Sunday, 29 November 2015

GIVEAWAY // Cheerz Personalised Magnets x3

A few days ago, I mentioned that a Cheerz giveaway was soon to go live on the blog. Well, here it is! 
Just enter via the Rafflecopter widget to win one set of three magnet boxes. Each little box contains 9 magnets adorned with images of your choice, and a code will be sent to you so you can order when you're ready! Cute! 

If you'd prefer to get your mitts on some now, get £4 off your first order over £8 with Cheerz with the code 'SARBAI1' (Free shipping as well at the moment) or just click here.

Enjoy x

Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Gifts // A Few Ideas

Cat Microwave Hottie - TKMaxx
Flamingo Candle - Flamingo Gifts*
Sass & Belle Trio of Suitcases - Flamingo Gifts*
Globe - Etsy
Ted Baker Reed Diffuser - John Lewis 
Ted Baker Travel Set - Flamingo Gifts
Photo Strips - Cheerz*
Photo Magnets - Cheerz
Photo Collage - Cheerz*

As much as I love buying gifts for those close to me, I can't help but sneak a thing or two into the mix for myself, so the Christmas gift total usually tops up pretty quickly. Illustrated are a few, lower cost ideas for friends, family and secret santa participants alike! Heavily pictured are the stacking suitcases from Flamingo gifts; I'm determined to find a use for these on our wedding day - Any suggestions? Flamingo gifts have a huge array of adorable items, something for everyone really! Alongside their very own candles which are great quality and obviously look adorable - Move aside, Yankee!

Ted Baker usually bring out an array of gifts that, although similar functioning items could be found at a much cheaper price, add a touch of luxury with great quality. I find that the holiday gift set isn't something I would usually buy for myself, but will definitely use, and thats always a good gift, in my eyes! The reed diffuser is especially appreciated, with its understated design, and a much warmer, more homely scent than the fruity things I usually go for. 

And onto the Cheerz items - Pictured is the small collage, box of 9 magnets, and strips of vintage Photo Booth style images. Meant for Instagram images, I filled mine with a mix of random moment social media snaps and engagement shoot photographs. I'm using the strips as a bit of a creative alternative for gift tags, and I'll be ordering more magnets soon for stocking fillers! I'm a huge advocate for getting images printed - They are doing nothing sat online and on memory cards, you need a printervention! I love this subtle collage image, but also available are huge posters of square images. Coming up over the next few days will be a Cheerz giveaway, so keep your eyes out for that! 

Fancy a few offers?
// Get 15% off Flamingo Gifts with the code 'FRIDAYISFOREVER'
// Get £4 off your first order over £8 with Cheerz with the code 'SARBAI1' (Free shipping as well at the moment)

What are you picking up this Christmas?
Sarah xx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Yoga // In The Bath!

(What really happens when your fiancé is taking photos of you in the bath, ha)!

I often find that, alongside my busy life, I have very little 'me time' these days, let alone time to exercise. I haven't been to the gym in months, and my fitness, flexibility and lower back are really suffering as a result. You see, as a Physiotherapist, I find myself so often guilty of not practicing what I preach, particularly when it comes to posture, and core stability and strength. Knowing full well my core is barely even activated and I have low back pain too often, as a result. 

I will always, though, find time for a bath. One place that I cannot be distracted by other things going on in the house. The mess, the TV, even those I share it with. It makes sense then, that 'bath yoga' has emerged, as weird as it sounds. What better time to do something like this than the place where you're likely surrounded by fragrant smells (Thanks to Lush), ready to relax, and immersed in warmth. Obviously you just need to make sure you're mindful of slippery surfaces, and be sensible. 

I've been trying out the 'After-Work Bath Yoga' routine, provided by Matalan and Niki Wibrow (trainer and fitness lass). There is one for fitness and flexibility, but I usually have a bath after a long day at work when I just need to relax for a moment or fifty. Just click the link above to watch the videos and read some more tips. The 'After Work' routine is incredibly simple, and after getting past feeling ridiculously silly, I've really begun to enjoy it. 

Have you tried anything like this?
Will you be giving it a go! You'll have to let me know!!
Sarah xx

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Most Wanted // Winter Wishlist

1 // Gilet £38  ASOS
2 // Espirit Boots £70 Brantano
3 // Chanel Bag £875
 4 // Roll Neck Dress £30 Topshop
5 // Yellow Dress £40 River Island
6 // Necklace £16.50 Topshop
7 // Boucle Coat £75 Next
8 // Skirt £20 New Look
9 // Dalmatian Jumper £14 George @ Asda
10 // Bunny Print Pj's £25 Next
 11 // Slippers £12 Accessorize

1 // Ah this gilet, stumbled upon on ASOS and still to leave my mind. It looks huge, but I can't get that stripy goodness out of my mind. Oh, I'll look like a humbug! Must have. 

2 // Autumn is here, and it looks like even Winter might be creeping in (Its -4 outside today) and my favourite thing to wear this time of year is structured, stompy boots. These are similar to a pair I already own, but with so much more detail.

3 // Forever dreaming for several designer bags - I'm after either a Chanel, Mulberry, or MiuMiu. I've only recently discovered ',' and I feel like its a good way to finally commit to a high end piece without feeling so guilty. Basically, they're barely used second hand items with a huge price cut. Yes please! 

