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// Knuckle down and stamp out the bad eating habits I've picked up.
// Finish the book I'm currently reading.
// Get out of the jeans + t-shirt rut I've been in and start jazzing up outfits a little more.
// Focus on the bigger picture.
// Live in the moment.
// Get my new lipliner + lipstick routine down pat.
// Go to 5 classes in the gym.
// Leave the stresses of work at work.
// Look after my skin a little more.
// Open myself up to inspiration again.

Things to try and achieve this week:

29.9.14

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// Knuckle down and stamp out the bad eating habits I've picked up.
// Finish the book I'm currently reading.
// Get out of the jeans + t-shirt rut I've been in and start jazzing up outfits a little more.
// Focus on the bigger picture.
// Live in the moment.
// Get my new lipliner + lipstick routine down pat.
// Go to 5 classes in the gym.
// Leave the stresses of work at work.
// Look after my skin a little more.
// Open myself up to inspiration again.
I like to think I've got wiser over the course of my blogging career.  I started off overthinking every. single. purchase. that I made, before derailing slightly majorly and buying everything mentioned by other bloggers...justifying many purchases as being "to review on my blog".  I'm now at a point where I consider most purchases before making them, and it takes a lot to get me suckered in and buying things for the sake of it.

Let's face it, beauty buying is blimmin' expensive, and I don't know where I sit on the whole "drugstore vs. high end" debate.  You can definitely get some quality gems on the highstreet, but for most, do you get what you pay for?

I've tried my fair share of disappointing 'luxury' products, but I've also discovered lots that really are worth the money.  Here are the pricier items that have made my Guilt-Free Repurchase list...

Apivita 3 in 1 Cleansing Milk - review here.
I'm pretty lazy when it comes to make up removal, and this simple no-need-to-rinse formula slots into my routine perfectly at the end of a long day.  But the main reason why I'd repurchase (despite the fact that it's a pretty good cleanser!) is because it's such good value for money.  I bought this bottle back at the end of November 2013, and despite using it everyday since it's only just gone down to a quarter full.  I initially considered £13 a little pricey for what it was, but considering the use I've got (and still have to go), this is a bargain.

Nuxe Reve De Miel - mentioned here.
So technically this doesn't break the bank, but I'd say £9.50 for a lip balm is the highest I'm willing to go.  I wasn't too sure on the formula of this when I first gave it a whirl, but truthfully, I wouldn't be without it.  I suffer from chapped lips, and in the past, anything that I thought was working would eventually just end up making them worse.  I've been using this most nights for over a year now and this hasn't happened yet.

YSL Glossy Stain
This is another one that I bought about a year ago; it was nearing Christmas time and was the perfect festive shade.  It's a really wearable, low maintenance formula that somehow managed to be suitable for both day and nighttime and didn't look too overdone with a bronze smokey eye.  I love it so much that I convinced three of my friends to purchase as well.  I'd happily buy more and just wish they'd increase their colour range a little more.  A nude would be perfect!

Schwarzkopf Color Freeze shampoo
This purple shampoo isn't really of any use to me at the moment, but I thought I'd throw in a mention for all you blonde haired girls out there!  I was using this on my ombre locks, but it wasn't until I went full-on blonde that this came into its own.  Following my dalliance with pink hair, we bleached it out and despite using the Bleach London white toner I was still left with too much yellow-tinged warmth for my liking.  The shampoo says for blondes to wash it off immediately after applying, but I left it on for about 5 minutes and got the perfect platinum shade.  Whilst I wouldn't say I'd recommended going against the instructions, the general consensus I found on YouTube was that most people had been fine doing this and at the very most had slightly greyish/silver toned locks.  That said, my sister told me they use it in her salon and have had incidences of slightly blue results!  Be warned...

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - review here.
Yes, I'm mentioning it again!  After my initial review, this little pot of magic cropped up again in this post so I'll keep it short and sweet here.  You want perfectly defined brows?  You need this.

Urban Decay Chill Make Up Setting Spray - review here.
I use this spray every day to ensure that my make up stays put.  I'm not sure if it's down to this, or better application of foundation, primer, or just better skincare in general...but something's working.  And these bottles last for ages.  I've easily had this one for 10+ months and it's still going strong.

