Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Move into Autumn and Winter With These Marvellous Moisturisers

Summer is now just a distant memory, the woolly jumpers have been dug out, the nights are drawing in and the television schedule has just got a whole lot better. You know that autumn has arrived when you suddenly find that you have lots of good dramas to watch on the television.

However, before we know it winter will be here, and with that comes the drop in temperatures. The arctic weather conditions that have us turning the heating up higher and higher, and the never ending freezing rain.

All of this takes its toll on our skin. Our face is literally exposed to the elements. Not what we want because let’s not forget that this is party season. We want to be looking our best for all of those office Christmas parties. We do not want to be turning up looking like Rudolph the Reindeer.  A red nose is not a good look for the party season!

This means that we need to start investing in our face now. No, I’m not suggesting that we all rush out and book a round of botox. We don’t need botox when there are some amazing moisturisers out there, and these moisturisers  will have us looking and feeling fantastic.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

4 Brilliant Ways To Feel More Beautiful in 2017

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Every single person on the planet is beautiful in their own way, and every single person on the planet deserves to feel beautiful, but, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. A lot of people have very little self-confidence and don’t see the beauty that’s literally staring them in the face in the mirror. If you’re one of those people, then here are a few ways to make yourself look and feel more beautiful.


Monday, 16 October 2017

How To: Entertaining As An Entrepreneur

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Getting started as an entrepreneur is never easy. Your area of passion might be beauty or passion or even blogging. Sometimes working online can be really lonely. You can feel quite disconnected from the people that have the most influence on your success. Your affiliates, colleagues, and customers would love a chance to spend more time with you.

And meeting them in person gives you a chance to really show off your talents and ideas. So why not throw an event at home and invite the people you want to talk to most?


Sunday, 15 October 2017

OOTD | Botanist Date Night ft Wingz

A date night is a chance to amp up your usual style and take a few more risks. That's why it's always been one of my favourite occasions to find an outfit for.

Simply going for a bit more texture, a burst of unexpected colour or some eye-catching accessories can make a big difference - doesn't everyone feel a bit more daring when night falls?

Taking my daytime style a bit further is always an interesting thing to do. It's strange, but it took me a while after having my son to feel like I could express myself again with clothes. It was like there was a part of me that felt I 'should' be dressing in a different way now that I'm a mum. Redefining what I liked to wear and what suited my changed figure was difficult.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Are You Ready To Make It On Your Own?

You’re a long time working. And it makes up a huge part of what we know as normal life. But that doesn’t always mean that we either get used to it or even like it. But you have to remember, you could be working up to fifty years! So if you’re going to have to spend over half of your life doing something, don’t you want to make sure that you enjoy it?

Not everyone will get to chose their profession. Some fall into a certain career, and others just don’t have the motivation to make a change. But, if you’ve always wanted more, or to be a bit more in control of your own destiny, the life of an entrepreneur could be for you?

If just the idea of being your own boss makes you excited, then you’re going to want to take the plunge. But before you make any rash decisions, let’s take a look at some of the things you should be thinking about first.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A Sparkly Haul with Stella and Dot

When I fall, I fall hard. And that has been the case for me with accessories brand Stella and Dot. The brand personifies edgy elegance – high-quality, wearable pieces with bold design (and FYI, just to be totally clear, this is NOT a collaboration or sponsored in any way. I just really heart the brand!).

After admiring the pieces from afar for a while, I took the plunge and bought a beautiful necklace from them, followed by another few things in quick succession. It wasn’t long before I was back for more!

There were a couple of accessories I had my eye on buying, so I decided to host an online ‘trunk show’- you work with a stylist to create an event on Facebook, where people can ask styling questions, shop the range and join in games.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Confidence Boosters For A Fabulous Fall

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Many people find that their glowing skin, hot weather outfits, and post-vacation appearance, give them plenty of confidence during the summer months.

Now that fall has arrived, and the sunny days are becoming shorter; you may have lost your bronzed glow and a little bit of self-love in the meantime. Wrapping up warm might make you feel like you’re restricted in your fashion and style choice as the cold weather hits, and there won’t be any hot summer night parties to enjoy for another year.

