Sunday, 30 December 2018

How To | Grown Up Glitter

For the longest time, I had written glitter off.

Perhaps it's something connected to all the memories I have of being doused in Secret Weapon roll-on body glitter at school discos during the 90s. I’d firmly planted it in my mind as something tacky, outdated and only for festival-going teenagers.

That doesn't have to be the case. There is definitely an adult way to do sparkle, and the festive season is the perfect time to experiment with it.

In fact, the right glitter can have a transformative effect - a little polished, a little rock and roll, and the perfect dinner-to-disco look for an adults only evening!

Start with a smoked out, metallic eye then layer in glittering accents for an irresistible party look - here's how, step by step.


Friday, 28 December 2018

New Year, New Wardrobe?


2019 is fast approaching and huge numbers of us are planning on giving our lives a revamp.

We are coming up with all sorts of resolutions that will help to improve us as individuals - vowing to kick bad habits, pick up positive habits, and create a more positive lifestyle in general.

So, why not use this time as an opportunity to revamp your wardrobe too?


Thursday, 27 December 2018

Life, Lately | Christmas 2018

Have you been enjoying celebrating Christmas?

I can never believe another year is about to pass by, and this one has certainly been a quick one for us.
With an excited 3 year old and a new baby, we were always going to be full on festive.

In just a few short years, we've gone from having quite grown up, chilled out Christmases to the madness of seven young children in the extended family, and it's predictably nuts - in the best possible way!


Sunday, 23 December 2018

Look Fantastic Review | December 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year…we seem to have arrived at ‘Christmas Eve-Eve’ and in my house, we're in festive overdrive.

The presents are wrapped, the Christmas jumpers are on, and we've had the visit to Santa and the preschool nativity play. We are ready for Christmas!

And what better way to celebrate than with a box of festive beauty treats?

I had been saving the December Look Fantastic box since it arrived as a little bit of fun for after all the mama duties were done.


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Lily England Makeup Brushes | Review

What would Christmas be without a little self-gifting?

I've been busy buying Christmas presents (most of them via the Amazon app while trapped in a stationary car with a sleeping baby) and I decided it was high time to gift myself a little something too!

Having been eyeing up a new set of makeup brushes for a while, I wasn't sure what to get. I've been using my Zoeva set for a while now, and liking them. I also love RealTechniques brushes for their performance but not so much their looks (multicoloured is not really my thing!).

Step forward Lily England. These brushes are such a hidden gem. After clocking the heaps of gushing reviews they've attracted on Amazon, I made the decision to give them a go.


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

BFF Mama Style | Vinyl Kingdom

If you read those lists of things you shouldn't wear after you turn 30, I'm pretty sure that vinyl trousers would be on there somewhere.

Call me a rebel, but I disagree. They might be tricky to style, but that doesn't mean it can't be done - and I like a challenge.

Vinyl trousers have popped up everywhere from the Yves Saint Laurent catwalk to the local high street.

And I for one think they look fabulous.

The secret to styling vinyl trousers (at any age I would say) is the combine them with something very opposite.

A crisp tailored shirt, a prim tweed blazer or an oversized sweater work a treat for anchoring the edginess of the piece and balancing it's subversive vibes.


Saturday, 8 December 2018

The Style Edit | Winter Haul | Whistles, All Saints, Zara & More

Tis the season to be dressed well! Winter fashion is so much fun in my book. It gives you more of an opportunity to play with textures, layering and proportion, and cater nicely to those of us who want to fix our figure flaws with styling.

Let's face it, we Brits understand dressing for the miserable damp cold better than anyone! I've been rediscovering the joy of clothing after spending the spring and summer in maternity wear, and may have been a little click-happy with the online purchases while feeding the baby at 3am.

So this is a collective haul of my purchases over the last few months to ‘winterise’ my wardrobe and see me through the darkest months.

As always, the style that I aspire to is a little bit rock chick, a little bit uptown and a little bit Parisienne - even if the actual reality most days is leggings and the messy mum bun of doom. It's good to have goals though, right?!


