Thursday, 28 April 2016

Time for a change!

Coat - Jigsaw // Jumper - Primark // Necklace - H&M // Jeans (Joni) Topshop // Trainers (Tavas) Nike

This past month I have been running myself ragged with so many errands and to do lists.... I literally haven't stopped once!  Perry and I are currently in the process of exchanging contracts on a property that we have put an offer on and so together we have been attending important meetings and we are both completely worn out!  Therefore my usual choice of footwear (high heels/high heeled ankle boots... Basically anything that will make me at least 4 inches taller) has quickly changed into flats and most importantly trainers!

As you already know, I recently purchased a pair of black coloured Nike trainers in the 'Tavas' style and have not put them down since!   They have instantly become my 'go to' shoes and because of this, I really wanted to incorporate them into an outfit that is smart casual and great for when you just want total comfort!

So I teamed them with a simple pair of black skinny jeans... I like to wear high waisted jeans, because I find them more comfortable and so these are from Topshop and they are the 'Joni' style.  I then chose my flecked grey jumper from Primark and paired it with my grey cocoon coat from Jigsaw. This coat is one of my favourites as it is over sized and stylish.  Every time I want to look effortlessly smart... I wear this coat!  And lastly for a little bit of glamour... I added my crystal pendant necklace from H&M, which I think ties the whole ensemble together!

So here is my take on a smart casual outfit with my new trainers as the main focal point.  I can't wait to continue wearing this outfit... I hope you are all having a great week and I will catch up with you next time!

M x

Monday, 25 April 2016

Tavas are top!

After so many years of wanting to own a pair of Nike trainers for casual wear.... I finally bit the billet and did it!  That's right I now am the proud owner of these gorgeous babies!  I have been lusting after so many designs over the last few years and I really couldn't decide on just one!  Also, with so many things happening in my life, especially within the last two years... I just never got round to getting them!  But I am sooooo thrilled that I did!

I popped into my nearest JD Sports to wear I work, because I wanted to try on lots of styles in my lunch break.  Honestly there were so many trainers it really was shoe heaven... I didn't know where to look first!

I finally came to a conclusion in the stunning and super comfortable Nike Tavas (in black of course!)  Because of my short stature (a measly 5ft and 1 inches) I get the pleasure of fitting a junior size of 4.5 which means that the price is almost cut in half... (There finally is a positive note for being a shorty!)

These trainers have to be my most comfortable ones yet!  They are light as a feather which is ideal for me, because they make each step bouncy and relaxing for my feet!  I am thoroughly impressed with them and I just know that this company is going to be my new go to for comfy, stylish and affordable footwear!  I am so glad that I made this purchase and I look forward to wearing them out as well as wearing them on my morning commute!

I am so over the moon with these cuties... I literally have not stopped wearing them!  They are the perfect everyday trainer that can take you from casual to smart casual!  I can't wait to start outfit building with these!  So stay tuned!

M x

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Dungarees all day!

Dungarees - Dorothy Perkins // Jumper - Primark // Necklace - New Look // Boots - New Look

Dungarees.... Now there's a word I never thought that I would mention and yet here I am dedicating an entire blog post to it!  Ever since I was a very young infant, my Mother would dress me in classic denim dungarees as I was always playing in the garden and I guess she was tired of me spoiling all of my dresses on the grass.  Sometimes Mum would even allow me the wonderful pleasure of wearing the plum coloured corduroy one... Lucky me eh?

So you can kind of understand as to why I had never steered towards them when I go shopping!  That is until I popped into my nearest Dorothy Perkins store...  I saw this super cute grey pinafore style dungaree dress and instantly wanted to try it on!  I'm a very true pear shape, (where my waist is tiny and then my hips and bottom go out), so I was a little sceptical with trying this on.  I had a feeling that it was going to be fine on the top and then really tight and clingy on my thighs.  However all of my doubts were washed away the moment I looked in the mirror!  Who'd have thought that I could pull off dungarees?  I was so happy they fitted me and next was the challenge of styling them up.

On Instagram and Pinterest, all I kept seeing was wearing them for shirts and fitted jumpers so I wanted to try and replicate that for my dungarees.  I decided on teaming my flecked fitted jumper from Primark, because it gave a good contrast to the outfit as well as giving me more shape as it accentuated my small waist and petite frame.  I then opted for my favourite flat ankle boots from New Look just to keep the outfit looking smart as well as playful!

I literally cannot tell you how comfortable this outfit is!  It's so trendy and I have already received so many compliments from my friends and family!  Who'd have thought it?

I'm thoroughly impressed with the quality and design of this dress.  It has so many pockets on it and a dress with pockets is a real dream!  It even has a pocket at the front acting like a pouch, which I have been using to store my sunglasses and lipstick when I'm on the go!  How practical is that?  So yeah I've been totally swayed by dungarees and it's fair to say that in my wardrobe... They're here to stay!

M x

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Lush :: Golden Egg!

