Saturday, 21 April 2018

My bag of the Summer from River Island



I am a massive bag lover and have a fair few, not as many as I have shoes, but that is a different story. For me accessories can make or break an outfit and can make the ordinary that bit cooler especially when you are adding a statement piece.
Amongst my collection I have a fair few River Island bags, for few reasons really, A) The handbag collection is always on point, B) The prices are reasonable C) The quality is always off the chart.

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

This seasons handbag collection is no different they have a tonne of cross body bags, which everyone and there dog are wearing this Spring as well as more "practical" tote or shoppers, perfect for work that can fit your laptop, pack lunch, makeup bag plus the  kitchen sink! I always get my purses from there to, I think they are the best quality on the high street.

Now my latest addition to my handbag family, is not particularly practical, but then who wants practical? This little beaut is a statement, its a nod to the woven bag trend, that everyone is buying into but OH MY it is just that bit more EXTRA. To start with the box shape rather than the sphere makes it different and what with the added embellishment this bag for me will be my bag of the Summer. I just can't get over how bloody lush it is.

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

It's not big by any means, but certainly big enough for money, keys phone, sunnies and some lippie. Making this ideal for popping out for a coffee or ice cream, drinks in a beer garden, a dinner date, you name it as long as you don't need loads of stuff and it's not raining you are onto a winner!

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

Now today's outfit is your classic " jeans and a nice top " pretty much my go to for a Spring/Summer evening out, and the woven cross body box bag* really works, the mix of florals with woven texture of the bag and my shoes makes the whole outfit fresh, and season appropriate, plus I love light wash denim in the Summer, and tend to wear it far more than black or darker denim.

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

Floral top - River Island (old have linked alternatives)
Sunnies- Primark
Jeans - Newlook
Shoes - Newlook (old)
Earrings - Asos (old)


What will be the bag of the season for you?



* River Island kindly gifted me this bag, but it was chosen and styled by me, and all gushing words written are indeed my own.

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Summer and it's promises


I'm writing this post, in my living room, the back door wide open, and an Iced frappe in reach, having just come in from the garden, where I was enjoying some sun. Pretty idyllic by UK standards, I think?!? This taste of Summer has got me excited, I'm making plans and checking dates. The window of opportunity is small for enjoying the warm weather and I intend to make the most of it.

Summer

Summer and it's promises

So what am I looking forward to, well, we haven't booked our Summer holiday yet, we usually like to go away in September, means we can hang on to Summer for that bit longer. It's also less likely that my husband will get burnt to a crisp, its quieter and let's face it, it's so much frigging cheaper. So what about in the meantime, we have a couple of days in London coming up, while we have some family coming over from OZ on a whistle stop tour of Europe, London in the Summer is always gorgeous, I think we may take in a show as well. 

I also like to enjoy what East Anglia has to offer, and we often take a drive to the coast, whether it be to a dog friendly beach with a packed picnic, or a sunday afternoon drive to eat a bag of chips by the sea. We are lucky we have both the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline practically on our doorstep. There is nothing like a British seaside town in the Summer, the smell of salty chips, and sweet sticky donuts in the air, men walking about without their tops on, and people complaining it's "to hot" haha!!

Even closer to home, my family love a BBQ, and my hubby spends the warmer months indulging his inner caveman, which is alright by me! is there a nicer way to spend your evening then with a burger and a glass of something cold, laughing and talking with the most important people in the world, I think not.

I also love the simple pleasures, that the warmer weather brings;

Drying your washing outside.
Sleeping with the window open.
Spontaneous road trips.
Walking out to the garden barefoot.
Iced Tea/Iced Coffee.
Finishing every meal with a lolly for pudding.
Filling a paddling pool for the dog.
Evening strolls as the sun's going down.

As you can tell I'm a Summer baby, I was born in a heatwave and love the Summer and all it promises!

What are you looking forward to this Summer time?

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand


You may of noticed from my Instagram feed I have recently become a bit of a plant lady. I went from a couple of cacti to an array of houseplants in a few months, at the risk of sounding like a saddo, I really enjoy sharing my home with houseplants, not only do the bring the outdoors in with the greenery, I find them calming  its relaxing pottering around the house, watering and taking care of them.

Another past time I have been enjoying recently is a bit of DIY/crafting, my husband has shown me how to use some tools and we have worked together on a couple of projects. 

While scrolling Pinterest, something I do approx 207689 times a day, I found a few ideas for plant stands, and after the success we had making a tall one a few weeks ago, I thought I would try this simple one, and I didn't even have to buy anything.

DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

I had the timber left over from our last project, but you can pick up lengths of wood like this from B&Q for £2/3. The wooden bowl was once a salad bowl, that found its way resigned to our garage once I realised we don't eat nowhere near enough salad to warrant such a big salad server. 


DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

Decide how tall you want your plant stand and using a saw cut four legs to the desired length, mine has three inch legs, as I wanted this to sit on a side table in my living room rather than on the floor.
Once you have your four legs, rub them down with the sandpaper to make them nice and smooth and to remove any sharp splinters. I then painted the legs white using a sample pot of paint, but you could stain, varnish or paint it's your call. I quite like the contrast between the bowl and the legs.
When the legs are dry just glue in position using wood glue, I left it overnight weighted by a book just to make sure.
Then you have it your finished DIY plant stand, I grouped three smaller plant pots in mine but if you have one larger plant you could put that in it, again it's all up to you.


DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

I haven't written a tutorial for the first stand we made but you can see it pictured in my Getting over a bad relationship post. Or maybe you fancy decorating a plant pot, I handily have a post DIY making a cute cacti plant pot

I hope you are enjoying my DIY posts along with my fashion and beauty as it something I enjoy immensely.


DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

My Go To Instagram Accounts (smaller)


When it comes to Instagram many of us are in the same boat, struggling to grow and make our mark. Also getting annoyed at not seeing our favourite "gramers" on our feeds.


So for today's post I have decided to share the love, and let you know about some of my favourite smaller Instagram accounts, that I think deserve more followers and that you guys may like, I dunno about you but I am always looking for new, interesting people to follow, to switch up what I am seeing in my feed.

These are not in any particular order, just as they come into my head.......

Hayleysbakesandcakes - If you are an avid baker or just enjoy cakes, then you will love Hayley's new baking account.

callmeamye - For lifestyle, interiors, and plenty of plants, a defo to add to your follow list for sure.

sophiepjx - Style and beauty pic's galore and a real sweetie.

eihpos_makeup - For beautiful makeup looks this girl rocks.

Haysparkle - For a gorgeous beauty feed, check out Hayley.

littlehomewithivyrose - If you love interiors you will love this lady.

anniecollyer - Interior goals, I love this feed.

I hope you have found some new accounts to follow and enjoy, comment with any accounts I need to know about.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers


Recently, I have been doing something I do not normally do, nothing risque or weird in case you're wondering, this is not some kind of confession :)

I have been wearing and enjoying wearing trousers, there I said it trousers instead of jeans!! this is a revelation for me, always firmly believing no trousers ever suited me, or fit me properly I have hung onto the belief I could only wear jeans.

Newlook are seriously killing it, in the trouser department, last weeks post styling my wide leg striped leg trousers for Spring, and the week before Monochrome stripe Newlook trousers feature wide leg trousers, something I wouldn't normally wear, but I rocked them and decided I needed to get onto the paperbag waist trouser buzz next. 


Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers
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Trouser - NewLook
Denim Jacket - Topshop
Tshirt- Topshop
shoes- Vans
Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

The paperbag waist trousers are flattering, and fit well and I love this rust colour, very out of my comfort zone, but I can see these trousers working in loads of outfits for different occasions. If you are looking to try out paperbag waist trousers Newlook have tonnes.

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

Styling NewLook paperbag waist trousers

I loved shooting this outfit, and can I give a shout out to London, beautiful even on a dreary day. Expect to see more of these trousers as I find more ways to wear them.

Are you a trouser wearer?


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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

My hair care routine



I have written a few posts recently featuring hair care products, so thought I would write a little round up featuring those products that have found there way into my hair care routine, and that I would recommend.


My hair care routine

Forest & shore hair oil

Washing wise the system I am currently using is perfect for my hair type, my hair is long I get dry ends but greasy roots since using L'oreal elvive extraordinary clay shampoo and conditioner, my roots feel less greasy but the length and ends feel softer and less brittle. 

Click the link for my full review What I've been using on my dry hair with greasy roots

Glam & style straighteners

Once my hair is clean and towel dried, I have been adding a few drops of Forest & Shore Hallelujah hair oil before brushing through with my trusty Tangle Teezer , the hair oil really helps to make my hair smoother and sleeker, and along with the tangle teezer makes short work of my extremely knotty hair.

Styling wise, I often leave my hair to dry naturally and just embrace my natural curls, but when I do style my hair, I have been going to extremes either smooth and straight using my Glam & Style straighteners, these are insanely good for the very small price tag and v pretty in the rose gold colour way. Or I'm going 80's corkscrew curls, using my Glam & style chopstick styler, this tool is so good at creating curls and super quick, I can curl my hair in less then 15 minutes and I have a lot of hair.

I am currently very happy with my routine and hope you enjoyed this post and possibly picked up some tips for great products to buy.


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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Styling my wide leg striped trousers for Spring


You may have seen my last outfit post, featuring my new favourite trousers from Newlook , well I'm wearing them again because I am literally obsessed. I don't know why I've never worn them before they are the comfiest things ever, yet I feel like I've got my shit together when I've got them on. In my last post I kept the look very monochromatic, with boots and a leather jacket.( Read ) This time I thought I would Spring them up, with a little pop of pink, and bare ankles, not covered by boots, well it is April and we have had like 2 days of sun.


Newlook stripe wide leg trousers

Newlook stripe wide leg trousers


Newlook stripe wide leg trousers

Styling my wide leg striped trousers for Spring

I feel like these trousers lend themselves to being styled in so many ways, I've only worn them casual, but they would look amazing with heels and a "nice" top, instead of jeans on a night out. Also I am so happy its denim jacket season, I love a denim jacket they always look good with pretty much anything, over T Shirt, a sweatshirt, shirt, dress you name they work with a trusty denim jacket. I picked up this washed black one the year before last in Topshop, and its out of the wardrobe again ready for another Spring/Summer of none stop use.


Newlook wide leg striped trouser

Newlook wide leg striped trouser

Newlook wide leg striped trouser


Newlook wide leg striped trouser

Newlook wide leg striped trouser

Newlook wide leg striped trouser


Newlook wide leg striped trouser

The pink crushed velvet top adds some much wanted colour to this outfit, and it's perfect for Spring as despite being short sleeved, because its so thick it keeps you warm while it's still a bit chilly. The sunglasses are a Primark bargain, I have 2 pairs of these in different colour lenses, I love them and the big aviator size means they hide a multitude of sins and late nights.

Do you love wide leg trousers? 




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