Saturday, 1 December 2018

4 Ways To Get Spiritual This Season

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Ok, spirituality is a weird one for some people. I get that, and we’re going to begin this post by saying that anyone who is a bit sceptical should read on, and give some of the following things a try, even if it’s only for fun.

Because you could even find out that your future holds yachts, the man or woman of your dreams, and bucketfuls of prosecco (please…). And if that’s all you get out of this, then it isn’t that bad.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Look Fantastic Review | November 2018

Look Fantastic is the best beauty subscription box in the game. Over the years, I've tried them all and it's the one that has consistently delighted me. So, what would November's offering bring?

This month is all about embracing the darker nights, getting cosy, and prepping for the upcoming party season, and the Look Fantastic box with it's theme of ‘Dark Wonder’ was definitely on the same page.


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

How To | Rediscover Your Style As A Busy Mama

It's the job that no one gives you the handover notes for.

The one that is undeniably challenging, but you couldn't love more.

The one where you're on call 24/7, never get a lunch break or a hot cup of coffee or even a solo break to go to the toilet.

Yep, glorious, technicolour motherhood is a lot of things. Sleepless nights, lots of baby sick, the joy of a first smile, and a sucker punch of love to the head. It's a whirlwind, and it's all-consuming.

So little wonder that, as a mother, you often feel like you can barely remember who you used to be before you were raising tiny humans.

It's actually a fairly common experience for mamas to feel somewhat of an identity crisis. Everything has changed, and you become so used to putting someone else all the time, you start to forget who you are.

Style may seem like a trivial thing, but actually it's integral to our sense of identity. Our clothes are a language we use to communicate to the world who we are, and when we lose our way, fashion is a tool that we can use to reclaim some small part of ourselves. It's something deeply personal, just for ourselves.


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Glossybox Review | November 2018

It's sort of been beauty sub box central here for the past couple of months, as I've been receiving Glossybox and Look Fantastic, plus I sprung for the special edition Sunday Riley box and I've ordered the latest Tili box as well. Oops.

Glossybox seem to have seriously upped their game recently, and the Halloween editions they did were really good.

So the November box had a lot to live up to. The theme theme this month is beauty SOS - five essentials to come to your rescue as you gear up for the approaching party season.


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

My Five Point Plan To Become A Yummy Mummy

Motherhood is all kinds of wonderful.

For someone who never went gooey over nappy adverts and wasn't sure if they were cut out to be somebody's mum, the wild joy my two little humans give me has been the best kind of surprise.

But as much as I'm enjoying being a mama, there is a hidden side to it that no one talks about. And that's the identity crisis that often seems to go hand in hand with pregnancy and birth.

Your world changes overnight. Your priorities are different. Your heart is forever changed. You don't look like you anymore. And that can leave you wondering who you really are now.

Your being and your body has become all about keeping this little human you made safe. You put so much into loving and sustaining your baby, putting your own needs firmly to one side.

Little wonder that you can catch yourself looking in the mirror wondering who that tired, scruffy person looking back is.


Monday, 5 November 2018

BFF Mama Style | Singing The Blues

For a new mama, it can sometimes seem that the only style choice you get to make is which baby sick-spattered muslin you're draping over your shoulder today.

When you're consistently sleep deprived and catering to the relentless demands of a new baby (I refer to Romilly as ‘the tiny CEO’ for a reason), it's all too easy to slip into a comfort zone of baggy leggings, that old jumper and hair in the mum bun of doom.

That's why I've found it really important to make an effort, even though I often don't think I have time.

Style is about reminding yourself you're still a person outside of being a mama, and I believe that can only be good, for ourselves and our babies.


Sunday, 28 October 2018

Trick or Treat | Glossybox Halloween Edition

Are you looking forward to Halloween next week?

I've never really celebrated Halloween that much, but it seems to have become a much bigger deal since I was younger. My son is definitely interested in it, so we’re slowly getting more drawn in.

This month saw Glossybox go all out with the spooky theme launching two boxes - Trick or Treat, each containing slightly different goodies. And I ended up with both!


Sunday, 21 October 2018

New Lacura Dupes Reviewed | Pixi, GlamGlow, Sand & Sky

Being on maternity leave, dupes are more on my radar than ever at the moment and supermarket chain Aldi seem to be becoming the undisputed home of the champion copycat product.

