Tuesday, November 29, 2016

OOTD | Frenchie Jumper

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Frenchie Jumper* - Louche via Joy
Jeans - Topshop
Coat* - Boohoo
Shoes - Converse via Office
Bag - River Island

I'm back after a weeks break from blogging and I'm soo glad to be back! You probably couldn't have written the last week I've had, it's been so awful as everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong, those weeks that are so awful you just want to stay at home and watch Christmas films all day. But as the saying goes 'if you want a rainbow you have to deal with the rain', and I know that this week is going to be so much better! 

I don't like being down in the dumps on my blog but I like to keep you all in the loop, and there's nothing like my blogging/social media family that always cheer me up! Anyway....

GUYS, look at this jumper!! It's like a Christmas jumper but it's not, it's a little bit festive and I've fallen in love with the little Frenchie on it, I've decided it's probably the closest I'm ever going to get to owning one, but I'm OK with that. 

This jumper is from Joy who sell such an amazing range of different brands from your favourites like Mink Pink, Lavish Alish and Louche. I've never heard of the site, or Louche before and I love discovering new clothing retailers that do something a bit different to the high street. The quality of the jumper is amazing, and it's so warm despite being quite a thin knit. I'm not usually a red kinda gal, but it's such a statment look and it's too darn cute not to like it. If you like this Frenchie Jumper take a look at the full Joy Knitwear section for plenty more styles to choose from! I already know what my Boxing Day jumper is going to be....

What do you think of this outfit? Have you shopped on Joy 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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Thursday, November 17, 2016

How To Make A Hygge Emergency Kit

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I lived in Finland for a year so that should basically make me a 'hygge' pro, right? There always was something special about coming back from walking on the frozen lake when it was -30 degrees and getting straight into my bed fully clothed, and slowly defrosting. Although I didn't realise that this 'feeling' existed until I snapped up The Little Book of Hygge a couple of months ago. Since then I've been fixated on this Danish way of living, and of course, mentioning it in any blog post where I can make it relevant. 

Whilst it doesn't directly translate into a word, it's something that everyone will have experienced and felt before. Got back from a day walking through the snow and letting your feet thaw out against the fire? Hygge. Listening to the rain outside whilst tucked up in bed? Hygge. Indulging in a pizza by candlelight? Hygge. You get the picture. Hygge is what makes us happiest, and after a miserable 2016 for the UK in particular, we could all do with a little bit of hope and Hygge in our live. The Danes are after all one of the happiest countries in the world, so they must be doing something right.

They do say that Hygge is just something that happens, and not necessarily something that can be forced. But I snapped up their idea of a Hygge emergency kit that can be stored away and called upon when you really need a little bit of hygge in your life. All you need is a suitcase, a box or a cupboard and a few special components to create a some hyggeligt times (cosy times). It's like a box filled of everything that makes me happy and I think everyone needs one in their life. 
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Your Hygge Emergency kit is basically built up of everything that makes you happy, and to help fast track you to that elusive hygge feeling. I've created mine with 11 of my favourite essentials to help give you a little bit of inspiration to create your own.

#1. Blanket
Nothing speaks happiness and winter than cosying up on the sofa with a cosy blanket. It doesn't even have to be cold. Up the hygge levels by watching the rain fall whilst snuggled up in one.

#2. Candles
Everyone knows that candles are central to Hygge. It's all about soft, gentle lighting rather than harsh lighting. I mean, who even uses a proper ceiling lamp anymore? If candles aren't your thing, cosy fairy lights will do just the job. I always opt for the battery powered ones as it means I can use them anywhere!

#3. Favourite Book
I promise this post is not sponsored by Penguin books, I just love Hygge with all my heart and soul. There's nothing like a good, solid concept to follow. Because of this, The Little Book of Hygge is currently my favourite book that I will be popping in my emergency kit. It doesn't matter that I've already read it page to page at least 3 times already...

