Monday, 31 August 2015

EVENT || House of Fraser A/W Preview

Today I thought I'd share some pictures from the House of Fraser A/W press show on Wednesday. I'm all about Autumn so looking at coats and accessories while drinking cocktails and chatting to my favourite bloggers is my kind of night. First let's talk about my outfit - I only had an hour to get ready and was totally unprepared, so I had a bit of a crazy-panic trying to find an outfit. I came across this leather pencil skirt from Zara that I haven't worn since last Christmas and thought it was perfect for an A/W themed night. This skirt is so versatile and so easy to style. I wore it with my Zara pointed sandals, and made it a bit more casual by adding this long sleeved grey and white top. When in doubt, or in a rush, monochrome is a life saver. (By the way, sorry about the grainy pictures but the lighting wasn't great.)

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(image: Naomi at Fabugloss)
House of Fraser AW Preview

The event was held in the Theatre Royal, Glasgow which was the most beautiful venue with beautiful decorations inside too - how cute are these vases around the staircase? We had a browse through the rails of coats, dresses and admired some beautiful bags in all the autumn/winter colours. I love that HoF have so many different designers and unique pieces and I can't wait to go shopping for my Winter coat. 

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I'm now even more excited that Autumn and it's just around the corner, so I can't wait to see all of these beautiful dresses and coats in the store. Thanks so much to House of Fraser for hosting such a fantastic night.

What are you most looking forward to about Autumn/Winter?

xox

p.s you can see some more pics from the night on my instagram! <3 font="">
p.p.s there's a big sale at House of Fraser right now, go check it out! 
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

STYLE || Wardrobe Basics

If you're trying to dress well on a budget, one of the most important thing is making sure you have your basics. Once you've got that, you can buy the odd statement piece here and there and be confident that you have everything you need at home to turn it into an outfit. If you stick to neutrals and monochrome for your basics, they'll match anything and you'll be able to mix and match to create new outfits throughout the month. 

I've always said that I don't have a definite 'style' and that I like to try lots of things, but recently (and probably over the last year), I've been sticking to a quite a minimalist style and just adding a bit of detail with one or two statement pieces, like a jacket or shoes, or even jewellery and accessories. Not only does it take much less time in the mornings, but having a wardrobe that's so interchangeable is much more fun. Everything goes with everything, and you find that although you have less things, you have a lot more outfits. 

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You can never go wrong with black skinny jeans or ripped denim jeans. Both can be dressed up or down and worn in all weathers. My tip with jeans is to spend more and get a good pair - you'll wear them so much that you'll get your money's worth. My all time favourites are the Topshop Jamie Jeans

Minimal wardrobe essentials

When it comes to tops, I try to make sure I've always got a few cami tops, t-shirts and cropped tops in the wardrobe neutrals ... white, grey and black. The cliche all-rounder is the casual white shirt but it's true, everyone needs one. It'd go with everything above. And I know stripes shouldn't be included, but a wardrobe without stripes is never a happy place. I've thrown in this beaut of a striped shirt from H&M - a striped shirt goes a long way, which is why it still totally qualifies as a basic - okay?

These 4 coats/jackets have you sorted for all occasions from a cheeky nandos (sorry) to a night out - how gorgeous is this white collarless blazer? Imagine it with the striped shirt, and the ripped jeans - oh the possibilities! I'd never be able to do a wardrobe basics without mentioning birkenstocks. Trust me - the jeans, t-shirt, birks combo is a winner on lazy days. Trainers are an obvious choice for footwear basics although admittedly, at the moment, something I don't even own - how did that happen? These all white adidas superstars are on my list. Oh, and so are those ankle boots. Wait, how did this turn into a wishlist?! 

What's your wardrobe basics?

xox

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

My All-time Beauty Favourites.

I realised that a while ago I said I'd start doing a monthy 'beauty favourites' post. I haven't really stuck to it - and by 'really', I mean I did it once. Soz. The truth is, I don't change beauty products that often any more and I really do think that's because, after years of trying and testing, I've found some really good products that I just can't beat. I'm also much more into fashion than beauty at the moment - I've explained before that I'm always on one or the other, I've just been on clothes for quite a while now! Anyway, I thought I'd do a post today to show you what some of these much-more-than-just-a-monthly-favourite products are. 

These are products that I purchase again and again, and plan to do so until I die/they get discontinued.

The Best Micellar Water

1. Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Micellar Solution - I've tried many a micellar water (what a great sentence), but this is by far the best on the market. It's gentle on the skin, doesn't dry it out and, somehow, it manages to remove all my make-up in two big cotton pads. For reference, I wear Estee Lauder Double Wear (basically cement), so that's a big achievement. My skin is really sensitive, and this formula keeps it clear, super soft and balanced. Read my full review of the Vitamin E range here.

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2. Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Liner Pen - I struggle with every aspect of eye liner, but I love it so much that I voluntarily embark on the struggle every morning. This liner pen makes things a whole lot easier than they used to be. It's the perfect eyeliner for people with shaky hands, as it's a stiff pen that you have full control over. Importantly though, it has a real fine tip so you can still create a natural flick at the side. It stays on all day, and it's super black. It's everything I've ever wanted in a liner and more - if you haven't yet, you need to try this!

Heat Protecting Spray

3. TRESemme Heat Defence Spray - You're probably thinking, a heat defence spray? Surely that's nothing special. But it is - because it's much more than that. This spray transforms my hair from dry and frizzy, to super soft and 'manageable' (as much as I hate that overused cliche hair word!). For me, this is like my spray-in conditioner as well as my heat protectant. I use it before I dry, and before I straighten and I'd be lost without it. 