Their *ahem* limited edition homages regularly cause stampedes in store, sell out online and crop up on eBay for triple the price immediately (thereby completely eradicating the point of them in the first place!).

People seem to have an enduring fascination because the reviews of Lacura products I've done befoeenon the blog consistently get traffic, even years after writing, and are among some of my most popular posts!

The dupes I've tried before of theirs have all been pretty amazing, so I can never resist giving them a try.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Improving Your Smile In Four Easy Steps

In today’s society, we’re forced to look good all of the time.

Thanks to social media and celebrities dictating how they think people should look in this day and age, it’s no wonder that women are self conscious about the way they look.

In more recent years, having the perfect pearly white smile is all the rage. However, we all know that celebrities have plenty of dough to spend on their smile to ensure that it’s nothing but the best.


Glossybox x Sunday Riley Special Edit

Cult US skincare brand Sunday Riley have been on my ‘want to try list’ for a long time now, so when I spotted that Glossybox were doing a limited edition collaboration with them, I couldn't sign up fast enough. 

Beloved by the A-list and all over our Instagram feeds, their packaging is sleek and their focus is on results-driven, cruelty-free skin products.

With cutting edge formulas and pure A-grade ingredients, I loved the sound of a few of their flagship products. These targeted treatments improve your skin both instantly and over time, which is an approach I can definitely get on board with.


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Bring Those Unloved Rooms To Life


We all have our favourite rooms in the home. For some, it’s the kitchen where they can create beautiful foods every day.

For others, it’s the living room where they can sink into the sofa, and hardly move until it’s time to go up to bed.

For some, it’s the solidarity of the bathroom, the one room where some escape from family life can be found, as long as the door is locked.

So you have to admit, that sometimes when you have your favourite rooms in the home, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the rooms that you don’t spend as much time in.

But, all it could take is a little bit of effort into such rooms, and they could be your new favourite place to hang out.

So, we’re going to touch on some of the best, yet neglected, rooms in a home, and we’re going to turn them into something fabulous!


Monday, 15 October 2018

Look Fantastic Review | October 2018

October can be a little bit of a strange month with the clocks going back and the seasons changing.

I often find that I get a real energy low around this time of year - it's getting colder and darker but it's still too early to excited about the festive stuff.

In this lull, it's a good idea to go in for extra self-care and that's where a little treat like the Look Fantastic box can give you a pick me up. I've loved every single box I've had from them before.

Could they lift my post-summer blues this month?


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Revolution Skincare | Better Than The Ordinary?

Revolution have long been known for their- well, the kindest term would be ‘tributes’- to luxury beauty products, producing high-performance dupes for cult items like Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes.

Now, it seems they're coming for the crown of The Ordinary- the no-frills, wildly effective skincare brand that has become a favourite of so many people, including me.

This is a little different from going after the expensive brands and replicating them, as The Ordinary's whole ethos is about being low-cost but powerful.

And with The Ordinary's parent company, Deciem, on shaky ground at the moment as their founder seems to be in self-destruct mode, perhaps the time is right for a new challenger.


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

#BFF Mama Style | A Tale Of Two Dresses

Being confident with style is a rare thing.

We all have Pinterest boards full of pictures of those individuals that seem to have it nailed, but the thing about style is that it's constantly evolving and presenting you with new challenges.

So even if you think you have it down to a fine art, there’s usually a curveball waiting in the wings.

Becoming a mother has definitely been that curveball for me.


Monday, 8 October 2018

Life Lately | September & October 2018

Wow. I can't believe my last catching up post was back in June.

Where has the summer gone? It slipped by in a glare of shimmering hot days while I was looking the other way, and now here we are with the red-gold whirl of autumn leaves at our feet and the bite of the first frosts in the air. What a summer we had though, a long expanse of hot sunny days.

And to be fair, there have been some pretty seismic changes to my life as I had my baby daughter at the end of July. Here’s what’s been happening in my world since...


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Top Organisational Tips For Every Mama-To-Be

Pregnancy is a magically exciting time in your life. However, there’s sure to be some panic amidst the positivity. This is primarily linked to feelings of being unprepared for the journey ahead. In truth, nobody is fully ready.

