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Lifestyle | Life In Stripes

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Hi! So many things have happened recently which have made me question where I am right now in life and what I want to be doing. Friday the 13th news about innocent lives being taken left me feeling shocked to the core. Then closer to home an old neighbour recently had a serious stroke and after visiting him in hospital made me realise how quickly your life can be changed in a short space of time.   I do tend to procrastinate over things, I'm beginning to think that sometimes I just have to go with the flow, enjoy life. I recently put myself forward for the Navabi Blog Awards, I don't know why and a few seconds afterwards I wished I hadn't done it, worried that I wasn't good enough or I was embarrassing myself because I'm a small fish in amongst a sea of big ones. Now, I'm glad I did, even though I know I won't win I'm glad I entered, I'm proud of my blog and happy where it is right now. I might not have all the newest t

Style | The Wrong Trousers

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Hi! Do you ever buy items of clothing that looked amazing in the pictures online so you open your purse, get the card out and buy it. Then it arrives, get excited, open up the package, try it on and then you're like, ummmmm. When I first tried these on Mr C asked me if I had bought some new Pyjamas! It was far too late to return so I had to try and figure out a way of making them work before I decided to sell them or not! Jacket - Lovedrobe Top - Taking Shape Trousers - ASOS Curve (old) Shoes - Primark     What do you think, keep or sell!?   Much Love   Natalie   x

Style | Brand Focus- GAP

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Hi! I recently went to GAP to have a look around and ended up coming out with a few items! It's not always my first place to go to for clothes, it can be very hit and miss, the trousers don't fit me at all and jackets won't go anywhere past my elbows!   This time I did  notice that there were a few tops in XXL which I've never seen before. In terms of sizing I would say that this would fit a size 22 (top), they are not very loose but they are very comfortable and sit nicely across my hips. I find that GAP t-shirts last for a long time, they wash well and don't lose shape. This cardigan is an XL, it does look really small in the pictures (and in real life) but it is super stretchy. I can't button it up fully but, I don't tend to button any cardigans so this doesn't bother me. Once again the material is good quality and, like my other cardigans from GAP, I'm pretty sure that this one will last a long time as well! Grey and Whi

Beauty | My Top 5 Beauty Essentials

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Hello! I really enjoy reading beauty essentials/must have posts, sometimes for recommendations and sometimes just to be nosey! These are my current top 5 beauty essentials. 1. I purchased this lip balm whilst I was on holiday back in June. I'm not entirely sure if this is sold in the UK. The consistency is thicker than the other baby lips that I have tried so it feels more moisturising. I tend to use it first thing in the morning and also before using any lipsticks. I am a fan of the Maybelline Baby Lips, they are small enough to pop in your bag or pocket and leave my lips feeling so smooth. 2.    I love this stuff! My skin has improved so much since using it. I almost gave up at first, the Effaclar Duo really made my face sting for a few days, it was like I had been stung by a dozen bees all over my face! It is worth persevering though as my skin is now the best it's ever been! 3. I featured this in my Lush hair care po

Style | Saturday Stripes

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Hi!   As soon as I saw there was a sale on ASOS Curve I was at my laptop faster than Usain Bolt. Unfortunately, the first few pages didn't excite me at all and I was almost going to give up until I saw this striped wonder!                                    It's another Junarose addition to my wardrobe, I just couldn't resist. After buying this dress I knew that it would go straight into my basket! I find the quality of Junarose items fantastic, you really get well made, comfortable and stylish pieces that are definitely worth the money.   I got this in a size 24, I could have sized down but I like the loose casual look that I get when I'm wearing it. Back of top   Have you bought any Junarose pieces recently?   Much Love   Natalie   x

Style | Country Style

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  You may well see this background in quite a few of my pictures, at least until I tire of it or its get too muddy to walk on. There is something about looking at the greenery that I find soothing, I could stand for hours and just watch and think.    This is a quick outfit I put together one weekend, I just wanted something comfortable and easy to wear whilst shopping. I bought this shirt a few weeks ago in the sale. I love wearing shirts but finding ones that don't burst open over my chest is proving very difficult. This one is not perfect, you can see it straining slightly but, I love the colour and the soft material so I can put up with having to adjust it. .   Shirt - New Look (Sale) Coatigan - New Look (old) Jeans - New Look Shoes - H&M     I added this statement necklace* to add some interest to the shirt. The colours are simple but the design and pattern make it stand out.  The picture below shows the colour and detail of the neckla

Style | Autumn

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    Mr C and I have definitely been making the most of our national trust cards over the last few weeks. It's just so nice to spend a few hours relaxing with no phones, internet or stress! This time we went to Claydon House which is based just outside Buckingham. You can have a look around the house which is absolutely beautiful, the wood carvings and d├ęcor are breath taking. Unfortunately they have a no photography policy which was a shame as I really wanted to film the talking pictures, yep, talking pictures that tell you about different people that lived there.     I decided to wear my new jacket, I first saw this on Becky's blog and loved it. The pattern is not something that I would normally wear but I'm glad I bought it. I would say it fits true to size, this is a 22 and was really comfortable all day. The only bad thing is that the pockets were sewn up, which I find really annoying, I just got some nail scissors and opened them up!   J

Beauty | Autumn Nails

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Hi! You may have noticed that I'm head over heels with Autumn this year. There have been so many beautiful balmy days, I don't want winter to arrive! I decided to incorporate my favourite season into my beauty routine by using some new nail items that were kindly sent to me by NailPolish.co.uk . They only sell 100% genuine products sourced directly from brands, no cheap fakes or dodgy grey market stock. They have a fast dispatch service, if you order before 2pm Monday to Friday the products will dispatched same day.   There are currently over 1,000 colours and 100 treatments available in stock and they are always adding exciting new products, brands and collections. For this look I used the stamping nail art set. This one is by Moyou and it's a tropical set. It is definitely more of a summer theme but there are a few leaf prints, perfect for the look I wanted to achieve! The stamp is really easy to use, cover the print with nail polish, scrape the excess

Style | Something Old

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Hello! With a wedding and other stuff to save up for I have been trying my best dig deep in the back of my wardrobe and wear items that have been long forgotten about. This maxi skirt hasn't technically been in my wardrobe but with my mum for the last 5-6 months! It was so long when I bought it that it still scraped along the floor even when it was pulled up to the bottom of my bra! I finally got it back a few weeks ago, a good few inches shorter and ready to wear! Jacket- F21(Old) Vest Top - New Look(old) Skirt - ASOS (old) Shoes - H&M         Much Love   Natalie   x