Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Favourites

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Today is a super happy Friday, as it's my Birthday! I feel like I've not had a day off to myself for months, so I'm very much looking forward to relaxing and a day of shopping in Exeter today, I also have the Plymouth Breakwater swim to look forward to on Sunday *gulp*. I thought Friday favourites would coincide well with my Birthday, as these items are all things that are making me incredibly happy and making my week that bit better at the moment! It's a mash up of beauty, lifestyle and underwear in today's post - all the non essentials, but that are definitely necessities that I couldn't dare to live without nowadays! 
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Is there really anything better than new WonderbraUK* underwear and pink roses? Probably not. I'm not afraid to admit that I really don't indulge in buying new underwear as much as I would like, I guess it's a bit like how some people hate shoe shopping, I just can't be bothered with the faff of it and more times than not, I'd rather spend my money on new clothes or shoes! But when I do start treating myself to new underwear I go all out, and I just love the white lace details and plunge neckline of this bra, it's perfect for wearing under white shirts during the week, whilst still feeling a slightly bit glamorous!
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The Little Book of Hygge is undoubtedly my favourite book purchase of 2016. I'm sure you've seen the cover of this bandied around social media over the last month, but if not, Hygge is the Danish way of living, which is basically a feeling, it's one of those words that doesn't have direct translation. Hygge is being cosy, safe and warm - FYI my hygge would definitely be a stormy night, tucked up in bed with my fairy lights on whilst watching Harry Potter, pretty dreamy huh?

I felt like I was being cocooned with comfort whilst I read this book, there are a variety of different topics in the book to help you achieve hygge in all areas of your life. I particularly like the 'building your own hygge survival box' chapter, it's definitely on my list to create! The best thing about this book is that it's not one that you read from start to finish, you can dip in and out of the sections as you wish. I've become so obsessed with this way of living that I spontaneously booked flights to Copenhagen for New Year Eves! So ready for all the hygeeligt times ahead!
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I finally bought into the lip lingerie craze from NYX on my holiday in Barcelona this year as my love for nude lip products continues, I swear I wear nude lip products more than I go bare these days. The Lip Lingerie products are available in 12 shades, and this one is called Babydoll. They're a cross between a lipstick/lipgloss product without the drying nature of matte lipsticks. In Plymouth there is now a full stand of NYX products in our boots store, so hook me up with your recommendations below, as I feel a haul coming on!
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I've never been a massive coffee drinker, actually I've never tried coffee (I know!). I'm not even a massive tea drinker, and actually drink water 90% of the time. But if there's any way to get me to try coffee it's through amazing branding and a selection of tasty flavours. I've seen Beanies before and have heard amazing things about them, my old colleague loved them so much that he had literally every flavour sat on his desk, you know, just when you need a little pick me up at 11am.

What I love about Beanies is that they sell both regular coffee and decaf coffee - perfect for a pick me up without being kept up all night with insomnia. For my first dip into the world of Coffee, I chose the Double Chocolate regular coffee flavour, Amaretto Almond and Chocolate Orange Decaf instant coffee - I picked really distinctive tastes so I would have a much higher chance of actually liking the taste of coffee. I've tested each flavour so far and although I may not be a fully fledged coffee lover yet (currently addicted to ice tea FYI), it's actually okay. The double chocolate coffee flavour has been my favourite so far for obvious reasons, it's practically like drinking hot chocolate, it's probably not something that I would have with my breakfast, but it's certainly a nice mid afternoon treat! My dad is also completely won over by these flavours, he's an avid coffee drinker so I think he knows when he tastes good coffee!
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I've had this Nuxe Paris Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute sitting around in my cupboard for the last 9 months, I received this in a make your own Birchbox for Christmas last year, and until this month I thought it was  a face cream. Upon closer inspection it is in fact a face mask which is coincidentally my favourite type of facial product. This mask promises to rehydrate your facial skin for  24 hours whilst soothing and calming any redness or dry patches. 