#4. Lush Goodies
If lush goodies aren't at the top of your list for your hygge emergency kit, I'm sorry, but you're not doing hygge right. You'll note that lush bathing products are also at the top of my ultimate pamper night list. 

Run yourself a warm bath, pop in a bath bomb and let the good times roll. I'll probably pop on a Lush face mask and smother my skin with Sleepy afterwards too. Now that is Hygge.
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#5. Your Favourite Tea Cup & Saucer Complete With Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
I'm not a massive tea drinker, but when I do drink tea I like it in the most flamboyant cup and saucer. It's like when you make tea in a tepot, you can't compare it to tea made in a cup. Alternatively, pop in your fav hot chocolate sachet and oodles of marshmallows too, mmm.

#6. Favourite DVD
There was no battle for the DVD that had to go in my emergency kit. Although, Harry Poter definitely gave Inbetweeners a run for its money. I have seen each episode of Inbetweeners at least 67508 times now, but I still laugh every time. I know every word to every scene and I'm not even sorry, nope.

#7. Chocolate
Ahh.. chocolate. There's few things that chocolate can't help, and indulging in it really is pure hygge. I should be putting a bag of mini eggs or galaxy chocolate in mine, but chocolate makes me really ill and that's really not hygge. So I'm sticking with my 80% chocolate from Tesco. I would sooner swap it for Hotel Chocolat though as that is a real treat.

#8. Cuddly Teddy Bear
I'm 24 years old and have a massive penchant for cuddly teddy bears, especially if they're called Boo or Doug. DON'T JUDGE ME. Not only are they 100% cute and don't answer you back, they're so comforting when you need a little cuddle. 

I wouldn't have survived my year abroad without Sully from Monsters Inc, do not underestimate the power of a cuddly toy!
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#9. Letters
During my massive clear out on the weekend I came across loads of old cards, letters and a book that had messages from when I left year 11 at school. I had a smile at every comment that I read, and it brought back so many nice memories. It was the pick me up that I was in desperate need of. 

#10. Photographs
Do you remember the excitement of waiting for your holiday pictures to get developed? No me neither. Nowadays, everything is instantly uploaded to Facebook and never looked back at again. Everything is so online to the extent that if Facebook was gone tomorrow I would lose 1000s of memories, which isn't right. 

You just can't beat looking at old fashioned photographs, it's such a wonderful feeling and will bring those happy memories back to the surface in no time.

#11. Knitted Socks
There's nothing like slipping on a pair of knitted, woolen, super cosy socks after you've had a lovely bath or shower. I have a drawer full of (ugly) knitted socks that my mum made for me, and they beat the likes of Topshop novelty socks any day, soz.

Happy times are only round the corner with a Hygge emergency kit waiting to go. I think I'm going to need a bigger one for work...

What would be in your Hygge emergency kit?
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

OOTD | Being a 'Printcess'

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Shirt - Primark
Waistcoat - River Island
Joni Jeans - Topshop
Brogues - Dune

3 bags later, and the 2nd part of my massive clear out later, I can finally see wood for the trees in my wardrobe, and I've found about 10 items that have either; never been worn, or never been photographed for the blog which definitely helps my spending ban/how do I still shoot relevant outfit pictures dilemna, so there's that!

I wore this little print/blush combo to our montly blogging catchup with the Plymouth bloggers on Sunday, I love how this is OUR thing. It makes me so happy to have such a lovely bunch of bloggers who all just get each other. After a stack of pancakes from Bella Italia, Emily (from May To October) and I made our way down to the Barbican to shoot each other's outfit pictures. Blogger friends who eat brunch and take each others outfit pictures stay together, right? We took them in one of my fail safe outfit picture locations in Plymouth, you don't need to worry too much about passers by, and the stone walls make your outfits pop!

