Should I start by addressing the fact that I've got crazy different hair here? I've been wanting to go pink for a while now, so on the first day of the summer holidays I bit the bullet and did it! We used Bleach London in Rose, as per the instructions, after lightening my hair. But it went to this peachy colour? I don't actually mind it 90% of the time, but every now and then it looks slightly more orange than pink...which I'm not a fan of! 

Anyway - on with the memory!  Zara's choice of pottery painting was on this month's agenda, so we headed to a local craft village to get the job done.  Zara went for a cat bowl, but I've learnt from previous experience that I much prefer the freedom of a flat surface to get creative with.  In the end I opted for this little tile which I'm planning to use as a coaster, and painted it with feathers.

We ended up staying there for a good couple of hours; it was nice to be tucked away in a corner together and left to chat uninterrupted.  The process of painting was really relaxing and therapeutic, and I relished having the opportunity (and almost 'obligation') to just let our creativity run wild. 
Once we'd finished painting and left our wares to be glazed, we headed outside to the sweet cabin Zara had clocked on the way in.  Loaded up with varieties of fudge (I went with smarties fudge....delicious!) we finished the morning with ice cream and a wander around the cute shops.

I think this has been one of my favourite challenges!  It was a great way to de-stress and really inexpensive as well.  Definitely something I'll be making the time to do more of!

July 2014's memory: pottery painting

30.7.14

Should I start by addressing the fact that I've got crazy different hair here? I've been wanting to go pink for a while now, so on the first day of the summer holidays I bit the bullet and did it! We used Bleach London in Rose, as per the instructions, after lightening my hair. But it went to this peachy colour? I don't actually mind it 90% of the time, but every now and then it looks slightly more orange than pink...which I'm not a fan of! 

Anyway - on with the memory!  Zara's choice of pottery painting was on this month's agenda, so we headed to a local craft village to get the job done.  Zara went for a cat bowl, but I've learnt from previous experience that I much prefer the freedom of a flat surface to get creative with.  In the end I opted for this little tile which I'm planning to use as a coaster, and painted it with feathers.

We ended up staying there for a good couple of hours; it was nice to be tucked away in a corner together and left to chat uninterrupted.  The process of painting was really relaxing and therapeutic, and I relished having the opportunity (and almost 'obligation') to just let our creativity run wild. 
Once we'd finished painting and left our wares to be glazed, we headed outside to the sweet cabin Zara had clocked on the way in.  Loaded up with varieties of fudge (I went with smarties fudge....delicious!) we finished the morning with ice cream and a wander around the cute shops.

I think this has been one of my favourite challenges!  It was a great way to de-stress and really inexpensive as well.  Definitely something I'll be making the time to do more of!
It's a sad fact that I'm not jetting off anywhere on holiday this year, so when Debenhams got in touch asking if I'd like to take part in their #britaintobarbados campaign I eagerly said yes, in the hopes of injecting a little bit of summer into my wardrobe instead.  The premise is simple; I was to choose a maxi dress and a pair of sandals then style them to reflect how they can be transferred from Britain's unpredictable weather to Bajan heat.

The dress I went for is this beautiful Grecian-style maxi from Butterfly by Matthew Williamson.  It's a lovely fit and really flattering, and although the colour is a little out of my comfort zone I actually really like it.  For shoes, I was drawn to the classic simplicity of these gold sandals from Carvela; they're a little lot higher than I'm used to but they're such a classic style, I know they'll have a place in my collection for a long time to come.  So how did I style them for each brief?