A combination of your maternal instincts and experience will kick in to serve you very well. As for the rest, organisation is everything.

Taking control long before the special day is the only solution. Here’s how to make it happen.


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Four Factors That Cause Ageing


Throughout history, a lot of people have been asking themselves the same question.

With the answer holding the key to everlasting beauty, it’s easy to understand why people would want to know what exactly makes their body age, but it is only in recent times that science has been able to provide definitive answers.

There are several factors at play when it comes to this part of life, all of which contribute in their own way towards changing the way you look as time passes by.

Of course, though, you always have the choice as to whether or not you want to do something about them, and this post will be helping you to decide if the treatments are for you.


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Autumn Style Haul | Zara Whistles Kurt Geiger & More

It’s been such a long time since I could wear non-maternity clothes that I may have gotten a little excited and ordered a few pieces I’ve had my eye on for a while to add to my wardrobe, even though it might be a few months before I lose the baby weight. Oops. 

Still, the thrill of clicking ‘add to basket’ is real! I figure I can use these new clothes as motivation for dropping some of these extra pounds and keeping me away from all the cake that seems to be a feature of every single mother-and-baby group I go to...


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Look Fantastic Birthday Edition | Review

Anyone for a slice of cake? It's the birthday box edition from LookFantastic, and the goodies inside definitely put me in the mood to celebrate!

Out of all the beauty subscription boxes, LF seem to be the most consistent in their delivery of exciting, varied products that make you look forward to the postie arriving, yet they aren't as well known as some of their rivals. That really deserves to change!

Now celebrating their 4th birthday this month’s box featured six products as a treat to subscribers and definitely made me want to party…


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

#BFF Mama Style | Slogans & Stripes

There are many battles when it comes to breastfeeding - and style is one of them! 

Yep, far from being the natural, seamless experience that it's presented as in antenatal class, both times learning how to feed- and it is very much a learning curve - has been a struggle for me. 

Style may seem like a frivolous thing, but it’s actually about reclaiming a little piece of yourself when so much of you is wrapped up in caring for your little humans. 


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Top Tips For Super Speedy Glam In Ten Minutes Or Less

Tick tock. Tick tock. As a busy mama, I'm always on the clock. 

You may have heard that newborns sleep a lot, and while that may be true, they tend to do it in short chunks while you're holding them, so actually getting things done can feel pretty impossible. 

My newborn doesn't tend to settle for a longer nap until mid-morning, and I need to be up and about long before then. My mornings disappear in a blur of feeding the baby, trying to get my toddler dressed, doing the nursery run and attempting to squeeze in a few household chores along the way. 

The time for a lengthy makeup routine is long gone - I'm winning at life if I get ten minutes, and that includes getting dressed! 


Friday, 7 September 2018

Glossybox September 2018 | Review

So Glossybox is something I haven't done in a while, but when I heard that they were releasing a limited edition box with cult skincare brand Sunday Riley, and that box would be available first and at a discounted price, to subscribers, I signed back up immediately!

As a result, September’s box came winging its way over to me. I unsubscribed because it was getting repetitive and I hadn't been too impressed with the contents in a few boxes - would this one change my mind?


Sunday, 26 August 2018

New In Primark Haul | Mama Fashion & Basics

Love it or loathe it, Primark has become an almost inescapable entity over the last few years.

It must be the great high-street success story in times when other shops are floundering - and we’re like moths to the flame with it's fashion-forward offering and ridiculous prices.

There are a lot of reasons to love Primark, and quite a few to loathe it, too.

Although it's ethical stance and sometimes it's quality can be hit and miss, I think that’s true of every high street shop. But if you are in need of inexpensive basics or that super on-trend item that you know you may not love forever, Primark is quite hard to beat.

I haven’t been in there for a very long time, but wanting some basics for my hospital bag, I made the trip - and of course, I found a few great pieces along the way!

Here’s a peek at what I picked up…


Thursday, 16 August 2018

LookFantastic August 2018 | Review

Does being beautiful make you more confident?

Look Fantastic is still going strong for me, and August’s box is all about the intersection between beauty, confidence and mindfulness. Feeling good in your own skin is something that can be quite hard to achieve.

