Who hasn't become obsessed with Beyonce's new album?  There are loads of make up tutorials from various videos floating around on YouTube, but for me it's her look in Yonce that's a winner and the inspiration for this Try the Trend post.

TRY IT:
1.  I was kindly sent the TONI&GUY Deep Barrel Waver.  It's really quick (the majority of the section of my hair can be done with one clamp) and easy to use and has definitely sped up my morning routine, as well as providing mahoosive hair!
2.  The waves can be a little daunting at first, but spritz a little sea salt spray through it once you're done to soften them slightly.
3. The ends of my hair sometimes looked a little dry, so a little smoothing serum is my best friend.
4. Hairspray!  Whizz it all over and this look stays put all day.

THE VERDICT:
I've had similar hair tools in the past and never got on with them, but whether it's my haircut or the backing of Beyonce, I'm actually loving the effect.  I like that it's opened my eyes to a different way of styling a short bob and it means I don't have to stick to curling tongs.  I will admit that there are days when I think I've gone a little overboard with the waves, then I realise.....WHY BE SUBTLE?! 

Try the Trend: Beyonce waves

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Who hasn't become obsessed with Beyonce's new album?  There are loads of make up tutorials from various videos floating around on YouTube, but for me it's her look in Yonce that's a winner and the inspiration for this Try the Trend post.

TRY IT:
1.  I was kindly sent the TONI&GUY Deep Barrel Waver.  It's really quick (the majority of the section of my hair can be done with one clamp) and easy to use and has definitely sped up my morning routine, as well as providing mahoosive hair!
2.  The waves can be a little daunting at first, but spritz a little sea salt spray through it once you're done to soften them slightly.
3. The ends of my hair sometimes looked a little dry, so a little smoothing serum is my best friend.
4. Hairspray!  Whizz it all over and this look stays put all day.

THE VERDICT:
I've had similar hair tools in the past and never got on with them, but whether it's my haircut or the backing of Beyonce, I'm actually loving the effect.  I like that it's opened my eyes to a different way of styling a short bob and it means I don't have to stick to curling tongs.  I will admit that there are days when I think I've gone a little overboard with the waves, then I realise.....WHY BE SUBTLE?! 
All images found via Pinterest - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

This week's interiors post has a slightly different feel to it.  Call it an "exteriors" post, if you like! 

The realisation that I'm fast approaching 30 is beginning to sink in.  Just last week, one of my closest friends moved house.  Into one that she owns.  Not rents, owns.  That level of grown up-ness just scares me.  She's a homeowner.  I don't think I'll ever be responsible enough for that!  But then again, it is pretty inevitable right?  That one day I'll have to stop putting it off and actually think about doing some scary grown up investing of my money.

Today, with a moment or two to spare, I found myself browsing that ever faithful pinterest.  And for once it wasn't the sight of a dreamy haircut giving me a glimmer of excitement (seriously though, my hair inspiration board is growing by the second), it was the sight of houses I found myself lusting after. Who'd have thought an arrangement of bricks and glass could be so fascinating?

So I present to you, my little mood board of dream homes.  Literally, big dreams.  With my ability to spend money like it's going out of fashion, it's a dream that I might one day be able to buy anything remotely long-term and sensible, let alone a house of any kind

I started off my search with ideas of whimsical fairy-lit cottages in my head, but realised quickly that the urban lifestyle excites me more.  I couldn't resist adding Carrie Bradshaw's Manhattan apartment in the list, as the thought of living in a city seems just so glamorous.  A fast pace and shops on my doorstep?  Sign me up! Not sure Ed would go for that though, somewhere woodland is much more up his street (see what I did there?)  Although I have to admit that that house overlooking the lake is pretty amazing!

Whilst I have no real plans to get on the property ladder just yet (sorry Mum!), I do think something's got to give with my money spending habits.  I have no wealthy benefactor waiting in the sidelines....perhaps it's time to start giving something like EuroJackpot LottoLand a go?!  For the time being, I think I'll settle on just trying to be a bit less frivolous with my pennies.

Where would your dream home be?  And please tell me I'm not alone in being terrified by the thought of it!

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Dreaming big

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This week's interiors post has a slightly different feel to it.  Call it an "exteriors" post, if you like! 

The realisation that I'm fast approaching 30 is beginning to sink in.  Just last week, one of my closest friends moved house.  Into one that she owns.  Not rents, owns.  That level of grown up-ness just scares me.  She's a homeowner.  I don't think I'll ever be responsible enough for that!  But then again, it is pretty inevitable right?  That one day I'll have to stop putting it off and actually think about doing some scary grown up investing of my money.