Britain
This dress isn't your everyday casual maxi, it's the sort of thing I'd wear to an posh evening out or even a wedding.  I had a summer ball in mind when I put together this look and opted for a white pashmina to keep the inevitable chill off when the evening draws in.  For accessories, I went for my Kurt Geiger laser-cut bag - the colour is a beautiful nude and I love the way the pastel pink hearts contrast nicely with the dress.  And in keeping with the Grecian theme, the final touch was my House of Harlow necklace.  Oh, and not shown is the umbrella I'd have to hand for when it decides to rain!
Barbados
If I were to wear this dress in Barbados, the main difference would probably be that I'd take the shoes off!  I'm picturing beach parties with pina coladas; shoes off and dress hitched up with some sort of tropical flower tucked behind my ear.  Lacking a beach, cocktail or exotical plant, I've worn it here with my River Island wayfarer style sunnies (again, I like how the red frames contrast with the dress) and some Kate Spade New York bracelets stacked up my arm.  And not that you can see it (it was too sunny!) but I unleashed my inner Yonce dancing on a beach to Drunk in Love with eye make up and went for a smudgy smokey look.

I really enjoyed thinking about how style can reflect different climates; is there anything in your wardrobe that you style up for weather at home as well as hotter countries?

#BritaintoBarbados

25.7.14

It's a sad fact that I'm not jetting off anywhere on holiday this year, so when Debenhams got in touch asking if I'd like to take part in their #britaintobarbados campaign I eagerly said yes, in the hopes of injecting a little bit of summer into my wardrobe instead.  The premise is simple; I was to choose a maxi dress and a pair of sandals then style them to reflect how they can be transferred from Britain's unpredictable weather to Bajan heat.

The dress I went for is this beautiful Grecian-style maxi from Butterfly by Matthew Williamson.  It's a lovely fit and really flattering, and although the colour is a little out of my comfort zone I actually really like it.  For shoes, I was drawn to the classic simplicity of these gold sandals from Carvela; they're a little lot higher than I'm used to but they're such a classic style, I know they'll have a place in my collection for a long time to come.  So how did I style them for each brief?

Britain
This dress isn't your everyday casual maxi, it's the sort of thing I'd wear to an posh evening out or even a wedding.  I had a summer ball in mind when I put together this look and opted for a white pashmina to keep the inevitable chill off when the evening draws in.  For accessories, I went for my Kurt Geiger laser-cut bag - the colour is a beautiful nude and I love the way the pastel pink hearts contrast nicely with the dress.  And in keeping with the Grecian theme, the final touch was my House of Harlow necklace.  Oh, and not shown is the umbrella I'd have to hand for when it decides to rain!
Barbados
If I were to wear this dress in Barbados, the main difference would probably be that I'd take the shoes off!  I'm picturing beach parties with pina coladas; shoes off and dress hitched up with some sort of tropical flower tucked behind my ear.  Lacking a beach, cocktail or exotical plant, I've worn it here with my River Island wayfarer style sunnies (again, I like how the red frames contrast with the dress) and some Kate Spade New York bracelets stacked up my arm.  And not that you can see it (it was too sunny!) but I unleashed my inner Yonce dancing on a beach to Drunk in Love with eye make up and went for a smudgy smokey look.

I really enjoyed thinking about how style can reflect different climates; is there anything in your wardrobe that you style up for weather at home as well as hotter countries?
Image found via pinterest

Wow, I can't believe this is the fourth month I've been doing these posts!  Here's this edition of the sites I've been bookmarking recently...

Blogs::
 - I've been nosying through the popular page on Instagram lately and finding a few new blogs to follow that way.  First on my discovery list is Carin's blog, Paris in Four Months, which I've fallen in love with for everything from it's header to the beautiful photography.
- So I'm going to sound incredibly ignorant when I confess that I'm not entirely sure which language Interiors Originals is written in but wow, do they include some beautiful interiors!  From what I can understand it's a collection of images sourced online and it definitely gets me all inspired to give our home a little make over.

YouTube::
- I've been toying with the idea of a city break to Rome for a while now, but watching Brogan's Rome Vlogs has sealed the deal.  Now I just need to get my act together, stop spending and book something for next year.
- You probably all follow idressmyselff already; I discovered her through another big YouTuber and I really like her style.