Chanel Bronze Universal
This is a really pricey buy, but I hate to say it....it's justified!  I love using this to subtly warm up my skin and it's a staple in my routine.  Use it all over, or pinpoint areas to contour; this creamy bronzer has no shimmer so it's perfect for either.  I'll hate doing it, but when this runs out I'll definitely have to repurchase.

Beauty: best investment buys

22.9.14

I like to think I've got wiser over the course of my blogging career.  I started off overthinking every. single. purchase. that I made, before derailing slightly majorly and buying everything mentioned by other bloggers...justifying many purchases as being "to review on my blog".  I'm now at a point where I consider most purchases before making them, and it takes a lot to get me suckered in and buying things for the sake of it.

Let's face it, beauty buying is blimmin' expensive, and I don't know where I sit on the whole "drugstore vs. high end" debate.  You can definitely get some quality gems on the highstreet, but for most, do you get what you pay for?

I've tried my fair share of disappointing 'luxury' products, but I've also discovered lots that really are worth the money.  Here are the pricier items that have made my Guilt-Free Repurchase list...

Apivita 3 in 1 Cleansing Milk - review here.
I'm pretty lazy when it comes to make up removal, and this simple no-need-to-rinse formula slots into my routine perfectly at the end of a long day.  But the main reason why I'd repurchase (despite the fact that it's a pretty good cleanser!) is because it's such good value for money.  I bought this bottle back at the end of November 2013, and despite using it everyday since it's only just gone down to a quarter full.  I initially considered £13 a little pricey for what it was, but considering the use I've got (and still have to go), this is a bargain.

Nuxe Reve De Miel - mentioned here.
So technically this doesn't break the bank, but I'd say £9.50 for a lip balm is the highest I'm willing to go.  I wasn't too sure on the formula of this when I first gave it a whirl, but truthfully, I wouldn't be without it.  I suffer from chapped lips, and in the past, anything that I thought was working would eventually just end up making them worse.  I've been using this most nights for over a year now and this hasn't happened yet.

YSL Glossy Stain
This is another one that I bought about a year ago; it was nearing Christmas time and was the perfect festive shade.  It's a really wearable, low maintenance formula that somehow managed to be suitable for both day and nighttime and didn't look too overdone with a bronze smokey eye.  I love it so much that I convinced three of my friends to purchase as well.  I'd happily buy more and just wish they'd increase their colour range a little more.  A nude would be perfect!

Schwarzkopf Color Freeze shampoo
This purple shampoo isn't really of any use to me at the moment, but I thought I'd throw in a mention for all you blonde haired girls out there!  I was using this on my ombre locks, but it wasn't until I went full-on blonde that this came into its own.  Following my dalliance with pink hair, we bleached it out and despite using the Bleach London white toner I was still left with too much yellow-tinged warmth for my liking.  The shampoo says for blondes to wash it off immediately after applying, but I left it on for about 5 minutes and got the perfect platinum shade.  Whilst I wouldn't say I'd recommended going against the instructions, the general consensus I found on YouTube was that most people had been fine doing this and at the very most had slightly greyish/silver toned locks.  That said, my sister told me they use it in her salon and have had incidences of slightly blue results!  Be warned...

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - review here.
Yes, I'm mentioning it again!  After my initial review, this little pot of magic cropped up again in this post so I'll keep it short and sweet here.  You want perfectly defined brows?  You need this.

Urban Decay Chill Make Up Setting Spray - review here.
I use this spray every day to ensure that my make up stays put.  I'm not sure if it's down to this, or better application of foundation, primer, or just better skincare in general...but something's working.  And these bottles last for ages.  I've easily had this one for 10+ months and it's still going strong.

Chanel Bronze Universal
This is a really pricey buy, but I hate to say it....it's justified!  I love using this to subtly warm up my skin and it's a staple in my routine.  Use it all over, or pinpoint areas to contour; this creamy bronzer has no shimmer so it's perfect for either.  I'll hate doing it, but when this runs out I'll definitely have to repurchase.

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You may have noticed, but unfortunately we missed August's memory.  It was to go on a trip to Bicester, but we realised that with neither of us having money to spare it didn't really make too much sense to go.  I think we'll go in the coming months, but we did actually see a fair bit of each other last month and make some memories that way.