However, fall brings its own magic; a change in the flavours available for your coffee, new colour and pattern trends in fashion, and the excuse to buy new beauty products (to look after your skin of course). Therefore, there are plenty of ways to strut into the new season feeling excited, happy, and full of confidence.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

L'Oreal Paradise vs Too Faced Better Than Sex

For me, its the heavyweight of the mascara world. The superstar. The Beyonce. The one beyond all compare. The one to beat.

Too Faced Better Than Sex actually didnt appeal to me when it first came on my beauty radar. At the time, I was completely sold on the idea that only a plastic, comb style brush could give me the volume and definition I craved.

Like any beauty junkie, Id been burnt in the past. Promised the moon and stars and (more importantly) the Disney Princess lashes of my dreams by brushes and formulas that just failed to deliver.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Glossybox September 2017 | Review

Everything goes in cycles in life. Glossybox lost my interest a while back, but after seeing the September edit popping up on a few of my social feeds, I was really tempted by some of the contents and decided to treat myself (especially as the past two editions of Tili box have been so dire after previous triumphs).

The theme was a fresh look at some grooming staples, which is an interesting take that fits with the September back-to-school vibe (my schooldays may be decades past, but I still have that feeling...)


Life, Lately | September 2017

The changing of the seasons always makes me feel a little restless. I’m not sure why but something about the falling temperatures and shorter days makes me want a new challenge, or something to look forward to.

Thinking about any major changes in my life – changing jobs, moving house, getting pregnant – they’ve always happened around this time of year.I’m happy with all the major elements of my life as they are right now though, so I’m struggling to think how I can remedy this feeling.

Do you ever feel like this? What do you do about it? Answers on a postcard please…

I love the trimmings of autumn – smart coats, digging out my giant scarf collection, taking walks through the falling leaves with a latte….but I am already struggling with it being darker when I get up in the mornings! Here’s a little look at what other things I’ve been up to lately…


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Birchbox September 2017 | Review

A few boxes ago, I thought Birchbox had bombed.

The contents just didnt seem to be inspiring me, and there were quite a few repeat products. I was seriously losing interest. But now things seem to have turned around.

And while, Tili had taken over as the best beauty box for a while, their offering for the past couple of rounds has been lacklustre. Birchbox is back on top!

After loving the summer ‘Mermaid Vibes’ box, what was lying in store for the change of the seasons?

The September box has been produced in collaboration with Oliver Bonas.

This makes me very, very happy as I'm a big Bonas fan, and I was never happier than when one opened in my town. The box itself is one of two exclusive designs, and inside was a voucher for 15% off, which I’ll definitely be using as an excuse to treat myself! But what was inside the box?


Monday, 18 September 2017

Tobi: Transitional Two Ways to Wear It

When it comes to style, I love pieces that do double duty, don't you? Those wonderful, design-led items that can really hold their own, allowing you to style them up multiple ways and really get the most wear out of them.

So when US-based fashion brand Tobi approached me to collaborate on a post, I was so excited to discover that their site was packed with items that would do exactly that - define a look and hold their stylish own in a variety of combinations.

From showstopper ‘going OUT out’ dresses to pieces suitable for a casual weekend or a day of meetings, it was all there. The design approach is modern classic - clean lines, subtle colours and quality fabrics - that reminds me of my other personal favourites like Reiss and Modern Rarity.  I was so impressed with the items when they came, and they were also super-quick to ship out - I had them within a week!

Inspired, I used some of my beloved wardrobe staples to style up each of the Tobi pieces in two different ways. It just shows that when you have stylish, well-made items, they can be dressed up or down with a few accessories…


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Dyson Supersonic | An Honest Review

Before we begin, you should know that, for me, drying my hair is my own personal hell. The dreaded arm ache, the wasted time, the awful noise, and the disappointing results you get when you aren't a whizz with a round brush.

It's so bad, I wash my hair as little as possible - I might be solely responsible for half of Batiste's share price, as my life runs on coffee and dry shampoo, especially since I became a full time working mother of a 1 year old.

