I'm a "smart" kinda girl. I've watched The Devil Wears Prada a million times (ish) and wish I could pull off a suit like the likes of the two Victorias (Of In the From and of the Beckhams). I don't work in an office and have been told on a few occasions that I dress far above my pay grade. I won't pretend that I can walk in a pair of court heels, but it was that very court reason that I once signed up for, and began a Law undergrad degree. For the Fashion.
2018 was the year of discovering my style as such. I found beige to be the perfect mix and match tone and that midi skirts weren't the devil's craftwork. Mixing this with my love of corporate clothing, I've began to put together a chunk of my wardrobe for the board meetings at 10am that'll I probably never actually have. Have you ever done an online order and loved everything? This was that order.
The shirt and skirt are both from Pretty Little Thing. The former, oversized and bat winged a little, with my favourite kind of buttons and just the right amount of tuck-in-ableness. I don't own much snake print, or any animal print for that matter, so this skirt was a risk. At £6 its the best risk I can think of. The watch* is a new one by Elie Beaumont. Gorgeous and beige, and I adore the square face that I've never had before. And lastly, my new Lipault bag*, a gift after their new store launched, and the perfect size for my laptop. The quality is perfect and although you can't see it, the space inside is enough to rival that big blue time machine.
Products marked with an (*) are gifted by the brand or their PR. This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are my own.
Metaphorically speaking, I always knew I was there. Somewhere probably under a big white duvet with her cat, over thinking about the world. But I was there. I've come to terms with myself this year, and admitted a few truths to the mirror image along the way. It's allowed me push the other person to the left a bit and be ok with it.
I don't remember much of the first few months of the year. I've had anxiety and panic attacks (mental ones where I'll over think, cry and not sleep or eat etc etc) since I was 12. You either get used to them, or you don't. They've gotten worse this year, but so has my coping I guess. I know when I'm being an idiot and rewinding my problems again and again. I qualified in something which I'll go on to later, but of which taught me about the 90 second rule of anger which I agree works with panicking too. It takes 90 seconds for something to happen, a trigger, for your body to emotionally respond and then stop responding. If you then rethink about that trigger, it'll go around and around until you make that decision to stop. I need to let that 90 seconds happen if it comes, and learn to keep it at 90 seconds. Idk, like stick on a cat video or something at 87 seconds and see what happens.
Anyway, I've admitted to myself that I have a problem. It was today actually that I looked at myself and said "God you need help" as I panicked over the most stupid of things. 2019, I intend to see someone or do something, because it's bloody hard to deal with sometimes.
April saw my first big holiday since I was tiny. Cyprus for 10 days with dodgy wifi and family I miss daily, was both the best, and worst time of the year. I love my cousins dearly, but being sunstroke and sick in the vile beach toilets whilst I could barely bend down to reach because I'd burnt my entire left leg and hip area on the first day, wasn't a highlight if I'm honest. Oh, and that wifi. God bless the UK's 4G.
I met Jay in June (or the end of May, either one). There was a literal list of things that we clicked on, like being too hungry that you're not hungry anymore and innuendos or dad jokes left, right and center. We became a pair in June and he's given me some fab friends that are certain to get Christmas cards this year. We've all booked a holiday in the new year and I may or may not have started to plan my travel content already (hint: I have).
November saw my qualification of a sort of mental health/therapist person of which has helped my own self esteem and confidence in everyday life shoot up like never before. I actually did a presentation, unlike my first try at uni where they asked me to present and I ran straight to the office to quit. On the topic of university, I'm now halfway through my second year and haven't ran away yet. What a result. My birthday was the best I've had. As much as I'm an introvert, around my cousins and pals; I love the attention, so big fancy parties are always a thing. This year I decided to take everyone ice skating, an activity which I'd tried once before and can safely say I cannot do. Period. A few weeks beforehand I tried to reserve a table at a bar that everyone liked, but as a poor woman, couldn't afford the deposit. The bar kindly put us on the guest list nethertheless and I thought nothing of it. The evening came around and I was shocked to find out that one of my 'surprises' from one of Jay's pal's girlfriends (ie now my new friend hello) had paid the deposit for the table and bought a big drinks package for the four of us. An ANGEL.