Shopping::
- I've mentioned before that I'm permanently on the hunt for silver rings, and I think that this one may be a potential purchase.  It's hard to judge from a website though, I can't work out if it'll be tacky in real life!
- Kimonos.  Kimonos, kimonos, kimonos....I am obsessed with them.  Or perhaps it's just the idea?  I can't every decide on one to buy, and the ones I do end up liking are always too expensive to justify.  On the shortlist is this one from asos, this blue Urban Outfitters number, this Fashion Union tile print one or this black one.

General::
- Speaking of Instagram earlier, I discovered Stephanie's account and absolutely love her style.  Mixing soft greys with black and a distressed brick wall background, she's a girl after my own heart.
- We're slowly introducing plants into our home (and just about managing to keep them alive!), so I've become a little addicted to looking at house plants on pinterest.  This board is a favourite, and I'm detemined to track down *The* perfect industrial silver plant pot.  I know I've seen them somewhere, but now that I actually want one I can't remember where....

bookmarked #4

23.7.14

Image found via pinterest

Wow, I can't believe this is the fourth month I've been doing these posts!  Here's this edition of the sites I've been bookmarking recently...

Blogs::
 - I've been nosying through the popular page on Instagram lately and finding a few new blogs to follow that way.  First on my discovery list is Carin's blog, Paris in Four Months, which I've fallen in love with for everything from it's header to the beautiful photography.
- So I'm going to sound incredibly ignorant when I confess that I'm not entirely sure which language Interiors Originals is written in but wow, do they include some beautiful interiors!  From what I can understand it's a collection of images sourced online and it definitely gets me all inspired to give our home a little make over.

YouTube::
- I've been toying with the idea of a city break to Rome for a while now, but watching Brogan's Rome Vlogs has sealed the deal.  Now I just need to get my act together, stop spending and book something for next year.
- You probably all follow idressmyselff already; I discovered her through another big YouTuber and I really like her style.

Shopping::
- I've mentioned before that I'm permanently on the hunt for silver rings, and I think that this one may be a potential purchase.  It's hard to judge from a website though, I can't work out if it'll be tacky in real life!
- Kimonos.  Kimonos, kimonos, kimonos....I am obsessed with them.  Or perhaps it's just the idea?  I can't every decide on one to buy, and the ones I do end up liking are always too expensive to justify.  On the shortlist is this one from asos, this blue Urban Outfitters number, this Fashion Union tile print one or this black one.

General::
- Speaking of Instagram earlier, I discovered Stephanie's account and absolutely love her style.  Mixing soft greys with black and a distressed brick wall background, she's a girl after my own heart.
- We're slowly introducing plants into our home (and just about managing to keep them alive!), so I've become a little addicted to looking at house plants on pinterest.  This board is a favourite, and I'm detemined to track down *The* perfect industrial silver plant pot.  I know I've seen them somewhere, but now that I actually want one I can't remember where....
It's been a while since I've done one of these videos.  I forgot to get my order in last month so didn't actually get a box....but I've got July's!  Find out what products I received in this video, and let me know if you're subscribed to any monthly boxes!

Video: Love Me Beauty box unboxing

22.7.14

It's been a while since I've done one of these videos.  I forgot to get my order in last month so didn't actually get a box....but I've got July's!  Find out what products I received in this video, and let me know if you're subscribed to any monthly boxes!
Jeans have been banished in this incredible heat we're suffering enjoying lately.  It's been loose trousers all the way for me; my Topshop birthday treat, a naughty Dorothy Perkins purchase (in the middle) and my rediscovered Primark elephant trousers (second left).  I didn't really appreciate them until this year, and that's for many reasons.  (a) now that they're no longer in the shops, everyone keeps asking where I got them; (b) they look like pyjamas and that's never a bad thing; and (c) the print is subtle, making them really versatile.

