31 Jan 2016

Wish List | January

 
Black Leather Biker Jacket - £120 from River Island (click here to view)
Braided Leather Sandals - £69.99 from Zara (click here to view)
MOTO Sulpher Blue Joni Jeans - £36 from Topshop (click here to view)
Miu Miu Havana Opal Sunglasses MU070S - £205 from Selfridges (click here to view)
L'Agent by Agent Provocateur Kaity Balcony Bra - £60 from John Lewis (click here to view)
L'Agent by Agent Provocateur Kaity Briefs - £30 from John Lewis (click here to view)
Minibag in Leather - £185 from Coccinelle (click here to view)
Claret Check Scarf - £19 from Accessorize (click here to view)

Ciao ♥ Xx 


25 Jan 2016

#OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

Ciao ♥ Happy Monday! How are you? What did you get up to over the weekend? I hope you had a great one and that the milder weather has shooed away the presence of any Monday blues you may have woken up with.

In today's post I'll be sharing an outfit I wore last week when I battled the cold British weather, and paraded around the streets of London, in this bohemian floral dress(*). As pretty as it is, it's not something I'd usually opt for as I don't tend to wear anything that's particularly girly, or floral for that matter. I much prefer my outfits to be a little bit grungy so I guess you could say I stepped outside of my style zone with this one. This is something I recommend all of my readers to do as it'll enable you to experiment and be introduced to different styles and trends. Don't be afraid!


This dress was ordered from the House of Fraser website but originally comes from Mango. It's available in four different sizes (UK 6-12) and currently reduced in the sale from £39.99 to £19.99 (B-b-bargain!). It has some gorgeous detailing such as a braided drawstring, deep v-neckline at the back, long flared sleeves and full skirt. Prior to choosing this dress I was quite shocked to discover that House of Fraser have over 8,000 dresses available online, from an extensive range of high-street and online brands, including Dorothy Perkins, Karen Millen, Miss Selfridge and Phase Eight. Oh, and yes, you read that right. 8,000 as in 8.0.0.0. That's mental right?

Despite being long-sleeved I think this dress will be perfect for the warmer months as it's lightweight and airy. I cannot wait to pair it with my leather jacket, on a mild spring day, and not freeze my bum off half to death because of it. Wah! It's only a matter of time :(

 
I paired it with my high-heel suede ankle boots from Zara. These fit perfectly as they have a high elasticated leg which as you can see, hugs my ankle. The block heel also make them fairly easy to walk in which is ideal for everyday wear. To those who may be interested, these are still available to purchase; click here to view or buy.

What are your thoughts on this outfit? Is it something you'd wear?

Ciao ♥ Xx 

18 Jan 2016

Product Review | Elemis Anti-Ageing Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Ciao ♥ Over the past few months I've acquired quite an array of newly discovered beauty products.
After trying these out for a reasonable amount of time I found there was the odd one or two not worth the hype, a bunch I thought were great and a few golden ones I now can't live without. In today's post I will be discussing one of the latter which is Elemis’ Anti-Ageing Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.
The worst thing about wearing make-up is having to remove it at the end of the day. It's such a chore and often something I prolong doing until I'm just about ready to hop into bed. Up until two years ago I used to remove my make-up with facial wipes as it was an easy, quick and inexpensive method. I also wasn't really aware of the different types of make-up remover products available on the market (i.e. cleansing balms, facial lotions and micellar water). Thankfully, the blogging world rescued me at just the right time by introducing me to Elemis' Anti-Ageing Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm which has been raved about left, right and centre.

This product is available to purchase from some of the UK’s leading retailers such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis for £39.50. Yes! It is a lot pricier than your usual make-up remover but I can assure you it's worth every penny. Hmm! Still not keen on the price? Well I'm hoping you'll be pleased to know my bargain hunting skills have proven worthy. Head over to allbeauty.com where you can purchase this product for the discounted price of £31.55 which equates to 20% off. They also provide free delivery on all orders over £15. Double kerching!