It’s definitely not dependant on what products line your bathroom shelves, but if you do find something that gives you a little boost, equally it can’t be a bad thing. I know I certainly have my much-loved favourites that help me to face the day a little easier.

Would the August box introduce me to anything new that had the same effect?


Sunday, 12 August 2018

Beauty Pie Japanfusion Skincare | Review

When it comes to skincare, there seems to be two distinct types of people. There’s the ‘completist’, who uses every product in a specific line.

Then there's the ‘mix and matcher’, who is always drawn to try new things, and takes the best products from a few ranges. I'm definitely the latter, although at the moment I favour three brands - Nuxe, The Ordinary, and Beauty Pie.

So it's quite rare that I would use every product from a line, but I also know that they are formulated to be complementary and enhance the functions and properties of the other products.


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Baby Girl Clothing Haul | 0-3 months

One of the happiest things about expecting a new baby is all the stuff you do in excited anticipation of their arrival - decorating the nursery, trawling through lists of baby names and wondering what they’ll look like - and of course, shopping for their new wardrobe!

I can’t deny that with this one being my second baby, and an active toddler running around, there has been far less time to focus on these parts of the journey - you just have to get on with it more.

That’s not to say that we aren’t hugely excited though, and when we found out we’d be having a little girl it was a bit of a game changer!

People say little girls are more fun to dress but I actually disagree - I’ve had just as much fun choosing clothes for my son. This baby will probably still wear a few of his things, especially as I’m not overly keen on lots of pink, although it will inevitably creep in there!

However, we have bought her a few of her own things as well of course - who could resist?


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Why All Mums Should Have A Clothing Budget

Once you become a parent, you may find that you do not have enough time to dedicate to fashion.

For others, clothing becomes more important than ever before. It is a way for you to feel great about yourself.

If you fall into this category, it can be very easy to overspend on fashion or to even feel guilty for spending money on yourself when you have a child! There is no need to feel this way, and a fashion budget may be just the thing that you need.

With that being said, read on to discover the various reasons why all mums should have a clothing budget.


Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Truth About Breastfeeding | Nursing Essentials

There's nothing so uniquely divisive about motherhood as breastfeeding. It's a topic that everyone seems to have an opinion on, it's very loaded emotionally for new mothers, and it's an area with a lot of misinformation.

World Breastfeeding Week concludes today, so in honour of it, I thought I would share our own journey so far and the essentials that have made it all a bit easier.


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Romilly Hero | Birth Story

Welcome to the world, my beautiful Romilly. 

Like her brother, our little girl decided to be fashionably late, finally arriving 10 days overdue on the 29th July. Everything about it has been incredibly overwhelming, I think we’re still spinning- but that is definitely life with a newborn!


Thursday, 26 July 2018

#Look Fantastic Beauty Box | July 2018 Edition

Look what landed! I have to do a little dance of joy whenever it comes time for my Look Fantastic beauty box - it genuinely is the best beauty box I’ve tried, and I’ve had most of them at some point!

All the products I’ve received so far have been really good, and a great mix of brands. The July box theme is all about embracing your inner goddess! Well, I certainly don’t feel very goddess like at 9 months pregnant, but I was willing to see if this box would help. So, what was inside?


Friday, 20 July 2018

How To Do Your Own Eyelash Extensions For Under £15

Hands up, I am a self-confessed lash addict. Nothing makes me feel better or more myself than a little bit of extra flutter power, and over the years I have tried everything to enhance what Mother Nature gave me.

From LVL treatments to lash extensions to daily strip lash application to the latest mascara - and I must have spent a small fortune in the process.

There are pros and cons to each of the approaches above, and I go back and forth between them. Mascara is the easiest of course, and the least hassle, but my lashes are pin straight and I have never found one that keeps a curl in place.

LVL sorts this out beautifully, but doesn’t provide enough volume for me. Daily strip lashes add time I don’t have onto my everyday makeup routine and are quite expensive. Lash extensions in a salon are beautiful but very costly and I struggle to find the time for maintenance appointments.

So, everything is good in its own way but nothing is ideal.