The fabric of my black H&M (second from right) top is nice and fitted, and I love the scoop detail on the back.  Being a bit bosom-y means low cut tops can be far too revealing, so it's nice to show off some skin on my back instead.

Speaking of classic tops, I went a bit gung-ho in the All Saints sale and bought quite a few.  My favourite is this greige tee in the middle; it's a silk mix, so so soft, and hangs just beautifully.  Only problem is that it's hand-wash only, and I'm a little afraid to wear it in case I get stains down it!

Finally, that bloggers' favourite from last year, - on the left, the elephant smock dress.  Or as I've christened it, my "hot dress" -  reserved in my wardrobe for those sweltering days when you can't bear to wear anything remotely restrictive.  It's modest enough for work, with fabric heavy enough that you don't need to worry about any embarrassing gust of wind-type moments.  It's a bit of a love/hate dress; in my experience men hate it, but I get so many compliments from women.  In between comments about maternity wear that is, but who's laughing when I'm the one staying nice and cool?!

6: things I'm loving in my wardrobe at the moment

21.7.14

Jeans have been banished in this incredible heat we're suffering enjoying lately.  It's been loose trousers all the way for me; my Topshop birthday treat, a naughty Dorothy Perkins purchase (in the middle) and my rediscovered Primark elephant trousers (second left).  I didn't really appreciate them until this year, and that's for many reasons.  (a) now that they're no longer in the shops, everyone keeps asking where I got them; (b) they look like pyjamas and that's never a bad thing; and (c) the print is subtle, making them really versatile.

The fabric of my black H&M (second from right) top is nice and fitted, and I love the scoop detail on the back.  Being a bit bosom-y means low cut tops can be far too revealing, so it's nice to show off some skin on my back instead.

Speaking of classic tops, I went a bit gung-ho in the All Saints sale and bought quite a few.  My favourite is this greige tee in the middle; it's a silk mix, so so soft, and hangs just beautifully.  Only problem is that it's hand-wash only, and I'm a little afraid to wear it in case I get stains down it!

Finally, that bloggers' favourite from last year, - on the left, the elephant smock dress.  Or as I've christened it, my "hot dress" -  reserved in my wardrobe for those sweltering days when you can't bear to wear anything remotely restrictive.  It's modest enough for work, with fabric heavy enough that you don't need to worry about any embarrassing gust of wind-type moments.  It's a bit of a love/hate dress; in my experience men hate it, but I get so many compliments from women.  In between comments about maternity wear that is, but who's laughing when I'm the one staying nice and cool?!
I've always been a bronzey-gold kinda gal.  The Naked 2 palette is my pick of the bunch, and I always find myself gravitating towards that sunkissed bronze glow.

But something's changed!  With the promise of a major hair change on the horizon, I've been experimenting a little more with my make up and delving into my stash for the more rosey tones that I had a brief dalliance with way back when.

So what's made it into rotation at the moment?

MAC Reubenesque paint pot (which, annoyingly, I forgot to photograph!) makes the perfect pink-gold base for eyeshadow application.  The eyeshadow in question is MAC's Expensive Pink, blended with Sin and Toasted, both from the Urban Decay Naked palette.  Lashings of mascara to create a bit of definition and brighten the eyes, and I'm really enjoying this colour combination!

I'm not yet ready to give up my bronzer (Chanel Bronze Universal all the way FYI), but I have toned down the whole contour routine.  It's no secret that I'm a bronze-aholic and have, on occasion, used up to three bronzers on a daily basis.  THREE!  I'm now down to a sweep of Chanel and then a light application of The Balm's Hot Mama gives my skin a pretty flush.

And then for lips, it's a fairly recent product rather than one banished to the back of my collection.  I first mentioned L'Oreal L'extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick back in February and have slowly been building my collection since then.  I've got my eye on Nude Ballet (now famous for being Kim K's lippie of choice on her wedding day), but for now it's 101 Rose Melody that I've been choosing everyday for that perfect pinky-nude.