So back on track with September.  This month we're not allowed to buy any treats....I think this could be our most challenging challenge yet!  So far so good, and seeing as this is a fairly solitary task, we'll spend a day together doing fun things that don't cost a penny.  I've got a couple of ideas up my sleeve, but please do leave any suggestions below for things we can do!

Making Memories: September

17.9.14

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You may have noticed, but unfortunately we missed August's memory.  It was to go on a trip to Bicester, but we realised that with neither of us having money to spare it didn't really make too much sense to go.  I think we'll go in the coming months, but we did actually see a fair bit of each other last month and make some memories that way.

So back on track with September.  This month we're not allowed to buy any treats....I think this could be our most challenging challenge yet!  So far so good, and seeing as this is a fairly solitary task, we'll spend a day together doing fun things that don't cost a penny.  I've got a couple of ideas up my sleeve, but please do leave any suggestions below for things we can do!
As I mentioned in my 'Ways to Minimise Stress' post, I've rediscovered my love for visiting the library and have vowed to dedicate the time to reading a book a week.  I'm always discovering new books to read through other people's blogs, so here's my thoughts on the books I've read recently.

The Red  House // Mark Haddon
I devoured Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'  (even reviewing it ages ago here) and although The Red House is completely different, there's still that quirky writing style present.  I gave it a good go, but this was another book this month that just didn't float my boat.  It tells the story of a dysfunctional family on holiday, but the disjointed streams of confidence from the different characters all mixed in together just didn't gel for me.  It was written well, but made reading feel too much like work for my liking.  Another one I gave up on.
Rating: 2/5
Elijah's Mermaid // Essie Fox
Set in the Victorian era, it took me a while to adjust to reading a book with a period tone.  Once I settled into that rhythm though, I was hooked.  Readers looking for something a little out of the ordinary will really enjoy this story with its dark tones and the intertwining lives of the characters.  This was unlike anything I've read before, and I'm looking forward to tracking down more of Fox's books.
Rating: 4/5
The Confusion of Karen Carpenter // Jonathan Harvey
If you've read any of Harvey's books, you won't be disappointed by this.  It's witty and enjoyable chick lit, but also successfully tackles the delicate issue of mental illness.  Harvey, yet again, writes from the viewpoint of a woman surprisingly well, and this book is my favourite of his work that I've read.
Rating: 4/5
Adverbs // Daniel Handler
In theory, this is a really interesting book.  It's a collection of short, non-conventional love stories, showcasing the many different faces that love can have.  I really didn't enjoy it.  Reviews promised stunning writing; I didn't see that, I just didn't get it.  After two stories I gave up.  For a long time that was something I would never do, but I've realised that life is just too damn short for boring books.
 Rating: 1/5

Which books should I check out next?

Read // 1

15.9.14

As I mentioned in my 'Ways to Minimise Stress' post, I've rediscovered my love for visiting the library and have vowed to dedicate the time to reading a book a week.  I'm always discovering new books to read through other people's blogs, so here's my thoughts on the books I've read recently.

The Red  House // Mark Haddon
I devoured Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'  (even reviewing it ages ago here) and although The Red House is completely different, there's still that quirky writing style present.  I gave it a good go, but this was another book this month that just didn't float my boat.  It tells the story of a dysfunctional family on holiday, but the disjointed streams of confidence from the different characters all mixed in together just didn't gel for me.  It was written well, but made reading feel too much like work for my liking.  Another one I gave up on.
Rating: 2/5
Elijah's Mermaid // Essie Fox
Set in the Victorian era, it took me a while to adjust to reading a book with a period tone.  Once I settled into that rhythm though, I was hooked.  Readers looking for something a little out of the ordinary will really enjoy this story with its dark tones and the intertwining lives of the characters.  This was unlike anything I've read before, and I'm looking forward to tracking down more of Fox's books.
Rating: 4/5
The Confusion of Karen Carpenter // Jonathan Harvey
If you've read any of Harvey's books, you won't be disappointed by this.  It's witty and enjoyable chick lit, but also successfully tackles the delicate issue of mental illness.  Harvey, yet again, writes from the viewpoint of a woman surprisingly well, and this book is my favourite of his work that I've read.
Rating: 4/5
Adverbs // Daniel Handler
In theory, this is a really interesting book.  It's a collection of short, non-conventional love stories, showcasing the many different faces that love can have.  I really didn't enjoy it.  Reviews promised stunning writing; I didn't see that, I just didn't get it.  After two stories I gave up.  For a long time that was something I would never do, but I've realised that life is just too damn short for boring books.
 Rating: 1/5

Which books should I check out next?

