Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Stepping out of your Style Comfort Zone

For ages I was eyeing up this check coat from Stradivarius on ASOS and a few weeks back took the plunge and bought it. The longer style of this coat is normally very out my comfort zone, but I loved the look of it so much and love experimenting with my style to find new wardrobe staples. 

If you enjoy fashion and styling clothes like me, you too probably always feel the urge to try new items all the time. I love the creativity of finding clothing that feels out my comfort zone and finding ways to style them with my current wardrobe. This coat was one of those items. It feels more sophisticated than some outwear bits I would usually go for which is probably what drew me to it. Having worn it and loved it, I feel it is the first step to me discovering a new side of my style.

I think it is important to step our of your style comfort zone now and then. As you evolve and grow, so does your fashion taste and the things you are drawn to. I think everyone should run with this and wear whatever they feel comfortable and most happy in!

Onto the outfit now. The main focal point in this coat by Stradivarius. It has small bits of pink, orange and yellow in it which adds a beautiful bit of detail, but for the most part it is the pattern which draws your attention. I've put it with a simple cream jumper, washed black jeans and black boots, all from Topshop (wow I did not realise that until now). Of course my favourite Kurt Geiger bag has also made an appearance. I also love styling this with a pop of colour under, whether it be pulling the pink out from in the coat or switching it up with something green under.          


Jumper: (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop
Necklaces: Missoma


Monday, 14 January 2019

New Beauty Favourites - Jan 2019

I love trying new products out and seeing what works well for me. From haircare to makeup and everything in between. Sharing these discoveries on here only seems the logical next step to me;)

First up is the Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil. I think most of us struggle with dry lips this time of year and this stuff is amazing at adding moisture and shine to your lips. Mine is in the Raspberry flavour which I love but they have so many others to take your fancy. At £19 it isn't the cheapest but for me if you have the extra money it is so worth it. 

When starring at my makeup brushes a while ago, I realised how grubby they were ( I mean very old brushes can't be doing my skin any favours). I then noticed these BH Cosmetic ones on offer at Beauty Bay and popped them straight onto my Christmas list and my Mum and Dad kindly bought them for me. They cost under £20 for the set and are so soft. They have applied my makeup with no issues and stray bits falling onto my face. I haven't had chance to wash them yet but so far so good.

Next I have been loving this Anastasia Matte Lipstick in 'Honey'.  It's my perfect brown nude. It's not too light, and not too dark. Having been a massive lover on Mac's 'Velvet Teddy' for ages, I love how this shade is pretty similar, maybe slightly lighter. I got mine from Tkmax for around £9.99 I believe and I was very smug about my bargain to be honest;).

Lastly is the Marc Jacobs 'Daisy Dream' perfume. I saw the set including a body wash, body lotion and 50ml Eau De Toilette for around £38 on offer in Superdrug and decided to treat myself. As every Marc Jacobs scent does, it smells so nice but I won't try to describe it as I'm wouldn't even know where to start with describing scents to be honest.

What are some new products that you've been enjoying?


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

A look back at 2018

Everyone says it but how true is it? 2018 has FLOWN by. Like sorry but where did it go? We all say the same every year but it is how it feels! I feel a good way for me to end the year is for me to write  it all down in a online diary to look back at as the years pass. Plus, people who are nosey like me can see how my year has gone;). This is sort of like a highlight real of my year, but obviously it has had it's ups and downs.

As a small disclaimer, like I already said this is some highlights from the year. It's been full of ups and downs but when thinking of the good bits, these times pop into my head.

Probably one of my favourite moments is when we bought our little Cockapoo puppy home. After many suggestions, we settled on the name Loki and he has been best friends with our other dog Oscar ever since. I mean, they have the odd argument but what siblings don't;). Loki has such a caring nature, and even as I write this, he it sat on my bed with me having his mid afternoon nap. 

A 5 day trip to Devon with my family was definitely a highlight. I think the dogs had the best time exploring somewhere new more than anyone else.

How could a two week holiday to Tenerife not be a highlight? From a trip up Mount Teide to morning relaxing by pool and two trips to Siam Park, it was safe to say we packed a variety of things in which I loved and feel so grateful I got to go. I went with family and friends, but without my Mum, Dad and sister which was actually quite big for me too! Whilst aways I also found out I got a Distinction for my first college year and it was so nice to know all the work and tears (literally) paid off.

2018 also saw a trip to Weymouth for the day in September where Loki enjoyed the sea and Oscar watch happily from afar. I got to go in an arcade and play the two penny drops which I haven't done in so long!

November saw me turn 18 and intern which is insane. Then December saw me pass my driving test which also feels surreal and being able to drive alone is still the weirdest thing.

It feel so strange to look back at my year like this but it makes me feel grateful for all the good times I had. 2018 wasn't my best or easiest year which I think with a post like this it is important to say. But, for myself more than others, I wanted to write all this to look back on and see what happened in 2018 that I can feel happy and grateful for.



Friday, 4 January 2019

Styling Skirts in Winter

Some people love skirts, some hate them, but we can all agree that when it comes to winter, it can be challenging to style them and be warm at the same time. I mean, wearing no tights is unrealistic as it's WAY too cold! So, as I'm loving wearing skirts right now I thought I'd share my favourite things to style them with to look good and remain toasty.

Chunky Jumpers

I love to style a skirt with a chunky, warm jumper. It makes up for the lack of warmth on the legs, and can look really nice tucked in, or loosely hanging over the skirt, making it more like the centre of the outfit. This can create a chic, but practical outfit and is one of my favourites this time of year.

The Black Boots

Black boots are my go too when wearing a skirt. Because you are most likely going to be wearing black tights at this time of year, having a pair a black boots to chuck on is so handy as they match perfectly and don't contrast with your legs a lot so the outfit feels as though it all blends and flows better.

Oversized Coat

Again for the warmth and style, I love an oversized coat overtop of a skirt. If you're someone who always feels conscious in a skirt (which no one should, where what you want always;)), it can make you feel more covered, whilst also adding length to an outfit. It can also be a way to dress your skirt up or down. A smarter coat could make a black denim skirt for example look more dressed up.

These photos include one look I love, but this outfit principle can easily be replicated with a black denim skirt, same boots, and a chunky cream jumper for example. It is the same outfit from my last post, adding the coat and shoes into the mix.

What is your winter wardrobe staple?

Jumper- Oasis (exact sold out but this is very similar)
Skirt- Topshop (similar)
Boots- They were last years River Island but Office have the exact same ones HERE
Jacket - Newlook
Bag- Kurt Geiger at an AMAZING sale price
Necklaces- Missoma, Missoma

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