I know that I am probably way behind with this post, and I know that Easter has clearly left us (I miss having an excuse to gorge on chocolate), I wanted to show you all my favourite Easter product that I picked up from LUSH!

I was so determined to pick up one of their limited edition Easter bath bombs, because they are just quite simply adorable and I missed out last year!  As I was scanning the bath bombs in great detail, something shone and caught my eye!  It was none other than the infamous 'Golden Egg!'

Firstly, can we just please take a moment to appreciate how utterly gorgeous and glittery this bath bomb looks?!!!  It is coated in so much glitter that after taking this picture my fingers were covered!
It just reminds me of the Giant's golden egg from the classic tale 'Jack and the Beanstalk!'  So yeah you can imagine my excitement at seeing something so iconic be brought to life!  It's apparently a bath melt as well as a bath bomb, so I couldn't wait to try it!

The main ingredients in this product are: Cocoa Butter and Olive oil, which are both ideal for moisturising the skin and Bergamot oil and Wild Orange oil, which help to brighten and tone the skin, whilst adding some sweetness to the aroma.  'Golden Egg' shares the same decadent aroma as their 'Honey I washed the kids' soap range, which has a gorgeous toffee/honey scent that lingers onto your skin all day long.

I couldn't wait to pop this into my bath, especially as I wanted to know what the glitter will do and what colour my bath was going to transform into.  The moment the bath bomb was dropped, all of the golden glitter instantly fell to the bottom of my bath.

The bath melt released a beautiful stream of yellow foam that dominated the water and turned it a vibrant yellow shade.  The bath bomb then soon after released a white foam that blended perfectly and created a pale yellow colour.  I couldn't wait to step into my toffee scented bath, finally relax and enjoy some TLC!

I was thoroughly impressed by this product!  If I'm honest, I really thought that it was going to make me completely covered in gold glitter and I would have to spend hours scrubbing it off.  Oh how I was wrong!  Instead it left my skin feeling incredibly nourished and smooth and I simply washed the small amount of glitter that was left in the bath.  I will definitely be buying some more of these, especially when they're discontinued, because not only are they useful and relaxing, but they are also a lot of fun too!

M x

Friday, 8 April 2016

Lush haul :: Back to basics

Now who doesn't love a good LUSH haul?  Yeah, exactly... That's what I thought!  Well, I desperately needed some much needed retail therapy after having endured an incredibly stressful week, so the other day, I rather naughtily splurged on some fantastic finds!  Instead of my usual bath bombs and bubble bar purchases, I decided to steer more towards the bath and body section of my favourite store.  So here is my little haul for you to feast your eyes on!

To gently ease myself into the collection I walked straight over to the body washes and shower gels. There was such an array of gorgeous colours and smells to choose from... It was all rather exciting! After a long time browsing the bottles, I finally chose the 'Prince Charming' shower gel, because who doesn't want one of those on their lives?  The gel was a luminous pink and smelt of grapefruit and pomegranate.  It also contains vanilla and almond oil, so I just know that this is going to be so moisturising for my skin!   It is a limited edition shower gel, as it was made for Valentine's day, but luckily my local store still had four bottles left!      

I suffer from incredibly dry skin, especially on my knees and elbows, so I thought that it would be best to purchase one of their homemade scrubs!  I opted for 'Rub Rub Rub', which apparently is their ultimate scrub product that is most popular and gets the best reviews.  It's made from Sea Salt, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute and Organic Lemon Juice.  The Sea Salt works as a deep exfoliant, as well as being a natural antiseptic for skin and the Lemon Juice gives a real kick and makes you feel rejuvenated afterwards.  There are two ways to use this product:- either use it on dry skin for a really good scrub before getting into the shower/bath or simply apply to wet skin for a more gentle scrub.      

How beautiful is this soap?  I mean how can you not want to pick this up and add it to your basket? It's called 'Roses All The Way' and it was quite literally love at first sight!  Not only is it gorgeous on the outside with the rose stencil and the heart shape, but it also super creamy and hydrating for your skin.  The two main ingredients in this soap are Rose Oil and Coconut Oil, which both help to nourish and hydrate the skin, whilst giving off the sweet aroma of roses.  This soap is one of LUSH's cream soaps, which lather up very well when exposed to water and I already can tell that this will run out quicker than my other soaps.  I suggest that you store this in a safe place where it will not get wet when you're not using it.

Near the counter there were some lip products strategically placed in order of usage.  They had lip balms, lip sticks and then something that I had never seen/used before, which was the lip scrub range. Because I was wanting to continue with the pink scheme (that I had accidentally started), I purchased 'The Kiss' lip scrub.  It's made up of Cocoa butter and Safflower Oil, which are quite simply a match made in heaven!  To use this product all you have to do is simply sweep and scrub over the lips and then lick off for soft skin... and it works every time.  This scrub is ideal for getting rid of flaky dry skin, but most importantly it ensures that your lips will forever stay smooth and kissable!

I had such a great time, investing in some new beauty products that I know are going to do wonders to my skin. Have you purchased any LUSH products recently and if so, which are your favourite?

M x
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