Brand Spotlight - Esprit

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

 photo image_20.jpeg

So gals (&guys if there's any of you out there) I've got a new feature i'm gonna be running every month & that brand spanking new feature is called 'Brand Spotlight'. I'm using this spot to showcase brands that have caught my attention, they might not actually be new to you guys but they're sure new to me. 
This month the spotlight is shining on Esprit. The brand motto is 'we want to make you feel good and look good' which is a pretty positive thing to aspire to in my opinion. They do clothes, shoes & accessories for men, woman & kids and also some pretty sweet homeware to boot. 
The women's wear goes from sizes 6 up to 20 in some items which I really love. There's nothing worse as a bigger girl than finding something super cute and realizes it only goes up to a size 14 or something (does a little cry). The clothes have a real Californian cool vibe about them which I'm all about as let's be honest I'm a fairly low key kinda girl. They've got stripes, cropped skinnies, slouchy basics...urgh just perf. They also do some really pretty special occasion pieces. I’ve got 2 weddings over the Summer and I’m gonna be checking out that beautiful blush maxi. Oh and I DIE over that brown suede bag. Bag of dreams? Maybe *swoons*.
If i'm honest I think my favourite bit about Esprit is their gorgeous homeware. Literally gorgeous. Think green, banana leaf print, tropical blooms...I think I need my living room to resemble the home lookbook. Urban Spring I'm looking at you boo. 
If Scandi style is your thing (which admittedly I'm also really into) then the Woods lookbook is gonna be right up your alley. I'm talking muted greys, tree prints and subtle prints. 
Come payday I'm seeing a serious dent in my pay package as I furnish my house in banana print cushions and clothe myself in yet more stripey tees...oops...



 photo image_9.jpeg photo image_10.jpeg photo image_11.jpeg photo image_12.jpeg photo image_13.jpeg photo image_14.jpeg photo image_15.jpeg photo image_16.jpeg photo image_17.jpeg photo image_19.jpeg

Weekly Favourites

Sunday, 17 April 2016

1. Since this sweatshirt arrived through my letterbox it's hardly been off my back (only when I had to wash it cos I got Easter chocolate on it, soz hun the struggle is real). Hannah Gale is probably my favourite blogger and when I saw her sweatshirts were stopping being made I knew I had to snap one up...well that and after a few too many cocktails I got abit fan girly and weird...'ahh Hannah I love you home girl must steal your style blah blah'. It's super warm, super cosy and pretty cute too. 


 photo image_22.jpeg


2. I literally never thought boyfriend fit jeans would be my thing. I'm a fully committed skinnies gal but I've seen some seriously stylin' girls wearing boyfriend jeans on Pinterest and I wanted to get a piece of the action. I got these from Evans and I am fully fledged in love with them. They're so comfy and they look good with everything I've paired them with. They're honestly so different to anything else I own but I guess it's good to mix things up every once in a while. Wanna hook a gal up on any other baggy babes I can get my mitts on? 

 photo image_23.jpeg

3. I've always used medium to full coverage foundations cos my skin ain't great and I wanna cover that shiz up but recently my skin has been super dry and my normal base hasn't been cutting it. After plenty of research I wondered if a tinted moisturizer and some concealer would be a better bet for me. My searching led me to Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I've got the shade Natural which is perfect for me when I'm wearing fake tan (which is pretty much all the time). It's gorgeous, light and blends like a dream. It's truly that my skin but better base and with some concealer and powder I can look polished but natural.  

 photo image_27.jpeg

4. I love to cook and I love books so my collection of cookery books is ever growing. Me & Carl have been making the effort to eat better recently and having fabulous recipes to follow makes that so easy. I saw The Healthy Life by Jessica Sepel on Anna's montly favourites so I picked it up myself and I think it's great. The first half of the book goes into detail about nutrition, gut health, detoxing & de-stressing amongst other things and the second half is packed with yummy recipes. I've already made the lemon and herb chicken which I can confirm is delicious and I'm making cauliflower pizza for myself tomorrow. Yum.