But that was before I had an encounter that changed - not my life, let's keep it real here - but certainly my hair for the better. And really, what gives you more of a lift than a good hair day?


Sunday, 10 September 2017

How To Survive Work on Zero Sleep

What happens when it's not okay to hit the snooze button? How do you cope doing a day's work when you've had absolutely no sleep?

It's not something that seems to be discussed, but there will be occasions in anyone's life when you have to perform on little to zero shut-eye.

As anyone who is parent to a small child and also working knows, or even just those who suffer from the odd sleepless night or over-active social life, sometimes in life, you have to soldier on when all you want to do is crawl under the duvet.

This has happened to me a few times - we're lucky that usually, Theo is a pretty good sleeper now, but there are times when he's ill that we find ourselves heading into the office less than refreshed.

I thought it may be helpful to share the tips, tricks and coping strategies I've evolved!

Note: These tips should not be taken as medical advice - I'm definitely no doctor. What I'm talking about here is the odd night without any sleep. If you are suffering from persistent insomnia, please visit your doctor. 


Monday, 4 September 2017

OOTD: Come Fly With Me

Today’s outfit post is a little unusual, but I wanted to share what I chose to wear to fly.

I’m always fascinated with airport style, because its such a balancing act between comfort and some kinda chic.

Of course you have your Victoria Beckhams and Jennifer Anistons, who always look flawless but go to the hassle of changing outfits on the plane before they emerge looking radiant to flashbulbs in the arrivals hall.

Not quite having that lifestyle, I have to be a bit more practical about what I wear to fly in.


Saturday, 2 September 2017

What I Packed For A Week in Croatia | Part Two

My name is Sarah and I’m a packing addict. In part one of this post,  I showed what Im packing for a seven night break to Split in Croatia. I’ve also done posts on what to pack for an overnight trip to London, and a city break in Europe before.

Although I’m a massive fan of packing light, liquids are the only area that I really struggle with when travelling light. So many make-up items count as well as toiletries, even when I’ve gotten down to my bare minimum (why, airport gods, WHY!?!?). My solutions?


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

What I Packed For A Week in Croatia | Part One

Packing is absolutely my thing. There’s something about creating a holiday capsule wardrobe that gives me a thrill (yes, I’m just THAT rock and roll), and I can spend hours reading through posts and watching vlogs on packing tips. It never gets old.

Searching for answers as to where this obsession came from, I asked Google ‘why do I love packing?’. The response was a string of articles from people who, as it turns out, absolutely HATE packing. Apparently, I am in a very small minority here. Oh well. I’m just going to let my freak flag fly on this one.


Monday, 28 August 2017

OOTD : Blush Lace & Brides

A very special outfit of the day today, this is what I wore to my mother-in-laws wedding. 

Knowing what to wear as a wedding guest can be such a minefield as there are so many factors to take into account – type of service, venue, weather  and more. 

So whenever I’m lucky enough to be invited to someone’s big day, I always try and share what I decided on, usually after a lot of ideas-gathering on Pinterest and fashion blogs!


Thursday, 24 August 2017

Birchbox review | August 2017

How are we almost at the end of August already!? The tell-tale appearance of my not-so-friendly local Hermes courier with the August Birchbox signalled the half-way point of another month.

Summer almost over once again! I never knew a box of bite-size beauty treats could trigger such existential angst…

But summer lived on in the latest box, which was all based around ‘Mermaid Vibes’. I must be one of the only people in the blogosphere not bitten by the mermaid/unicorn obsession. Hands up, I don’t get it.

However, I was intrigued to see what goodies were waiting in the box to keep that summer vibe going…


Monday, 21 August 2017

CaBella Makeup Masterclass | Smoky Eye Secrets Revealed

When it comes to full-on glamour, nowhere in Nottingham does it better than independent beauty boutique CaBella.

A treasure trove of makeup, glitter and all things girlie, it's tucked away off the city’s upmarket Bridlesmith Gate and offers serious pampering. If you’ve always wanted someone to decode the mysteries of that Insta-perfect look, this is the destination.