This mask is incredibly similar to the Origins Drink Up Mask, but I much prefer the smell of this one, and my skin has never felt so good after leaving it on to work its magic for 10 minutes. It helps to put that much needed glow back into my skin after early starts and late nights training in a chlorinated swimming pool. It's the perfect little pick me up for your skin - and it's going to be a lifesaver during the winter weather. It's actually cheaper than the origins mask, so it's a no brainer as far as I'm concerned!
Like probably half the population of the earth, I'm addicted to Cacti. You'll know that if you got the scoop on my Columbia Road Flower Market post! There's something about them that's so happy, cute and did I mention they're incredibly low maintenance? You don't drastically need to worry about these dying. I also didn't realise that the mini ones actually grow, and one of my individual cactus's has sprouted into three which is just adorable. I'm now on the search for copper pots to repot all of them. If you know of any nice ones please link me up in the comments or drop me a tweet! 
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I thought I'd throw something completely random into the mix and talk about an evening that I experienced in Ivybridge (10 mins from Plymouth) this month and really enjoyed. To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, The Watermark had been putting on a series of different events to celebrate and remember his fantastic books and plays. I was lucky enough to be invited down for 'An evening of the unexpected' - it was certainly something a bit different to what I would normally go to, and despite only living 10 minutes away I'd never heard of the venue before that holds lots of similar events. It's also home to a cinema and a cafe, I think this place definitely needs to be advertised more in the Plymouth area though as I felt that it was mostly locals that attended the evening. 

The evening was certainly unexpected, and it included choir singers, watching Lamb to the Slaughter, a 2 course meal, all ending with a Roald Dahl themed quiz. It was certainly a random mismatch of events, but it definitely worked. It was refreshing to do something different for a change with my evening, and it's nice to discover other local venues that put on such events. Not forgetting, that it was amazing evening remembering the amazing Roald Dahl, many an hour was spent reading his books when I was younger!


What do you think of my Friday favourites? What have you been loving this month?



*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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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AW16 Wardrobe Refresh With Boohoo

There's nothing that excites me more than the start of a new season, but lets not kid myself here, I've usually already bought into the new trends months in advance, because who doesnt anticipate the return of the chunky knits and boots for Autumn? New trends are constantly being thrown at us both online and in the shops which is what makes disposable fashion a thing, nowadays we so easily buy things, wear them once and then leave them untouched for years. This is very much true for myself, but I actively clear my wardrobe out once every few months and donate my clothes to charity, as it feels like I'm actually doing something worthwhile with the amount of money I have wasted on clothes that I have sometimes not even worn, oops! The bundle of clothes I usually donate to charity are a) things I've worn to death but no longer fit, b) the items that still have their tags on and C) the 'what was I thinking items' that definitely didn't suit me! Rather than throwing clothes away, I always donate as they're almost always in excellent condition, and I'm sure someone will be very happy with my Boohoo, Topshop or Asos threads! 

So where does this link into today's post? Boohoo challenged me to a wardrobe refresh for Autumn, so donating a bundle of clothes to a charity of my choice, and making room for a whole new outfit!
Wool Look Coat* - Boohoo
Blouse - Primark
Bag* - Boohoo
Boots - H&M

I could honestly spend hours on the Boohoo website scrolling for new items for my autumn/winter wardrobe as they have SO much stuff! 2 hours later and I had picked up some autumnal beauties. I think it's fair to say the real star of the show here is the embroidered pinafore dress, it's the dreamiest thing I've ever worn. It's made from a faux suede fabric, and the red embroidered flowers contrast beautifully against the black. I teamed it with this white blouse for a smart look, roll neck jumpers will look so good with this when the weather gets colder. I'm also loving this little bag that I featured in my smock dress post too, I adjust the strap length of this cross body bag as I prefer the look when it sits higher up. 

Not forgetting the integral part of any well put together winter outfit, I had to finish my new autumnal look off with a cosy coat from Boohoo's huge range of coats and jackets. I feel like I've been wanting a tan coat for so long but have never committed, it's definitely the most chic colour for an autumn get up, it makes for a dreamy combo with rich berry colours. It's the perfect length, doesn't button up and provides a sleek, streamlined finish to any outfit. I feel like it's not going to leave my back this winter. 