Have you had a bit of a shuffle in your collection recently?  I'd love to know what you've been wearing!

the make up switch up

18.7.14

I've always been a bronzey-gold kinda gal.  The Naked 2 palette is my pick of the bunch, and I always find myself gravitating towards that sunkissed bronze glow.

But something's changed!  With the promise of a major hair change on the horizon, I've been experimenting a little more with my make up and delving into my stash for the more rosey tones that I had a brief dalliance with way back when.

So what's made it into rotation at the moment?

MAC Reubenesque paint pot (which, annoyingly, I forgot to photograph!) makes the perfect pink-gold base for eyeshadow application.  The eyeshadow in question is MAC's Expensive Pink, blended with Sin and Toasted, both from the Urban Decay Naked palette.  Lashings of mascara to create a bit of definition and brighten the eyes, and I'm really enjoying this colour combination!

I'm not yet ready to give up my bronzer (Chanel Bronze Universal all the way FYI), but I have toned down the whole contour routine.  It's no secret that I'm a bronze-aholic and have, on occasion, used up to three bronzers on a daily basis.  THREE!  I'm now down to a sweep of Chanel and then a light application of The Balm's Hot Mama gives my skin a pretty flush.

And then for lips, it's a fairly recent product rather than one banished to the back of my collection.  I first mentioned L'Oreal L'extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick back in February and have slowly been building my collection since then.  I've got my eye on Nude Ballet (now famous for being Kim K's lippie of choice on her wedding day), but for now it's 101 Rose Melody that I've been choosing everyday for that perfect pinky-nude.

Have you had a bit of a shuffle in your collection recently?  I'd love to know what you've been wearing!

On Sunday I uploaded my often requested tattoo "collection" video.  Have a watch if you like tattoos, or if you're just a nosy person generally!  And while you're over there, don't forget to leave your answer to the question in the info box....if you had to get a tattoo done tomorrow, what would you go for?

Do you have any tattoos?

Video: My tattoos

16.7.14


On Sunday I uploaded my often requested tattoo "collection" video.  Have a watch if you like tattoos, or if you're just a nosy person generally!  And while you're over there, don't forget to leave your answer to the question in the info box....if you had to get a tattoo done tomorrow, what would you go for?

Do you have any tattoos?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

I'm partial to a bit of leopard print, and it seems there's no better time to indulge than in summer.  With elements of safari hitting the shops, it's really easy to find a whole wealth of animal prints.

BUY IT:
1. I'm a firm believer in animal print (leopard in particular) being very much a neutral.  Mix it in with block, classic colours to give extra interest to an outfit.
2.  As a rule, keep the animal print to accessories!
3. Croc print, for example, can err on the side of tacky.  Consider splashing out on key investment pieces to make sure you don't end up looking like Bet Lynch.
4. Have fun!  This is a style that rolls around every year, so look for timeless shapes for your more expensive purchases, but there are plenty of budget-friendly options for you to test the waters with.

THE VERDICT:
Admittedly this is a collection that verges more on the autumnal side of things, but I love it!  A Whistle clutch is a classic, although I'm not sure I'll be spending £60 on a simple pouch any time soon.  Those plimsolls however....I already own the Zara pair, but I think I need the cow print and snake print variations!

Buy the Trend: animal print

14.7.14

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

I'm partial to a bit of leopard print, and it seems there's no better time to indulge than in summer.  With elements of safari hitting the shops, it's really easy to find a whole wealth of animal prints.

BUY IT:
1. I'm a firm believer in animal print (leopard in particular) being very much a neutral.  Mix it in with block, classic colours to give extra interest to an outfit.
2.  As a rule, keep the animal print to accessories!
3. Croc print, for example, can err on the side of tacky.  Consider splashing out on key investment pieces to make sure you don't end up looking like Bet Lynch.
4. Have fun!  This is a style that rolls around every year, so look for timeless shapes for your more expensive purchases, but there are plenty of budget-friendly options for you to test the waters with.