 photo image_26.jpeg

5. Keeping with the healthy theme is the fabulousness that is the nourishment bowl or Buddha bowl as some people call them. These are basically plant based bowls full of yummy, filling goodness. My favourite combo is spinach, roasted veg (I used broccoli & sweet potato here) cous cous or quinoa, cherry tomatoes, homemade baked falafel (couldn't be bothered to make any so I used some ham) & some homemade hummus oh and a cheeky bit of feta. This was really quick to put together & it was delightful. These also travel well for an interesting packed lunch. 


 photo image_24.jpeg

6. I'm the type of person who falls asleep in front of the television watching a movie but the second I get up to bed I'm wide awake and loving life much to Carl's dismay. Sorry Boo, can't help that I wanna poke you & that I need ALL the attention. I hate lying in bed not able to sleep. We've all been there girls, tossing and turning and remembering that awkward moment from 10 years ago - ain't nobody got time for that. I read about sleep tea and I decided to try it out. I've always been into coffee & hated tea but I've been giving Clipper sleep easy infusion a try and I'm really into it. I don't know whether it's in my head or this really does work but about 15 minutes after drinking this lovely smelling tea, i'm drifting off into some of the nicest sleep I've ever had. I've become such an old woman that I look forward to getting into bed with my tea. Soz about me. Old age must be setting in.

 photo image_25.jpeg

7. My guilty pleasure TV wise has to be Cold Case. I can't get enough of it. I love crime, I love murder stories, I love the cleverly chosen soundtrack, I love flashbacks....*sighs* this show has it all. I set my Sky + box to record this which means that whenever I have a spare moment I'm flicking through, choosing an episode and getting stuck into a whodunnit. I'm pretty good at guessing the killer...maybe I should have been a Detective. I have no idea how many series or episodes of this there is but it never disappoints me. Fab. 

 photo image_21.jpeg

8. Since this dreamy little bae came into my life i've been wondering how I lived without it. Anything that means that maybe I can look even a smigen like Rosie Huntington-Whitely is fine by me and the rose gold packaging makes it even better. I'm not the best at contouring but I try my best and this product makes it so easy. The product is the perfect tone. Not too dark, not too warm and it blends like an absolute dream. I've used a beauty blender and a brush to work this into the skin and both work really well. This is the first thing I've tried by RHW for M&S but I'm eyeing up an eye shadow quad and lip stick as we speak...

 photo image_29.jpeg

21 Thoughts every girl in her 20's has daily

Thursday, 14 April 2016

 photo image_30.jpeg
*Image from Bustle. Other credits on image itself. 

1. Am I infertile? Can I have kids? Why have I never been pregnant? Am I pregnant now? Uh oh...

2. Will I ever pay my student debt off? Is this the job I'm going to be doing forever? God I owe like 20 grand.

3. Hmmm, if I eat this cupcake will I feel fatter? I didn't eat dinner last night...I only drank 2 bottles of wine....liquid calories don't count right?

4. Why is everyone on Instagram more gorgeous and happy and successful than me?

5. I actually love Taylor Swift and I don't care who knows it.

6. My BFF hasn't replied to my whatsapp but she's been online...is she pissed at me? What have I done?

7. BRUNCH.

8. CANDLES. Candles everywhere. YANKEE YANKEE YANKEE.

9. Are these finally the skinny jeans that will make me look like a Victoria Secrets Model? I'd rather buy these than eat for the rest of the month. Who needs food when my bum looks this hot?

10. I don't look hot. I look like I have cankles.

11. OMG that hot guy is looking at me. Hmm...he looks confused....is my skirt tucked into my knickers? Do I have lipstick on my teeth? Oh no I'm just staring at him weirdly.

12. PUPPIES. BABIES. PUPPIES. BABIES.

13. Gosh white furniture is dreamy. I want everything in my house to be white.

14, Must check instagram and cry over everyone else's perfect lives.