It's now December. Most of the presents are wrapped and I'm looking forward to finishing work next week, and just drinking hot chocolates all day in bed. I'm looking forward to 2019 too. I have my very first brand meeting in the first week with a company that I LOVE, and the holiday too. I'm nearly at the 'big' 5K on Instagram which has been my goal for a few years, and I WILL get it by midnight on the 31st. I will. I'm having the best time of my entire life and for the first time, I truly feel like I'm present in it.
A bit of luxury at Christmas never hurt nobody (I wouldn't really know though). The last of my gift guides features my top 3 types of gifts that are a little bit special so I guess I'll get straight to it. The first is this watch from Adexe. I buy myself watches each year as I know what I want and what outfits match with what shades. Saying that, if someone handed me a little box on Christmas day with a rose gold (or beige or cream) one inside, I wouldn't half be impressed. My second choice is this Radley leather purse. It's more like a clutch bag or a makeup bag, and it's simply lovely. The quality is clear, and the dust bag sums up the luxury here. Lastly, a Grace Flower Box of long lasting flowers would be a dream come true. I was kindly send this gift set from the Grace team, featuring a mini sized bouquet, a notepad and notebook, which all complement the GFB aesthetic. Other ideas that have sprung to mind are spa days (a hit with my other half), jewelry of any sort (he bought me a beaut necklace for my birthday I woe the day I'll ever take it off) and would a surprise holiday count? I think I'm just listing my wishes here but I'm not hinting at all *cough cough*.Are there any more luxurious items that you want to open this Christmas day? Let me know because I really need to write my Christmas list...
*All items in this post were kindly gifted. All opinions are my own and I was not paid for this post.
From drugstore to high end, everyone is on the gift set trend this year. I've been lucky enough to have been sent a few bits and bobs this festive season to show you (and hopefully get the mind twitching with ideas). So that's what I shall do...
TOO FACED Christmas Dreams Beauty Daydreamer set Armed with a lip gloss, full face palette and a mini mascara, wrapped up in a limited edition makeup bag, Too Faced have it all going on this Christmas. The bunny pattern is festive yet childlike (in a good way) and sweet as anything. I was going to give this away, but I think that I quite need this set in my life. NEED.
SOAP & GLORY Brow Fabulous (and other gift sets) Soap & Glory are THAT brand that's definitely high street, but with a luxurious spin to their products. I saw every Christmas set they have on offer back in September/October time and I would quite like them all please and thank you. There's something for everyone, the She's So Lippy lip gloss set is perfect for a secret santa for the girl who loves makeup. For the skincare addict, the Make Your Smooth body butter and polish duo fits the bill. The Brow Fabulous set is my personal favourite. A tin with a brow gel, 2-in-1 brow pen and a shaper/highlighter, with a fab sized tweezer in there for good measure. The tin also give you tips for using each product, so it's a win win all round.
What are you opting for this Christmas?
TED BAKER Shaded Blooms eye shadow palette Another product that I picked up when I was browsing the Christmas sets a few months ago. It's not a set, but bare with me here. Ted Baker are the present company in my house. Everyone that I buy for gets at least one TB present a year, just because the quality is amazing and you can find TB products for not a large price these days, especially with the 3-for-2 beauty items in Boots. One of those items being this palette. 9 shades of nudes and shimmers, to leave you dazzling on that dance floor all night.
SANCTUARY SPA Tub Goals I remember when I was younger, how my mum would buy Sanctuary things all the time. The bathroom had that distinct Sanctuary smell and even now, one sniff relaxes me with ease. When the Being range came out, I was a big fan, as Sanctuary had seemed too luxury for a teenager to buy (legit thoughts in my head at the time). It's still fairly new (and I'm still fairly young I hope) and I love that they now offer a range of fun bits and bobs such as the Tub Goals set. This includes a bubble bath, body puff, face mask and an inflatable drinks holder, which I assure you will be put straight to good use this evening. I LOVE their salted caramel & macadamia 'bon bombs' to pop in the baths with some bubbles, and adding one of their masks (usually the pomelo one) for a festive pamper.
LAURA GELLER The Ultimate Kajal Longwear Eyeliner Why have one eyeliner when you can have 7? The packaging of this set is beautiful and subtle and I love the idea of different coloured eye liners, even if I'm not brave enough for a red or green just yet.
PIXI by PETRA Hello Rose! I picked this little set up from ASOS recently, and I know that they have variations of them in a few places. This little box contains a highlighter, lip plumper and a blusher/highlight powder.