7 // I tried this coat on a few months ago, almost bought it, and then told myself that actually, I have enough jackets like this, and what I really needed was a huge, waterproof, hooded winter coat. I'm certain that a good looking one of these doesn't exist. Does this mean I can add to my collection of pretty jackets, instead? 

10 // I've since bought these pyjamas, and they're by far the comfiest things I've ever owned. You need a pair. 

What are you lusting after at the moment?
S xx

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Look Good Feel Better // The Makeover Brush Set

Look Good Feel Better Makeover Brush Set - £24.99*

Look Good Feel Better is a cancer support charity that helps women and teenagers confront the visible side effects of their treatment. As if finding out that you have cancer isn't daunting and stressful enough, the side effects of the treatment can be further demoralising which is the last thing you need when the tiniest bit of positive spirit is, I can only imagine, so difficult yet essential to cling on to.

The range features 12 high quality brushes, and an 8-12% donation will be made from all sales. No corners have been cut with these products from what I've experienced so far, so you can be confident you're getting exceptional quality as well as donating a few quid to charity.

My absolute favourite brush from this small collection would be the powder brush. I'm not usually one for powder brushes, as I have never been able to find one that I get on with - The bristles are either too stiff, or they're too large to really get to grips with. This one is soft, light and perfect for adding the tiniest touch of powder to set my make up perfectly. The brush presents to me as the love child of the Mac 187 stippling brush, and the Real Techniques buffing brush. Two of my all time favourite foundation applying brushes, in one wonderment. 

Overall, I'd say these brushes are almost premium quality, and at a bit of a snip, too. Since I've started using these brushes I have noticed absolutely no shedding, Nothing. I dare go as far as saying these brushes surpass my love for the Real Techniques brushes! I'm honestly not sure how I haven't heard more about these amazing quality brushes?

Have you tried these brushes?
What are your favourite make up brushes?
Sarah xx

Sunday, 15 November 2015

What I Wore // Autumn in Burgundy

Hat - BooHoo*
Jumper Dress - BooHoo*
Scarf - BooHoo*
Necklace - Topshop
Boots - Clarks
Socks - Topshop

So, I'm not really sure I can pull off a fedora, but sometimes its nice just to pretend to be cool for a day - I love lusting over trendy items like this! Luckily for the public, this one is just a tad too big for my weird shaped head, so I won't be trying it again anytime soon; but I certainly won't say the same for this jumper. Its snuggly, warm and super comfortable - Sure to be a staple of mine over the coming months. Along with the scarf, and as usual, my trusty, stompy Clarks boots. 

Its been really mild recently so whilst I got away with this lot without a coat, it doesn't fill me with confidence for our wedding in March! I feel like if its warmer for longer, it'll just push the cold of winter further into what should've been Spring. For the first time, I'm wishing the snow and downpour would come now. I'm not sure it works that way, but I've come to the realisation that weddings do strange things to people.  

Sarah x

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide // Foundation

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid - Cashew - £35

Complete make up as below // 
Blush - Mac ' Mocha'
Highlighter - Nars 'Devotee''
Lipstick - Mac 'Patisserie' 
Eyebrows - Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined 
Eyeliner - Illamasqua Gel Liner 

After a few months of using this foundation, I've proclaimed it as a holy grail and decided that you all need to know how wonderful it is. I'm normally a die hard Lancome Teint Idole Ultra fan, so to find something that oversteps that level after years of falling back to Lancome, is really quite the feat. I picked this foundation up on a whim in the airport, because, 'holiday spending money' doesn't count, right? Since then, its become my go-to every single day.

The texture reminds me of Lancome Miracle Touch which I wasn't really a fan of, and as a result I was pretty sure there was no way this foundation was going to give me the coverage I need. Not with one layer anyway. Well, I was wrong, and somehow with the thinnest layer this foundation provides a really clean, smooth, almost poreless finish, even without primer. It feels light and natural, and is very buildable, but as someone with acne scarring, I can say it covers really well, without the Double Wear 'doll' look.

The finish is matte, but without being flat, and gives the 'velvet skin' finish that I, for one, love. My skin is firmly combination, but if you do have very dry skin, you'd probably want to try a sample of this foundation before you drop a whopping £35 on it! 

Have you tried this one yet?
Whats your favourite foundation at the moment?
Sarah x

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

What I Wore // Reflecting Autumn

Wrap - Damart*
Top - Topshop
Boots - Clarks
Necklace - Zara Taylor

Finally, a new outfit post! Autumn is well and truly here to stay and I am grasping the time to wear more woollen textures, darker colours and my old trust Clarks boots. Its not quite fleece-lined-tights temperature yet though, so I'm also getting away with not wearing a huge winter coat, which I'm thankful for. I'm actually on the hunt for a new one as my old Topshop offering doesn't er, have a lot to offer anymore, but I'm struggling to find one warm and furry enough! Sometimes its less about what looks good and what is functional. Sometimes, a girl needs a hood, you know?

Anyway, I'd say this dogtooth wrap and the rough textured skirt are a decent reflection of whats going on outside right now, and they're both pretty thrifty options, too. I wore this to go for lunch and antique/vintage fayre with friends, and then to a Halloween firework show. Hello portable blanket - What a dream! (Yeah, I'm the only person that didn't dress up at the weekend, yikes)!

How are you epitomising Autumn so far? 
Throw your winter coat recommendations at me, too! 
Sarah xx