Whether it’s a special occasion or just a night out, Cabella offers makeovers, beauty treatments including injectables and the chance to shop some great brands that can be harder to get hold of in the UK, such as Milani and LA Girl.

To say I was excited when they invited me along to a Bloggers’ Beauty Masterclass is a bit of an understatement.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Easiweft Styling Station | A Must-Try for Extensions

Sometimes, a product comes along that’s just such a great idea, you wonder how you managed without it. And for anyone who uses hair extensions, I think I’ve just found one!

Most people are a bit surprised when they find out I wear clip in extensions regularly, mainly because I like them to look subtle. If you don’t know I have them in, that’s the goal!

I have several different sets, and a couple are purely for volume – they’re the same length as my real hair. I also wore very natural clip-in extensions on my wedding day, because I wore my hair in a half-up half-down style with a beehive and plaited sections, and I wanted to have enough hair to do all that and not have the bit that was left down look too thin and scraggly.

As a busy working mum, with very little time or patience for hair styling, it’s a massive advantage to me if I can pre-style some extensions, clip them in and go. But washing, styling and caring for extensions can be a fiddly job.

Luckily, Easiweft has now arrived to help take care of those problems!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Beauty Haul | Hylamide, Rodial, Too Faced & more

Don’t you love a good haul? It’s one of the oldest posts in the book (along with ‘What’s in my bag?’ which I also find endlessly fascinating!) but it’s always a good one!

This month’s beauty haul was one of those that creeps up you -  do you ever have those? You don’t think you’ve been shopping but then you seem to have quite a lot of stuff at the end of the month. Oops…


Monday, 7 August 2017

Natura Siberica Northern Soap | Review

What do you think about when you hear the word ‘Siberia’? Arctic oceans? Snow leopards? Frozen tundras?  Would you think of a region rich in natural plant life that has developed the properties to survive in harsh wintery conditions?

Well a new line of skincare from Natura Siberica has opened my eyes to the rich natural flora of the fertile black earth found there.

When Natura Siberica got in touch to see if I’d like to try out their Northern Soap product, I was excited to discover what it could do for my skin. Following a philosophy of using wild-harvested Siberian herbs the brand is proudly ‘Born in Siberia, Made in Europe’.

The plants that do grow here are exceptionally rich in protective, anti-oxidant properties in order to survive. If these herbs are hardy enough to flourish in some of the most challenging conditions on earth, what would their goodness do for my skin?


Monday, 24 July 2017

Birchbox review | July 2017

Can you believe another month has gone by? It doesn’t seem live five minutes since the June Birchbox landed in all its candy-striped glory, and now here we are with the July offering.

This month’s box is printed with tropical palm trees, and the theme is definitely high summer – far-flung adventures and getting away from it all. But would the products that made the edit have me dreaming of cocktails on the beach? Take a peek…


Friday, 21 July 2017

Life, Lately | July 2017

Well, it seems like this is it. Summer, I mean! Finally here in full force, just when we least expected it.

Of course, this being the UK there has to be the odd day where it plummets back into midwinter after a week of blazing sunshine, so it’s never quite safe to pack away your winter woollies entirely. But generally, it's been really nice.

Have you been making the most of it? I feel like there is a pressure to be doing stuff because it's so uncertain that summer is actually here to stay.  We need to do ALL OF THE THINGS before the sun abandons us!


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

OOTD | The Metallic Mini

As parents, it's not often that we get a night out. I could definitely count on one hand all the times we've been out since Theo was born- and he's almost two!

That is our choice though. Having babies certainly changed my priorities - I used to love my nights out but I'd sooner spend time with my son now. Plus, hangovers aren't great when you're likely to get woken at 5am by the baby!

It is important to let your hair down sometimes and reconnect with friends though - and remember who we are when we aren't being mummy and daddy. Theo is old enough to stay over at his Granny's house, which makes things a lot easier as we're not worried about getting back to relieve a babysitter and we can get up a little bit later than if he was at home!