I decided to learn how to do my own lash extensions at home and I’ve been happy with this solution for a while. It’s not perfect, but it’s working for me at the moment - and the total cost is less than £15 to get started, then pennies each time!


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

3 Easy Hacks For Better Skin, Fast

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Skincare is something that everyone wants to be able to master, but which is enormously hard to do so. Part of the reason for this is that there are not many hard and fast rules about what you should or shouldn’t do with your skin in order to keep it in the best possible condition.

You need to get to know your own skin, your skin type, and what it is that it needs, and that simply takes a lot of time and patience to be able to do. However, there are a few thing that tend to work for most people, and those are the things we are going to focus on today. Here are three easy hacks which you should consider using if you want your own skincare to be vastly improved very quickly.


Monday, 16 July 2018

The Pregnant Pause | Full Term Pregnancy Q&A

So here we are at full term, waiting for my baby to make an appearance any day now. While I'm waiting, I was thinking about the questions people have asked me since I found out we were expecting a sibling for Theo, and I decided to pull them together into a full-term pregnancy question and answer post...


Friday, 13 July 2018

OOTD Maternity | One Final Fuschia Fling

So, we’ve come pretty much to the end of the road when it comes to maternity fashion, because my little one is due any day now!

Despite knowing I was pregnant a lot earlier this time around, time still seems to have flown. I’ve been so busy with work and family life with our son Theodore, that I haven’t had much time to sit daydreaming about this new arrival - one of the many differences with a second baby to a first!

I’m definitely not so patient with this last little bit. I’m now on maternity leave from work, although I haven’t found it as much of a hard adjustment as last time around - having Theo automatically gives each day a natural rhythm and routine that I missed when stopping work before.

Since then, I’ve met up with friends I made at pregnancy pilates, finished off some chores around the nursery (baby grows seem to multiply when they all need washing and pressing…) and now I’m in this weird limbo wondering when our bundle will arrive!

Throughout this pregnancy, I’ve had much more fun with maternity fashion, and have enjoyed exploring the intersection between my personal style and the comfort you need to accommodate a growing bump.

I’ve also learnt that just because you become a mummy, you don’t need to entirely change your style - just make a few practical adjustments from time to time. It’s been lovely to share this on the blog.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag | The Ultimate Guide

What should you pack when you go into hospital to have your baby?

It’s a popular topic, and for many first-time mums, it’s the great unknown. There are so many things that you can’t plan about a birth, but making sure you have the right supplies with you to ensure you and your baby are comfortable is one thing you DO get a say in.

In all honesty, I think that both times I’ve been about to give birth, having a well-prepped hospital bag ready to go has been a huge part of my coping mechanism.

I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant with baby number two, so you may think I’d know what to expect this time, but the truth is that each birth is unique, and I’m aware this experience may be completely different to delivering my son Theo. What I do know, however, is what I took with me to the hospital before that proved genuinely useful.

Last time, I found the NHS Choices website a great resource for letting me know what the hospital was expecting me to take. But what I found even more helpful were blog posts and videos from real mums - so here is mine!


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Paul Smith Warehouse Sale | Designer Haul

Of all the many joys of being pregnant, the fashion isn’t really one of them! This time around, I’ve definitely been bolder and bought more maternity pieces, but I still find myself gazing at my Insta feed and dreaming of being able to wear normal clothes again and not have to plan my outfits around bumps or breastfeeding!

Paul Smith designs have always been a favourite of mine - I love the smart tailoring and quirky prints - and I’ve had a couple of pieces from there, but it's definitely a special treat.

This month, I managed to secure some coveted tickets to the annual Warehouse Sale, which fell on my birthday. I went along expecting a few tables of things, only to find a huge unit (looking back, the clue was probably in the title!) full of beautiful items at jaw-dropping prices. I was like a kid in a candy shop.

