Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Fashion // Festival-Ready Playsuit


I may have found the world's comfiest playsuit.





Playsuit // Asos
Sunglasses // Guess
Sandals // Lilley

 I bought this a few days ago, and the moment I tried it on for the first time I was in heaven. The loose fit, combined with cute floral detailing, makes the outfit super boho and laid back. I'm planning to wear this to Bestival, a music festival on the Isle of Wight, as it gives off those free-spirit and gypsy vibes. I paired the playsuit with oversized white sunglasses and black sandals to keep it simple; accessories aren't needed as it does all of the talking by itself.


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Fashion // Small Brand Spotlight

I was born on a small island where us girls only had access to a few high street clothing stores, which meant everyone always had the same outfits. It was frustrating when you were oh-so-happy about your new purchase, only to find another ten girls on your street had the exact same thing. Even now, with a few major brands leading the way for women's fashion, it's not uncommon to see a fair few people rocking the same styles. I mean come on, who doesn't love a bit of Missguided, Topshop or Asos? However, there are so many great online stores that get pushed aside, and I'm going to share with you my current favourites of the smaller brands. These are truly some hidden gems, and I hope this post will give you some new alternatives for your wardrobe!

DOLLY ROCKA



This store is very summer-inspired and girly, boasting floral and tropical patterns for the festival season. I like this brand's focus on femininity through its light fabrics and cute detailing.

PRETTY LITTLE THING



This store has an array of smart-casual and dressy outfit choices that are both sexy and classy. The shapes are flattering and the colours and patterns are perfect for hot Summer nights.

CHOCKERS SHOES



Chockers Shoes has been a secret of mine for a long time, and a personal favourite! For the quality of the shoes, the price is unbeatable and they have a wide variety of footwear available. Their platform heels are to die for!

SABO SKIRT



Sabo Skirt is more on the pricey side of the smaller brands, however their clothes are really unique. The photos on the website are beautiful and the clothes are fun and flirty.

NAANAA




NaaNaa doesn't have a large selection of clothes, although what they do have is loud, colourful and fun. A lot of their clothes are decorated with pretty edgings like pom poms and lace, and their playsuits are gorgeous!


Have you shopped at any of these brands? Leave a comment and let me know!


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Friday, 11 July 2014

Fashion // How To Wear Tropical

Palm trees, pineapples, sun, sea, sand... I've gone coconuts for tropical print! Colourful, exotic patterns are a must this Summer, and mean that you can take the sunshine with you wherever you go. Although tropical print is loud and fun, it can sometimes be difficult to wear, so I thought I'd share how to inject a little bit of colour and sunshine into your wardrobe. I have put together some outfits in hopes that you can take inspiration for your own tropical looks.

SUMMER DAYS






 Midi Dress // Missguided
Necklace // Primark
Sandals // Lilley






Tank Top // Adidas Originals X FARM
High-Waisted Shorts // American Apparel
Jelly Shoes // New Look


SUMMER NIGHTS






Crop Top // H&M
Midi Skirt // H&M
Heels // New Look






90s Crop Top // Miss Selfridge
Skort // Missguided
Kimono // AX Paris
Necklace // Store Twenty One
Heels // Primark


Which is your favourite tropical-inspired look?



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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Advice // How to be Happy

So, this week I was initially planning on writing a June Favourites post, but I couldn't bring myself to have the energy or the drive to do it. This was because I have honestly had one of the hardest weeks of my life. Without going into too much detail, I had a lot thrown at me and it seemed that everything that could go wrong, did. Sometimes, you can just feel crushed under the weight of the world, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who has felt like this before.

Normally, I'm that girl who is always happy and bubbly, laughing and acting silly as if I don't have a care in the world. It's true what they say. Just because someone may seem like they're always on top of the world, it's definitely not always the case. However, this doesn't mean I necessarily put on a front. I honestly believe there is a formula for being happy, even when it can seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I've learnt that is okay for things to go wrong sometimes, and it is inevitable that they will. But you can't let these things destroy you, you have to live and learn from them and take something positive from every hurdle. There is no magic cure for sadness, but there are some things you can do to help yourself get through the hurt. At the end of the day, happiness is a choice and you are strong enough to make that decision.

Here is my tried-and-tested list of things you can do to get through hurt and be a happier and healthier person:

1.  Breathe. When you are hit with some bad news your first reaction is upset and sometimes even anger. I, myself go through the anger phase and I find that it puts my brain in a muddle and makes me dwell on worst case scenarios and causes me to make rash decisions. These are often things I know I'll regret, and because of this my first tip is to take time to sit down and have some space, and it can help to literally take some slow deep breaths to calm yourself down and give your brain some oxygen. If you have a tough decision to make, it is always best to sleep on it as often in the first instance you tend to think irrationally and selfishly. You may not see it at the time, but by the morning, trust me, you will feel a whole lot better and far more clear-headed and pretty glad you didn't say those things you wanted to so badly.

2. Don't wallow in your emotions. This is one of those things that will make you say "easier said than done!", but in reality it's not as hard as it may seem. You won't just click your fingers and everything will be okay, but there are some small things you can do to put yourself in a more peaceful place. Go for a walk, take a bath, have a hot drink, watch a funny film or YouTube video, listen to your favourite songs, play with a pet or anything else that relaxes you. These are all things that are not hard to do and will reduce stress and instantly boost your endorphins. You will find that slowly you will feel just that bit better.

