Tuesday, 19 August 2014

What I Wore // Pink Party

Top - Next
Jeans - Glamorous
Belt - Primark
Shoes - Glamorous
Camera Bag - Grafea
Nails - Nails Inc Latex - Shoreditch High Street *

I was so close to giving these jeans to my mum, before I found a second winded love for them and couldn't let them go. I was pretty sure they highlighted the widest part of me, but I just like rolling up the bottoms and the casual rips too much - Plus they're just so comfy! I wore this to pop to my friends pink party, raising money for the AMMF charity and stuffing my face with cake and pockets with raffle tickets. I took my fancy camera bag stuffed with lenses and took all of about 4 photos, oops. Sometimes I think its more important to put the camera down and enjoy the moment, no?

S xx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Sprucing up your bedroom - Two new looks!

If you are stuck for inspiration for your beautiful dream bedroom, then look no further! Here are a couple of pinterest picked great bedrooms and a few pointers as to how you can achieve the look!

Red Hot Colour Pop Look //

From House & Garden

This bedroom has instant visual impact and these are purely because of the pops of red in the decor. If you strip those red splashes out, you will find a nice, but rather dull, neutral colour scheme that can be switched and changed with any other colour. I think I'd want to swap red for a bright yellow sometimes, just to change things about now and then without re-doing the whole lot! 

- The beautiful arrangement of pictures on the wall subtly emphasises the headboard, drawing the eye to the wall and giving the decor an elegant finish. Match the headboard and some cushions to the rug and you are away! A little bit harder to switch up a headboard I suppose, but pictures are easily updated!

-This lovely muted  Yorkshire Linen red duvet set adds great visual impact to the bedroom without making it annoyingly bright and colourful!  (Matching curtains are available too!) Spend some time finding the perfect shade for your room, as each colour can be interpreted in a number of different shades and tones by fabric and accessory manufacturers.

- This zig zag rug is quirky and is from West Elm. If you want to go for color contrasts, you can go infuse your room with your favourite contrasting colour (I really want this)!

-Instead of a chair in the bedroom and an ottoman at the foot of the bed, opt for a small sofa instead. This look is perfect for large rooms, and provides the perfect spot for sitting while reading, changing or getting ready ñ or even sorting out your wardrobe! This cool white sofa bed is from Direct Bedroom and it is ideal for use in the bedroom, and even doubles as a day-bed!

 -Finish off your dream bedroom with an unusual lamp and an ornament or two, like the ornamental owl pictured. These small, but significant, touches help to make the bedroom more personal, literally tailored around your tastes and preferences.
Monochrome Look // 

From House & Garden
This bedroom is a picture of monochrome elegance! The unusually stark light fittings may not be for everyone, but they are certainly very striking. The intricately patterned rug would look to busy against equally busy bedding or even just bedding with a lot of black in it, hence the use of almost pure white bed linens. Team it with beautiful square cushions to emphasise the near-minimalist look.

- The bedroom is saved from minimalism by the elegant and ornamental coat stand and oriental ornament that stand either side of the bed.  You definitely need an elegant, yet sturdy and useful Staples coat stand  for use in the home.

- Try and ensure that your furniture follows your decor theme or colour scheme, and, if monochrome is your ideal, opt for furniture like this charming black and white bedside cabinet. For example this one can be picked up via Direct Bedroom.

- Perhaps be a little wary of having too much patterning underfoot as this can be surprisingly off-putting when you get up in the middle of the night! The lighter patches seem closer than the darker ones and it is easy to walk into the wall having become disoriented just trying to navigate the carpet! Having said that, a strongly patterned and coloued carpet can give a bedroom some professional finish so you must decide whether to sacrifice beauty for safety or not! We Do Headboards have amazing headboards in a huge variety & this one is from there too.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Summer Skin Saviours // Top Three Body Skincare Products

Human+ Kind all-in-one Oil £14* // The multitasking oil that first reminded me of Nuxe dry oil, then overtook it in my estimations, despite the boring bottle (but super amazing box to make up for it)! Easily spread and quickly absorbed, this oil is now amongst my favourites after a shower. 

HealGel Body £40* // If you've got any body ailments, this thick cream is the one for you. I reach for this religiously for a few days after shaving and when my skin is feeling particularly rough and in need of some TLC. This one is also absolutely perfect for battling the horrible white knee look I seem to struggle with - Nothing else touches it!

Laura Mercier Body Souffle £45 // A winner if not only for the smell, (Ambre Vanille is my absolute favourite), this thick and creamy souffle is luxurious and truly diminishes the need for perfume. Yes, its thick, but absorbs easily and is a gorgeous all over treat. Less active treatment, more smelly luxury. 

So there we have it, three of my favourite summer skin products, the ones that I've been reaching for religiously over the last few months for different reasons. Let me know what you've been using recently or if you're loving any of these too! 