So I may have gone a little over the top and treated myself, but you don’t get many opportunities like this. Here’s what I found:


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

#LFBeauty Box Review | June 2018

Like a breath of fresh air, the Look Fantastic beauty box has really revitalised my love of beauty subscription services. While Glossybox, Birchbox and Latest In beauty have all proved hit-and-miss for me, LF have so far been really consistent in delivering exciting new items that I’ve loved trying out. Every box so far has been exciting! So when the June offering landed, I practically skipped to the Post Office to collect it…

June’s box was all about helping us to embrace summer, and as we’re actually having a hot, sunny one for once, I am totally on board with that. The focus is on hydration, luminosity and rejuvenating products, and there were some brilliant brands and great treats on offer…


How To Find The Perfect Gift For Your Partner

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The pressure of finding the perfect gift for your boyfriend when it’s their birthday can be pretty hard to handle in many ways.

You really don’t want to get it wrong and disappoint them, but when you’ve been buying them gifts for years, it can sometimes be difficult to keep things fresh and relevant. But if you’re currently drawing a blank, don’t worry because you’ve come to the right place.

There are some tips that will help you find interesting gifts, so read on to find out more.

Monday, 18 June 2018

OOTD Maternity | Green Goddess ft ASOS

*Cue stirring synthesiser beat* It’s the final countdowwwwwn…

Well, I can’t quite believe it myself, but here I am at 35 weeks pregnant. The hospital bag is packed, the baby grows are washed, I’m prepping my handover notes for maternity leave from work, and our little girl could be arriving at any point. Being pregnant the second time around is definitely a very different experience from when I had my son, but it’s still raced by.

I’ve enjoyed sharing some maternity fashion posts this time around, something I didn’t do with my first pregnancy, other than one wedding guest outfit. I think it's mainly to do with having a lot more maternity clothes this time and having to wear them earlier, but also with becoming more confident with the intersection between my personal style and the practicalities of motherhood.

The Birthday Post | Turning 33

So I turned 33 on June 1st, and I was all ready to have a major sulk about it.

I’ve never been someone that likes getting older, and birthdays usually make me feel a little down. I’m not sure exactly why other than the sadness of the inevitable march of time, but I’ve always felt that way since I was a little girl.

If life is one long party, birthdays remind you that it’s getting closer to the time it all ends, and I don’t want to leave.

But when I woke up, the sun was streaming through the blinds, I had my lovely husband and son all snuggled up to me, and my baby daughter kicking away in my tummy, and I just thought - ‘What an earth have I got to be sad about?’.

I’ve got no reason not to celebrate - sure, I am now officially mid-30s but I’m in a really good place and blessed to have good health and my beautiful family, so feeling down because of an arbitrary number is ridiculous.

In the end, I had such a lovely day! First of all, it started with shopping, which is always a good way to begin.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Revolution New Products | Haul & Review

It’s been a good long while since I did a haul from Revolution (they seem to have had a glow-up and dropped the ‘Makeup’ from their name, am I right?) but a few of their new launches were really catching my eye, so I placed a little order to sample some of their brightest and best new products.

Ever since they launched, the brand have always been one of my drugstore faves. Trend-led and always quick with the latest innovation, or product dupe, the prices are affordable while the formulas are great quality.

The only thing that’s been missing is the company’s persistently bad customer service (I even asked if they were losing the plot last time I ordered from the website). There’s nothing like poor service to leave a bad taste in your mouth, and I hadn’t placed an order with them since, but I was lured back by the deafening buzz around a couple of their new launches and to be fair, they seem to have realised that they really need to up their game, because this was a better experience.

So, what were the irresistible new products that caught my eye, and did they live up to the hype?


Friday, 1 June 2018

Life Lately | May June 2018

You, a year ago. Where were you? What were you doing? How much has your life changed in just a year?

Well, thanks to this blog, I know that this time last year I was happily blogging OOTDs from Lake Garda in Italy. Today, I have the slightly less glamorous surroundings of home and just a few scanty weeks to go until my second baby arrives. I may not be able to recall what it's like having a normal waistline, but there are exciting times ahead...


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Can Camping Ever Be Luxurious?

Woman Sits on Mountain Under Cloudy Sky at Sunset
Adding a little luxury to your camping experience is more possible than you realise, and it’s something that you should most definitely be considering. If you love the idea of getting back to nature and exploring the natural environment but hate the idea of not getting a good night’s sleep and never really feeling comfortable, luxury camping is for you. So without further ado, here’s how to get it right.

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