THE VERDICT:
Admittedly this is a collection that verges more on the autumnal side of things, but I love it!  A Whistle clutch is a classic, although I'm not sure I'll be spending £60 on a simple pouch any time soon.  Those plimsolls however....I already own the Zara pair, but I think I need the cow print and snake print variations!
I was sent this lotion a while back and it's unlike anything else in my stash.  For body lotions, I prefer them to be scented and when it comes to hand creams, suffering with eczema means I have to be quite particular.  This is different though, and has definitely earned a place in my collection.  

Odylique is 100% natural, and this Repair Lotion promises to "calm and aid the repair of distressed and allergy-prone skin on your face or body."  I suffer from really bad skin irritation when I shave my legs; it's so bad that I can't moisturise for a day or so afterwards.  It burns, and I'm not joking when I tell you I've woken up in the night with hot, itchy legs.  But with summer comes skirts, and upon realising right before a family BBQ that I had a bit of regrowth I hastily shaved and let the itching commence.  It's unbearable, and as a last resort I applied this lotion and hoped for the best.

It did the trick!  I've never had anything soothe my skin as quickly as this before, and I was starting to feel at my wit's end.  Shaving is a necessity in summer, but the red scratchy skin that I'm left with is not a good look, so I'm glad I've finally found something that does the trick.

You can buy the Odylique Organic Repair Lotion here, at Essential Care for £20 for 60ml.  It's pricey for the fairly small tube but I honestly would reconsider repurchasing considering the effect it has.  

There's lots more in the Odylique range, and now I want to give other products a go!  Have you tried anything from the brand?

first impressions: Odylique Repair Lotion

11.7.14

I was sent this lotion a while back and it's unlike anything else in my stash.  For body lotions, I prefer them to be scented and when it comes to hand creams, suffering with eczema means I have to be quite particular.  This is different though, and has definitely earned a place in my collection.  

Odylique is 100% natural, and this Repair Lotion promises to "calm and aid the repair of distressed and allergy-prone skin on your face or body."  I suffer from really bad skin irritation when I shave my legs; it's so bad that I can't moisturise for a day or so afterwards.  It burns, and I'm not joking when I tell you I've woken up in the night with hot, itchy legs.  But with summer comes skirts, and upon realising right before a family BBQ that I had a bit of regrowth I hastily shaved and let the itching commence.  It's unbearable, and as a last resort I applied this lotion and hoped for the best.

It did the trick!  I've never had anything soothe my skin as quickly as this before, and I was starting to feel at my wit's end.  Shaving is a necessity in summer, but the red scratchy skin that I'm left with is not a good look, so I'm glad I've finally found something that does the trick.

You can buy the Odylique Organic Repair Lotion here, at Essential Care for £20 for 60ml.  It's pricey for the fairly small tube but I honestly would reconsider repurchasing considering the effect it has.  

There's lots more in the Odylique range, and now I want to give other products a go!  Have you tried anything from the brand?
After a bit of a fail on last month's challenge, I was hoping for something a little easier to achieve this time.  Success!  This month, Zara and I will be trying our hand at pottery painting....yes, that is what she meant when she wrote this down, I checked!

I've done it a few times before and it's a nice relaxing way to do something a bit creative, so I'm looking forward to this!

Making Memories: July

9.7.14

After a bit of a fail on last month's challenge, I was hoping for something a little easier to achieve this time.  Success!  This month, Zara and I will be trying our hand at pottery painting....yes, that is what she meant when she wrote this down, I checked!