Of course, I couldn't resist the rare event of getting my glam on to do an outfit post - when you're normally covered in mashed biscuit and sticky handprints you have to make the most of a night off!


Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Dyson Supersonic | A Game Changer Turns One

Sometimes, a beauty tool comes along that redefines the way we do things, it’s just that darn good.

And when fashion and beauty bible Vogue describes something as a ‘game changer’, you know it’s serious! Global technology company Dyson, who pretty much revolutionised home appliances, have turned their hand to hairdryers, and the resulting best-in-class product – the Dyson Supersonic – is celebrating its first birthday.

So I was excited to be invited along to an exclusive party at John Lewis Grand Central Birmingham to find out more.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD | Review

Being a beauty addict means being constantly on the watch for the next big thing - the cult product that's going to make it big, or the under the radar item that's set to be a new hot favourite. 

So even though I definitely have my holy grail items when it comes to beauty, I'm always keeping one eye open for the latest to see if it becomes my next must-have.

One area where my head is easily turned is mascara. I think it's fair to say I'm lash obsessed. Long, fluttery lashes are an essential for me- an instant mood booster and something I don't feel right without. 

As a lash addict, I wear subtle falsies almost every day, but I'm always hoping that one day a mascara will come along that really will live up to the hype a lot of them have about making you throw your false lashes away! 

Monday, 19 June 2017

Six Game-Changing Summer Beauty Buys

Before I begin to talk about makeup, I just want to acknowledge that there’s been a lot of dark and horrific things happening in the world lately.

Of course, there’s always been evil out there, but in the last year or two it seems to have ramped up to epic proportions, and not a month is going by without news of something unimaginably dreadful.

Sometimes, writing about beauty seems like too much levity when things out there are hateful. But so much of the internet is full of catastrophe, that I actually think this is what’s needed. Let’s reclaim the internet for its higher purpose – the world needs more cat memes, more videos of babies dancing and dogs skateboarding, and definitely more pretty, sparkly things.

It won’t take away from the darkness outside the window, but it is a sort of two fingers up to all these unhinged extremists who would seek to crush any joy from the world and make it a sad, drab place. Let’s become their worst nightmare – educated, independent and wearing all the lipgloss we damn well please!

We seem to be hitting what might almost be summer (I live in Britain, it’s never a definite here…), so I thought I’d share my newest beauty essentials, products I’ve discovered lately and have been really enjoying using.

The change of seasons is always a good cue to change up your routine and discover some new products to love. And the best part? All the products below are effective and kind to your purse…


Friday, 16 June 2017

Discovering Stella & Dot | Accessories Haul

Have you discovered Stella and Dot yet? The on-trend jewellery and accessories brand has been on my radar for a while, but I’d never actually ordered anything until a few weeks ago.

I took the plunge and ordered one piece, then got another couple for my birthday at the beginning of the month and all of a sudden I’ve started to develop a little collection.


Monday, 12 June 2017

Birchbox Review | June 2017

Another month, another Birchbox. And although I think the glory days of receiving full-size luxury products are all but gone, I thought this June’s offering was actually pretty nice. So no cancelled subscription yet!

This month, instead of a box, the goodies came in a reusable bag. I absolutely love this idea. They did a bag last year and I still use it now – in fact, I’d be thrilled if they did a bag every month, because I’m sort of harbouring a low-key obsession with cute little pouches.

This one was a pastel striped zip pouch with a little rope grab handle, which I’m sure I’ll find a great use for! The bag design is inspired by Brighton Beach, which is a place I have happy childhood memories of, so it made me smile – watercolour sunsets, chalk-coloured beach huts, sorbet ice-creams and sticks of rock. I really like that this pouch is different from the last design they had, both in design and in dimension.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Another Slice | Beauty Pie Skincare Review

Have you heard of Beauty Pie? The brainchild of Bliss Spa and Soap and Glory founder Marcia Kilgore, the brand is a new way of buying beauty products that makes bold promises of 'liberating women' - as well as selling them mascaras and lipsticks at factory price.