S xx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Debenhams Style Challenge // Britain to Barbados

 Jacket - Zara
Wedges - Debenhams*
 Bag - Michael Kors
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

I was recently asked to take part in the #britaintobarbados challenge set by Debenhams, in which I was provided with a maxi and asked to style it as if I was in Britain, and in Barbados. And whilst I absolutely desperately wish I was in Barbados in the near future, unfortunately I'm stuck here! Saying that, the weather has been pretty bright these last few weeks!

I tend to take as few accessories as possible on holiday, so the Barbados look is pretty simple with neutral wedges, my hair off my neck in a bun, and super quick make up. At home I've added some waves to my hair and have access to a few more accessories and jackets just in case the weather takes a likely turn for the worse. The dress is pretty statement as it is, and it doesn't need much doing to it - Perfect for summer BBQ's and for evenings on holiday. Now all I need is a flight to Barbados!

S xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

£400 Links of London Bundle Giveaway

In view of a recent steer away from costume jewellery and more towards mid-range jewellery as mentioned here, I'm gleefully sharing an awesome giveaway courtesy of  Links of London. Its running throughout summer - Or as they prefer to call it, the 'summer of friendship.' By entering this giveaway you're in the line up to win a £400 bundle of Links of London goodies - You just have to decide whether you'd keep the lot or share it with your friends! This competition has made me realise just how busy I've been this summer, most weeks working 6-7 days. I've barely seen my friends, and I feel like I've currently got no life - oh the perils of saving for a house and a wedding, eh? Must change this!


T&C's // 
You'll be entered into a prize draw to win a bundle with a value of £400. This can be ordered via Links of London contact, or you can choose to receive a gift card. 
The winner will be contacted via Twitter @Links_of_London DM (not via myself), and they'll ask for you to email your details directly to them.
Prize cannot be exchanged for cash.
If no reply from the winner within a week, Links of London hold the right to choose another winner.
UK/NI only I'm afraid! 

Good Luck! 
S xx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

What I Wore // Jumpin' Jack Flash

Jumpsuit - George @ Asda*
Clutch - Primark
Jacket - Zara
Necklace - Zara Taylor
Sandals - River Island
Ring - New Look
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban 

Much to the disgust of my fiance and housemate, I left the house in a jumpsuit today. Yes, it looks exactly like a pair of pyjamas that I own, but its actually just as comfortable too, so its no matter of mine! I don't believe I've ever worn a full length jumpsuit before, and this Asda version is an absolute steal, and definitely worth it for at least testing the waters with. I can't help but feel a bit like Mario or Luigi - And I'm not saying thats a bad thing at all! In fact I think I need just one more jumpsuit...

What do you think?
Do you own anything like this?
S x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

What I Wore // Rose Gold Marc Jacobs Bangle





Top - Topshop
Necklace - eBay
Trousers - Topshop
Shoes - Topshop
Bracelet - Marc Jacobs*
Earrings - Accessorize

Although this is an outfit post, the focus is really on my new rose gold bangle - Finally something to match my rose gold earrings. I've really come to appreciate mid-range jewellery over my cheap costume stuff (she says, wearing this necklace - house points if you recognise it)! Now that I'm always wearing a platinum engagement ring, my cheap costume jewellery just doesn't match up beside it, so I've been having a good clear out. Saying that, its super annoying mixing metals, I'm not sure why I always feel a compulsion to match, but this Marc Jacobs beauty makes it acceptable, right?

S xx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Summer Scents // Top Fragrance Picks

Being one who can't resist the temptation of treating myself in duty free whilst bored, there are many scents that remind me of holiday thanks to wearing them throughout a tropic week or two away! Here is a little introduction to my favourite 'summer scents,' always reminding me of good times and perfectly appropriate for the sunny weather.

Estee Lauder - Bronze Goddess // An obvious one that everybody must have tried and loved by now (if you haven't, nows the time) With a musky base for fruity coconut and floral overlays, its pretty exotic, and unlike any other perfume I have. Yum.

Jimmy Choo - Exotic // This one worried me when I first tried it - It smells like eucalyptus on first spray but settles down into something that receives comments all day long, thought its hard to describe. Its pretty strong, and is described as tropical and exotic with opening scents of blackcurrant and grapefruit, with patchouli and raspberry Definitely one appropriate for those summer nights. 

Gucci Flora // Glorious Mandarin // A lighter, crisp scent desribed with mandarin, pina colada, musk and jasmine. Delicately fruity and perfect for daytime when you're after something a little easier to wear, though it'd provide a distinctive lift in the evening too.

Acqua Di Parma - Mandorlo di Sicilia // I'm a huge fan of Acqua di Parma scents, for their long lasting strong scents. This is my absolute favourite, smelling perfectly of vanilla sweets and lasting all day.

Do you love any of these?
What are your favourite summer fragrances?
S xx