What are your all time favourite products? 

xox 

p.s just one week left to enter my giveaway
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Suede Khaki and #ScotBlogMeet


Suede Khaki Jacket
Khaki Suede Jacket
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Faux Suede Jacket: Missguided (sold out in khaki) | Crop Top: New Look (similar)
Black Midi: Primark (similar here in mango) | Shoes: New Look | Bag: Topshop 

One of the downsides of blogging is the struggle of finding someone to take the pictures and finding a time when you're both free. Another, is the times that you've found someone, arranged a time, got ready, took the pictures, went home and realised you were ever-so-slightly out of focus the whole time. This was one of those times. It's not too bad, so I've decided to still show you the photos because a) I can't get them retaken until next week and b) I absolutely love this jacket and I'm desperate to show you all it! 

I ordered this from Missguided after seeing it on Chantelle from The Girl in the Tartan Scarf and falling in love with it. I love suede, and I love khaki so I had to get it. They've sold out in khaki now but I've linked the tan colour above. They also have it in a deep rust colour (here) which would be so beautiful in Autumn.  

This is what I wore to #ScotBlogMeet last Sunday which was an event organised by Charlotte at Colours and Carousels. The meet-up was in Darcy's in Princes Square, Glasgow to raise funds for Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH). We spent the afternoon chatting, listening to some really interesting talks from bloggers and SAMH reps and having temporary tattoos from Bare Baroque, which I'm obsessed with! It was such a good day and we managed to raise £320 for the charity, which is excellent - well done Charlotte if you're reading! Here's a few pics from the day ...  


What do you think of this khaki jacket? 

xox 

p.s just over a week left to enter my giveaway
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Wednesday Wishlist.

We all know that if you go shopping when you know can't buy anything, you're almost guaranteed to see 42515,248,000 things that you really want. Now, sensible people would say 'okay, well I'll probably just not go to the shops then'. But not me - I go 'window' shopping, try things on, fall in love with them and then put myself through the emotional turmoil of putting it back on the hanger and handing it back. Why? I don't know. But that's how it's always been and today is no different. So here's everything that I really, really want just now.  
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I've seen this yellow rain mac on a few bloggers lately, and in Topshop at the weekend (there was still loads in store, so don't be disappointed by the website!). I just love this colour and can see it going perfectly with my Autumn wardrobe. I'm going out for lots of walks and bike rides these days, so a rain mac is actually quite a practical idea - see how I justify things? I also tried this camel coat from Topshop, which is the front runner for my main A/W coat this year. The colour matches all the autumn colours and it's perfect for every day wear. 

I've included this Daniel Wellington watch because it's been on my mental wishlist for a long time now - I just love the simplicity of it. I was also super excited to find somewhere that stocks nice, fun cases for the Samsung s5 - does anyone else really struggle to find anything that's not just plain? The website I found is Skinny Dip London and although they've only got a few, I love all of their designs (..but the unicorn's my favourite!).

What's on your wishlist just now? 

xox

p.s make sure you enter my giveaway to win Fake Bake 5 Minute Mousse! 
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Monday, 3 August 2015

Fake Bake 5 Minute Mousse & Giveaway!

Fake tan is one of those beauty products that's either a hit or a miss. It can be so good, or so very very bad. We've all been there - orange, streaky, smelling like coconuts, exfoliating like there's no tomorrow in a futile bid to look/smell normal again. So it's a pretty good feeling when the gamble pays off, and you find a fake tan that's easy to apply, quick-drying, streak-free and gives a lovely, natural golden tan. 

After the Debenhams Summer Soiree event, I was excited to find the Fake Bake 5 Minute Moussein my goody bag. One of the most annoying things about fake tan is waiting for it to dry while trying (and failing) not to stain everything orange in the mean time. So the '5 minute' part was particularly appealing!

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In the shower beforehand, I exfoliated and then moisturised all over. This is something I do a few times a week any way, so I don't see this as part of the tanning process although it's definitely something that can't be skipped. Using the tanning gloves provided, the mousse absorbs into the skin quickly and since the colour shows immediately, you can check to make sure you haven't missed anywhere. It dries quickly, but still gives enough time for you to rub it in properly. In the picture below, you can see the colour difference straight after applying it to one leg. I think it looks really natural and close to my real tan colour, which is obviously what I'm aiming for. This is a 'ready to wear' tan, so once it's dry, you can get dressed and go!

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The colour continues to develop over the next few hours but luckily, I didn't come home looking dramatically different. The tan, in my opinion, looked a bit more golden and less 'brown' if that makes sense, which although it was only a slight change, I actually preferred. When I got home a few hours later and had a shower, the water changed colour a little but the tan stayed put. The scent is mild when first applied and after a shower later that night, it was non existent. And even better, my white bed sheets stayed white.

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I'd definitely recommend this tan to all of you and since I was lucky enough to be gifted another one of these at the Kiehls event in Glasgow, I thought I'd share the love/tan and give it away to one of you!

Enter below and you could win this Fake Bake 5 Minute Mousse Travel Size (88ml) inc. gloves.
(exact same as the one in the pics above)

Here's some quick info to read before you enter:

1. Giveaway will run from Monday 2nd August - Monday 16th August inclusive.
2. Winner will be announced Tuesday 17th August, will be notified by email or twitter, and will need to provide postage info - please make sure you have permission to enter if you're under 18.
3. If the winner doesn't respond within 60 days, another winner will be chosen.

Good luck! 

Now closed - winner has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who entered! :)

What's your favourite fake tan?

xox



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