collaboration with Coast, but all opinions are honest, and are 100% my own.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

OOTD | Not Yours

T-shirt - Primark
Shorts - River Island
Heels* - Boohoo

If you know anything about my style you'll know I'm such a sucker for anything pastel pink and stripes, so this get up really is my perfect summer outfit. I'm literally so surprised that there's been more than a few days of warm sunshine in the UK (I'm not complaining!), and in a frantic rummage around my wardrobe or floordrobe in my case, I've been discovering some of my old summer favourites such as these kinda tailored shorts from River Island. This shows how old they are now as I literally never shop there anymore, I just feel like the type of clothing and audience they target isn't me anymore, but I am so grateful for these shorts - I feel like I might be able to get away with them with a shirt for work too? Maybe I'm pushing my luck... 

I made this look super casual with my new favourite slogan tee from Primark, please stop making such amazing t-shirts that I need to buy. I've honestly bought SO many tops from Primark this year that I've lost count, it's a good job it was only £6 though, and it is striped! I can't wait to wear this with an embroidered, oversized denim jacket and some white jeans when the weather is cooler. 

I finished the look with my new favourite heels from Boohoo, who knew a pair could be both stylish and comfortable, more information on how I came to being gifted these shoes later this week. Just make sure you keep an eye on my social accounts and Boohoo's this Thursday, eeek! Anyway, I hope you all have a fabulous week! 


What do you think of this outfit? Are you a sucker for primark's tees too? What are you up to this week?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Skandium, Carl Hansen Home Furniture Wishlist

I'm currently in the midst of frantically saving for a house deposit and I'm aiming to move out at the start of next year, all being well. So my Pinterest is currently going into over drive and I'm buying little things here and there throughout so it won't seem so expensive when I have to furnish the whole house. I'm currently dreaming of having a house with a Scandic theme, I want it to be quite minimalistic, but finished off with lots of cute details so it doesn't look too 'show homey'. I'm discovering new home brands all the time, thanks to Pinterest. 

I was recently introduced to Skandium, you guessed it, home to Scandinavian design and furniture. The make that caught my eye was Carl Hansen, who have over a 100 year history for craftsmanship, manufacturing modern classics which are characterised by enduring beauty and exceptional quality. They have a wide range of furniture including chairs, tables and sofas that could be placed in a living room, dining room or anywhere that would really benefit from a classic design. Unfortunately, the brand is probably slightly too much out of my price range for now, but if I win the lottery tomorrow I know where I'm going to be heading!

The items I added to my Carl Hansen wishlist are classic essentials that would look perfect in any living room or office space. I'm wanting to invest in quite a simplistic chair like the top left wooden chair which I would then use to drape a white fur throw over, I think that looks amazing whether it's in a dressing room or an office (you can tell I've been on Pinterest!). I similarly want a nice big and comfy, yet simple sofa like this one, I've got my eye on some of the Nikki McWilliams biscuit cushions that I can't wait to fill my future home with, they just look so cute! I'm more of a fan of finding the right chair for my future home, but this round dining/tray table caught my eye, I think it would look great with contrasting white chairs. There's so much to choose from in their selection, and if you're willing to invest in some timeless pieces for your home, I would fully recommend taking a look at Carl Hansen's collection on Skandium. 


What pieces have caught your eye? Who else is currently saving to move out?  I would love to see if anyone else has done any similar furniture/home decor wishlist style posts!


*This post has been written in collaboration with Skandium, but all my opinions are honest, and are 100% my own. 