Today, with a moment or two to spare, I found myself browsing that ever faithful pinterest.  And for once it wasn't the sight of a dreamy haircut giving me a glimmer of excitement (seriously though, my hair inspiration board is growing by the second), it was the sight of houses I found myself lusting after. Who'd have thought an arrangement of bricks and glass could be so fascinating?

So I present to you, my little mood board of dream homes.  Literally, big dreams.  With my ability to spend money like it's going out of fashion, it's a dream that I might one day be able to buy anything remotely long-term and sensible, let alone a house of any kind

I started off my search with ideas of whimsical fairy-lit cottages in my head, but realised quickly that the urban lifestyle excites me more.  I couldn't resist adding Carrie Bradshaw's Manhattan apartment in the list, as the thought of living in a city seems just so glamorous.  A fast pace and shops on my doorstep?  Sign me up! Not sure Ed would go for that though, somewhere woodland is much more up his street (see what I did there?)  Although I have to admit that that house overlooking the lake is pretty amazing!

Whilst I have no real plans to get on the property ladder just yet (sorry Mum!), I do think something's got to give with my money spending habits.  I have no wealthy benefactor waiting in the sidelines....perhaps it's time to start giving something like EuroJackpot LottoLand a go?!  For the time being, I think I'll settle on just trying to be a bit less frivolous with my pennies.

Where would your dream home be?  And please tell me I'm not alone in being terrified by the thought of it!

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I touched upon this in a post this other week, and this year I want to be smarter with my money.  It's unrealistic for me to hope to cut out shopping completely, but I do want to try and be a bit smarter with my spending.

Instead of spending a little bit in Primark on a regular basis, I'm going to be saving my pennies up and buying bigger purchases every couple of months or so.  I'm hoping to make one of these at the beginning of February, and so far the promise of a beautiful Baia bag has definitely helped me to reign in my spending habits.  Oh, and having no money during January has had an impact too!  EDIT: I may have taken advantage of an extra 20% off and ordered the bag at the weekend!

Next on my list is a new camera lens.  I don't know if I've mentioned it on here before, but I have a Nikon D3100 with the kit lens and a 50mm.  I love the effect the 50mm has, but it doesn't auto focus.  A little reading online though, and I've found that the 35mm does.  A camera lens can be a bit of an investment, but by buying less crap I should feel less guilty splashing out!

I've mentioned it time and time again, but watches really float my boat and I think that this year should be the year that I buy a new one.  I hate to be a cliche, but Michael Kors are a long-standing favourite, and this rose gold one from J.R. Dunn is an absolute beaut.

And finally, a passport!  I'm hoping to actually be a grown up and sort out a holiday at some point but first I'll need a passport.  It's not a huge expense, but it does add up when needing to fork out for one before even considering the cost of a holiday.  

Do you think I can stick to it?!  Any money saving tips left down below would be wonderful, too!

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Big buys for 2014

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I touched upon this in a post this other week, and this year I want to be smarter with my money.  It's unrealistic for me to hope to cut out shopping completely, but I do want to try and be a bit smarter with my spending.

Instead of spending a little bit in Primark on a regular basis, I'm going to be saving my pennies up and buying bigger purchases every couple of months or so.  I'm hoping to make one of these at the beginning of February, and so far the promise of a beautiful Baia bag has definitely helped me to reign in my spending habits.  Oh, and having no money during January has had an impact too!  EDIT: I may have taken advantage of an extra 20% off and ordered the bag at the weekend!

Next on my list is a new camera lens.  I don't know if I've mentioned it on here before, but I have a Nikon D3100 with the kit lens and a 50mm.  I love the effect the 50mm has, but it doesn't auto focus.  A little reading online though, and I've found that the 35mm does.  A camera lens can be a bit of an investment, but by buying less crap I should feel less guilty splashing out!

I've mentioned it time and time again, but watches really float my boat and I think that this year should be the year that I buy a new one.  I hate to be a cliche, but Michael Kors are a long-standing favourite, and this rose gold one from J.R. Dunn is an absolute beaut.

And finally, a passport!  I'm hoping to actually be a grown up and sort out a holiday at some point but first I'll need a passport.  It's not a huge expense, but it does add up when needing to fork out for one before even considering the cost of a holiday.  

Do you think I can stick to it?!  Any money saving tips left down below would be wonderful, too!

