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STYLE | Everyday Winter OOTD

Thursday, 24 December 2015
The blogging struggle is real when it's Winter in Glasgow and there's barely any daylight. So you can imagine my excitement when the other morning, I noticed it was bright outside and I could actually see a little bit of blue sky. In the absence of my 'instagram husband' (lol) I had to improvise and revert to old school pictures in the garden, with my remote control and tripod. The neighbours must think I really commit to a good selfie. 

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This is my current go-to outfit in Winter. If it's a casual day, you'll generally find me in this outfit or some kind of variation of it. A warm jumper is a must - super comfortable, cosy and I love how thick knitted jumpers look under this camel brushed boyfriend coat. This grey high neck jumper is from Primark and is one of my favourites at the moment. I love mixing warm colours like burgundy and camel with cooler colours like grey and white, to make them stand out a bit more. I'm still living in my over the knee boots from Garage shoes - I've had so many compliments on them and still can't believe they were only £30! 

I've been meaning to show you this nail bracelet* from Jules B for a while too - how cute is this design? I've never seen anything like it. It's reduced at the moment and available in rose gold and yellow good too. 

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One thing that you'll rarely see me without is my burgundy faux fur bag from Stradivarius. I spotted this when I was in Tenerife a couple of weeks ago, and couldn't believe my luck - I've been looking for a bag in this style and colour for ages, but could never find one that wasn't ridiculously expensive. I hadn't heard of the brand before but discovered they have a website when I got home, so the good news is you can order it and have it delivered to the UK if you like it!

Hope you liked this back-to-basics style outfit post. This is my last post before Christmas, so I hope you all have a lovely day and enjoy your time off if you have some. Merry Christmas! xox


Tuesday, 22 December 2015
This year I'm steering clear of the cliche resolutions - I'll still try to eat healthy, exercise and be more organised etc. but this year I'm going for a more fun approach to resolutions. Building up my wardrobe again after a year of saving hard, investing more in skin care and wearing more jewellery. I've noticed that over the last few years I've almost completely stopped wearing jewellery and I think it's because I got tired of buying costume jewellery that only lasted a few weeks, but never actually made the effort to invest in good jewellery in it's place.

So a recent gift from Beaverbrooks was perfectly timed to start out my collection. Beaverbrooks have recently launched a new collection of earring jackets which are absolutely beautiful. If you've not heard of the term before, earring jackets are like normal earrings, but usually the main feature is part of the backing. 

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This pair are the called the Silver Synthetic Pearl Earring Jackets and I love the simple, classic style with a twist. The smaller pearl sits at the front, and the larger is part of the backing. Something I love about pearls (or synthetic pearl) is how versatile they are - you can wear them with gold or silver, you can wear them with an every day casual outfit and with an extra glam dress and they'll never go out of fashion. 

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When I wear my hair back from my face or up in a ponytail, I love how these earrings stand out. I've totally developed a love for this kind of style and have my eye on this rose gold pair too. The good news is that they're both only £35 so really affordable for good quality jewellery that'll last. I'd highly recommend checking out Beaverbrooks for any last minute gifts before Christmas!

What do you think of these? 


Beauty: The Benefits of a Silk Pillowcase

Friday, 18 December 2015
When I was first asked if I wanted to review the Gingerlily Beauty Box silk pillow case, I have to admit my first thought was, 'sorry..what?'. I'd never heard of this beauty craze and thought the idea sounded a bit odd. But then I looked it up and found countless beauty articles raving about the benefits (here, here and here to name a few), so I just had to see what all the fuss was about. When it arrived, it was wrapped up in a lovely little box and tied with a bow. Silk is always a luxury product and I love that the packaging had that vibe to it. 
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The pillow case is white which is the same as my duvet and other pillows. I used this one as my top pillow at night time, and in the morning I switched it with the one underneath so it didn't look out of place when the bed was made. The first thing I noticed when using it was how cool it stayed all night. Even in the middle of Winter, I still crave the cold side of the pillow and this pillow case stayed like that all night.

One of the benefits I was looking forward to was for my hair. Apparently, the silk can help prevent split ends and stops hair from kinking which means your blow-dry should last a few days longer. Personally, I can't say I noticed a difference in my hair that I can attribute to using the pillow case, but that may be something that comes with time. When it comes to my skin, I can say it definitely feels so much softer on my face and that can only be a good thing. Taking everything into account, I'd say it's super soft, comforting. luxurious and stays cool all night - I'm totally converted and I'd definitely recommend it.

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If you've got one more person to buy for this Christmas, and you're all out of ideas, then this might be the one .. especially if it's someone who has trouble sleeping or someone who loves trying out new beauty ideas. You can buy the Beauty Box Silk Pillowcase from Gingerlily for £39.00.

