Sunday, 19 June 2016

Moody florals...

My love for Warehouse is well-documented on this blog and I'll keep shopping there as long as they keep making cute dresses like this! It took me a while to track this dress down instore but I finally managed it and I couldn't have been happier. I love how dramatic this whole outfit is too. Long sleeves are not usually my first choice but I've needed them with the weather being so rubbish and when they are as fun as these, it's hard to be mad! ;)

Dress: Warehouse, tights: John Lewis, shoes: c/o George at ASDA
I got this amazing Nars gift set for Christmas and I absolutely love the different red shades in it. It includes the (limited edition) velvet lipliner in Misdemeanor, a lipstick in Flamenco and the velvet matte lip pencil in Mysterious Red and I couldn't be happier with the selection. I am a big fan of red lipstick and these Nars shades apply like a dream. I was looking particularly pasty pale here so the lipstick looks particularly bold. My hair has grown a lot since we took these pictures but I can't decide how long to let it go as I like how it looks here!

A better look at that awesome floral print... I know florals are hardly groundbreaking but these botanical ones are at least more interesting than your usual.

I think the length of this would be slightly indecent with nude tights so I pulled out my trusty velvet tights to make it a bit more appropriate. Paired with my beloved  heeled shoes they also help to make my less-than-willowy legs look slightly longer too which is never a bad thing!

Help a gal out, how long should I keep my hair?!

Monday, 13 June 2016

China girl...

I am one of those people that has a lot of clothes but I have been pretty brutal recently when it comes to sorting and clearing stuff out. Fun prints will always have a place in my wardrobe and this H&M top was destined to come home with me when I spotted it in the window of my local store. I absolutely fell in love with the sleeves, they are so swooshy and dramatic. This is definitely not a top for the shy and retiring! ;)

Top: H&M, jeans: Gap, shoes: Clarks
The pattern is so detailed and reminds me of china print. There are so many colours that you could match it with but coral is so nice with navy and super summery too... I am obsessed with Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme recently. I don't tend to wear a lot of product in my hair but this has been perfect for adding definition without weighing it down. I bought the travel size from Boots to try it out but I will definitely be buying the full size bottle when this runs out!

These coral shoes always put a smile on my face and they make even gloomy days feel more cheerful. I just wish Clarks would release them in more colours, just imagine how cute they would be in a lemon yellow?!

How do you keep your wardrobe under control?

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Peanut butter and banana cookies recipe...

I was recently offered a copy of Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea to review and I jumped at the chance. I own a lot of recipe books but very few that are baking focused. This one is beautiful and full of delicious recipes. It's not necessarily a book for complete beginners (I wouldn't know where to start with making tuna and pumpernickel mille feuille for instance!) but there are some interesting twists on classic recipes- I can't wait to try the savoury macarons! I did find it difficult to choose which recipe to try first but I decided to be nice and bake something for Mark for a change! I'm not normally a fan of banana in bakes but these cookies were absolutely divine. I ate 2 when they were fresh out of the oven and spent the next few days working my way through the rest. 

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Teal and gold polkadot print dress...

You can't really go wrong with a natty printed dress and this cute teal number is a firm favourite in my wardrobe. I bought it from Yumi when I was in St Ives for new year and it was a complete bargain. I don't often go for dresses with sleeves (the perils of always being warm!) or many shirt dresses but I think the shape is pretty flattering on me and the sleeves make ideal for work too! I love jewel colours and teal is definitely one of those colours that works on everyone, especially if it is covered in teeny gold polkadots!

Dress: Yumi, shoes: Marks & Spencer, tights:Tesco
  I have been trying to do more with my make-up recently and although it was impossible to see here, Revlon's ColorStay ShadowLinks eyeshadow in 'Peacock' was the perfect colour for a fun smokey eye. I can't really get into YouTube videos but if there are any make-up tutorials that I really can't miss then let me know, I guess I will have to come out of my comfort zone eventually! ;)

I had been searching for a replacement pair of nude shoes with a block heel for what seemed like years and had almost given up hope when I spotted this pair in good old M&S. They aren't anywhere near as comfy as my other pair but I'm hoping that they will wear in soon as they are a perfect heel height!

Are you a fan of Yumi?

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Dressing like Joan Holloway...

I have been sharing a lot of dressy outfits recently but I promise that I do go to work sometimes! ;) Getting dressed for work in the morning can sometimes be a bit of a challenge (I will always choose an extra 5 minutes of sleep!) but a brightly coloured dress is always an easy option. Sadly since I wore this gorgeous red dress our washing machine took offence and it has shrunk :( I did try and hunt down another one as I loved it so much but as it was a sale piece I wasn't able to replace it so this post will have to serve as a kind of eulogy! This dress reminds me of something Joan Holloway would wear, doesn't this outfit look like this Mad Men cartoon version of me I made way back when?!

