Tuesday, 7 November 2017

What I Wore // Thigh High Boots Are Made for Stomping.

 Dress - River Island
Boots - River Island*
Necklace - Zara Taylor

I'm a bit late to the 'over the knee boots' party. I've always quite liked them, but I've never been able to find a pair that I actually like. A pair without the odd 'flap' at the front, or a pair without stiletto heels the I can't walk in! River Island asked me to choose a pair of boots and I gave these a go. They're basically socks with clunky soles and thats absolutely exceptional for me! Since choosing these I've actually gone back and bought myself two other pairs of boots - If you're wanting some winter clogs this year River Island is absolutely killing it! (I got these and these if you're interested or after a bit of inspiration)! 

I picked up a bunch of other stuff at the same time, and spent so long in there (back and forth to the changing rooms with arms full of stuff) that I was absolutely 100% being closely watched - I hope I taught those staff members not to judge when I spent a whole quarter of my wages in one go! Absolutely no guilt because its rare I actually find stuff I really really love. This jumper dress and these boots are just a little portion of my newly refreshed Autumn/Winter wardrobe - Yesss! 

Sarah x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Lady in Red - 405Story


Dress - 405Story*
Shoes - Clarks
Earrings - H&M
Lipstick - Lancome

405Story. I'd never heard of them until recently, and my eyes are all over their superbly feminine, but 'edgy' approach to womenswear. I'm loving this dress for its subtle ruffles and sheer top panel, and its actually in the sale now as well! I'm waiting for this dress to go into the sale because I've been eyeing it up for a while now. 

I do love a bit of colour, and I'm rather pleased that 'red' seems to be all over the place right now because alongside yellow, its probably one of my favourite colours to wear as a rare break from black, grey and stripes. I did actually wear this with a black leather jacket as well (matchy) but erm, totally forgot to take photos of that. I'm sure you'll forgive me!

Sarah x

Friday, 3 November 2017

Holding onto Spring // Mulberry Maple




Blazer - Zara 
Shirt - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Next
Bag - Small Mulberry Maple
Earrings - H&M
Bracelet - Pandora 

So, these images are quite obviously more than a couple of weeks old, as my hair is now considerably darker than this. I do however, still love these shoes as much as I did when I first bought them, so figured they'd be worth sharing with you anyway so, here we are! I'm pretty sure they weren't £12 when I bought them but believe me, they're definitely a huge bargain as they're super comfy and look so much better on than on the website! I'm slightly tempted to buy the other two colours; Pink velvet perhaps?

Also, red bag. Bucket bag from the bucket list - A lovely (small) Mulberry Maple!  big tick there! 

Sarah x

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Matte lip still going strong // By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics

 Chloe Ferry Cosmetics Matte Lip Gloss - Shade 'Fever' £14.99*

I know the clue is in the name, but this matte lip gloss is by far the most matte I've tried. So if you're looking for a true matte in what has become a pretty saturated market, I'm not sure you'll find a better formula than this. The texture is lightweight and thin - They're incredibly pigmented and opaque, so one layer is enough. I use the one layer and it just does not crumble. In fact its almost impossible to remove! 

It comes in 12 shades and a slick and smart package. Simple, but definitely not cheap. Theres barely any scent either which I quite appreciate as sometimes the sickly sweet scent of Mac glosses can tip me over a little. The only minor gripe I have is that it did feel quite dry after a while, but after a few hours I added a touch of lip balm with no change to the colour. Definitely a winner! 

Have you tried these two? Whats the best matte lip you've tried?
Sarah x

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Most Wanted // Spring Summer Picks

Sunglasses £7 H&M
Yellow Bag £25 Marks and Spencers
Blue Dress £95 Coast
Red Floral Maxi £49 Topshop
Pink Heels £40 H&M 
Pink Knot Slider Sandals £28 Next
Blue Button-Through Dress £46 Warehouse
Bardot Green Dress £99 Coast
Blue Skirt £32 River Island
Blue Crop Top £18 Next
Stripe Trousers £49 Topshop
Silver Flats £22 Topshop

The tease of summer is becoming a little more and more prominent, and I'm wondering if its here to stay for a little while. Every year by the time I feel that summer has arrived, all of a sudden I'm shopping for a thick winter coat and the grip of the wind has found its way to me once more. 
Despite that age old tradition, I'm still finding time to lust over these bits! I may have already bought the green, red and blue buttoned dress - I can confirm they're as luscious in real life as they look on screen! Now I've got my eyes locked on the striped trousers, those pink sliders and most of all that gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana inspired crop (2 of 3 are out of stock) - Gimmie! 

Sarah x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

YSL Black Opium Floral Shock // Exhilarated

YSL Black Opium Floral Shock  50ml* £61 Debenhams Perfume

As a bit of a perfume collector (I now have about 10 different bottles on the go - Don't tell me I'm a hoarder, I know), I put off buying Black Opium Floral Shock since it started appearing. Trying to cut down my collection to 1-2 key bottles, I decided I had to finish at least 5 before adding any more. Dan had different ideas though, as he knew I loved this scent, spraying it every time I walked through Debenhams or the YSL make up counters. Then I was offered a bottle for review - Literally just after my birthday. And as if I could say no? So now I have a big bottle at home, and a smaller bottle at work. Signature fragrance found, it looks like the bottle collection won't be shrinking any time soon.