Follow for: outfits, some serious '#fromwhereIstand's, and a designer collection to die for.

Follow for: cats, monthly goals and mini book reviews.

Follow for: stunning photography.  I need to know which filter Carin uses!
Follow for: minimalist jewellery and beautifully stylized photos.

Follow for: stunning scenery and a whole lotta wanderlust.

Follow for: outfits, landscapes and life in general.
Are there any other instagrammers I should add to my feed?

6: Instagram accounts to follow

10.9.14

Follow for: outfits, some serious '#fromwhereIstand's, and a designer collection to die for.

Follow for: cats, monthly goals and mini book reviews.

Follow for: stunning photography.  I need to know which filter Carin uses!
Follow for: minimalist jewellery and beautifully stylized photos.

Follow for: stunning scenery and a whole lotta wanderlust.

Follow for: outfits, landscapes and life in general.
Are there any other instagrammers I should add to my feed?
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Get some perspective | Get out there and do something that completely consumes your thoughts, whether that's exercise, writing, pampering....whatever works for you.  Although I don't particularly enjoy it, I often find that exercise helps me.  By the end of a workout I'll realise that whatever it is stressing me out hasn't even entered my head.  Makes you see how insignificant these things can be.

Make time for loved ones | As you get older it can be tricky to co-ordinate schedules and spend time with the ones that lift you up.  My friends and I have recently agreed to penciling in the second Saturday of every month to spend with each other doing whatever.  It doesn't have to be a big thing, just something to look forward to and break up the mundane.

Do more of what makes you happy |  You wouldn't believe how content I feel when I step out of my local library.  I love reading, but it's the act of actually visiting the library that brings me the most joy.  I'm never happier than with arms laden with books as I make my way out of that little building.  It's a small act, but one that I'd given up on for years after racking up such huge late return fees.  Now I've scheduled regular visits into my routine, and I really look forward to Library Tuesday.

Spend within your means | Money is a big source of stress for me.  I've taken on quite a few financial commitments lately and I'm feeling the strain.  I'm not one for mass overspending, but I definitely feel less stressed when I'm not living with Buyer's Remorse.

Declutter |  Tidy house tidy mind and all that, right?  It's so much more clarifying for my mind when my surroundings are free from mess.  I've recently detoxed my wardrobe as well; it feels strangely liberating to be ruthless with my clothes hoard collection, and selling the stuff that's in good nick online can help with the pointer above as well.

Refocus |  Maybe it's time for you to move on from areas of your life that are bringing you down.  I try to think that if something doesn't make me happy, then it's up to me to fix it.  Don't sit and moan about it if you aren't prepared to take steps to change things.  You are the key to your own happiness! << how many cliches can I fit into one paragraph?!  Cheesy it may be... it's true.  And whilst taking those steps away from what you know can be scary, I find that even taking the time to think about other options can leave me feeling much more positive.

Get a good night's sleep |  If I'm running low on sleep, I'm a teary, short-tempered, foul-mouthed demon.  Which is why sleep is always a priority for me.  Indisputably it has a major effect on moods and functioning, so making the effort to get to bed at a reasonable time can really help minimise stress.

Do what you can do |  I read a lot about stress a while ago, and one of the things that resonated with me was conscientiousness.  A more conscientious person will feel more stress because they always put pressure on themselves to do their very best, whatever the circumstance.  I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but take the time to consider whether it's reasonable that you can actually achieve the things you've set yourself.  If it's not, and there are external factors working against you, it's time to step back and do what you can actually do.  You're only human.

See the positives |  At times it can seem like it's all doom and gloom.  It isn't!  Retrain yourself to see the positives and you'll soon feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders.  The smallest thing can be positive; when I first started trying to think like this, that very morning I got stuck in a traffic jam at roadworks.  But I was able the last car to get through the lights before they turned red again.  Positives, see!

