Style | Summer to Winter

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 | No comments


Just when I thought I was going to be packing up my summer wardrobe I decided to have one last look and see if there pieces that I could carry on wearing through the colder months. I don't normally do this but since my little shopping ban over the summer I'm trying to be bit more resourceful with the items I have in my wardrobe.

I spent a couple of hours one weekend putting outfits together. I found that this was the best to see what was going to work and what I would definitely need to pack away.

One item that I hadn't worn since the summer was this T-Shirt dress from ASOS. I bought it just before Mr C and I took a trip down to Weymouth, I wanted something comfortable, cool and loose to wear. It did the trick as after 3 hours in the car I still managed to look relatively fresh despite the heat.

I added my old coatigan from New Look. I wish that they would sell these again, I adore this one, it goes with so many other items in my wardrobe and I wear it throughout the year. As the weather gets colder I'm just going to layer up underneath with a vest under the dress and a thick cardigan under the coatigan! If I want a bit more warmth then another jacket the same length could be added.

Oh, if anyone can recommend some good knee high boots that would be great! I bought these ones from Evans a few years ago but, the suede has become too soft and they keep falling down!

Coatigan - New Look - Old
Dress - ASOS Curve
Bag - Longchamp
Boots - Evans - Old

Style | Christmas Party Outfit with Lovedrobe

Thursday, 14 December 2017 | No comments


So, I won't mention that it's Christmas again! I hope that you are enjoying the festive season so far! To take my mind off the fact that I have not purchased one single present yet, I've started planning what I'm going to be doing in 2018. Especially with regards to the blog but, I'm saving all my thoughts for one long end of year post.

My first outfit would be perfect for when you need to do a quick change at work to go straight from the office to the bar.

I picked this dress because I loved the detail on the sleeve, I still get a little self conscious about the tops of my arms sometimes so it's nice to find something that provides a slight amount of coverage. The detail on the rest of the sleeve works well with the mesh, I hadn't worn a ruffle until I wore this dress in the summer, which, was also from Lovedrobe but, I find myself slowly being drawn to it more and more. The dress itself is slightly more fitted so I added some shapewear under my dress, if you don't like wearing shapewear and want a slightly looser fit I would suggest sizing up by two. I'm wearing a 26 here and I'm normally a 24.

I paired it with these green sparkly flats from Asda, I own about 2 pairs of heels. I just find flats so much more comfortable especially when it comes to dancing!

Now, whos ready to dance!

Dress - Lovedrobe*
Coat - New Look (Old)
Shoes - George at Asda
Bag - Kate Spade (Old)

Beauty | Bare to Bold

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 | No comments


I really wanted to try something different with my makeup for Christmas parties this year so, I decided to book in another lesson at the Bare Minerals counter at Debenhams in Milton Keynes. I recently went for lesson 4: Effortless Eyes, which was really fun despite my atrocious attempt at winged eyeliner (thank you to Emma for saving the day!).

This time I went in completely bare faced ready for my bold look! Josephine started with applying foundation, blusher, highlighter and blush. This is the forth time that I've tried the foundation and I've loved it each time, so I purchased it straight after my lesson! I'm absolutely loving highlighter now, having never tried it before I'm definitely going to be buying some after Christmas. My favourite tip from Josie was to apply it not only on the top of the cheek bones but, down the middle of your nose and on the tip.

Again, we done the same thing as the previous lessons, Josie did one side and the other side was for me to practise on! This is me applying highlighter. Another tip, if you are unsure of what should be applied where remember highlight, blush, countour, a makeup sandwich!

A subtle amount of highlight, blush and contour! (and a few grey hairs!)

Next up were my eyes. I was more than happy to let Josie choose the colours for me. I would normally go for browns, greys and gold so I was super happy when she bought out the most beautiful deep red eyeshadow. She did what she described as a spotlight eye, nope, I had never heard of it but, as she was wearing the same look and colours on her eyes and it looked gorgeous I was more than happy to try it!

To achieve the spotlight look Josie applied a lovely gold shadow on the part of my lid above my pupil. You can see effect below. I feel like this is a look that I can recreate for parties not only over the Christmas period but for any events.