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Don't get me wrong, I love reading fashion blogs but for a while now I've been feeling like some of my old favourites have been getting a little stale.  Megan's blog, however, is a recent find that I've been loving.

Experimental without being ridiculously OTT, Megan's style is aspirational enough not to scare me away.  I'm still in love with that Vogue tee and am now torn over my decision to grow my fringe out or not.

Go and follow her, at What's New Pussycatt now!
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#sharethelove 04 - What's New Pussycatt

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Don't get me wrong, I love reading fashion blogs but for a while now I've been feeling like some of my old favourites have been getting a little stale.  Megan's blog, however, is a recent find that I've been loving.

Experimental without being ridiculously OTT, Megan's style is aspirational enough not to scare me away.  I'm still in love with that Vogue tee and am now torn over my decision to grow my fringe out or not.

Go and follow her, at What's New Pussycatt now!
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It's taken me a long time to blog this, but meet my first Dior purchase....isn't she pretty?!

This lipstick was a completely indulgent buy; with a bit of birthday money in my pocket (yes, it's taken me that long to realise this post was sitting in my drafts!) I couldn't resist treating myself.  I opted for shade 354 - Palace, a lovely peachy nude, to maximise the amount of wear I'd get out of it.  Lovely as this lipstick is, I just couldn't justify spending all that money on it just to have it sit in a drawer!

The texture of this lipstick is a dream.  It goes on smoothly and wears really well.  It feels nourishing on the lips, and definitely gives me that "my lips but better" look.

Will I be shelling out £24 on Dior lipsticks regularly?  Not likely, but everyone deserves a treat sometimes!
 
  Have you tried any of these?

Dior Addict Lipstick in 354 Palace

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It's taken me a long time to blog this, but meet my first Dior purchase....isn't she pretty?!

This lipstick was a completely indulgent buy; with a bit of birthday money in my pocket (yes, it's taken me that long to realise this post was sitting in my drafts!) I couldn't resist treating myself.  I opted for shade 354 - Palace, a lovely peachy nude, to maximise the amount of wear I'd get out of it.  Lovely as this lipstick is, I just couldn't justify spending all that money on it just to have it sit in a drawer!

The texture of this lipstick is a dream.  It goes on smoothly and wears really well.  It feels nourishing on the lips, and definitely gives me that "my lips but better" look.

Will I be shelling out £24 on Dior lipsticks regularly?  Not likely, but everyone deserves a treat sometimes!
 
  Have you tried any of these?
Image found via pinterest
 
My new thing to look for on pinterest has been bedding ideas.  We have fairly neutral grey/taupe walls in our bedroom and I've noticed lately how much of a difference well-thought out bedding can have in a room.

I don't want anything too fussy (the idea of having to take off a million cushions before climbing into bed is just annoying!) but I would like to make more of a feature with a nice duvet set.  At the moment we have an vintage-looking set from M&S, but I think I'd like to go a bit more neutral and maybe add a throw for a splash of colour or a different tone to tie the whole room together.

Now, where should I start looking?!

Interior details: bedding

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Image found via pinterest
 
My new thing to look for on pinterest has been bedding ideas.  We have fairly neutral grey/taupe walls in our bedroom and I've noticed lately how much of a difference well-thought out bedding can have in a room.

I don't want anything too fussy (the idea of having to take off a million cushions before climbing into bed is just annoying!) but I would like to make more of a feature with a nice duvet set.  At the moment we have an vintage-looking set from M&S, but I think I'd like to go a bit more neutral and maybe add a throw for a splash of colour or a different tone to tie the whole room together.

Now, where should I start looking?!
Winter can be a real pain in the bum when it comes to skincare.  My skin has become a dry mess thanks to the weather outside and central heating indoors, so when I was contacted and offered the chance to be recommended a product from The Cosmetic Practice I figured it might just introduce me to a new holy grail item.

After hearing my skin type, they recommended the NeoStrata Bio-Hydrating Cream.  The packaging doesn't rock my world, but I guess it's what's inside that counts.

So what is inside?  Reading the product details is pretty impressive.... it has a "highly emollient, high strength formulation" which is "designed to reduce the visible signs of aging and provide long-lasting moisturisation" and is perfect for people "who are unable to tolerate glycolic acid but desire the benefits of high-strength AHAs."

Despite being fragrance free, I thought this had an almost plastic-like scent to it which reminded me of something from my childhood.  It's very thick, which I liked, and sinks in quickly.  It didn't leave my skin tacky, just moisturised, and was almost silicone-y to apply.