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lets Talk Jewellery

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I've never been a massive fan of jewellery, I've always been a believer of the 'less is more' sentiment - having said that you'll always find me with a pair of simple earrings and some gorgeous rings to match. Whilst it doesn't add to my overall outfit, it does make you look well finished, and it's the small details that I think always get noticed, whether that's on a night out, in a meeting or going shopping in town. But earrings are probably the one thing I like to change the most, I only ever wear stud earrings as I feel that dangly earrings get lost within my hair unless I'm wearing it up, I told you I was boring when it came to jewellery! Always on the look out for new jewellery brands, I was instantly attracted to the silver jewellery from OneByOne Jewellery UK, with such a massive collection of all types of jewellery, it took me an hour or two to decide what earrings I liked the look of! I'm such a sucker for pearl earrings so went for something a little bit different this time with these timeless sterling silver round stud earrings*, they're such an understated pair of earrings that add a perfect finishing touch to any outfit.
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The silver earrings came so beautifully wrapped in a white box, tied together with pink ribbon. In my haste of opening the box to get a peek at the earrings I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the packaging (sorry!). I never anticipated how difficult it was to get some good shots of your earrings, but I think these do them justice. With a subtle round shape, they feature an outside ring of small glittering gems, with a slighter larger one in the centre. They also do these stud earrings in 3 other finishes, but I opted for these as I felt they would literally go with every outfit, which they do! I'm the type of person that won't change my earrings for weeks, so they fit perfectly into that routine!
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If you're a bit like me and stick with what you know for weeks on end, or are more adventurous with your jewellery options, OneByOne Jewellery UK cater to everyone's needs and budgets. I'll never be a massive jewellery fan, but when I do find a nice piece I hold onto it for my life. The smallest things in life are always the best, right?

What's your favourite type of jewellery? Have you heard of OneByOne Jewellery UK before?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Friday, July 22, 2016

OOTD | The Streets Of Sicily

Shorts - Missguided
Bodysuit - Asos
Sandals - Asos
Bag - Primark
Sunglasses - Quay Australia

You might have noticed that this beautifully rustic background is different to my standard cobbled streets of Plymouth, I took these pictures in a shady backstreet of Sicily when we docked there for a day on the cruise. The palm trees and old/ruined buildings are the ideal backdrop for some pictures! I'd initially planned to shoot lots of different outfit posts on holiday for a holiday lookbook, but when it came down to it's really rather exhausting having to lug a big camera around with you all day when the weather is 30+ degrees, but the thought was there, and I still managed to get a couple of good outfit pictures together to share with you!

These sweet elephant shorts from Missguided were a last minute purchase before holiday, I was also shocked that their next day delivery was only £1.99, I'd had visions of it being £5.99 or more! These shorts have a matching top which would make the cutest co-ord ever, these shorts are slightly see through unfortunately (the issue with ordering online!), but you can be clever with what you wear underneath them, I teamed it with a black body suit for a seamless look. It was the perfect lightweight outfit for walking around all day, it also meant that I was able to proceed in eating the biggest brioche ice cream sandwich I have ever seen (see it for yourself on my Instagram!!) without my clothes restricting me. Who said your outfit can't be stylish and practical too? 

What do you think of this outfit? Have you been to Sicily before? What's your go to outfit when the weather is hot?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Holland & Barrett More Store Opening in Plymouth