I've done it a few times before and it's a nice relaxing way to do something a bit creative, so I'm looking forward to this!
Remember my favourite, old faithful MaxFactor Eye Brightening Tonal Black Volumising Mascara?  You should do, not only is it a mouthful but I harp on about it enough!  You can read my review here - it's my never fail mascara, but after years of repurchasing I got the itch to shop around and after hearing good reviews online, I settled for Barry M Lash Vegas Blackest Black with Fibres.

On its own, Lash Vegas Fibres was rubbish.  Really hard to work with, gave me stumpy, spidery lashes and a whole lot of mess on my eyelid.  I tried every trick in the book; wiping the excess off, tipping my head right back and looking in the mirror to apply....you name it, I just could not get this stuff to apply properly. 

So that was that, and I went back to MaxFactor.

Then I got experimental and wondered what would happen if I used them both as a 2-step application.  And with the MaxFactor used first to provide a fluttery, evenly-coated base (minus the mess everywhere else!) and Lash Vegas thickening up and adding a final oomph the results are perfect.

After many failed attempts to get a photo, you're just going to have to take my word for it.  Let me paint you a picture....my eyelashes are fairly short and stubby.  No-one's ever going to wish to have lashes like mine.  But with this new formula I'm pleasantly surprised!  It's still a fairly natural look, but an extra boost on what would otherwise be the best eyelashes I personally can achieve.

Have you tried either of these?  I've heard that the original Lash Vegas could be better...can anyone verify this?!

the new mascara dream team

7.7.14

Remember my favourite, old faithful MaxFactor Eye Brightening Tonal Black Volumising Mascara?  You should do, not only is it a mouthful but I harp on about it enough!  You can read my review here - it's my never fail mascara, but after years of repurchasing I got the itch to shop around and after hearing good reviews online, I settled for Barry M Lash Vegas Blackest Black with Fibres.

On its own, Lash Vegas Fibres was rubbish.  Really hard to work with, gave me stumpy, spidery lashes and a whole lot of mess on my eyelid.  I tried every trick in the book; wiping the excess off, tipping my head right back and looking in the mirror to apply....you name it, I just could not get this stuff to apply properly. 

So that was that, and I went back to MaxFactor.

Then I got experimental and wondered what would happen if I used them both as a 2-step application.  And with the MaxFactor used first to provide a fluttery, evenly-coated base (minus the mess everywhere else!) and Lash Vegas thickening up and adding a final oomph the results are perfect.

After many failed attempts to get a photo, you're just going to have to take my word for it.  Let me paint you a picture....my eyelashes are fairly short and stubby.  No-one's ever going to wish to have lashes like mine.  But with this new formula I'm pleasantly surprised!  It's still a fairly natural look, but an extra boost on what would otherwise be the best eyelashes I personally can achieve.

Have you tried either of these?  I've heard that the original Lash Vegas could be better...can anyone verify this?!
Am I the only one who gets the urge to do a total style revamp every now and then?  Having cut my hair into a new style, I'm leaning towards a slightly 'edgier' look, and these are the things I've got my eye on:
 
 - Chunky silver rings.  I find it really hard to shop for these and can't visualise them as a whole look when I'm in the market to buy.  I think the answer is to just go for it, layer them up and hope for the best! -
- I never thought I'd be a kimono person, but after trying one on the other day I think I've caught the bug.  This New Look one is a bargain and slightly reminiscent of one Topshop had in stock last summer -
- The epitome of edgy style; the perfect leather jacket.  I don't care where it's from and I know it's not seasonally appropriate, but it's definitely top of my list -
- A slouchy, no-fuss, black vest -
- Something I've coveted for a long while is icy blonde locks.  I've definitely gone blonder, but thanks to Chelsea Wears I now want to go even blonder, even higher up.  Take a look at this video to see how awesome it looks -
- A nose piercing?!  I'm not sure I'd ever have the guts to go through with this, but I think it looks awesome.  A tiny stud or a slim silver ring, I'd love to give it a go this summer.  The only part that puts me off is the thought of having to have the bar it's pierced with in for 6 or so weeks.  Tell me people with nose piercings, how did it look during the healing process before you could go for something daintier? -

What's on your lust list at the moment?