Dress: Mango, tights: John Lewis, shoes: c/o George at ASDA
 Red is definitely my favourite colour, I love how unashamedly bold it is and how dramatic it looks against my hair. You know I can't resist a red lipstick and Max Factor's Colour Elixir Lipstick in Ruby Tuesday was the perfect match for both this dress and nail varnish (Essie Russian Roulette FYI)

I don't wear this ring all that often but this dress needed something to jazz it up and as this ring is less than subtle (understatement of the century) it was ideal!

Which TV characters inspire your wardrobe?

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Exploring the Cotswolds from The Fish in Broadway...

I can't resist a boutique hotel when we go away and as this anniversary was a pretty special one (10 years!) we headed to The Fish in Broadway to celebrate. The Fish couldn't have been more different to Malmaison in Oxford where we went last year but we had such a nice time and it was so relaxing. We both let out a huge sigh of relief when we arrived and all of our worries just fell away. Apologies for the picture spam, but everything was just so beautiful that we couldn't help but take pictures!


Sunday, 17 April 2016

How I wore a crop top...

I never thought I would see the day that I would be sharing an outfit with me wearing a crop top (!) but this blog has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone that nothing surprises me anymore! Going to the gym has made me so much more confident and I felt amazing in this outfit. I wore it a couple of months ago for my best friend's birthday and it was the perfect mix of comfy and dressy. There are lots of rules about what women should and shouldn't wear but there's nothing like an amazing outfit to make you feel like you could take on the world. 

Crop top:H&M, skirt: Topshop, shoes: Marks & Spencer
I love a glowy make-up look and although I may have gone slightly overboard with the Nars Orgasm Illuminator here, it worked well in lower lighting haha! I paired this with my beloved  Max Factor Masterpiece liquid eyeliner and a mixture of the Dainty Doll lipstick in Material World and the Max Factor C3PO lipstick – I told you I was a fan of shimmery make-up!

Dainty Doll By Nicola Roberts Lipstick in 004 Material World

There's nothing worse than a lumpy waistband from tucking your top in and although I was nervous about wearing a crop top, only a sliver of skin was on show. I have since bought a couple more to wear with my amazing new maxi skirt and I get the feeling that you will be seeing a lot more of them over here on the blog! 

This skirt has to be one of the best bargains I have ever found, it was supposed to be £60 and I got it for a mere £4.50! It is beautifully made with layers and layers of organza silk and I felt like a million dollars in it. The shape is uber flattering and the layers give it that element of fun without being overpowering. I mean, who could resist a skirt that looks like it is made of flower petals?!

Would you wear a crop top? What's the best bargain you have ever found?

Monday, 11 April 2016

Cherry and almond cake recipe...

I am a massive fan of cherry and almond together and I used my beloved Victoria sponge recipe from Marguerite Patten to make this delicious fluffy sponge. I made it at the same time as my tropical mango and coconut cake and let me tell you, trying to decide which one to eat first was a very hard decision! I went very almond heavy but you can omit the ground almonds or almond extract if you would like a more subtle flavour...

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Champagne lace and faux fur...

The weather may be warming up slightly but I'll take any opportunity to wear this ridiculously glamourous coat! I wore this outfit for our big family meal at Dumbleton Hall and it was perfect for the (very fancy) surroundings. I love any opportunity to get all dressed up and this coat makes anything look snazzy...

Coat: Topshop
I inherited this dress off Mark's mum a couple of years ago and I really love it, the shape is super flattering and the stretchy waist allows for plenty of pigs in blankets! ;) Usually I would shy away from such a pale shade but the black underlay stops it from looking too similar to my pasty pale skin tone! 

Dress: Therapy via Mark's mum, shoes: c/o George at ASDA, bracelet: Accessorize

 The neckline on this dress is so pretty and I'm a fan of anything that means I don't have to dig out a matching necklace! My make-up is basically the same as I wore it here (how original of me) as I am loving glowy skin and pretty pink lipstick at the moment and the combination works whatever you are wearing. I curled my hair using my GHDs and was really pleased with the results. I recently bought some Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme to help keep my curls in check. I love the smell of it and a little bit goes a long way, I may have to treat myself to a full size bottle soon! 

I love a full skirt and the tulle layer under this one makes it perfect for swooshing around in. These wedges are so comfortable and perfect for adding that little bit of height. I am more than a little bit unstable in heels so anything that makes it easier is a win in my eyes!

Which clothes make you feel glamourous?

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Being grateful...

The card from my BFF that reduced me to a sobbing wreck when I got it in the post...
Apologies for the radio silence over here recently, my dad had a bad accident when he was out on his bike a few weeks ago and I don't want to go into detail but as you can imagine, things have been pretty full on recently. I have written about the importance of friendship before and this past month has been eye-opening in terms of how brilliant my friends and family are. There is a long way to go before things are back to 'normal' but I know that we will get there. I know I say this a lot but go and tell your loved ones how much you love them ♥


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