Due to how thick this moisturiser is, I only used it at nighttime and sadly I don't think it lived up to its promises.  At any other point I think I would have been happy with this (it's not a bad product!), but I switched from another moisturiser that I've been trialling and saw instant results with, so it was all too evident that this wasn't really having an effect on my skin.  For £27 a tube, I just expected a little more 'wow' from this.

Have any of you tried the NeoStrata range?  Is there anything else they do worth giving a go?


NeoStrata Bio-Hydrating Cream

20.1.14

Winter can be a real pain in the bum when it comes to skincare.  My skin has become a dry mess thanks to the weather outside and central heating indoors, so when I was contacted and offered the chance to be recommended a product from The Cosmetic Practice I figured it might just introduce me to a new holy grail item.

After hearing my skin type, they recommended the NeoStrata Bio-Hydrating Cream.  The packaging doesn't rock my world, but I guess it's what's inside that counts.

So what is inside?  Reading the product details is pretty impressive.... it has a "highly emollient, high strength formulation" which is "designed to reduce the visible signs of aging and provide long-lasting moisturisation" and is perfect for people "who are unable to tolerate glycolic acid but desire the benefits of high-strength AHAs."

Despite being fragrance free, I thought this had an almost plastic-like scent to it which reminded me of something from my childhood.  It's very thick, which I liked, and sinks in quickly.  It didn't leave my skin tacky, just moisturised, and was almost silicone-y to apply.

Due to how thick this moisturiser is, I only used it at nighttime and sadly I don't think it lived up to its promises.  At any other point I think I would have been happy with this (it's not a bad product!), but I switched from another moisturiser that I've been trialling and saw instant results with, so it was all too evident that this wasn't really having an effect on my skin.  For £27 a tube, I just expected a little more 'wow' from this.

Have any of you tried the NeoStrata range?  Is there anything else they do worth giving a go?


This week's #sharethelove post comes to you in the form of a YouTuber I've watched for a long time, but today I suddenly realised that her videos have become some of my favourites.

Leanne's channel is a lovely mix of hauls, lookbooks and vlogs and they're always of a great quality and fun to watch.  I get the feeling that she puts a lot of effort into her videos, and I think it really shows.  She's also got great style, dreamy hair and all in all just comes across as really sweet.

To see what I'm talking about, subscribe to Leanne Lim-Walker here!
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#sharethelove 03 - Leanne Lim-Walker

19.1.14

This week's #sharethelove post comes to you in the form of a YouTuber I've watched for a long time, but today I suddenly realised that her videos have become some of my favourites.

Leanne's channel is a lovely mix of hauls, lookbooks and vlogs and they're always of a great quality and fun to watch.  I get the feeling that she puts a lot of effort into her videos, and I think it really shows.  She's also got great style, dreamy hair and all in all just comes across as really sweet.

To see what I'm talking about, subscribe to Leanne Lim-Walker here!
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Each year I fall in love with the rich, masculine shapes of autumn/winter, and every year I swear that I'll never go back to wanting pastels in my wardrobe.  Every year I'm wrong.  Spurred on by the influx of pastel tones splashed across magazines at the moment, I sat down to write this post.  And I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.  And by enjoy it, I mean find so many gems and want to spend so much money.

BUY IT:
1.  'Pastels' seems to be a loose term, so go for any muted tones which float your boat.
2.  The fluff is still in fashion, so try out fluffy pastel pieces to double up on trends.
3. Keep it simple.  Don't go too busy with patterns, but try out different textures instead.
4.  Shop around.  I was surprised to find some really nice items in shops I'd never normally go for.

THE VERDICT: 
River Island has come up trumps with this trend, and those skinny, muted grey jeans are top of my list.  I was pleasantly surprised by New Look too, and will be making an excuse to go in store and check out that boxy cream top.  Looks like, once again, I am a pastel convert!

Buy the Trend: pastels

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Each year I fall in love with the rich, masculine shapes of autumn/winter, and every year I swear that I'll never go back to wanting pastels in my wardrobe.  Every year I'm wrong.  Spurred on by the influx of pastel tones splashed across magazines at the moment, I sat down to write this post.  And I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.  And by enjoy it, I mean find so many gems and want to spend so much money.

BUY IT:
1.  'Pastels' seems to be a loose term, so go for any muted tones which float your boat.
2.  The fluff is still in fashion, so try out fluffy pastel pieces to double up on trends.
3. Keep it simple.  Don't go too busy with patterns, but try out different textures instead.
4.  Shop around.  I was surprised to find some really nice items in shops I'd never normally go for.