I signed up excitedly a couple of months ago, but my first order of products was a bit of a mixed bag, and overall I wasn't hugely impressed  - you can see my initial Beauty Pie review here.

Basically, you pay a monthly membership fee in return for being able to order the products at a low 'member's price'. You can still buy the products if you aren't a member, but it will cost you dear.

The products are supposedly formulated to the same specifications and in the same factories as big name luxury brands that cost top dollar. Beauty Pie won't state which, but a little search engine sherlock-ing will reveal a few products where those who are especially keen have done line-by-line ingredients comparisons and worked it out.

Last time, although there were a couple of products I liked, there were equally a few disappointing ones that left me feeling like I wouldn't be renewing my membership. You have to sign up for three months at a time, but last month I didn't order anything. This month though, I decided to have one last bite of the pie before cancelling my subscription.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

OOTD: The Midi Moment

Let's talk about midis. The style so named for hitting at the mid-point of your leg is having a loooong moment.

The length has been popular for several years now, and it's probably taken me all that time to get comfortable with it (full disclosure: I'm not generally what you'd call an 'early adopter' when it comes to fashion trends. It takes me a while to work out how to make a new theme a part of my look). 

I think the reason I've struggled with it is because it's generally a style that requires heels to look it's best, and I'm queen of the flat shoe. I just can't stand my feet to be in any pain, and I'm already tall plus I have a toddler to run around after, so heels are definitely the exception to the rule for me.

But I've worked out that you can just about get away with a pointed flat, which lends a slightly lengthening effect. 

Midis are also quite sweet and ladylike, and anyone who knows me will appreciate those two qualities are not my strong points! To make midis work for me, I had to find a way to counter the dainty vibes and balance out the look. 


Friday, 2 June 2017

The Birthday Post

Yesterday was my birthday! I always used to do a post about the day, but then I stopped last year for some reason. I've decided to revive the tradition and do a post about yesterday.

Traditionally, I haven't been a huge fan of birthdays. I'm not sure why, but something about them makes me feel a little bit sad.

As soon as I got to 18 and could do everything I wanted to legally, I sort of stopped looking forward to them. But I've decided that is the wrong attitude, and I should use them as a chance to celebrate another year, not be sad it's over!


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

14 deep life truths I'll teach my son

will be a part of the fabric of your life because my thoughts will have been taught, my example will have been seen and my love will have been felt your whole life.

It's not often I stop to really think about the enormity of bringing up a little human being. 

Almost too massive to process, the scale of the responsibility can be a little daunting, to say the least. You tend to get caught up in the day to day learning – manners, sharing, how to fasten shoes – which are all important in their own way. 

But when I think of the future, I know that I want my son Theodore to grow up with certain values. One of the great secrets that adults hopefully kept hidden from you back when you were little is that we're all making it up as we go along. While kids can – and should – see mum and dad as the all-knowing authority with everything under control, we know that isn't the case! 

So while becoming a mummy has made me grow up in an awful lot of ways, I don't feel especially wise. I'm still learning myself! 

As I move through my 30s, however, there are definitely some truths that I'm living by. Perhaps I've always known them. But its taken me until recently to truly accept them, to dismiss the negative internal voices we all have and concentrate on living my life by the truths below. If there's any way to be immortal, its by passing on some knowledge or some of your spirit to someone else. 

So here's what I'm hoping I can teach Theo as he grows:


Friday, 26 May 2017

I Heart Makeup | Golden Bar palette | Review

The rise and rise of TAM Beauty – the emerging make-up giant behind affordable-but-coveted makeup brands Makeup Revolution. Freedom and Makeup Obsession – continues to be a disruptive and alluring force.

On the one hand, they make very desirable, high-performance products that have a lightning-fast lead time and crucially, are really purse-friendly.

On the other hand, almost their entire strategy revolves around 'duping' (or, to put it more unkindly, 'ripping off') premium brands.

I'm never sure how I feel about this. I was an early lover of Makeup Revolution as it really did offer fantastic value and products that performed just as well as higher-end ones.


