Friday, 31 July 2015

Beauty | My Jo Malone Favourites

Jo Malone: the house of bespoke, quintessentially British classic fragrances, is most definitely at the forefront of the perfumery industry. With their unexpected scents, coveted candles and iconic packaging, there's always something special about receiving and opening one of their cream and black boxes! I've been an advocate of the brand for years, so I thought it was about time to share with you my ultimate favourites from my collection, most are mainline, and readily available from Jo Malone online and in store. 


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Fashion | Date night OOTN

Last week I went to the cutest country pub right beside the sea, amazing view, brilliant food and rather handsome company (as he told me himself!!). Is it just me that finds eating outside in the summer makes the food taste better?! Could just be me, but thats one thing I always look forward to! We had a lovely meal, some drinks and a walk along the beach - perfect date night! 

I wore some ripped jeans, a khaki blouse and some statement flats - Comfortable outfit but still looked quite dressy. Lace-up flats make any outfit look a little smarter (Great alternative to heels), plus the pair I'm wearing are only £28 - bit of a bargain considering the amount of wear you'll get out of them this season! I always find that pairing a smart/casual evening look with a bright lip brings the outfit together. I went for the Anastasia liquid lipstick in Carina, full blog post on it here - One of my all time favourite lip products. 


Monday, 20 July 2015

Fashion | City Chic at Evans

It's always exciting when we have a new brand/label to shop, and over the past couple of years we seem to have had a surge of more trend led labels with a plus size offering. City Chic are an american brand founded in 2008, with an aim of providing 'Bold, sexy and chic' fashion for plus size women. From Sydney to South Africa, the brand now have a relatively far reach but only finally entering the UK market through Evans.

Evans have selected a 14-28 clothing size range, and 38D - 44F in lingerie. In terms of product mix, theres a decent choice and representation of what the brand has to offer, however I do feel that there's a bit of a lack of bottoms (skirts, trousers), and evening dresses - the brand seem to have a really strong offering on their website. Being in fashion buying myself, I appreciate you can't select everything, but as a customer I'd have liked a wider initial collection. 

So, here are a few of my favourites from the collection. Just click the purple links at the bottom if you'd like a closer look. 


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Fashion | The Perfect Oversized Shirt

I seem to always be on the hunt for the perfect shirt. Whether its crisp, white and fitted or longline and oversized, I'm always looking! I saw this Colour Block Boyfriend Shirt from Asos on the website about a month ago, but pretty much the second it launched, it sold out. That definitely made me a little emotional as I knew I'd love it. I eventually got my hands on one, and selected a size 24 as I wasn't too sure fit wise which to go for. On wearing it I'd say if oversized isn't your thing, go down a size but, if you like that kinda look like I do, go for your usual size or even one above. 

We headed to a cute little vintage fair the day I wore it - I wouldn't have worn white had I known I would be surrounded by grass and mud but thankfully no mishaps - and I found it really comfortable to wear, not at all restricting, very light and kept me cool. I love the rolled up sleeves shirt look, I think it makes it look much less formal, but still quite chic. I teamed it with some light leggings, big sunnies and slip ons to make it more summery! Next time I wear it I think I'd tuck it into a midi skirt with some lace up heels, a statement necklace and clutch bag for a smart/casual night look. 


Friday, 10 July 2015

Fashion | Lighthouse Lunch + New Favourite Maxi

It has been hot hot in the UK this week, and I've been trying to take advantage at every opportunity, as it doesn't take long for it to turn! I headed out for lunch by the sea the other day, so thought I'd show you my outfit, as although its simple, its definitely one of my new favourites. 

I'm going to be honest in saying a lot of this season Newlook hasn't really been to my taste, and I've primarily shopped at ASOS, and SimplyBe, so I was super happy to see something I finally liked (albeit Newlook on the ASOS website). The tile print maxi is very lightweight - perfect for the overwhelmingly hot UK weather at the moment, and ideal for popping on in the evening if you were off on holiday! With two high leg splits and a strap back, I love the detail that they've put into this maxi, alongside the beautiful blue tile print with some hints of orange. I wore it casually with some blue and silver sandals, a custom necklace and my much loved Marc Jacobs sunglasses. This would be very easy to dress up for the evening with some heeled gladiators, a statement necklace and summery clutch (+ a wrap or cardi if its on the chilly side). 

Funny to think that I used to shy away from anything that showed any leg (or arm)... now my mind set has done a 180, and I now think life is far too short to not wear whatever the hell you want! 


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Fashion/Beauty | Benefit - Another Body-Shaming Brand

(C/o Benefit Instagram)

Most of you may have seen the perplexing body-shaming tweets from (so called) positive beauty brand Benefit Cosmetics yesterday, where they 'joined in' on the degradation of us plus-size individuals.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Lifestyle | Beach Day!

As the weather has been beautiful, Justin decided it would be a good beach-lunch kind of day! We ate lunch, had the mother of all ice creams, and then chilled out on the beach - it was perfect! Even though it took me at least 2 minutes to be able to stand up from sitting in the sand... Very ladylike. 

I went for quite a minimal makeup look, with a nude pink lip (Rodeo Drive - Gerard Cosmetics) - you might have seen the below picture if you follow me on Instagram. Definitely one of the best lipstick formulas I've ever tried - super buttery, great pay off and for £11.50 a bullet - a total bargain! Apologies for the lack of outfit pictures, seem to have lost them to my memory card :(. I wore an Asos V neck tunic which is one of my favourite things I've bought so far this summer! Super light weight as its chiffon, the ivory colour way looks fresh and summery, and the long side splits are right on trend. I also wore my Asos Rivingtons, H&M pumps, Mulberry Bayswater and Marc Jacobs sunglasses from Eyewearbrands. 

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