THE VERDICT: 
River Island has come up trumps with this trend, and those skinny, muted grey jeans are top of my list.  I was pleasantly surprised by New Look too, and will be making an excuse to go in store and check out that boxy cream top.  Looks like, once again, I am a pastel convert!
Images found on pinterest - here and here

I blogged about our staircase last year, and whilst it's grown since then (the display, not the staircase), it's still very much a work in progress.  Ed's so much better at it than me and thinks carefully about how the different frames will fit together, whereas I'm much more of a 'whack it up where it fits'-kinda girl.  The result of his attention to detail however, does mean that I love the way our hallway looks and with the lick of paint we've recently given it, it's starting to really look and feel like a proper room rather than just a space.  If you're more like me, I actually found a tonne of different ideas of ways to arrange photos on pinterest while I was searching "picture wall"....could be useful!

Anyway, back to the photos above.  I love how they've used more than just photos to create an interesting display.  It's given me lots of inspiration on how to expand our picture wall in the future, and from now on I think I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for pieces of wall art and other unusual, hangable items to add to it.

What do you think of these 'gallery walls'?  Do you have one in your home?  Leave me a link down below if you've ever blogged about it, I'd love to see!

Interior Inspiration: gallery walls

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Images found on pinterest - here and here

I blogged about our staircase last year, and whilst it's grown since then (the display, not the staircase), it's still very much a work in progress.  Ed's so much better at it than me and thinks carefully about how the different frames will fit together, whereas I'm much more of a 'whack it up where it fits'-kinda girl.  The result of his attention to detail however, does mean that I love the way our hallway looks and with the lick of paint we've recently given it, it's starting to really look and feel like a proper room rather than just a space.  If you're more like me, I actually found a tonne of different ideas of ways to arrange photos on pinterest while I was searching "picture wall"....could be useful!

Anyway, back to the photos above.  I love how they've used more than just photos to create an interesting display.  It's given me lots of inspiration on how to expand our picture wall in the future, and from now on I think I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for pieces of wall art and other unusual, hangable items to add to it.

What do you think of these 'gallery walls'?  Do you have one in your home?  Leave me a link down below if you've ever blogged about it, I'd love to see!
I've often admired these phone cases adorned with instagram pics, but never actually got around to creating my own.  So when the lovely people at Wrappz got in touch offering me the chance to test out their service, I knew exactly how I'd set about personalising a phone case.

I went for the iPhone 5 case and the process was simple.  I went through my instagram, saved the images I wanted and then created a mosaic effect.  Next step was to upload it to Wrappz, jiggle it around a bit, click order and then voila! Within a week or so my new phone case arrived.

So what are my thoughts?  The case feels nice and smooth, with no rough ridges or edges.  It's a nice, slim fit too.  My previous case was quite bulky in comparison; a feature which I'm glad isn't present here.  It looks to be good quality too, and after a good couple of weeks of use (aka throwing in my bag) I'm pleased to report that the finish is as good as when I received it and there are no scratches or scuffs.

Now onto the little niggles.  The images themselves are very bright.  Which in general is a good thing, but I feel like it's taken away the effect of the instagram filters that were applied to each of the photos.  Besides that, you may notice that Dudley seems to be taking centre stage here.  That wasn't intentional, nor do I think it was Wrappz fault.  I arranged the photos, but in my efforts to make sure I filled the space to avoid any blank bits as it wrapped around the case, I didn't realise that so much of the images would be lost.  There's a really lovely photo of Ella and I which has become distorted and is only just visible on the corner of the case.  So a quick note to anyone else wishing to get one of these....make sure your favourite shots go in the middle!

I've had a really good experience with Wrappz and would definitely order from them in the future!  Has anybody else tried them out?

Wrappz iPhone case review

13.1.14

I've often admired these phone cases adorned with instagram pics, but never actually got around to creating my own.  So when the lovely people at Wrappz got in touch offering me the chance to test out their service, I knew exactly how I'd set about personalising a phone case.

I went for the iPhone 5 case and the process was simple.  I went through my instagram, saved the images I wanted and then created a mosaic effect.  Next step was to upload it to Wrappz, jiggle it around a bit, click order and then voila! Within a week or so my new phone case arrived.

So what are my thoughts?  The case feels nice and smooth, with no rough ridges or edges.  It's a nice, slim fit too.  My previous case was quite bulky in comparison; a feature which I'm glad isn't present here.  It looks to be good quality too, and after a good couple of weeks of use (aka throwing in my bag) I'm pleased to report that the finish is as good as when I received it and there are no scratches or scuffs.

