Last weekend, my best friend got married.  I'll keep my words brief, as they'll never do justice to the stunning venue of the medieval citadel of Carcassone.  It was a beautiful weekend which, being unexpectedly spread across two days, really made the whole thing more of an shared experience rather than 'just' a wedding.  From the nighttime ceremony, dashing across the cobbles in front of Cathedral Saint-Michel de Carcassone with onlookers cheering to the lavish reception the following day; it truly was an unforgettable event.


I'm still adjusting to seeing her new surname on Facebook; it's a funny feeling watching a best friend embark on a new journey.  From my viewpoint, not much has changed.....yet so much is different.  The photos can't capture the excitement, charm, fun and love that the weekend encompassed, but I'm so proud to have been able to share it with everyone.

Congratulations, Sam and James.
14th - 15th May 2015

A wedding in Carcassone

29.5.15


Last weekend, my best friend got married.  I'll keep my words brief, as they'll never do justice to the stunning venue of the medieval citadel of Carcassone.  It was a beautiful weekend which, being unexpectedly spread across two days, really made the whole thing more of an shared experience rather than 'just' a wedding.  From the nighttime ceremony, dashing across the cobbles in front of Cathedral Saint-Michel de Carcassone with onlookers cheering to the lavish reception the following day; it truly was an unforgettable event.


I'm still adjusting to seeing her new surname on Facebook; it's a funny feeling watching a best friend embark on a new journey.  From my viewpoint, not much has changed.....yet so much is different.  The photos can't capture the excitement, charm, fun and love that the weekend encompassed, but I'm so proud to have been able to share it with everyone.

Congratulations, Sam and James.
14th - 15th May 2015
I spent the weekend before last within the city walls of Cite de Carcassone in the South of France for my best friend's wedding.  I think you'll agree that waking up to a view other than a medieval castle, breathtaking cathedral or quaint cobbled streets is somewhat of a comedown.  Which is why the offer of trialling Debenhams' Flowers by Post service couldn't have come at a better time!  Our bridesmaid bouquets were made up of white roses and peonies so I opted for 'Peony Perfection' to relieve the happy memories.  In actual fact, I browsed the summer collection and was impressed with the range they had to offer!  I've never received/bought 'proper' flowers before (sob!) and thought that the prices seemed really reasonable.  Debenhams even offer 'next day flowers', and this beautiful posy arrived safe and sound on Saturday morning.  And even better, if you fancy getting your hands on a bouquet, Debenhams are offering 25% off their flower delivery service with the code DFBLOG25.

So what else is new?  Half term has arrived!  I'm looking forward to a week of catching up on blogs and books, possibly filming, all finished off with a shopping day with Lizzie.  H&M Home has finally come to Reading so we're making a dedicated trip there!  My birthday's coming up in a couple of weeks, so I think a little pre-birthday splurge is a must.

In all honesty, I've become a little lazy with aspects of blogging.  I love the look of flat-lay photos, but feel like I've been relying on them too much.  No doubt about it, they're quick to take and have that minimalistic style that I love, but it's always good to step outside of your comfort zone and go for something different.  For this post I cracked out my full DSLR with its 50mm lens to capture the beauty of the flowers.  I'm really pleased with how the photos came out and this process has served as a little reminder to add in the extra effort sometimes.

So there's my resolution for the next few months....what's yours?

Lately,

27.5.15

I spent the weekend before last within the city walls of Cite de Carcassone in the South of France for my best friend's wedding.  I think you'll agree that waking up to a view other than a medieval castle, breathtaking cathedral or quaint cobbled streets is somewhat of a comedown.  Which is why the offer of trialling Debenhams' Flowers by Post service couldn't have come at a better time!  Our bridesmaid bouquets were made up of white roses and peonies so I opted for 'Peony Perfection' to relieve the happy memories.  In actual fact, I browsed the summer collection and was impressed with the range they had to offer!  I've never received/bought 'proper' flowers before (sob!) and thought that the prices seemed really reasonable.  Debenhams even offer 'next day flowers', and this beautiful posy arrived safe and sound on Saturday morning.  And even better, if you fancy getting your hands on a bouquet, Debenhams are offering 25% off their flower delivery service with the code DFBLOG25.

So what else is new?  Half term has arrived!  I'm looking forward to a week of catching up on blogs and books, possibly filming, all finished off with a shopping day with Lizzie.  H&M Home has finally come to Reading so we're making a dedicated trip there!  My birthday's coming up in a couple of weeks, so I think a little pre-birthday splurge is a must.

In all honesty, I've become a little lazy with aspects of blogging.  I love the look of flat-lay photos, but feel like I've been relying on them too much.  No doubt about it, they're quick to take and have that minimalistic style that I love, but it's always good to step outside of your comfort zone and go for something different.  For this post I cracked out my full DSLR with its 50mm lens to capture the beauty of the flowers.  I'm really pleased with how the photos came out and this process has served as a little reminder to add in the extra effort sometimes.