15. Do my eyebrows look like Cara Delvigne's yet?

16. Woah 1D got hot. Am I a pervert? How old are they?

17. OMG I'm so old. I'm nearly 30 what have I achieved??

18. Have I missed the latest episode of Girls?

19. I could just cry right now. I don't really know why but I could.

20. STARBUCKS. STARBUCKS. STARBUCKS.

21. Why aren't I Beyonce? Feelin' myself I'm feelin' myself...

Weekly Favourites

Friday, 1 April 2016

1. One of my routines is on my day off (usually a Thursday for anyone who's interested) is to go for a walk around my local area and have a nosey in the charity shops and see what books I can find. I love to read and I get through books so quickly, it can be a costly hobby so buying them second hand means I can get through books like I want too and also give a little something to charity while I'm at it. I'm not an overly choosy reader but I particularly love YA and I've found so many of these whilst frequenting the charity shops. 

 photo image_8.jpeg

2. I like to buy flowers for the house on a weekly basis as I just love seeing some bright blooms pepping up my home. I keep flowers in my living room, dining area & bedroom and daffodils have been my flower of choice for the past few weeks. Nothing says Spring like Daffodils! Flowers are a inexpensive indulgence that I'll always treat myself to. I get mine from Aldi. They're fairtrade and a great price.


 photo image_7.jpeg

3. How heart faced emoji are these? These shoes are my new boo and we're very much in love. Since these arrived on Saturday these shoes haven't been off my feet and I'm really happy about that. I was browsing the internet last week looking for some style inspiration and came across these. I remembered wanting those dreamy grey & light pink Air Max's (does anyone remember those little cuties?) and while these aren't those pastel gals I dreamed of they're definately just as pretty. 


 photo image_6.jpeg

4. I'm really not normally much of a tv girl but recently I've been glued to a few shows. I found this cheeky little gem while browsing Netflix because I was scared of noises downstairs and Carl was asleep (we'd been watching Paranormal Activity & the cat was being super vocal so I was convinced Toby had moved in). Love is about two people who meet in pretty random circumstances and their lives from then onwards. It's produced by Judd Apatow & I think I just love anything he's involved with so it was probably a given I was gonna fall for this. It's so funny and it's had my crying on a few occasions. Give it a little watch you might just love it.

 photo image.jpeg

5. I've tried a few things from Pixi & so far I'm really loving everything they've got going on. I've been having a bad time with dry skin recently (hey central heating I'm looking at you) and I was looking for a facial spritz I could use over make up throughout the day. I came across this and since I've been enjoying the Pixi Glow Tonic so much I thought I'd give this a go. Oh I love this! Smells divine, hydrates my skin, gives my make up some life after a long working day. What else do you need?

 photo image_5.jpeg

6. I've been a fan of Ellie Goulding since the beginning of her career but when I heard this song the other day I felt blown away by it. From hearing the first few bars of 'Here's To Us' I knew I was gonna be obsessed with it. I can't get enough of it at the moment. If you're interested in hearing anything else I'm loving this month you can listen to it here

 photo image_2.jpeg

7. Last but not least is possibly my favourite show Girls. This isn't a new favourite as I've loved it from the start but this season has been amazing and the last episode really stuck with me. I won't spoil it by saying anything but all I will say is that Allison Williams gave the best performance throughout her whole time on the show. I loved her before but I love her even more now. 

 photo image_1.jpeg

Luxemme

Thursday, 24 March 2016

 photo image_3.jpeg

A little while ago I was contacted by Luxemme and asked if I'd like to try something from their website.
Luxemme say about themselves that they are,

'a forward thinking fashion brand combining Parisian chic with Manchester street style. Cool, clean cut and completely on trend, Luxemme sources the finest in affordable luxury fashion that fuses classic fashion trends with emerging en vogue, edgy looks.
Made in Manchester for the fashion conscious who like to fill their wardrobes with chic staple pieces for a sophisticated look, Luxemme is a brand that aims to be a pioneer in the fashion industry, delivering premium clothing with a realistic price tag'

 I had a look through the pieces on the website and I saw some really lovely things but unfortunately they only go up to size 12 which I ain't gonna be fitting in so I asked my friend Alice if she'd like to try something instead. 
She was more than happy to oblige and after having a look through the site she decided on the OCÉANE halterneck playsuit from the Anita Kaushik celebrity collection. I think the gorgeous duck egg blue colour was what really swayed her to choose it. 