Christmas is FINALLY upon us, and whether you celebrate the birth of the big man or not, you won't be able to miss the festive cheer that's taken over the city. Today I bring you a short list of my favourite London hotspots to gather all of that holiday goodness before (or after) the big day arrives! Covent Garden On a recent trip to GC I stumbled (not planned AT ALL) across the prettiest displays. From a car filled with flowers, to a christmas bush. It's a thing. There are so many different displays at Covent Garden this year, so no matter what way you approach it, you'll be bound to see a line of bloggers waiting for a photo. Oxford Circus The lights are now up, and whilst the day time may seem full of shoppers running around like headless chickens (I never understood that tbh), the street is a sight to behold come the 6pm night time. Regent Street and London Zoo are amongst the many other places where the light displays have made headlines this year too. Peggy Porschen I won't dwell on Peggy's because we've heard it all before. BUT their festive coffees and hot chocolates do look pretty special this year, but you won't find me standing in that queue this time around. Christmas Markets From Winter Wonderland (a yearly favourite), to the Southbank, there are so many Christmas markets covering the country, never mind just London. My favourite is the former, and a yearly half-tradition-but-not-really to stumble across it for a hot chocolate and a German sausage or two. The Ballets A lifelong dream of mine as a child was to perform in the Nutcracker Ballet, since the day I first watched Barbie play her on video. I still haven't actually gone to see it yet, but there are so many different ones on thoughout the year. It just seems a little more magical at Christmas time. Ice skating at the Natural History Museum. I decided that for my recent birthday, myself and my favourite people would take to the ice in the heart of London. I can't skate. I did try. A little. It was a fabulous start to the evening however and I would certainly recommend it if you have an hour to kill! I think I've captured a few things in one here so this shall be the end. Do let me know if you have any other festive favourite activities.
I recently came to understand that not everyone gets a stocking on Christmas eve, and to me that's really sad. I don't care how old I am, waking up to a stocking full of little bits and bobs, lying at the end of my bed on Christmas morning, is a feeling I want everyone to feel. So go grab a sock or something and get filling. NO 7 High Shine lip duo No one does Christmas sets like NO 7. This year's rosey pink and silver speckled packaging is a beauty, and the lip products inside are just as good. A Crayon is perfect for that lipstick-but-creamier- look, or go for the lipgloss for an ultra shiney vibe. SLEEK MAKEUP Gloss like a Boss Sticking on the lip gloss theme for a mo, this set of four lip glosses would be perfect for the younger makeup lover. At under £9; this is a fab secret santa gift, and a good size for a stocking of course too. BATISTE Dry shampoo An odd choice I hear you cry. Alas not I assure you. For a second after opening this, I may be a tad offended at the thought that you think my hair is greasy. But a second later I'll be relieved that i have this because most likely, my hair is actually greasy and you're saving my soul a tiny bit. Oh and it's a mini. We all love a mini. SOAP & GLORY Merry Kiss-Much This tree decoration present is pretty cute. The same whimsical design, with a gift tag would you believe it. The set includes their famous Sexy Mother Pucker Lip gloss, and a kohl eyeliner, because we all need the basics this christmas. SKINNY DIP Shake your coconuts bath fizzers When I received this in a Christmas goody I was very very happy. Not only does it look cute but the smell is beyond amazing (coconuts in the winter? Yes please). A glass of mulled wine and a soak with a chunk of this and you'll be good to go this Christmas. SOAP & GLORY Glitz the Girl Another set, but the perfect stocking size. An eyeliner, lip cream and face glitter later, your recipient will look like a very polished disco ball. We all want to be a disco ball. Merry Christmas x
I won't lie to you, writing this post has been painful and I've toiled with the idea of even putting it up at all. Brands keep their sales and Black Friday deals locked away to the public until the day of the sale, which doesn't help me AT ALL. I did however manage to nab a few pieces from Jewellery Box that have been reduced for the occasion.I think the trick to Black Friday or cyber Monday for that matter, is to be prepared (shocker). I start with a sweep of Instagram and my saved folder. I see the trends that I'm loving for the season and the pieces I'll need for these looks. I'll pair the item with matching things from my wardrobe, and fill the gaps of what I'm missing. Simples.Next is to set a budget. Black Friday always falls a day or two before, on, or after my birthday, so splashing the cash never bothered me because it was 'present money'. However recently I've realised that that few hundred quid or so that I may get could go towards an actual savings account, with interest and a purpose. I'll probs forget about this come Friday but hey ho...As mentioned