I was asked to think of a time when I'd felt exhilarated, to reflect the bold and electrifying aura of YSL's Black Opium Floral Shock. For me, its easy. I've always had a problem with anxiety, and although sometimes I come across as outcome (sometimes) I'm actually a bit of an introvert. Which is fine, until you're shooting 40+ weddings a year with your husband and feel a bit of a plonker being a bit shy. Until now. I've recently lost my excess weight, completely overhauled my wardrobe, and went on a course. It was a Photography course, but a good portion of it was about your own belief systems, positivity and a bunch of other stuff that I'm sure sounds so cliche and boring. But honestly - I walked out of that course a different person. I've told myself time and time again that 'enough was enough,' but I'd never been able to overcome those 'demons,' that hung over me. Until now. I'm not sure what was different about that course, but since then, and alongside everything else, I've felt unstoppable. I've faced fears knowing full well that the fear was much worse than any potential outcome of facing that fear. I've talked to strangers and actually enjoyed it, I've navigated myself around public transport, I've opened the front door to the post man! And at weddings I've well and truly got involved, been a part of the party and been the brides best friend. And my photos are SO MUCH BETTER for it. I've been getting those real value moments I usually only capture by 'candid photojournalism.' I've actually been creating those moments, and that puts me at a whole new level. Exhilarated doesn't even come close. Finding out you're the subject of a bit of a bitch fest? Not bothered. Usually I'd be a nervous wreck. Say what you want, come at me. I don't care. I'm being be - You be you. 

So yeah, I think this splendid little bottle of sass arrived at promptly the right time. The description, if they ever make sense to anyone, includes black coffee, bold citrus notes, and a cool mysterious notes of white musk. In my words, its definitely says sexy rock-chick (reflected perfectly in the pink and black glittered bottle) and is the epitome of edgy femininity. Does that make sense? Definitely give it a sniff - You'll be obsessed, (and it lasts forever)! 

Sarah xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

No worries in Lake Como

Jacket - River Island
T-shirt - Primark
Jeans - Topshop Joni
Sunglasses - Rayban 3025 

March just gone saw our first wedding anniversary. Time flew, just as everyone said it would, from our engagement in 2014, to the wedding in 2016. Now, here we are, no longer called 'the newlyweds,' another year on. Time really does fly, and although I'm only 28, I find myself clutching desperately onto whatever I can grab, because time is ever more insistent on haste. I made a promise to myself after the wedding - A resolution, if you will. That I'd say 'yes' to more things and deny the worries in my mind the time of day - Spend more time doing, and less time wishing and worrying. The wedding was a huge confidence boost. 
I let Dan plan this trip for our Anniversary. Normally I'd need to know whats going on, to be sure of every single detail, to be in control of it, too. A trait I appear to have inherited from my borderline-OCD Dad. But this turned out beautifully. Don't things look so much better when they're someone elses work? (Anyone else lose their appetite after cooking a huge meal? Why is that)? A reminder that I can have some time to myself from time to time, and a reminder that pushing my worries to the back of my mind won't always end in disaster, as expected. No more pandering to their needs. 

One worry that was difficult to ignore, however, was the weight I'd gained over winter, after breaking my ankle and feeling useless for a while. Then, I had plenty of time, and I couldn't use it as I'd like to. Paint the house, plant the garden, nope. What torture it is to spend all your time watching time. Anyway, I'd gained weight and felt unable to dress myself. Half because nothing I owned actually fit, but half because I felt unlike myself. As soon as I was able to stand long enough to prepare something simple, we started getting ourselves back on track. No more pandering to those worries. Time to deal with them. By the time we'd gone to Lake Como, Dan had lost 3 stone, and I had lost 1 and a half. We had ourselves back to how we felt and looked on our wedding day, and we had an absolute blast in Lake Como.

Also. The Mulberry Lily. Worth every bit of time I spent working for the dollar. 

Adios Amigos
Sarah x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentines // A Biscuiteers Treat






Completely handmade and customisable, these cute little biscuits make a really unique gift, especially for those who apparently already have everything they want and need - Who wouldn't want a deluxe tin of biscuits like these? This is the 'Love Letters' tin, but there a lot of 'themed boxes' to choose from and more personal options such as a Marvel comic themed tin, ski themed tin, and my favourite, a Fashionista theme with dresses and make up biscuits. They're so gorgeous! 

On a personal viewpoint, I've already been eyeing this box up as wedding gifts, and love the more subtle offerings of biscuit cards and individual biscuits between £6-£20 for nice birthday presents or for a random appreciation gift. Flowers and chocolates are a bit expected as gifts, right? But these biscuits give a 'little gift' a bit more pizazz! If anyone I know is reading this, feel free to send lots of gingerbread men and dog themed biccies ;)

I have to say, they taste delicious too. The biscuits I received are just vanilla flavour, and very moreish. I'm ashamed to say that Dan and I polished the entire tin off in a couple of days, despite being on a diet, oops! As well as lovely biscuits, Biscuiteers offer my favourite treat, macarons, wedding favours, and cakes, too! 

Also, you get £5 off your first tin! 
More for me please! 
Sarah xx