It's all good having a new wardobe for Autumn, but I desperately needed to have a clear out and make some room for the new items...
With a beautiful new autumnal ensemble from Boohoo, it was time to dig deep and find some clothing to donate to charity, I was definitely not stuck for choice! Donating is such an important thing to me, as I do feel guilty about spending so much on clothing and not wearing them as much as I should, as I know that not everyone is as fortunate to have so many material possessions. I feel like I'm giving something back, and also helping to raise money for some amazing charities that help to fund lifesaving causes. I usually donate to a handful of different charities, but I will be donating this lot to the Cancer Research UK charity, almost everyone knows at least one person in their life that has suffered or lost their life to cancer, whether that's a family member or a close friend. 100% of their profit from our donations goes towards their life saving work, so every little bit helps, and I really feel like I'm doing my bit to help save the world, and eventually find a cure for cancer one day. 
I'm saying goodbye to about 14 different pieces of clothing including t-shirts, shoes and jeans! For once most of these pieces have been worn to death at some point, but a lot of these haven't been worn for a few years so it was finally time to donate them to charity. I also love purchasing clothes from charity shops as you can always find the odd gem, and I love the idea that each piece of clothing has a history behind it which adds so much character to the item. These jeans were purchased from New Look from a £100 gift card that I won from my first blogging competition almost 3 years ago, I always remember going in and buying them that day and thinking it was the best thing ever! The Toms shoes were bought back in my sixth form days when they were all the 'rage', I literally wore these to death!

I am probably most gutted about donating this floral, ruffle top that was from Zara. I bought this 5 years ago and have NEVER worn it! It was one of those impulse buys that just looked so cute and I had to have it. It's finally time to cut my loses and say goodbye to it, I'm sure it will go to a loving home!
Among the rest of my donation were items I bought with my first ever pay check, the expensive obsession I had with Hollister and a top I purchased from Target in USA when I was working at camp for the summer. Every single piece has a story behind it, and I'm sure that someone will be delighted to incorporate these items into their wardrobe. It now means I have plenty more room to fill with autumnal pieces, including the dreamiest new items from Boohoo!

How often do you donate to charity? Do you like my new autumnal outfit from boohoo? Have you got a new winter coat yet?


*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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Thursday, September 22, 2016

AW16 Shoes Wishlist

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Daniel Beige Leather Mules / Pull On Leather Chelsea Boots / Black Suede LoafersDaisy Street Flower HeelsMiss Selfridge Embroidered Boots /  Pom Pom Trainers / Grey/Rose Gold Converse / Faux Fur Sliders / Glitter Block Heels

You'd think by now that I'd have a different pair of shoes for EVERY possible occasion and season, but nope! It doesn't matter how overflowing my drawers and cupboards are with shoes, I just can't resist the newness of different designs and trends, and boy am I loving the AW16 shoe trends! It's all about the floral embroidery, glitter, pom poms, mules and Chelsea boots, it's probably my favourite run of shoe trends in a good few years! 

There's such a great selection of shoes on Daniel Footwear this season, especially their range of Ash Shoes that are glamorous, and have both original and unique designs, they're definitely investment pieces that you'll be able to pull out year on year. I also spotted a few beauties on there including some mules, Chelsea Boots and some loafers, they're all classic designs for Autumn. You really can't beat some leather boots for the winter, they're so cosy and literally look good with anything, whether that's with a pleated skirt, dress and tights combo or mom jeans. I've also become a real fan of mules this summer as I never realised how easy they are to walk in, they do look dubious if you've never worn a pair before though! Daniel Footwear are home to a whole host of designer brands including their own range, so there's something that will catch the eye of everyone!

With the classic pieces of footwear nailed for autumn with Daniel Footwear, I've picked out some more statement shoes that will hopefully be winging their way onto my tootsies so soon! There was a reason that I picked these embroidered boots as the centerpiece as they are just stunning, I say it every time, but I've honestly never been so smitten with a pair of shoes before, and let's not even get me started on the pom pom trainers and furry sliders, heaven!

What do you think of my shoe picks? Which shoe trend are you most looking forward to? Have you heard of Daniel Footwear before?

*This post has been written in collaboration with Daniel Footwear, but all my opinions are honest, and are 100% my own. 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

OOTD | Weekly Flower Run

Dress - Asos
Mules - Office
Bag* - Boohoo
Watch - Olivia Burton
Flowers - Marks & Spencers

I'm now fulfilling the blogging cliche and purchasing flowers on a weekly basis to be used for outfit pictures and flatlays before they can be left to do what they do best, it's my Instagram and creating the 'perfect' picture that is fueling this obsession, but I just can't stop! Fake flowers unfortunately just don't do it for me anymore, I ended up spending £8.75 (daylight robbery or what?) on flowers this weekend so I'm definitely going to have to get my moneys worth out of them with a few flatlays, what's a girl to do? But I think you'll agree that these roses are just gorgeous, and I totally didn't pick this colour because I thought it would contrast well with this denim getup...