We didn't apply any eyeliner, only mascara. My eyebrows were done at the end, don't worry, they didn't stay like this!

Next was my lips, now I look tired in this picture but, I'm not! I was just feeling very relaxed. The whole lesson was fun, helpful but, whenever I'm enjoying having my makeup done I get very, lets say, chill!

Here are all the products we used and then the final look! As I said earlier in the post I purchased the foundation. So far I've purchased a lip liner, a lipstick in the colour Queen, an eyebrow pencil and a foundation. I've decided to invest in some good quality make up from now on so there are a few more things on my list that I will be buying from Bare Minerals in 2018!

Thank you once again to Emma and Josie at the Bare Minerals stand at Debenhams (intu Milton Keynes). Please do go and visit if you are in the MK area.

Beauty | Festive Eyes

Friday, 8 December 2017 | No comments


If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I recently went to Debenhams at Intu for a make up lesson with Bare Minerals. You can read about it here.

A few weeks ago I went for lesson 2 which was all about contour and highlight. I cannot wait to try out the tips and tricks that I learnt. I just feel sad now that I've thrown away so many foundations that were too dark that I could have used for contouring!

This time I went for lesson 4: Effortless Eyes. This is something that I really wanted to improve on. I've always had trouble with eyeshadows and liner, this is largely due to the fact that I have such bad eyesight, it's not easy to recreate an eye look with your face pressed up against the mirror!

I met with the lovely Emma this time. I told her that I only wear mascara and a small amount of liner occasionally. I also added that on one occasion I even got Mr C to try and do a winged liner on me, which was an epic fail!

First of all Emma freshened up my base with some moisturiser, primer and foundation. Next she put some primer on my eyelids.

The first tip she gave me was to apply the lighter shade all over my eyelids and then put the darker shade on the outside, this will make your eyes appear wider and brighter! Now, I would have put the dark colour all over my lids and then the lighter one so I'm definitely going to be doing this from now on!

Once the colours were on the next step was to blend, and blend and blend! This is the key to a flawless finish on eyeshadow.

Next it was eyeliner. Emma asked what I normally do and I said I just line the top and that's it! She asked if I'd ever tried a winged liner, it was something that I tried once but could never get it right. We decided to give it another go. Let's just say Emma's was perfect, mine however looked like someone  had drawn on my eyes with their eyes shut! A good tip she gave me was to put the pen at the corner of your eye and then place a dot where you want the wing to end!

After Emma had tidied up my disaster she applied some mascara, tidied up my brows, added some highlighter, bronzer and then I was good to go!

Here is the final look! Going to these lessons has been so helpful, I've learnt so many tips and tricks, ones that I have seen on YouTube videos or in magazines but, actually being able to do them with someone there showing you makes such a difference.

All the products used are listed below:

Epiphany Eyeshadows

Style | The Perfect Party Dress

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 | 1 comment


"Its the most wonderful time of the year, there'll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and carolling out in the snow"

Christmas already, I know it's a cliché to say this but, it most certainly has come around quickly this year. One minute I was rocking around in summer dresses and now here I am planning my party, Christmas day and New Years eve outfits!

Now, back to the main focus of this post, this beautiful dress from Lovedrobe!

I wore this dress for my first Christmas lunch, it was an afternoon affair but, as it's the festive season I decided to get a little bit dressed up!

This dress is from the Lovedrobe Luxe collection*, they have so many beautiful dresses it was really hard to pick one.  

The dress is a gorgeous charcoal grey colour with some intricate detailing around the neckline. The outer layer is quite a thin material, which feels similar to crepe, it hangs nicely once on thanks to a thick layer of lining underneath, this also prevents any clinging to legs or tights so it's super comfortable to wear. It is a little shorter than I would normally go for but I added a thick pair of tights underneath. I also added some heels, which were so uncomfortable, when I wear it again it will definitely be with a pair of cute sparkly flats!

Dress - Lovedrobe*
Bag - Kate Spade
Watch - DKNY
Shoes - Primark 

*This item was gifted but as always all views and opinions are my own