Stress is a constant battle for me, but I'm all for hearing how you manage to limit your stress.  Please, tell me below if you have any extra tips!

Ways to minimise stress

8.9.14

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Get some perspective | Get out there and do something that completely consumes your thoughts, whether that's exercise, writing, pampering....whatever works for you.  Although I don't particularly enjoy it, I often find that exercise helps me.  By the end of a workout I'll realise that whatever it is stressing me out hasn't even entered my head.  Makes you see how insignificant these things can be.

Make time for loved ones | As you get older it can be tricky to co-ordinate schedules and spend time with the ones that lift you up.  My friends and I have recently agreed to penciling in the second Saturday of every month to spend with each other doing whatever.  It doesn't have to be a big thing, just something to look forward to and break up the mundane.

Do more of what makes you happy |  You wouldn't believe how content I feel when I step out of my local library.  I love reading, but it's the act of actually visiting the library that brings me the most joy.  I'm never happier than with arms laden with books as I make my way out of that little building.  It's a small act, but one that I'd given up on for years after racking up such huge late return fees.  Now I've scheduled regular visits into my routine, and I really look forward to Library Tuesday.

Spend within your means | Money is a big source of stress for me.  I've taken on quite a few financial commitments lately and I'm feeling the strain.  I'm not one for mass overspending, but I definitely feel less stressed when I'm not living with Buyer's Remorse.

Declutter |  Tidy house tidy mind and all that, right?  It's so much more clarifying for my mind when my surroundings are free from mess.  I've recently detoxed my wardrobe as well; it feels strangely liberating to be ruthless with my clothes hoard collection, and selling the stuff that's in good nick online can help with the pointer above as well.

Refocus |  Maybe it's time for you to move on from areas of your life that are bringing you down.  I try to think that if something doesn't make me happy, then it's up to me to fix it.  Don't sit and moan about it if you aren't prepared to take steps to change things.  You are the key to your own happiness! << how many cliches can I fit into one paragraph?!  Cheesy it may be... it's true.  And whilst taking those steps away from what you know can be scary, I find that even taking the time to think about other options can leave me feeling much more positive.

Get a good night's sleep |  If I'm running low on sleep, I'm a teary, short-tempered, foul-mouthed demon.  Which is why sleep is always a priority for me.  Indisputably it has a major effect on moods and functioning, so making the effort to get to bed at a reasonable time can really help minimise stress.

Do what you can do |  I read a lot about stress a while ago, and one of the things that resonated with me was conscientiousness.  A more conscientious person will feel more stress because they always put pressure on themselves to do their very best, whatever the circumstance.  I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but take the time to consider whether it's reasonable that you can actually achieve the things you've set yourself.  If it's not, and there are external factors working against you, it's time to step back and do what you can actually do.  You're only human.

See the positives |  At times it can seem like it's all doom and gloom.  It isn't!  Retrain yourself to see the positives and you'll soon feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders.  The smallest thing can be positive; when I first started trying to think like this, that very morning I got stuck in a traffic jam at roadworks.  But I was able the last car to get through the lights before they turned red again.  Positives, see!

Stress is a constant battle for me, but I'm all for hearing how you manage to limit your stress.  Please, tell me below if you have any extra tips!

Every once in a while I like to have a real rotation in my beauty routine.  I'm a creature of habit, and for the most part I stick to what I know.  But this summer I've made a few additions to the core of my collection and thought I'd share with the products making the cut right now.

I've already told you how much I love the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade and it's not the only change to my make up routine that have been introduced.  Recently I've been back on the gel eyeliner thang, switching between my brown and black Maybelline Gel Liners depending on the look I'm going with.  The Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe has been a regular feature as well, and I'm loving the similar tones of the new L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure shadows I recently bought.  Shades 200 and 201, if you were wondering.  Then, moving onto lips, I've been loving the Mirabella Lip Lustre Liner in Shy.  I've been debating purchasing MAC's Whirl for a while, and for the time being this ticks that brown-tinged-rosy-color box until I make my mind up whether to buy or not.