Monday, 22 May 2017

Birchbox Review | May 2017

I’ll come right out and say it, I was less than inspired by this month’s offering from Birchbox. I do find that with beauty subscription boxes, they go in cycles. You’ll get a couple of so-so boxes, think about cancelling, and then something killer will come along that makes you want to sign back up.

I was almost going to cancel this month as the May Birchbox pretty much made me want to go to sleep, but I’ve decided to keep it running for next month and make a decision then. Perhaps brighter things are just around the corner!

This month, I felt like there was a lot of recycled stuff in there that’s been in previous boxes, and I hate that. It means you’re essentially getting the same thing twice and that’s lazy. Then there were a couple of the usual suspect – there are a couple of brands that just seem to be eternally popping up in these boxes and you never see them anywhere else, and I get sick of receiving them.

The theme of May’s box is ‘little changes that can make a big difference to your daily rituals’. It remains to be seen if any of these will be game-changers for me, but I’m not feeling positive about it! The box itself is a gorgeous marbled affair with touches of rose gold – very pretty! If only the contents this month were as exciting as the box itself…


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Spring drugstore beauty haul | Bourjois, NYX & L'Oreal

Sometimes nothing beats a good old drugstore haul, does it?

When it comes to makeup and skincare, what I look for is results- and I believe that you can get that with both high-end and affordable products. My favourites certainly come from both ends of the spectrum!

There's something really nice about having a wander through Boots and seeing what's new. I did just that recently and here's what I picked up to try....


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Letters from Lake Garda | Day 6 OOTD

Shock horror, I'm a few days late with my final holiday outfit post. We've been back since Monday afternoon, but on our last evening in Italy we just wanted to relax.

Monday was wiped out with travelling - why does it always make you feel so tired and wretched, even though youre literally sitting there doing nothing?

Then straight back into reality and a busy day at work, so the posting had to take a back seat.

We've had an amazing week spending time as a family. Theo is growing and changing so fast at the moment - every day its a new word or something hes learn to do - so it was so precious to spend all that time with him uninterrupted.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Letters from Lake Garda | Day Five OOTD

I can't believe that this week has gone so fast, but doesn't it always when you’re having fun? I'm already planning where we can go away to in September!

Today in Garda the weather has not been so great, and actually it's not going to be that nice for the next couple of days. We had considered getting the train to Florence, as I've always wanted to go there.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Letters from Lake Garda | Day Four OOTD

I'm a day behind with my daily holiday outfit posts, mainly because last night I spent hanging out in the garden with my husband once Theo had gone to bed, drinking some rather good Italian red!

Yesterday, we hired bikes to ride around the lake to Sirmione, an absolutely stunning little village that we came to last time we were in Garda. It has a beautiful castellato as you walk into the city.

The bike ride has to be the most beautiful one I've ever taken, whizzing around the shore with the mountains in the background and the sun shining down. It was such a nice thing to do as a family. We had a front-mounted bike seat for Theo, so he felt like he was steering the bike himself!


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Letters from Lake Garda | Day Three OOTD

Day three is when you really start to relax into your holiday, isn't it? Home and all its cares begins to seem very far away.

Of course, holidays when you have a toddler are a little far removed from what you may have been used to, pre-kids. For a start, they still involve waking up at the crack of dawn - but when you get woken up with a cuddle from your little one it isn't so bad.

The days are pretty busy too, and I haven't actually read a single book yet, which is definitely not like me on holiday. But I have been busy making some great memories with my little boy.


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Letters from Lake Garda | Day Two OOTD

Day two of our trip has been a little more of a mixed bag with the weather. It was forecast to be thunderstorms all day, so we weren't sure what we were going to be able to do, but luckily although it rained a little in the morning, it cleared up to a sunny afternoon.

We decided to hop on the train and go to Verona, which is only 20 minutes away from Pescheria. We visited Verona and Venice on our babymoon a couple of years ago, and although it had always been my dream to see Venice, I actually fell more in love with the laid back vibe and beautiful cobbled streets of Verona.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Letters from Lake Garda | Day One OOTD

I'm writing to you from the shores of the fabulous Lake Garda, where we are currently taking a family holiday.