Now onto the little niggles.  The images themselves are very bright.  Which in general is a good thing, but I feel like it's taken away the effect of the instagram filters that were applied to each of the photos.  Besides that, you may notice that Dudley seems to be taking centre stage here.  That wasn't intentional, nor do I think it was Wrappz fault.  I arranged the photos, but in my efforts to make sure I filled the space to avoid any blank bits as it wrapped around the case, I didn't realise that so much of the images would be lost.  There's a really lovely photo of Ella and I which has become distorted and is only just visible on the corner of the case.  So a quick note to anyone else wishing to get one of these....make sure your favourite shots go in the middle!

I've had a really good experience with Wrappz and would definitely order from them in the future!  Has anybody else tried them out?
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Without a doubt, This chick's got style has been one of my favourite blogs to find in recent months.  Predominantly fashion focused, Yara's blog also features blogging tips, beauty posts, interiors and a little bit of lifestyle too.  And all of those topics are covered stylishly, with that kind of photography I wish I could emulate.  

When I'm looking for a bit of blog inspiration this year, I know where I'll be heading!

Click here to follow This chick's got style
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#sharethelove 02 - This chick's got style

12.1.14

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Without a doubt, This chick's got style has been one of my favourite blogs to find in recent months.  Predominantly fashion focused, Yara's blog also features blogging tips, beauty posts, interiors and a little bit of lifestyle too.  And all of those topics are covered stylishly, with that kind of photography I wish I could emulate.  

When I'm looking for a bit of blog inspiration this year, I know where I'll be heading!

Click here to follow This chick's got style
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There was a time when I thought that, as a blogger, I had to publish content regularly, and to a schedule.  But recently I've re-evaluated, and realised that I'd rather take time out if I need it, and come back with a fresh perspective and ideas that I'm happy to publish.  I've come back this week with a bit more focus, and I'm hoping you can see the difference.

But being MIA on here for a week or so doesn't mean I logged off completely.  Oh no.  My pinterest is full of inspiration, so I thought I'd pull some of that across here and share with you the sorts of things that have been floating my boat recently.  I'm sorry I don't have the links for all of these images, but you can view them on my boards for hair tricks, home ideas, fashion inspiration, jewels, make up loveliness, hats and bags, shoes and girl crushes.

And now time for some feedback...what do you think of sharing a behind the scenes inspiration post like this every couple of months?

Inspiration

10.1.14

There was a time when I thought that, as a blogger, I had to publish content regularly, and to a schedule.  But recently I've re-evaluated, and realised that I'd rather take time out if I need it, and come back with a fresh perspective and ideas that I'm happy to publish.  I've come back this week with a bit more focus, and I'm hoping you can see the difference.

But being MIA on here for a week or so doesn't mean I logged off completely.  Oh no.  My pinterest is full of inspiration, so I thought I'd pull some of that across here and share with you the sorts of things that have been floating my boat recently.  I'm sorry I don't have the links for all of these images, but you can view them on my boards for hair tricks, home ideas, fashion inspiration, jewels, make up loveliness, hats and bags, shoes and girl crushes.

And now time for some feedback...what do you think of sharing a behind the scenes inspiration post like this every couple of months?
glitter-heel-boots
muji-wide-storage-drawers-jewellery
Ta-da!  I shared a couple of photos of this on my facebook and instagram, and they quickly became my most liked snaps ever.  Isn't it beautiful?

This was my Christmas present from Ed.  Ok, and me.  Interestingly, this isn't the system I had my heart set on (the Algot, FYI) because when we got there it was pretty.....well, shoddy.  I'd seen this system, the Stolmen , online but written it off as being too pricey.  In actual fact, we got everything we needed (plus a few extras) for slightly less than the Algot would have been

Ok, that's partly down to the fact that my perception of space and size is shockingly bad.  Let's just say we would have had a lot of leftovers and a lot of disappointments if we'd gone with my original sketches...

I digress.  The bottom line is, I love my wardrobe, or as Ed's christened it, my walldrobe.  I finally have a use for my vintage storage crate (so much so that I had to go and buy another one to match) and I'm now one of *those* people who store their jewellery in Muji acrylic drawers.

What's your ideal wardrobe?

Interior Details: bedroom walldrobe

8.1.14

glitter-heel-boots
muji-wide-storage-drawers-jewellery
Ta-da!  I shared a couple of photos of this on my facebook and instagram, and they quickly became my most liked snaps ever.  Isn't it beautiful?