I've had this product for approx. one year now. Although I do not use it everyday, more so every few days, I've only used a little over a quarter of it so far. I use this product by applying half a teaspoon size amount to my face; a little goes a long way. Using my fingertips I then massage the product into my skin, in circular motions, for about 40 seconds. I then remove the breakdown of my make-up with my cleansing cloth ensuring it's warm and damp before doing so. Finally, I apply a liberal amount of Garnier Micellar Water to one or two cotton pads and wipe away any remaining traces of make-up. The last step is optional as this product dissolves almost all traces of your make-up in one go but I like to ensure my face is thoroughly cleansed.
A great thing about this product is that it's multi-functional; it can be used as a daily facial cleanser, an intensive and indulgent facial mask or by simply melting a scoop of this into your bath for a spot of relaxation. It’s also available in a travel size tub (20g) which is perfect to bring along with you when staying over at a friend’s, weekends away or jetting off on holiday. Furthermore, it feels extremely luxurious on the skin and smells divine.

Have any of you tried this product? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, what do you use to remove your make-up? I'd also love to know if you guys enjoy reading these type of posts. If so, let me know in the comment box below so that I can produce similar content on a more regular basis.

Ciao ♥ Xx 

9 Jan 2016

#OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

Ciao ♥ How are you? I hope your first week back at work, university or school went well. Although half of me misses spending my days in my PJs, watching back-to-back episodes of Game of Thrones (I am OBSESSED), the other half is secretly happy to have fallen back into a routine... but shh don't tell anyone. Now that I'm settled back into work, I thought it would be the perfect time to publish my first outfit post of the year.

I initially saw this dress on one of my work colleagues who was rockin’ it amazingly well around the office. After falling in love with it and telling myself then and there that I needed it, I did what any other woman would do and went on a hunt for it. Although there wasn't any left in my size (usually an XS or S), I opted for the next size up as I couldn’t not have it. It's loose, flowy and shapeless. Probably not the type of dress that will cater to the likes of those who prefer something of a tighter fit. On this particular day I decided to wear it back-to-front as I prefer the deep V neckline at the back, opposed to the round neckline at the front. I think it makes it look a tad more feminine. I finished off this look by chucking on my faux-leather jacket and accessorising my outfit with some jewellery and a scarf tied around my head.

 
Dress: Urban Outfitters // Top: Topshop // Jacket: Primark // Boots: Topshop // Bag: Zara // Earrings: Topshop // 
Necklace: Greenwich Market // Scarf: Vintage

Ciao ♥ Xx 

1 Jan 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year ♥ Wow! Another year done, and dusted. I pray 2016 is a prosperous and happy one for us all, filled with love, happiness, good health and success (*sending you lots of positive energy and vibes*).


Like every year 2015 was filled with a healthy mixture of ups and downs, all of which I am extremely grateful for. These experiences enabled me to learn a great deal more about myself and strengthened my desire for certain things. All in all it was a rather chilled and relaxing year :)

Although I don't believe you should wait for the arrival of a new year to change something (why wait? Don't use that foolishness of an excuse to prolong the desired change), I've written down some of the things I hope to achieve, experience and put into practice in 2016:

- Pass my driving test
- Make full use of my 2016 diary
- Join the gym and keep at it
- Cook more often
- Go strawberry picking
- Wake up earlier
- Drink more water
- Continue to de-clutter my room
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter over the Christmas period
- Be more proactive towards my career path
- Take vitamins daily
- Go on holiday with friends
- Curse less
- Read more books
- Spend less; save more
- Discover an array of new restaurants to eat out at
- Be more consistent with my blog and YouTube channel
- Take my dad out for dinner
- Spend time with my family and friends
- Sleep earlier
- Make myself packed lunch for work

What are you hoping to achieve or experience this year?

Ciao ♥ Xx