before, I found it super hard this year to find any stores that were letting us know their deals for the day, so instead I've got all the tabs open of the items that I want, ready to add to my basket if there's a saving to be made.Christmas? I've done nearly all of my Christmas shop already, but it doesn't stop me looking for last minute stocking fillers for the other half in the sales. I LOVE ASOS for presents as there's thousands (ish) brands on there for every kind of person.I thought I'd show you some BF deals from Jewellery Box which are pretty fab. I was looking for a Tiffany like- heart charm bracelet (at a non Tiffany like price) and I've found a lovely one. The original price for the Sterling Silver stretchy beaded heart charm bracelet was £22, but now £9.75 on Friday. These Sterling Silver 4mm frosted stud earrings are perfect for the small earring lover who's ears can't handle fake metal. Was £4.15, now £3.55. Lastly, this Fine Sterling Silver adjustable bracelet with faceted round bead is so delicate a beautiful! At £7.45 from £14, its a lovely gift for Christmas (or yourself obviously)
I don't think that there's been a trend in so long that has hit me liked the checks have. From trousers to jeans, dresses to jackets, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g is checked. When you mash my two favourite things together: checks and beige, you get the outfit of your dreams. If your dreams are the same as mine. It was predicted back in the summer, like a prophecy from above. However not like one at all because we all know that trends are set months in advance so this was already written in the stars before it even began. How philosophical. My instagram is full of outfits with lines all over. And I love it so. Every search bar contains the word 'check' or basics that'll go with checks. I am obsessed. Here I've styled a Primark pinafore dress with a fluffy high neck top and the white boots that I can't walk in to save my life. I've gathered together a few of my favourite checked pieces from my wardrobe so you can shop them and be as happy as Larry as I am.
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My instagram is entirely made of beige styled photos. Beige skirts, beige tops. And white. It always goes with white. I declare it my colour of the season. With inspiration from women like Mel Ekrem and Josie Fear, it's hard not to fall for the brown shades this fall.
I paired these £10 I saw it first trousers with a white high neck jumper from Shein of all places. I added my (also Shein) Chanel Dupe toe cap shoes for that all nude look.
I feel like the beige look really sums up my current personality. It's boring but can be used in so many ways. It's a building block to any outfit. And God don't I love a metaphor.
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*All of the following products were gifted, but all views are my own. Beauty. Some of my favourite things to recieve and swoon over, but things I rarely actually buy just in case they're a bit rubbish. However, recently I have acquired a few products that ARE worth it, and I'm here to talk about them all. Missguided Babe Oud perfume: If you like musky, kinda old but not old lady scents, then this is perfect. It's an evening one if that makes sense, and not for everyone, but I really do like it. So there's that. Champneys hand cream: What else is there to say about this luxury brand and it's very cute, handbag sized hand cream that we all need more off when the wind is blowing and the skin gets drier. Nailene nails: I didn't photograph them, but with the sweet sparkly clear ones, I also got a lovely pack of pointed pink nails which I regret taking off in aid of a gel manicure because they were perfect and easy and I could still type on my phone so that's always a good thing. Once these gels are gone, the nails will be on.
CYO makeup: I headed to the Boots Christmas gifting event a few months ago now, and was given my first taste if CYO makeup. I've only tried the lip liner as seen here, and tbh I want them ALL. They're so soft. So so soft. Lee Stafford hair mask: I'm still on one hair mask from Lee Stafford so this chocolate one is currently in the queue but I can't wait to use it. Most of my hair products are the same brand, as I find syncing the products of the same ranges really helps to intensify what they're actually meant to do.
Ciate Glitter Storm: Oh how I love this pallet. Nudes, sparkles and berrys for the festive season. My first swatches weren't great, but once on the eye, the colour pay off is fab, and the glitter shades are perfect. Also there is a 'glitter storm' case which is very fun to shake up if boredom strikes.
Luxe brushes: I LOVE a new makeup brush and these thick foundation ones are not exception. I'm keeping these fresh for days that I need a clean brush, and I haven't been asked to clean the rest. Lazy or efficient?
Others: The Pearl Whites toothpaste has just been cracked open and I'm praying that there is just one toothpaste that actually makes teeth white. The Barry M highlighting drops are SO bright that I'm slightly scared to use it on a normal day, so I shall be experimenting soon enough.Thanks to all of the brands and PRs for sending over the gifts. I'm very lucky to get to try out so many things every day.