3. Don't bottle things up. The people around you are so precious, and you should always talk to someone you trust. Whether it's a family member, partner or a friend, speak to someone about how you're feeling. This works best if it's someone impartial who is not involved in the matter at hand, as you can risk getting upset all over again. Your family and friends know you better than anyone else, even if sometimes you don't like to admit it, and will want to listen to what you have to say. It can really help to have someone listen and give you some advice. It allows you to consider things you may not have even thought of and to realise when you are over-thinking something or blowing something out of proportion. At the end of the day, no matter what is said, you will always stay true to yourself and make your own decision but this can really help you to weigh up your options and think rationally.

4. Forgive, sometimes forget. This requires a lot of willpower and strength to do, but I learnt that if you let go of the negativity in your life, you'll be truly surprised of the difference it can make. I wrote 'sometimes forget' as you shouldn't mistake your forgiveness for weakness, don't let anyone think that this gives them power over you. Be the better person and move on, but don't let anyone use that kindness against you. If there are toxic people in your life (anyone who consistently upsets you or makes you feel bad about yourself) cut them out of it. Being happy is a whole lot easier when you surround yourself with positivity. If someone stops you from being the best possible version of yourself, they may not be worth your efforts.

5. Live in the moment. Don't think too far ahead, it's easy to think 'what if...' but if you dwell too much on the future you may miss the amazing things in life that are happening right under your nose. There is a saying, 'Yesterday is history, tomorrow's a mystery, today's a gift, that's why it's called Present' and I think it's completely right. You never know what tomorrow will bring but you can enjoy today and make the most out of the now. If something makes you happy, don't lose that for fear of what will happen. Hold on to it, and if it doesn't end how you hoped, be happy that you tried your best, and that you made the most of it while it lasted. Tell yourself 'what have I got to lose?' and jump into life head first. If you go for it, you can always back out if things are not what they seem, but if you say 'no', you could have missed a huge opportunity and regret that decision later on. Don't ever feel guilty or afraid to do something that makes you happy.

I hope that some of you can relate or find comfort in these words, as for me personally, this way of thinking has saved me and made me a better person. I see the sad things in life as small bumps in the road on my journey, and not as the mountains that we can sometimes make them out to be. When I am old and grey, I want to look back on my life and smile. I want to be thankful for everything I had and remember all the amazing memories I made. You will find that when you can allow yourself to be happy, you will make those around you happy too, and everyone will love to be in your company. Stop wishing things were different and just go out there and do it! You'll really surprise yourself.


If you like posts like this, let me know and I may make other advice posts in the future.

Lastly,
 what makes you happy?
 Leave me a comment so we can spread the love! 



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Friday, 27 June 2014

Beauty // Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Review

Hi lovelies! A super late post today as my laptop has been broken for the past couple of weeks. It finally got repaired today and I had to watch it get all opened up with all its circuits being probed and pulled out- My poor baby! But it's finally back up and running so here I am back on the blog!

I know a fair few bloggers have reviewed the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm already, but this product completely took me by surprise, and after a few weeks of using it I feel as though I can give an honest opinion on my experience with it.

 I am an absolute lipstick lover and have been around the block with a variety of brands and products. I tend to have long term relationships with colours; When I first started wearing makeup, back in the day, my first lipstick was a nudey pink colour and I sticked with pink shades for years. More recently, I have become smitten with the classic red lip (Particularly Rimmel London Kate Moss in 107- My fav!), however I had a hit of nostalgia and missed my pretty pink shades. I popped into Superdrug and picked up a pink Revlon Matte Balm, although as I walked to the till my inner shopaholic made me pick up a red and nude too. 

Here are some photos of the matte balm in action, and then I'll share the pros and cons I found with the product.




Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 230 Complex (Nude)


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 205 Elusive (Pink)


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 245 Audacious (Red)

Pros of the matte balm

The colours are really pigmented without feeling too heavy and are the perfect bright Spring/Summer shades. I think having one of each- nude, pink and red make the matte balm really versatile and suitable for any occasion. As someone who pretty much wears this product everyday, I can happily say that it doesn't dry out and chap your lips which is always important for me, weirdly it's actually feels moisturising which is hard to find in a matte lipstick. Also the application of the balm itself is really nice, it has a lovely minty smell and taste like you get with plumping lip glosses, but without stinging or being too overpowering.

Cons of the matte balm

In general, it is quite good at staying on whilst eating and drinking, however if some comes off and you need to re-apply it can be a little annoying. Because of its slightly thick consistency it can build and become gloopy which has sometimes resulted in me having to take the whole of the lipstick off just to re-apply.

Final Thoughts

As a whole, I absolutely love the range! After purchasing these, I haven't been using any other lipstick. Sometimes it can be a hassle to re-apply, but it isn't enough of a problem for me to stop using the balms. I love the feel of the product on the lips and as someone who wears them everyday, I feel as though it's good value for money. I've been using it for a while and there's still a lot of the product left. I'm really excited to try the other colours in the range such as the shocking pink colours, orange and purple shades. 

Here's the product in action, over the past few weeks:


All three Matte Balm shades


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 230 Complex (Nude)


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 205 Elusive (Pink)


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 245 Audacious (Red)


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 205 Elusive (Pink) 
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 245 Audacious (Red)


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 245 Audacious (Red)

If you like the look of the Colorburst Matte Balms, you can buy them HERE!

Also, leave me a comment telling me what your favourite colour of lipstick is!
Are you Team Nude, Pink or Red?


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