Sunday, 20 July 2014

What I Wore // Hidden Villages

Top - Topshop
Skirt - Topshop
Watch - BornPretty*
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

On the back of a wedding booking, Dan and I recently discovered Milton Keynes village, an absolute treasure hidden away in the depths of the concrete jungle that is MK. Its the original village with houses that date back to the 1200's, and its unlike anything I've seen. Its refreshing to pull into a sense of tradition and quality, especially amongst the bore of concrete and square buildings. Naturally, I now dream of owning a cottage there, and obviously need to win the lottery to do so. Instead I'll settle for their pub/restaurant. Its a dream! 

In keeping with my love for midi skirts, I recently picked up this Topshop skirt and it made its first debut on our visit to this gastro pub, alongside these amazing new wedges, and not so amazing watch. I'd love to say I'd recommend it, but it actually partly broke when I put it on, and then completely broke when I took it off, so you know. Then again its cheap as chips, so there you go! The wedges are an absolute dream though, and I can see myself wearing them from now until winter. Oh, and my new bag! I finally folded! 

What do you think?
Are you loving midis?
S xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

Primped N' Polished // La Prairie Cellular Mineral Exfoliator // Review

 La Prairie Cellular Mineral Exfoliator 100ml £86*

With chemical exfoliators apparently ruling the skin buffing market these days, this type of exfoliator has taken a huge back seat with me. I've recently been testing the waters with an old favourite though, and this exfoliator has had me wondering why I ever banished exfoliators from my beauty shelf. 

Smelling deliciously rosy, and with a pearly pink colour, the exfoliator presents pretty well from its simple tube. Its full of rounded exfoliating beads, with a blend of mineral gem powders. I have to admit, this exfoliator does have the horrible scratching feeling which caused me to toss exfoliators to the side initially. BUT, with a gentle and careful application, this does a grand job of leaving my skin feeling instantly smooth and soft - Something that other exfoliators of this type didn't really live up to.

Overall I'm pretty impressed, its definitely the best exfoliator I've tried, and its enough to break my anti-exfoliating blip. However, it just costs so much, and whilst I'm sure the ingredients are breaking edge, there are other products that make my skin feel smooth, too. Using this has definitely made me more intrigued about La Prairies other offerings though. I'd love to try their creams, but I just can't spend £80 on something that will be washed off!
If you feel like splashing out, you can get yourself a free La Prairie Cellular Mineral gift when you buy two items, and then if that hits £150 (Lets face it, its likely), then you'll qualify for a free huge RRP £140 gift bag from Urban Retreat Beautique. 

Have you tried this?
Or anything else from La Prairie?
S xx

Saturday, 12 July 2014

What I Wore // Feeling like a Princess

Dress - Topshop
Headband - Crown and Glory
Earrings - Thomas Sabo
Sandals - Ipanema*

Every so often I'll wander into shops and pick up things that aren't usually very 'me,' I'm sure its an impromptu adventurous mood... It can be a nice way to inject a new style, or sometimes I end up being a bit optimistic and thus results in me returning stuff I'll never actually wear, (Leather dress, whut)? I bought this dress on a whim, and wore it for the first time for a wedding fayre that we exhibited at. Clearly I wasn't going to settle for looking any less than Princess Belle this day. 

In a rush, I just popped on my favourite Crown and Glory piece, and these flip-flops. The cute sandals arrived just in time for our summer bout, and are the comfiest things I've worn in a long time. They're completely adjustable and made of super flexible soles too. You can get a little discount off any Ipanema purchase with the code 'Sum14' if you fancy it. 

S xx

Sunday, 6 July 2014

GIVEAWAY // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Loving my 3025 Aviators

Ray-Ban 3025 Aviator 58mm Gunmetal £113*

Aviators have always been a classic sunglasses style for me, and although I've been known to go with a temporary trend here and there, I always revert back to the classic punchy aviator. It makes sense then, to choose a style I know I'll wear time and time again, and won't ever get bored of. I picked the Ray-Ban 3025 with the medium sized 58mm lens - It was hard to gauge whether my face is smaller or larger than average, and not being able to try them on, just guessed. If you're the same and a little tentative, you'll be impressed that Sunglasses Shop have a years return policy so you can umm and ahh for as long as you need!