I've had so many compliments about this little Primark blouse that was only £8 (I KNOW!), I adore the bow tie finish and it does mean that I can be a total 'printcess' whilst teaming it with a blush pink waistcoat and glittery brogues. I've been featuring these on the blog for over a year now and they're still relevant!! They've still got all of their glitter intact which makes me so happy. I really don't know how I would ever cope without these in my life, I think every girl would be forever happy with a pair of these on their feet!

Do you like this outfit? Have you had a recent clear out? & again, any spending ban tips please do share them with me (I need all the help I can get)!
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Outfit Pictures: The Outtakes

Contrary to popular belief, I only look this good 20% of the time ↑. It's easy looking this good when you have a fabuous photographer (check out the team behind sleek-chic) and a pretty good camera lens, thank you 50mm for making me always look good on social media. It's no surprise that you'll never see a bad picture of your favourite fashion blogger, or influencer on social media. The same with life, right? We only show the good bits. Without starting a rant about 'don't believe everything you see on social media' and 'why you shouldn't compare yourselves to others', I thought it was about time I shared some of the 'outtakes' from outfit shoots in the last year. 

I think it's refreshing to see something a bit more 'real' sometimes. As much as I love the posed staring at the floor shots or staring into the distance, I certainly had a chuckle looking through these, and I hope they brighten up your Friday too!

Trying to hold a bag and flowers whilst trying to pose is harder than it looks.
When you really wished you'd washed your hair the night before. Greasy hair in outfit pictures is a no no.
WHY are you taking shots in between posing, you know we don't do that.
Long hair = the contstant battle with the wind.
When your camera lens is like no, not today.
That moment you realise it's YOU, and not the cameras fault. Distraught.
 Tantrums at age 24 are a real thing. But YOU'RE not getting the right shot. Just take another 100 pleasssse.
When you're praying you'll finish your outfit pictures by the time it starts to rain.
Well, isn't this just lovely?
Turns out pouting, looking at the floor and clutching your hair at the same time really doesn't work. Neither do sky high ponytails, WHAT WAS I THINKING.
When you try to nail that candid laughing photo. I think I'll just stick to the 'staring at the floor' look...
Pssstt.. did you get the shot? Deffs not looking like this.
Let's face it, I could be here all day sharing pictures, I usually take about 100 + pictures on each shoot when I realistically only select about 10 for my post. So you can bet what the latter 90 pictures look like... But at  least after 3 years of documenting my outfit pictures I've finally found my favourite poses to nail that 'candid' look, practice makes perfect, right?

What do you think of my outtakes? Do you wish more bloggers showed more 'real life' pictures? What are your 'go to' poses for outfit pictures?

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

OOTD | Embracing Autumn

Jacket - Missguided
Top - Zara
Skirt - Zara
Shoes - Coverse via Office
Sunglasses - Primark

I traded the pastel coloured houses this weekend for a little autumnal backdrop, and I kinda like it. I find autumn such a pretty time of the year, but I also can't wait for winter to arrive now because, CHRISTMAS!

I'm in major saving mode for the next couple of months (I'll reveal why soon!)... Sooo unfortunately that does mean that I'm on an enforced clothes spending ban, which I think is going to have to include Instagram sessions too as I'm just not one of those people that can turn down a cute ass pair of pink shoes from Topshop when they appear on my feed. I also had a massive clear out at the weekend which made me realise how many things I've never worn or only worn a couple of times. Although, I won't be bringing new outfits to my blog over the following weeks, I will still being doing an outfit post a week and it's going to make me shop my wardrobe, and mix and match what I already have which is what I did with this combo, and I absolutely love it! I really do have far too many clothes, and I'm hoping this ban will make me appreciate what I have a little bit more, as seriously, there really is only so many winter jumpers and novelty bags that I need! It's going to be tough, and it's going to take some willpower, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it changes my outlook on buying so many clothes whilst realising just how much money I spend each month on clothes. I'll get back to you on that...

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got any tips for how to cope with a spending ban? Have you enforced a spending ban on yourself 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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