6: style updates I'm itching to try

4.7.14

Am I the only one who gets the urge to do a total style revamp every now and then?  Having cut my hair into a new style, I'm leaning towards a slightly 'edgier' look, and these are the things I've got my eye on:
 
 - Chunky silver rings.  I find it really hard to shop for these and can't visualise them as a whole look when I'm in the market to buy.  I think the answer is to just go for it, layer them up and hope for the best! -
- I never thought I'd be a kimono person, but after trying one on the other day I think I've caught the bug.  This New Look one is a bargain and slightly reminiscent of one Topshop had in stock last summer -
- The epitome of edgy style; the perfect leather jacket.  I don't care where it's from and I know it's not seasonally appropriate, but it's definitely top of my list -
- A slouchy, no-fuss, black vest -
- Something I've coveted for a long while is icy blonde locks.  I've definitely gone blonder, but thanks to Chelsea Wears I now want to go even blonder, even higher up.  Take a look at this video to see how awesome it looks -
- A nose piercing?!  I'm not sure I'd ever have the guts to go through with this, but I think it looks awesome.  A tiny stud or a slim silver ring, I'd love to give it a go this summer.  The only part that puts me off is the thought of having to have the bar it's pierced with in for 6 or so weeks.  Tell me people with nose piercings, how did it look during the healing process before you could go for something daintier? -

What's on your lust list at the moment?
Last month's challenge of a day trip was thwarted.  Twice.  By Ikea.  Sadly, June is always a really busy month and I'm not sure July will be much different.  We do have a place in mind for our trip though, and we will do it sometime in the near future!

As a (last minute) compromise, we eschewed a day trip and settled on a visit to a place we'd never been to before.  And that place was....Creams.  The home of puddings and definitely not one to visit whilst on a diet.

With eyes bigger than our belly, we both opted for a milkshake and pud.  I was left feeling very full indeed, but it was so worth it.  I teamed a white kinder bueno shake with a nutella and strawberry waffle....they weren't exaggerating when the menu said the waffle would come "smothered" in nutella.  Zara chose Belgian chocolate crepes with an ice cream milkshake.  And it was all amazing.  Next time I go (yes, we've discussed it already) I think we should just share a pudding between us....we both ended up leaving some, and it's not often I do that!

So while we didn't manage to complete the challenge in full, we did have a lovely Sunday evening out trying somewhere new.  In fact, I'm convinced that low key Sunday evening trips bathed in the last rays of sunshine for the day are the new thing to do.  Definitely something I'll be pushing for more of in the future.

June 2014's Memory: a trip to somewhere new

2.7.14

Last month's challenge of a day trip was thwarted.  Twice.  By Ikea.  Sadly, June is always a really busy month and I'm not sure July will be much different.  We do have a place in mind for our trip though, and we will do it sometime in the near future!

As a (last minute) compromise, we eschewed a day trip and settled on a visit to a place we'd never been to before.  And that place was....Creams.  The home of puddings and definitely not one to visit whilst on a diet.

With eyes bigger than our belly, we both opted for a milkshake and pud.  I was left feeling very full indeed, but it was so worth it.  I teamed a white kinder bueno shake with a nutella and strawberry waffle....they weren't exaggerating when the menu said the waffle would come "smothered" in nutella.  Zara chose Belgian chocolate crepes with an ice cream milkshake.  And it was all amazing.  Next time I go (yes, we've discussed it already) I think we should just share a pudding between us....we both ended up leaving some, and it's not often I do that!

So while we didn't manage to complete the challenge in full, we did have a lovely Sunday evening out trying somewhere new.  In fact, I'm convinced that low key Sunday evening trips bathed in the last rays of sunshine for the day are the new thing to do.  Definitely something I'll be pushing for more of in the future.

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