This was my Christmas present from Ed.  Ok, and me.  Interestingly, this isn't the system I had my heart set on (the Algot, FYI) because when we got there it was pretty.....well, shoddy.  I'd seen this system, the Stolmen , online but written it off as being too pricey.  In actual fact, we got everything we needed (plus a few extras) for slightly less than the Algot would have been

Ok, that's partly down to the fact that my perception of space and size is shockingly bad.  Let's just say we would have had a lot of leftovers and a lot of disappointments if we'd gone with my original sketches...

I digress.  The bottom line is, I love my wardrobe, or as Ed's christened it, my walldrobe.  I finally have a use for my vintage storage crate (so much so that I had to go and buy another one to match) and I'm now one of *those* people who store their jewellery in Muji acrylic drawers.

What's your ideal wardrobe?
how-to-glowing-skin-tutorial
fresh-faced-natural-make-up
I'm led to believe that a dewy, fuss-free base is going to be big news this year. I know, I hear you....when is it not?  Well with the focus on that for the moment, I better actually try and master it!

TRY IT:
1.  The focus is on the skin, so moisturise!
2.  According to the mags, foundation should be used as a concealer, so I dotted Diorskin Nude BB Cream across any redness or blemishes and blended with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to keep things light.
3.  Groomed brows are a feature, so go in with your sculptor of choice.  I went for my HD Brows Kit followed by Maybelline Brow Drama to keep everything in place.
4.  *The* place to wear blush for this look is, apparently, just under the cheekbones.  I opted for cream products, and used Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Stonewashed Pink followed by St Tropez Skin Illuminator in Rose to highlight across my cheekbones, temples, nose and cupid's bow.
5.  Eyes are fairly natural; Benefit's Hoola Bronzer gave me a warm brown base, followed by a spot of so-called "invisible liner" (an uber thin line of black liquid liner dotted amongst the lashes) to create the illusion of fullness.  Curl your lashes, add mascara, and you're done!
6.  To finish, go for a fairly pared down lip.  I originally went for a peachy nude but didn't like the effect, so dabbed on MUA Shade 10 for a bit more colour instead.

THE VERDICT:
I like the glowing skin and enjoyed not plastering my face in foundation and still getting a similar effect, but I wonder if I look a bit too eye-y?  I like a bit more definition around my peepers (aka a way to distract from the dark circles!), and this look isn't really cutting it.  And boy, did it take a long time to look this natural!  If only I could cut down how long I spent and combine an eye look that I'm happy with, we could be on to a winner!

Try the Trend: fresh-faced & luminous

6.1.14

how-to-glowing-skin-tutorial
fresh-faced-natural-make-up
I'm led to believe that a dewy, fuss-free base is going to be big news this year. I know, I hear you....when is it not?  Well with the focus on that for the moment, I better actually try and master it!

TRY IT:
1.  The focus is on the skin, so moisturise!
2.  According to the mags, foundation should be used as a concealer, so I dotted Diorskin Nude BB Cream across any redness or blemishes and blended with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to keep things light.
3.  Groomed brows are a feature, so go in with your sculptor of choice.  I went for my HD Brows Kit followed by Maybelline Brow Drama to keep everything in place.
4.  *The* place to wear blush for this look is, apparently, just under the cheekbones.  I opted for cream products, and used Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Stonewashed Pink followed by St Tropez Skin Illuminator in Rose to highlight across my cheekbones, temples, nose and cupid's bow.
5.  Eyes are fairly natural; Benefit's Hoola Bronzer gave me a warm brown base, followed by a spot of so-called "invisible liner" (an uber thin line of black liquid liner dotted amongst the lashes) to create the illusion of fullness.  Curl your lashes, add mascara, and you're done!
6.  To finish, go for a fairly pared down lip.  I originally went for a peachy nude but didn't like the effect, so dabbed on MUA Shade 10 for a bit more colour instead.

THE VERDICT:
I like the glowing skin and enjoyed not plastering my face in foundation and still getting a similar effect, but I wonder if I look a bit too eye-y?  I like a bit more definition around my peepers (aka a way to distract from the dark circles!), and this look isn't really cutting it.  And boy, did it take a long time to look this natural!  If only I could cut down how long I spent and combine an eye look that I'm happy with, we could be on to a winner!

Sunday has always been somewhat of a positive posting day for me, only this year I'll be switching it up a bit.  Things seem to have become a bit territorial in the blogging community lately (check out Lily's post for a bit more on this) and I too have felt like people are unwilling to share links and support each other.  So, on Sundays, I'll be sharing the love a little bit. 

