Sunday, 18 January 2015

What I Wore // A 'girlier' style

Top - River Island 
Skirt - Topshop
Tights - Charnos
Shoes - Clarks

As much as I've tried to avoid the sales this year in order to save for our wedding and new house, I'd be lying if I said I managed to resist temptation completely. Turns out that resisting for so long only results in one big blowout - Oops!  My favourite item though, was this pink and grey checked coat. I appear to have turned into a person happy to wear pastel colours and sparkle and I'm sure planning a wedding has something to do with it, (As cool as an all black wedding would be, trying on numerous wedding dresses has made me realise I actually like a bit of bling).

Ever since, I've been flouncing around exclusively in this coat, and to add to the girliness I've added some cosy bow tights and my Nans old necklace that I was sure I'd wear on my wedding day. It absolutely doesn't 'go' with my dress so I'm making the most of it from now onwards.

Heres to 'girliness.'
S xx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Antipodes Joyous Night Replenish Serum // The Super Oil

Recovering from acne scars and constantly battling confused, misbehaving skin, I like to try and keep my skincare as natural, but as nourishing as I can. I really see the different when my skincare 'regime' lapses, so naturally I'm a bit hesitant when adding new skincare products into my routine, especially when so many promise big results and fail to deliver. My skin generally laps up this kind of oil, so I was a little less scared about trying this Antipodes offering - But I gave it a good month or two of usage before sharing my thoughts. Joyous is a protein rich night replenish serum, said to restore collagen and elastin, deliver radiance, and purify and protect the skin. 

Although this oil might seem quite pricey initially, a couple of drops is more than enough for my face and d├ęcolletage, so I reckon it'll last ages. Its thick and luxuriously silky to apply, and needs a few minutes to sink in completely, so not one to apply in a rush before bed, or if you can't be bothered to clip your hair back from your face. After a little experimenting, I find that using this 3-4 evenings a wee has a nice result, although my skin is always softer the morning after applying. 

All round, this is indeed an absolute wonder product of which I don't have a single negative thing to say about. Some might not be fond of the earthy smell (Its supposed to be berry but I'm not getting it), but I find it naturally reassuring, and quite calming too. Something I will definitely be repurchasing, and as my first Joyous product its got me paying attention to them - What can I try next?

Have you tried this?
What do you think of oils?
S xx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

DIY Gel Nails // Splurge or Save?

Sensationail Starter Kit £70*

Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit £35*

Somewhat a beauty fool, I was terrified at the idea of doing gel nails myself. I've only worn false eyelashes once, the same with hair extensions, and I feel like I'm still mastering liquid eyeliner. I'm rarely seen in a beauty or hair salon - I've never even had my nails 'done.'

I've been trying out two DIY gel nail kits, both on myself and on my mum, mainly because I can only paint my toe nails thanks to my job! I compared the classic Sensationail kit, and the Fuse kit. Although both have generally similar outcomes, they market pretty differently. The Sensationail kit is definitely more 'pro.' Its almost double the price, requires priming and finishing and generally pretty off-putting with its many levels (but so worth it). On the other hand, the Fuse kit is definitely more compact, and quicker to use as the nails don't require priming. 

There is a cost with a cheaper, more convenient kit though, as the results with the Fuse kit just aren't as good as the original Sensationail kit (pictured above). Although the results were pleasing, my toenails chipped after a week of Fuse, and gradually got worse until I had to remove the lot. The Sensationail finish though, looked smooth and utterly professional, it was so easy to work with, despite taking longer! The finish also lasted for a couple of weeks at least, although it did chip slightly on one finger during heavy work a little while before. 

My verdict? Its definitely worth shelling out on the Sensationail kit. Its double the price and takes twice as long, but if you're looking for a truly professional, smooth finish last lasts, this is what you want. The Fuse kit is perfect if you're in a bit of a rush but want something that looks better than standard polish for a shorter time period!

Have you tried either of these?
S xx 

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Dog Toy - Pets at Home
Dog Bed - Joules*

Pennys festive toys have adorned our floors, and she's also taken to her new bed. Joules ever so kindly shipped this one out for Penny, and its so nice to have a dog bed that doesn't look out of place or scruffy in our newly decorated front room! We've had to return new beds that we've bought her as she refuses to go near them, but she's really taken to this one! My gals got style, clearly! 