Sunglasses Shop have been absolute babes and have offered up a pair of Ray-Bans for you lovely lot as a little summer treat. Just follow the Rafflecopter options below, and don't forget to let me know which pair you'd choose! High five if you're an aviator lass like me! 

Good Luck!
S xx

Sunday, 29 June 2014

What I Wore // Early Summer Evening - A Midi Convert

Skirt - Great Plains 
Top - Primark
Sandals - Topshop
Bag - Zara 
Necklace - Jana Reinhardt

Its safe to say that I am a fully blown midi convert, and I have Sophie to mostly thank for that. I was always too scared they'd highlight my hated hips, when actually most styles accentuate the waist instead, and this coral skirt is my new favourite wardrobe piece. The earrings are also brand new, and haven't left my ears since they arrived. Super sparkly, and matching all other jewellery I wear, whilst still subtle enough to not have me told off at work, (my god they're strict)!

Dan and I have officially booked a wedding venue, church, and photographer (that was strange). I think its super important to book vendors who we completely trust - The last thing I want is to worry about all sorts of rubbish. I've turned away from so many vendors whose work was second to none, but their attitude hasn't clicked with me - We picked our church based on the reverend, and our photographer mainly on her openness, and cracking personality, as well as her lovely work. If I'm not comfortable, you can be the most technical photographer in the world and I'll still hate the photos - Its the same for most professions I suppose! Next thing - Swing band, what do you think?

What do you think of my outfit?
And how the heck have you all been? :)
S xx

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Shower Suds // Imperial Leather Foamburst Review

Imperial Leather Foamburst £3.15*

My first memory of Imperial Leather is of the 'posh soap' that used to sit upon my Nans bathroom sink when I was younger. Fast forward to now, and it seems Imperial Leather have rebranded far away from the old fashioned red, white and gold, and towards a brighter expensive look. My dad used to absolutely love these shower gels, but I've never paid too much attention to them until these landed on my doorstep. One quick squirt, and the thick gel explodes into a huge lump of gorgeous smelling foam before you've even tried to work up a lather! Its like a bubble bath in the shower, so much better than runny gel with a non-lingering scent, and doubles up as an amazing shaving foam, too! 

(This pretty funny video sums it all up, haha)!
Have you tried these yet? 
Will you be picking one up?
S xx

Sunday, 22 June 2014

What I Wore // Oversized but Glamorous






Shirt - Glamorous*
Jeans - Glamorous*
Belt - Primark
Shoes - Topshop
Watch - Nixon
Penny - All mine

I'd forgotten what it was like to wear jeans that aren't super close fitting, and I can't decide whether I don't like them on me, or if I'm just not used to seeing myself like this. I'm forever trying to step away from jeans forever, favouring midi skirts and dresses, but ultimately I think jeans will always be the garment I reach for when I'm in a rush, or feeling massively uncreative. Saying that, this oversized shirt is a reflection of everything I love, and these sandals pretty much fell into my dressing room from the moment I laid eyes on them. Must stop shopping! 

What have you been buying recently?
S xx

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Mac Playland Red Balloon // A New Favourite

Mac Playland Red Balloon Lipstick £15

After managing to stay away from lipstick temptation for ages, I tripped a little and bought this beauty at the weekend. A long lost lover of brighter lipsticks, I've more recently slipped into the background with more neutral colours, but this has taken me right back to feeling like my old self. A true opaque lipstick, in a darker fuchsia pink, which appears a little more red in some lights. Its a new favourite for me, but since when were Mac charging £15 for a lipstick?

Have you nabbed anything from this range?
What does your favourite lipstick look like?
S xx