What Alice thought of it..
'First things first the colour is just as pretty in real life as it is on the website. I do love a pastel shade and it's perfect for Spring/Summer. The material is a really light almost linen and while this will be fab for a night out it could just as easily be dressed down for the daytime or on holiday. Size wise it's really generous. I probably could have gone down two sizes in this! I got the 10 as it was the only size they had left and I really loved it but it's nothing that a belt or a bit of alteration won't fix! It's definately made for a taller girl than myself (i'm only a tiny 5ft) but I won't let that get in the way!'

It's been a really positive experience with Luxemme and Alice was really happy with the playsuit. Unfortunately I won't be able to buy any clothes from them myself but I know my friends will be looking there next time they need something new. 

You can get the playsuit from Luxemme here for £35.

*I was gifted the playsuit but opinions are all our own. 

22 things that remind you that you're all grown up

Thursday, 18 February 2016

 photo image.jpeg

1. Searching for new kitchen appliances has become your new hobby.

2. Candles are your crack. VANILLA.

3. Even when you're not going out anywhere you get up and fully washed and dressed. PJ's are for sleeping guys.

4. You wake up at 7am on your day off and you get up.

5. You look forward to your day off so you can clean your house.

6. Walking around B&Q and IKEA  is your new favourite thing to do.

7. You prefer to go to bars you can sit and chat in and you drink Pinot Grigio rather than apple sourz.

8. Roasting a chicken has become an exciting activity.

9. You get furniture for Christmas.

10. A monochrome theme seems to have taken over all your outfits.

11. You have a real plant in your house and OMFG IT'S STILL ALIVE.

12. Primark handbags just don't cut it anymore. If it's not from Zara I don't want it.

13. People have started buying you recipe books for birthdays and Christmas and you're totally okay with that.

14. Coffee is your life. GIMME ALL THE STARBUCKS. Just a caramel macchiato ta thanks Hun.

15. You start getting shellac because you don't have time for such trivial things as changing your nail polish

16. You spend all your money on skincare rather than sparkly eye shadows

17. You realise it's okay to be kinda dorky and weird.

18. Brunch is your new favourite meal and brunch dates with the girls are your new jam.

19. Instead of massive cocktails rings and a pink plastic watch you start wearing tasteful jewellery.

20. Spending £40 on a nightcream seems a fair trade if you can keep looking under 25.

21. Instead of life being about night outs and boys it's about mortgages and babies.

22. Avocado is bae

STOP THIS TRAIN I WANT TO GET OFF. Jokes 😜

Shu Uemura

Monday, 4 January 2016

 photo P2050027.jpg


My darling sister is a hair stylist in a very beautiful salon and they work alongside Shu Uemura meaning they're using some seriously swanky products in there. Getting my hair done in the salon is always such a lovely treat and my sister bought me 2 of the products as a gift for me to keep using at home. 
The products in question are the Cleansing Oil Shampoo and the Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil. The Cleansing Oil Shampoo is a thick, gorgeous smelling shampoo that is free of both sulphates and parabens meaning that you're hair is throughly cleansed without being stripped or left with any heavy chemicals. The shampoo is light but deeply cleansing and I especially like to use it if I've been heavy with styling products as I feel it really leaves my hair feeling clean and fresh. 
The nourishing oil protects against dryness and uv damage while also minimising frizziness. Again it smells really beautiful and it leaves my hair feeling seriously soft and hydrated. It's claims are fairly basic and it's not claiming to work miracles but it is a good high end product that definitely delivers what it sets out to do. 
Since using both of these my hair has felt soft and sleek and it's definitely a lot less damaged than it could be. I don't use a lot of heat on my hair and the oil and the lack of heat combined has made for some very happy hair. 

The shampoo retails for £32 and the oil is £39.50 
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...