First up is Angharad from Style Trunk.  She's been on my pinterest feed for a while, but when I checked out her blog and saw her rocking a Winter Kate dress as worn by Nicole Richie herself, I knew she was a girl after my own heart.

With a touch of Millie Mackintosh about her, Angharad is uber stylish and just as fabulous whether in casual or dressy attire.  I've got serious wardrobe envy and can see her being a bit of a personal style icon for 2014.

Click here to follow Style Trunk!
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Now here's where you come in!  Leave me a comment below sharing the love for a blog you enjoy reading, or with the link to a blog you think I'd like.  And don't forget to use the hashtag #sharethelove to spread the word on twitter as well.

#sharethelove 01 - Style Trunk

5.1.14


Sunday has always been somewhat of a positive posting day for me, only this year I'll be switching it up a bit.  Things seem to have become a bit territorial in the blogging community lately (check out Lily's post for a bit more on this) and I too have felt like people are unwilling to share links and support each other.  So, on Sundays, I'll be sharing the love a little bit. 

First up is Angharad from Style Trunk.  She's been on my pinterest feed for a while, but when I checked out her blog and saw her rocking a Winter Kate dress as worn by Nicole Richie herself, I knew she was a girl after my own heart.

With a touch of Millie Mackintosh about her, Angharad is uber stylish and just as fabulous whether in casual or dressy attire.  I've got serious wardrobe envy and can see her being a bit of a personal style icon for 2014.

Click here to follow Style Trunk!
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Now here's where you come in!  Leave me a comment below sharing the love for a blog you enjoy reading, or with the link to a blog you think I'd like.  And don't forget to use the hashtag #sharethelove to spread the word on twitter as well.
London-Retro-Metropolitan-glasses-myoptique
I'm feeling a little 'fresher' lately!  I'm not on of these people who tends to wait for a new year/new season/new whatever before making changes....but it's quite nice that this time it's coincided with 2014!

So what's different?  I got my eyes tested; turns out I don't, strictly speaking, need glasses, although I do have a very low prescription to help the way my eyes interpret colour.  Which came about at just the right time, as MyOptique very kindly offered to send me these Metropolitan glasses from the London Retro range.  I love them; they're the perfect size, fit really well, and the tortoiseshell detail makes a nice change from the black frames I've sported in the past.  There were loads of different frames to choose from, if you're a glasses-wearer you really should check them out.  I've also gone lighter with my hair in the hopes of perfecting that Kim Kardashian not-quite-blonde look.  And it's a blimmin' tricky one to achieve!  Speaking of Kim, I've been experimenting with my make up and opting for a more golden, contoured look too.

You may also have spotted the pictures I posted of my new wardrobe.  Yep, that's bringing about a change as well.  In my quest to have it looking all shop-like, I no longer want to display any ugly clothes.  I had a ruthless clear out and got rid of 5 bags of unloved garments and am hoping to maintain a more streamlined wardrobe this year.  The allure of monochrome coupled with a lack of hangers and having to consider whether I want certain clothes on show is really helping my bank balance during the sales season!

What changes have you put into practice?

Changing

3.1.14

London-Retro-Metropolitan-glasses-myoptique
I'm feeling a little 'fresher' lately!  I'm not on of these people who tends to wait for a new year/new season/new whatever before making changes....but it's quite nice that this time it's coincided with 2014!

So what's different?  I got my eyes tested; turns out I don't, strictly speaking, need glasses, although I do have a very low prescription to help the way my eyes interpret colour.  Which came about at just the right time, as MyOptique very kindly offered to send me these Metropolitan glasses from the London Retro range.  I love them; they're the perfect size, fit really well, and the tortoiseshell detail makes a nice change from the black frames I've sported in the past.  There were loads of different frames to choose from, if you're a glasses-wearer you really should check them out.  I've also gone lighter with my hair in the hopes of perfecting that Kim Kardashian not-quite-blonde look.  And it's a blimmin' tricky one to achieve!  Speaking of Kim, I've been experimenting with my make up and opting for a more golden, contoured look too.

You may also have spotted the pictures I posted of my new wardrobe.  Yep, that's bringing about a change as well.  In my quest to have it looking all shop-like, I no longer want to display any ugly clothes.  I had a ruthless clear out and got rid of 5 bags of unloved garments and am hoping to maintain a more streamlined wardrobe this year.  The allure of monochrome coupled with a lack of hangers and having to consider whether I want certain clothes on show is really helping my bank balance during the sales season!

What changes have you put into practice?

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