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With the rise in healthy eating, those switching to vegan diets and a country with a greater understanding about what we're putting into our bodies, there's never been more of a need for a one stop shop that is suitable for people with all types of dietary requirements. Unfortunately, it's just something that major chain supermarkets don't cater towards yet. So last Thursday when the new Holland & Barrett more store opened in Plymouth I couldn't wait to have a look around and see what else they had to offer. I've always been a fan of Holland & Barrett, despite having to browse the two existing original stores in Plymouth that were tiny, dark and had limited brands. So with a brand new more store with SO many new and exciting brands, interactive elements added to the store and a body analysis section, there really is something for everyone in the new store. If you can't make it down to Plymouth (Drake Circus) just yet, here's an insider peek into this amazing new shop so you can appreciate just how impressive it is too!
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I was instantly drawn to their new beauty section, I never realised that Holland & Barrett sold so many amazing cruelty free brands such as Burts Bees, Beauty Kitchen and Zoya. The new interactive elements excited me the most, including making your own body scrubs - how cool?!
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You'd be forgiven for thinking these mini bath bombs were in fact bon bons, you can fill a tub of these to create your own pick & mix baby bath bomb selection, as a major bath bomb addict I found myself instantly drawn to this section!
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I love the concept of the create your own bath bombs and lip balm sets, they're something a bit different and would make such great presents at Christmas time!
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After a hard day of shopping the thought of making your own body scrub seems like such a treat, the lovely shop assistant talked us through each of the 3 stages and how you can create your own tailor made scrub to suit your skin type. You simply take the jar, fill with your chosen type of scrub, add an oil and shake it together well. Think like a build a bear type thing for grown ups - I really do love the concept of this.
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A girl can never have too many nail varnishes, right?
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I'm such a fan of Burts Bees, and I was so impressed with their massive selection, they've definitely given Boots a run for their money in this department!
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 As a fitness fan, I was overjoyed that I could then gravitate into their fitness section, with only a few steps away from the beauty area, I was beginning to realise this was my dream shop... This part of the shop allows you to make your own protein shakes on the go, pick up some protein rich foods and even have your body analysis taken in their special body composition area, this includes measuring BMI and hydration levels to help customers improve their fitness and overall sporting performance. I absolutely loved the fun design of this section too, with a race track flooring and a blue theme throughout.
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It was then time to satisfy those sweet cravings with a trip to their healthy pick and mix stand. Again, such a simple yet different concept which is just something I haven't seen elsewhere, you can mix and match your favourite nuts, chocolate coated dried fruits and more. It's a good way of trying different things out to see what you like, and maybe don't like so much! I picked up a bag myself, and it was maybe only slightly dearer than what a standard bag of pick and mix would cost, but a damn sight healthier!
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If pick and mix isn't your type of thing, then you can head over to the olive bar to fill a tub to the brim for a super healthy snack.
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But I'm sure this section will be everyone's cup of tea, a super cool tea bar filled with every possible tea you could imagine.
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Then it was time to explore the area of the shop that I'm most familiar with which is their healthy snacks, vegan, vegetarian and free from section, except this shop had a lot more brands! I have finally managed to get my hands on some brands that I've been wanting to try for months such as Pip & Nut butters and Rebel Kitchen chocolate milk, mmmm! They also had 25% off everything in the store during the day which was amazing, so it's fair to say that I stocked up on a lot of healthy, guilt free goodies that will keep me going for a while!
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I went along to the event with the lovely Emily, and I spotted these fruity crisps that were coincidentally named after her, needless to sell they fell into her shopping basket shortly after.. Also, can we appreciate the amazing packaging of these - so so pretty!
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I headed home with a super generous goodie bag, as well as the treats that I picked up for myself, how could I not when I had waited for such an extensive selection of brands like this for so long?! They all came packaged in one of their lovely reusable tote bags, such a life saver when you still refuse to pay 5p for a plastic bag, it's just the principle of it isn't it? I also picked up one of Holland & Barretts loyalty cards which I didn't even know existed, it works in a similar way to any loyalty card, so there's no better incentive to keep eating healthily!

I couldn't be happier that Plymouth is now home to the flagship Holland & Barrett More store, aren't we lucky?! A lot of people still have preconceptions that Holland & Barrett just sells pills and seeds, as you can see it doesn't just sell that, and it has something to offer everyone, whether you're looking to pursue a healthy lifestyle, you're a gym fanatic or have special dietary requirements. Healthy living is a lifestyle choice more than anything, and this new store provides you with a real shopping experience that lets you stock up on the essentials in one shop, and help you to live that lifestyle with ease! If you want to hear more from the new store, be sure to follow them on Twitter: HB_PlymouthMore!

Have you been down to see the new store? Are you a fan of Holland & Barrett stores? Which is your favourite part of the new store?

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