Work and home life can get a bit crazy sometimes, so its always special to be able to escape for a few days.

As you may have gathered, Italy is a really special place for our family and one we love to visit. We last came to Garda when I was pregnant, and at the time I vowed to come back with my baby to enjoy the deep peace, awe-inspiring views and il dolce vita that it has to offer.

We weren't staying here last time, so its been good to spend some proper time.

I'm going to be doing a daily outfit post while we're here for the next week. I love seeing what people's holiday style is when they're away, so if you have any similar posts, please link me below.


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Postcards from China

How exactly do you describe a first time visit to China? All the way home on the long flight, I thought about this. I knew that when I got back, people would be asking me how it had been.

What would I say? How would I sum it up? The truth is, I’m still not sure.

China defies description from the perspective of one visit – its so vast, so full on apparent contradictions, so complex. Almost any adjective you can think of would describe some part of it – vibrant, tranquil, traditional, cutting-edge. China seems to be all these things and more.


Monday, 24 April 2017

My Essential Pieces for Winter to Spring Trans-seasonal Style

When it comes to putting together outfits, more often than not it’s the weather that throws a spanner in the works.

Increasingly, it feels as if seasons are less important than individual weeks, as the weather ricochets from warm sunshine to torrential downpours through frosty mornings and back again.

Globally, the weather is becoming less predictable, which on the catwalks has led to a huge sales surge for ‘resort’ collections – clothing that can be styled for any type of weather. Magazines seem to be full of articles on ‘transeasonal’ dressing, and this is how I like to build my wardrobe, because in Britain you can never be sure what weather conditions you’ll get from one week to the next.

Wardrobes need to work hard and they need to work smart, otherwise you end up with piles of summer dresses that don’t get worn.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Birchbox x Boden Review | April 2017

After a run of really good boxes over the past few months, I had high hopes for the April Birchbox.

These boxes always seem to go in cycles in terms of how good the contents are, and it has usually happened that there will be a couple that I don’t like, then I’ll decide to cancel my subscription, only to see something unmissable that lures me back in.

So I go back and forth with what I subscribe to. But would the April offering from Birchbox have me celebrating or hating? Take a peek…


Monday, 17 April 2017

Life, Lately | April 2017

Hello my lovelies!

I’m writing to you from a surprisingly sunny and hot China at the moment, which is quite different from my usual surroundings.

Life often seems to race by in a blur at the moment, and its been quite a few months since I last posted anything personal. Since I love reading these sort of posts on other blogs, and getting a little glimpse into other people’s worlds, please drop me a link below if you’ve done anything similar lately.


Monday, 10 April 2017

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

So, I think we’ve safely established that I’m somewhat of a packing geek.

I’m obsessed with the idea of packing light, capsule wardrobe rules for travel, and using fashion maths to avoid baggage fees.

What I like just as much are posts about what travel toiletries and make-up people take with them. I can, and do, go down the Youtube and Bloglovin rabbit holes for hours looking at this kind of content.  

It seemed a wasted opportunity not to put together my own post on what make-up and toiletries I take with me when I travel, so here’s a quick peek at what’s in my bag when I go away:


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

How to Pack Light for an Overnight Business Trip

One of the best ‘adulting’ skills that I’ve learned over the years is how to pack light. And when I say ‘light’, what I really mean is ‘smart’. You can save yourself a whole lot of headaches, not to mention baggage fees, if you manage to master the ‘smart pack’. I wrote previously about how to pack light for a week in Europe, and now I’m going to cover packing for an overnight business conference.

You could be one of those people that like lots of choices, and I am too. But with a smart capsule trip wardrobe, you can get that feeling of having lots of different options -  through being able to combine what you’ve packed in many different ways. I know I value the feeling of travelling without lots of heavy baggage more than I do 12 different shoe options(10 of which I won’t wear anyway…).

The rules vary according to length of stay, destination and purpose of visit, but there are few basic tips that stay the same wherever you’re going:

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