Friday, 29 August 2014

Oh My Love Co-ord

shorts and top: oh my love
socks and shoes: topshop
sunglasses: accessorize (old)
bag: zatchels (old)

I've gone crazy for co-ords at the moment - I just seem to be drawn to anything matchy-matchy (saves time deciding what goes with what too!) not to mention this one is the comfiest thing everrr . . . big shout out to elasticated waistbands for that! I've been loving all of the twosies on the oh my love website recently but I plumped for this one with the cute and random pinapple/flamingo print :) The blue ditzy print is next on my list!

Do you own a Co-ord? What do you think of the trend?


Monday, 25 August 2014

Camomile Cleansing

Since cleansing balms and cleansing oils became so popular on the skincare scene they have completely changed the face of cleansing for me. They are such a quick and effective way of removing make-up and I just love the feel of using them - they just . . . work! The Body Shops offerings are no exception with their Camomile range becoming my go-to for cleansers recently.
I was previously using the Clinique cleansing balm which when I came to repurchase I was told by the counter assistant it had been discontinued (This must have been false information as I've seen it available to buy since). So the hunt for a replacement started . . .
I usually only use high end skincare so when I saw The Body Shops Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter and Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil crop up on blogs after their release last year I didn't consider giving them a try. However the hype that surrounded them must have stuck in my mind because when I found myself cleanser-less and on a budget at the beginning of this month I got myself a 35% off voucher online and purchased them both for under £15!
I use either one in the evening as my first cleanse - if I've been wearing heavy make-up I go in with a face wash afterwards. Both of them completely remove my mascara without stinging my eyes at all, however sometimes I prefer to remove my eye make-up with a micellar water first (currently Garnier) just because it can get messy having black smeared around my face and then onto my flannel but if I don't have time for that extra step I just go straight in with the balm or oil onto my dry made up face.
I use either a finger scoop full of the balm or about 4 pumps of the oil and massage the product into my face for a couple of minutes before removing with a damp flannel. I know some people prefer to use a muslin cloth to remove the balm and The Body Shop recommend rinsing the oil off rather than using a cloth but I personally like to use a flannel for either.
Both of these cleansers remove every last bit of makeup and I couldn't recommend them enough! I've heard a few people mention about oils/balms leaving a film like residue over the face after cleansing but I haven't experienced anything like that with either of these. My face is always left feeling perfectly clean and fresh. The main thing I love about cleansing balms and oils is they never strip the skin or leave your face dry, it's like they add more moisture back into the skin!
I don't have a preference between the two as they are quite similar and both just as effective as each other. I would say the advantage to the balm is it is less messy as it is a solid that only turns into an oil like formula when it is being massaged into the face whereas the oil comes out quite runny. However the advantage to the oil is you seem to get more product for your money and I can just tell by the amount of product I've used so far that the oil is going to last longer.

I'm so glad I gave high street skin care a chance as I really think these 2 products get the job done at a fraction of the price and it's a joy to massage them into my skin in the evening! Sooooo relaxing! Now I'm not saying using these has curbed my longing to try the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (just how luxurious does it look?!) but for a purse friendly option both these are spot on and I look forward to trying more from The Body Shop :)

Are you a fan of cleansing balms and oils?
What are your Body Shop favourites?


Monday, 18 August 2014

Big Fashion Wishlist

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour
dress: motel
bindichoker and black ring: all regal rose
shortscoat and glitter: all topshop
boots: asos
tear drop ring: dixi


topskirt and coat: all topshop
shoes: asos
choker and headpiece: both regal rose
moon ring and silver ring: both dixi


leggingsbootsblack topwhite camisocks and skirt: all topshop
choker and ring: both regal rose
sunglasses: quay
floral top and skirt: both motel

Mirrored Image

Mirrored Image
top and dress: both motel
skater shoeslipstick and glitter: all topshop
perspex heels and backpack: both american apparel
platform sandals: asos
aviators: ray ban
moon ringturquoise ringmoonstone ring: all dixi


dressskater shoestop and lipstick: all topshop
heels: asos
sunglasses: quay
scrunchie: urban outfitters
hat: lazy oaf

Ice Cold

Ice Cold
dress: motel
necklace: regal rose
crystal ringmoonstone ring and gemstone ring: all dixi
heels: asos
top and shorts: both topshop

Which are your favourite picks? What is on your current wishlist?


Friday, 15 August 2014

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

dress: dahlia (old)
belt and shoes: next (old)
socks and head bow: topshop

Considering I'd never been to a wedding before, in the space of this past year I've been to 4 (including my own!) so seen as we're in the midst of wedding season I thought I'd do a post which will hopefully provide some inspiration as to what to wear as a guest at a Summer wedding :)

Above are some pics of the outfit I wore to a wedding in June. I ended up panic wearing this dress from Dahlia which I've had for years as there was a delay in the delivery of the outfit I'd planned to wear. Although I would've liked to have worn something new I thought it was a cute look for a wedding and the broderie anglais pop socks and oversized hair bow updated the outfit and made it more 'me' and the bow was a nice alternative to a traditional fascinator. 

Lemons and Limes
What to Wear to a Wedding - Lemon and Lime
coat, eyeshadow, dress and court shoes - all topshop

I love this adorable lightweight coat for if it gets a bit chilly in the evening at an outdoor wedding or one where the reception is held in a marquee. You'd definitely stand out if you went for lime too!

Pink and Lilac
What to Wear to a Wedding - Pink, Lilac & Florals
bow and floral crown: crown & glory
lip tint: by terry
pink sandals: carvela
dress and lilac co-ord - all topshop
silver sandals: asos
floral top and matching skorts - both love label

A co-ord is a great alternative to a dress and bang on trend

Pretty Florals
What to Wear to a Wedding - Flowers
kimono: little white lies
klear klutchdresscoral sandals and floral headpice - all asos
necklace, sockswhite sandals and nail varnish - all topshop

You can't go wrong with classic summery florals :)

This is the outfit I wore to a wedding at the beginning of this month! Sorry the picture quality is so crap, I didn't take my camera so these are just from my phone/instagram. 
This is the outfit I wanted to wear previously but it was on back order for weeks. It was worth the wait though because I absolutely love it! I think the watercolour florals are perfect for a Summer wedding and the skorts/top style was sooooo comfy . . . and I didn't need to worry about flashing my undies if I fell over on the dancefloor (which definitely didn't happen by the way)
Also I was allowed to go through my mums gazillion hat boxes and pick out this perfect pink 'hatinator' - as my mum calls it - to match. Nice huh?

Would you wear any of these outfits to a wedding? Let me know your fave in the comments :)

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