And finally, perfume.  I don't often splash out on perfume, and can't actually remember the last time I bought any, but I fell in love with this one - Vanille & Narcisse from L'Occitane.  I've never bought anything from L'Occitane before, but this is a scent that's right up my street.  It's a grown up sort of vanilla that's not sickly sweet, with a deeper, muskier layer in there as well.  I'm no perfume-describer but, trust me, it's a good'un!

What do you think of my picks?

The beauty shake up

5.9.14


Every once in a while I like to have a real rotation in my beauty routine.  I'm a creature of habit, and for the most part I stick to what I know.  But this summer I've made a few additions to the core of my collection and thought I'd share with the products making the cut right now.

I've already told you how much I love the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade and it's not the only change to my make up routine that have been introduced.  Recently I've been back on the gel eyeliner thang, switching between my brown and black Maybelline Gel Liners depending on the look I'm going with.  The Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe has been a regular feature as well, and I'm loving the similar tones of the new L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure shadows I recently bought.  Shades 200 and 201, if you were wondering.  Then, moving onto lips, I've been loving the Mirabella Lip Lustre Liner in Shy.  I've been debating purchasing MAC's Whirl for a while, and for the time being this ticks that brown-tinged-rosy-color box until I make my mind up whether to buy or not.

And finally, perfume.  I don't often splash out on perfume, and can't actually remember the last time I bought any, but I fell in love with this one - Vanille & Narcisse from L'Occitane.  I've never bought anything from L'Occitane before, but this is a scent that's right up my street.  It's a grown up sort of vanilla that's not sickly sweet, with a deeper, muskier layer in there as well.  I'm no perfume-describer but, trust me, it's a good'un!

What do you think of my picks?
No pun intended, but I can't quite put my finger on why I love layered silver rings so much.  I've lusted after that overcrowded fingers look for a long long time, but only recently managed to build my collection up to something that I'm pleased with.  It can be quite daunting actually - hard to picture the finished effect as you collect odd pieces here and there, so I thought I'd share with you my tips that I've learnt along the way.  I wish I'd had something like this to read when I first started shopping around!
For me, the starting place was to start creating a clear idea of what it was I wanted.  I've got a pinterest board dedicated to jewellery, and it was here that I started pinning picture upon picture of that stacked up jewellery look.  Having a collection like this meant I could really look at what style it was I wanted, and even track down the rings I liked that other people were wearing.

Have a look through your collection and see what you already own.  I don't think that simple, silver bands will ever go out of style, and it was good to see that I owned a few already.  Don't be afraid to invest in these classic styles; my plainest rings are also my most expensive, with a few from Links of London and Tiffany forming the basis of any look.

Speaking of investment, if it's a style you really like then I'd say splash out and get it in sterling silver.  These don't have to be the most expensive ones in your collection, but this way you know that they'll last.  After years of buying similar high street styles, I finally bit the bullet and placed an order on Regal Rose lately.  Their selection of rings is stunning, and I can wear them to my heart's content safe in the knowledge that they won't tarnish or turn my fingers green.

The high street is no bad thing, though.  For fast fashion (and easily lost midi rings), I turn to the likes of Topshop.  Bulk out your collection with budget-friendly pieces of interest to avoid spending a fortune.  Chances are, you won't be wearing them forever but it's a quick, cheap and easy way to switch things up and remix the look. 

And finally, a few places to look.  For sterling silver on the high street, Essential have a surprisingly large (and reasonably priced) collection.  Ok, so they're not always the most stylish, but there are definitely some gems to be found if you have a good look.  I've already mentioned my current favourite, Regal Rose, but there's also The Bohemian Collective for beautifully simple midi rings and Shop Dixi for sterling silver mixed with gemstones.  Oh, and let's not forget markets!  I recently visited Camden and was overwhelmed with the various silver rings on sale.  I didn't make a purchase, but am planning another visit very soon!

Is there anywhere else I should be looking?  I'm happy with the state of my fingers right now, but with a hoarder like me there's always room for more!