Glitter Deer - Paperchase
Santa Stocking - Mothercare
Pet Stocking - Notonthehighstreet*
Pet Toys - Pets at Home  

When More Than Pet Insurance  asked us to find a present for Penny via the Pet Present Finder app  I could only oblige. This is Penny's first Christmas with us, and she's my absolute best friend - I don't mind how odd that might sound. We entered a few Penny preferences, and this personalised stocking popped up as a recommendation for her - We clicked straight through and have stuffed it to the brim - She's been spoilt rotten. 

Cushions - Habitat, Homescapes, Joules
Throw - Joules*

Personalised Cards - Hallmark*

I wanted to update quickly to wish you all the very best Christmas this year, whatever you're getting up to. We're heading down to Reading to be with Dan's grandparents, and we're going out to a restaurant this year! Its going to be very different to the chaos of being with my family (I absolutely love the chaos mind), but it'll be nice to dress up a bit too! 

We've spent the run up to Christmas making the most of Sky movies, snuggled up in our cosy throws on the sofa, watching as many Christmas related things as we can (Though I still haven't seen Serendipity or Elf)?! Of course, we've been absolutely stuffing our faces as well, whoops. No more sleeps 'til Christmas Dinner, hurrah! 

Merry Christmas everyone,
S xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A New Work Bag and a Stocking Filler Giveaway!

Nica Nikki Tote £59.99*

After spending all of my money on 'grown up house stuff,' its super nice to get something just for me. And here I am unveiling my new work bag after getting rid of the tired denim rucksack I've been carrying around for the past year! I'm not usually a fan of brown, let alone 'tan,' (I'm dying for the Raspberry colour), but this bag has caught my attention, with its Kors-esque shape, its array of pockets and super roomy shape, but still fits nicely in my ever-shrinking locker. It fits my A4 work portfolio in, and thanks to the sturdy bucket shape I can dig out my stethoscope from my mints, whilst still having pockets to keep my hearings aids safely hidden away from the rest of my hoard. I'm massively impressed with the quality too, considering it costs £60! Definitely worth looking at, and its such a shame they're not so readily available on the high street yet - Honestly though, you won't be disappointed if you order without seeing one! 

The lovely people at Nica have also kindly offered up a Keisy Medium Purse (See it here) as a giveaway prize, making a perfect stocking filler, (It'll be delivered by Christmas). I've not actually seen it, but it appears to be just as handy -  I'm a sucker for compartments and pockets! All you've got to do is follow the options on the Rafflecopter and keep your fingers crossed. 

Good luck!
S xx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Cane Toy // Furminator Comb // Invincible Snake Toy // Rice Bone
Santa Toy // Snowman Toy  // Collar 

Penny doesn't feature on this blog all too often, although I've always intended to change that! So when Pets at Home contacted me asking for Penny's letter to Santa, we set about it. Or, I chose a bunch of things for her! Theres a whole bunch of Christmas related gifts right here if you fancy having a peek! 

'Dear Santa,

I've been a pretty good pooch this year, I've played well and discovered lots of new places! I'm looking forward to my first real Christmas (I was far too young to remember the first one), but I hope you can find us... I've just moved house and am really struggling to settle in, so I'd love some new fun things to remind me that this is home, and being a Golden Retriever, I'm not fussy about treats, I'll eat just about anything! One last thing Santa, I'm also super hairy and my folks get fed up of cleaning up after my long fur on their hardwood fur, so I'd like to please them and keep my fluff at bay with some kind of beauty brush pretty please - I promise I'll share the goodies with my best pal/sister Amber! 

Love Penny, AKA Pen/Pen-Pen/Penelope/Penster(!)