But let's just appreciate this denim dress, it's a smock, it's denim and it has ruffles. It's literally the DREAM transitional wear, it's one of the the comfiest things I own, I still had room left in it after my pizza, and cookie ice cream sandwich binge last weekend which really is saying something! I love laid back looks like this, and I find that I wear things like this way more than items with a bit more of a 'faff' when you actually have to decide what goes well with the item. 

I shot these pictures at a new location that myself and my mum found on the weekend, my brief was 'somewhere with coloured doors or houses', and I think we nailed it! The best thing was this place was just off the street and not one person past us by, or leered out of their house window at us. I'll definitely be back for some more pictures soon!

What do you think of this outfit? 

*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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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Columbia Road Flower Market, London

Columbia-Road-Flower-Market-LondonI'm lucky enough to squeeze a fair few trips in to London each year as James only lives 25 minutes outside of London, so I can always stay at his house for the night. I still find London exciting every time I head in as there is always stuff to tick off my long bucket list for things to do in London. The Big Ben, London Eye, Oxford street etc etc are all great things that everyone needs to visit at some point, but I'm more drawn to things off the beaten track these days, where there's less tourists and more of the locals. It's these undiscovered parts of London that excite me the most which led me to my trip to Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday. The flower market only takes place on Sunday's, and it starts bright and early at around 8am and goes on for most of the day. It is definitely off the beaten track in London, you'll need to take a tube to Bethnal Green (East London) and it's then only a 10 minute walk to Columbia Road, it was surprisingly easy to find. I would 100% recommend this flower market to all lovers of flowers. If you like cacti, roses, succulents and flowers in any form you are going to seriously lurrrveee this post!
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You couldn't miss the flower market, but I was definitely somewhat guided by the hoards of people leaving with beautiful bunches of brown paper wrapped flowers!
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There was every possible type of flower you could ever think of...
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I loved this cornucopia of colours in what looked like a flower wall, I thought that the prices across the whole market were incredibly reasonable, I really don't mind paying for a really good bunch of flowers that you know haven't been wilting in a warm Tesco shop for the last 6 days...
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There was something colourful on every corner!
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1 bunch of every roses possible please! I didn't realise so many different colour varieties of roses existed, I absolutely loved the pastel mix bunch of roses, they were definitely a popular choice with the locals too.
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Apparently giant hydrangeas are a thing? Again, these come in every colour combination you can ever think of. I'm slightly bewildered as to how you display them though as the stalks are so long! If anyone knows please tweet me or comment below!
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Seriously, just look!!! I've developed such a cacti/succulent obsession over the last year as they are just so damn cute, nothing could have prepared me for this mighty little collection of cactus' at the market, and they even have coloured flowers on top! These were 3 for £5, so I scooped up a little selection and I was on my way. 
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This place really is a dream for any cactus loving people!
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It wasn't just like a typical florists at the market, but more like an extravagant garden centre. There was rows and rows of potted plants too, and even a selection of flower bulbs that you can plant yourself. The dream is definitely to grow my own rose and blossom bush when I have my own home!
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On either side of the flower market are rows of the cutest little shops, from floristy style stores, cute cafes to premium children clothing brands. I think it may be my new favourite part of London? I just love the fact that it is still mostly untouched by tourists, and a slither of old fashioned London still lives on! 
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I would recommend getting to the flower market earlier rather than later, we arrived at around 10am and it was already packed, it probably didn't help that it was such a warm day too, but if you leave it any later you really won't want to face the hoards of people, there was also loads of bunches so I don't think you have to worry about them selling out too early. I was just gutted I couldn't pick up some beautiful bunches of flowers, as I don't think they would have fared very well from a day walking around London and a 4 hour train ride home. However, my cactus' are settling well into their new home, with their colourful buds attached! I think it's time I moved to London so I can pick up some beautiful blooms from there every weekend like a real Londoner.

Have you been to the Columbia Road Flower Market before? Would you like to visit it? Do you have any other 'off the beaten track' in London suggestions?
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