Building a ring collection

3.9.14

No pun intended, but I can't quite put my finger on why I love layered silver rings so much.  I've lusted after that overcrowded fingers look for a long long time, but only recently managed to build my collection up to something that I'm pleased with.  It can be quite daunting actually - hard to picture the finished effect as you collect odd pieces here and there, so I thought I'd share with you my tips that I've learnt along the way.  I wish I'd had something like this to read when I first started shopping around!
For me, the starting place was to start creating a clear idea of what it was I wanted.  I've got a pinterest board dedicated to jewellery, and it was here that I started pinning picture upon picture of that stacked up jewellery look.  Having a collection like this meant I could really look at what style it was I wanted, and even track down the rings I liked that other people were wearing.

Have a look through your collection and see what you already own.  I don't think that simple, silver bands will ever go out of style, and it was good to see that I owned a few already.  Don't be afraid to invest in these classic styles; my plainest rings are also my most expensive, with a few from Links of London and Tiffany forming the basis of any look.

Speaking of investment, if it's a style you really like then I'd say splash out and get it in sterling silver.  These don't have to be the most expensive ones in your collection, but this way you know that they'll last.  After years of buying similar high street styles, I finally bit the bullet and placed an order on Regal Rose lately.  Their selection of rings is stunning, and I can wear them to my heart's content safe in the knowledge that they won't tarnish or turn my fingers green.

The high street is no bad thing, though.  For fast fashion (and easily lost midi rings), I turn to the likes of Topshop.  Bulk out your collection with budget-friendly pieces of interest to avoid spending a fortune.  Chances are, you won't be wearing them forever but it's a quick, cheap and easy way to switch things up and remix the look. 

And finally, a few places to look.  For sterling silver on the high street, Essential have a surprisingly large (and reasonably priced) collection.  Ok, so they're not always the most stylish, but there are definitely some gems to be found if you have a good look.  I've already mentioned my current favourite, Regal Rose, but there's also The Bohemian Collective for beautifully simple midi rings and Shop Dixi for sterling silver mixed with gemstones.  Oh, and let's not forget markets!  I recently visited Camden and was overwhelmed with the various silver rings on sale.  I didn't make a purchase, but am planning another visit very soon!

Is there anywhere else I should be looking?  I'm happy with the state of my fingers right now, but with a hoarder like me there's always room for more!
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It's officially around the corner, so for autumn this year I'm leaning towards a cleaner palette rather than the usual rich tones I've favoured in the past.  Think soft greys and beiges, with golden accents.

I'm attempting to be more frugal, hence this more "budget" wishlist, and I'm hoping to gradually add theses bits and pieces to my collection.  Top of the list is that Baby Ruby necklace, although I'm torn between its pinky tones and that of it's green counterpart - the Baby Bertha.  And how about those names?!  Too cute.  After that it's the cable knit jumper, which I'm hoping will be lovely and soft in person.

Accessory-wise, I'm in need of a new phone case and really love this Kate Spade-esque one which comes in at a fraction of the designer price.  And I'm not in need of a new notebook, but how can I resist this one?  Bright white (although not for long, in my handbag) with gold writing.  It ticks all the boxes for me.

Finally, this wouldn't be a wishlist from me if I didn't include some form of animal print.  The subtle croc-effect on the bag looks lovely and soft, and I'm imagining that fabulous leopard print number with skinnies and ballet pumps. Perfection.

6: autumn updates for under £40

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 

It's officially around the corner, so for autumn this year I'm leaning towards a cleaner palette rather than the usual rich tones I've favoured in the past.  Think soft greys and beiges, with golden accents.

I'm attempting to be more frugal, hence this more "budget" wishlist, and I'm hoping to gradually add theses bits and pieces to my collection.  Top of the list is that Baby Ruby necklace, although I'm torn between its pinky tones and that of it's green counterpart - the Baby Bertha.  And how about those names?!  Too cute.  After that it's the cable knit jumper, which I'm hoping will be lovely and soft in person.

Accessory-wise, I'm in need of a new phone case and really love this Kate Spade-esque one which comes in at a fraction of the designer price.  And I'm not in need of a new notebook, but how can I resist this one?  Bright white (although not for long, in my handbag) with gold writing.  It ticks all the boxes for me.

Finally, this wouldn't be a wishlist from me if I didn't include some form of animal print.  The subtle croc-effect on the bag looks lovely and soft, and I'm imagining that fabulous leopard print number with skinnies and ballet pumps. Perfection.

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