Do you think you'd try one of these?


Life | Glasgow Loves Christmas

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Christmas is my favourite time of year and for me, the build-up in the weeks before is just as important as the big day. I always try to fit in as many Christmas activities as I can to get me in the spirit. On my December to-do list every year is a night at the pantomime, a day at the Christmas markets and of course, a day shopping and enjoying the festivities in Glasgow. Today I thought I'd share our recent day out in George Square last weekend. Warning - I am going to say the word 'Christmas' about 1,2492,2492 times in this post. Also, sorry about the below average photos in this post. The Scottish weather, risk of rained-on lens and the winter daylight (or lack of) is the reason I go into a slight blogging hibernation in Winter. The other reason is Christmas.

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We spent the early afternoon wandering around the shops picking up a few more Christmas presents. As much as I love shopping on line, I think going out to the shops actually makes life a lot easier. You see things that you'd never have searched for on line, and you don't have to worry about things arriving on time!

Once we'd finished shopping, we took a walk down to George Square. For someone like me, George Square is an absolute Christmas dream. There's lights everywhere, Christmas music, a huge ferris wheel, carousels and stalls selling hot chocolate. The only thing that's missing is Santa himself. We were so excited to try out the main event in the square, Glasgow On Ice. There's nothing than can get you in the spirit more than outdoor ice-skating next to a huge sparkly Christmas tree. It's even prettier at night time when it's all lit up. I'd highly recommend this as a lovely wee day out for a family - there's such a nice atmosphere and so much to do.

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After a lovely day out, Andy and I walked round the corner to Hutchesons which, if you follow me on instagram, you'll almost definitely have seen me talking about. We had the most amazing dinner in this beautiful building and it was just such a lovely atmosphere. I knew it was going to be good when they brought us warm, fresh bread with oil, butter and olives to start with. So tasty! We both ordered steak (which was excellent) and for desert, we had doughnut balls with salted caramel ice cream - it honestly couldn't have been better. 

Thank you so much to Glasgow Loves Christmas for our lovely day out! 

(if you want to keep up to date with Christmas activities in Glasgow, like the facebook page!) 

Do you have any Christmas traditions in the build up to the big day? 


Beauty | Yuu Beauty Acne Facial

Monday, 7 December 2015
I've never thought of myself as having really bad skin. I'd say it was generally okay, but like a lot of people, every so often it freaks out. And when it does, it's bad. For the past 8 weeks or so, my skin has been awful. What started out as a couple of spots turned into a major breakout from my jawline to my cheekbones. I still can't pinpoint what caused it, but I think it's either been hormonal or a reaction to some product I've used. Recently I was contacted by Yuu Beauty in Glasgow, who very kindly invited me into the salon to review one of their treatments. The offer couldn't have came at a better time and I was really hoping this would be the turning point in beating my skin problems. As if to rise to the challenge, my breakout continued to get worse and worse until the day of the appointment. When I met Leeane at the reception, I felt like my make-up free skin was shouting 'help me!'. The salon itself was gorgeous inside - really clean and fresh looking and since it's below ground level, it has a really calm atmosphere that you'd never expect with a busy city centre outside. 

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Leeane sat down with me and we talked about my skin concerns and due to my active breakouts, we both agreed the Acne Facial would be the best bet for me. The treatment lasted one hour and I have to say, I don't think I've ever been so relaxed. I was feeling quite stressed that day, and even then I still managed to fall asleep a few times! The treatment used a variety of Elements products. One was quite a grainy exfoliator that was left on for 15 minutes. Another was a warm, waxy balm that had a menthol scent - I was warned before that this might sting a little at first (which it did) but after the first few minutes, it settled and I think I drifted off again. 

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I wasn't expecting instant results, so I was really surprised to notice such a difference in my skin straight after the treatment. It felt softer, smoother and any breakouts that I felt were 'waiting' under my skin felt like they'd calmed down. I made a promise to myself to stay make-up free for the next few days to give my skin time to continue the recovery and now, two weeks on, my skin is almost completely back to normal.I definitely feel like this was this treatment was the turning point. Leeane told me that they normally recommend 3-4 sessions to get the full effect, so I'm going to go for at least one more before Christmas time. 

I'd highly recommend Yuu Beauty for anyone in the Glasgow or Edinburgh area. If you want to try out the acne facial, it's currently on offer until the end of the year. For the one hour treatment, you'll pay £35 instead of £45, which is a really good price for a quality facial. 

Thank you so much to the salon for inviting me in and giving me such a lovely treatment! 

Have any of you ever been for a facial? 
Do you have any tips for bad breakouts?


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