As a brand new homeowner, we are super excited about Christmas this year. We've bought a brand new Christmas tree that is probably too big for our tiny lounge, but I suppose thats part of the fun, right? One thing thats always been the same though, is yankee candles! My favourites this year are Angel Wings (though I can't quite put my finger on what it actually smells of) and Candy Cane Lane which smells exactly like candy canes, yum! Alongside Yankee, I've also made some accompanying decorations to match - A pair of angel wings which now have their place on our tree, and a candy cane star (half eaten already).
Its Penny's first Christmas with us too, as we picked her up on Boxing Day as a pup - Sad or not, we'll definitely be spoiling her and Pets and Home has such a huge range that I just know Penny will go mad for. She's usually wandering around with something soft in her mouth, but does go mad for a squeaker, so I've picked things for her around that area - Penny will definitely be making more of an appearance here, so I'll be sure to share what she gets for Christmas as well! 

What are you hoping for this Christmas?
Have you got your tree up yet?
S xx

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Our new home - Furnishing our new house!

Finally, after what felt like the longest wait ever alongside the most stressful process of our lives, we've moved into our little cottage. We've spent the last few days working hard, and changing rooms/ 60 minute makeover it is not. Must employ a large team next time. I kid - I'm pretty sure there'll never be a next time, far too stressful! 

I spent far too long trying to choose a colour scheme for the bedroom, desperate to make the most of the original fireplace without making the tiny room look smaller than it is. I was determined to get this room looking fancy as soon as possible so we'd have somewhere to relax, even if the rest of the house is still a tip, and I'm glad I did. Pretty much everything in the room is Laura Ashley, but I've compromised on the splurge by buying cheap wardrobes from Homebase (alongside this gorgeous Homebase mirror that fits right in even though it only cost £50), and using Argos bathroom units as bedside tables! I think it balances out pretty well so far, though the wardrobes haven't been delivered yet, eek! 

One day I'll source some scaffolding planks to shelve the alcoves in the lounge, but for now we're going with the floating shelves that the previous owner left behind. I'm sure soon enough I'll get over the fact that they're too small *twitch* The living room is nowhere near done yet (its not even all painted yet) but this corner is looking alright complete with my favourite Dottie Rocks print - I plan to get some huge ones for our spare room!   

Our huge recliner sofa wouldn't fit in the lounge, and so we were forced to buy new ones. Not wanting to spend an absolute fortune, we found these sofas in Harvey's at £600 for two! We're going for a slightly more modern look in here, but I don't want to overdo it and lose the charm of the old place! This Habitat cushion* holds the grey and yellow that I love so much, but has a natural hessian type base which allows a bit more of a natural colour scheme overall. Its also huge, super squishy, and pretty much perfect. I found a super cheap matching simple yellow cushion from homescapes.

Condensing my make up storage from this to a small dressing table was ridiculously difficult, but I've somehow managed it. I'm not sure how I ever allowed my makeup collection to get *that* out of control. I'm sure you know what I mean! 

Ah the little shaker kitchen, the area thats needed the most work. Actually, I managed to get most of it done before we even moved in. It was ridiculously tired and not looked after at all, but after days of sanding and oiling the sideboards back to a decent state and scrubbing the cupboards, I'm pretty happy. 

So there we have it - A little sneaky peek of our first home, a tiny victorian cottage. We've been living in a mouldy shared flat for far too long, and the hard work finally seems so worth it to have our own little mark on the map. I'm so excited to finish decorating and share the results! 

If you've posted anything like this recently I'd love to see it - I'm so nosey!

S xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Library of Fragrance // Simple Fragrances

Heres a fresh new fragrance brand with a difference, the Library of Fragrance. Rather than a mix of exotic scents, they're keeping it simple and identifiable with the one layer of scent that is often overlooked in day to day life.

I picked three scents, and they can be worn separately, or layered together for a unique scent that lingers for ages, (this is what I love most about this range). My absolute favourite is the fresh Apple Blossom, though my mum has fallen in love with Strawberry Ice Cream - Its pretty self explanatory, but it genuinely smells as close to the real thing as you could probably get! 
There are over 100 scents to choose from, and whilst I chose pretty basic scents, the 'unusual' ones mostly smell pretty nice! I also sniffed Gin and Tonic and Thunderstorm in Boots, and adore them both! 

At £15 each these would make a lovely gift this Christmas (I know my younger niece would love the Strawberry Ice Cream scent)! Boots are currently selling two for 25, so if you fancy it, click here and have a gander.

Which scent would you choose?
S xx