So there's my resolution for the next few months....what's yours?
Welcome to an exciting new series! A couple of blogger friends and I are real book worms and after toying with the idea of setting up a blogger book club for a while, we bit the bullet and went for it.  Every month, Lizzie, Leanne and I will be reading a specific book and sharing our thoughts with you.  And this month we went for Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey.

I feature short reviews every couple of weeks, but have decided to do these more in depth ones in a slightly different way.  I'll be sharing with you my thoughts in anticipation of reading the book, midway through and again at the end.

Onto the review...

"Maud is forgetful.  She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it.  She goes tot he shops and forgets why she went.  Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.

But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing.  The note in her pocket tells her so.  And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery.  One everyone has forgotten about.

Everyone, except Maud...."

Before | I'd been eying up this book for a while.  The premise of it is that her friend Elizabeth is missing, but only Maud seems worried by this.  Trouble is, Maud is suffering with dementia and can't actually remember much.  But she knows Elizabeth is missing, so how can she make everyone else believe?  I was excited to get started with this and was hopeful it'd be a unique and interesting read.

During |  Reading the book soon began to feel like a chore, and I could only manage a chapter or two in one sitting.  It's written through Maud's eyes and as such reflects how disjointed and confused her thoughts are.  It really helps to build up empathy for Maud, her condition and her lifestyle but was frustrating to read.  I felt as though the story wasn't progressing, and was more about the journey of Maud's everyday life rather than the end destination and storyline.  Flashbacks to Maud's childhood are cleverly linked into (and provide a bit of a break from) the story; these were much easier to read as they reference a time in her life when she didn't suffer with memory loss.  There are very few additional characters in Maud's 'current' life, and being mentioned through Maud's narrative means they aren't developed fully and are hard to really get to know.

After | I really started to enjoy the book for the second half.  It picked up a pace, and the mystery of Maud's early life starts to unravel.  The flashbacks tell the tale of how her older sister went missing, and it was this aspect of the book that really gripped me.  The ending ties up all loose ends nicely, but I honestly can't actually remember the outcome.  Was it an unforgettable (pardon the pun) read?  In truth, no.  It was sensitively written and gave me an insight into the damaging effects of dementia, but wasn't the groundbreaking story I'd hoped it would be.

But don't take my word for it!  Elizabeth Is Missing was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award last year, amongst others, and has good reviews online.....I'd love to know your thoughts if you've read this yet?

// Don't forget to read Lizzie's review and Leanne's too! //

Blogger Book Club #1: Elizabeth Is Missing

25.5.15

Welcome to an exciting new series! A couple of blogger friends and I are real book worms and after toying with the idea of setting up a blogger book club for a while, we bit the bullet and went for it.  Every month, Lizzie, Leanne and I will be reading a specific book and sharing our thoughts with you.  And this month we went for Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey.

I feature short reviews every couple of weeks, but have decided to do these more in depth ones in a slightly different way.  I'll be sharing with you my thoughts in anticipation of reading the book, midway through and again at the end.

Onto the review...

"Maud is forgetful.  She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it.  She goes tot he shops and forgets why she went.  Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.

But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing.  The note in her pocket tells her so.  And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery.  One everyone has forgotten about.

Everyone, except Maud...."

Before | I'd been eying up this book for a while.  The premise of it is that her friend Elizabeth is missing, but only Maud seems worried by this.  Trouble is, Maud is suffering with dementia and can't actually remember much.  But she knows Elizabeth is missing, so how can she make everyone else believe?  I was excited to get started with this and was hopeful it'd be a unique and interesting read.

During |  Reading the book soon began to feel like a chore, and I could only manage a chapter or two in one sitting.  It's written through Maud's eyes and as such reflects how disjointed and confused her thoughts are.  It really helps to build up empathy for Maud, her condition and her lifestyle but was frustrating to read.  I felt as though the story wasn't progressing, and was more about the journey of Maud's everyday life rather than the end destination and storyline.  Flashbacks to Maud's childhood are cleverly linked into (and provide a bit of a break from) the story; these were much easier to read as they reference a time in her life when she didn't suffer with memory loss.  There are very few additional characters in Maud's 'current' life, and being mentioned through Maud's narrative means they aren't developed fully and are hard to really get to know.

After | I really started to enjoy the book for the second half.  It picked up a pace, and the mystery of Maud's early life starts to unravel.  The flashbacks tell the tale of how her older sister went missing, and it was this aspect of the book that really gripped me.  The ending ties up all loose ends nicely, but I honestly can't actually remember the outcome.  Was it an unforgettable (pardon the pun) read?  In truth, no.  It was sensitively written and gave me an insight into the damaging effects of dementia, but wasn't the groundbreaking story I'd hoped it would be.

But don't take my word for it!  Elizabeth Is Missing was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award last year, amongst others, and has good reviews online.....I'd love to know your thoughts if you've read this yet?

// Don't forget to read Lizzie's review and Leanne's too! //
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There will always be something you should have done differently when you first started | For me, the list is quite long.  I should have shown my face sooner, gone with my real name and set up twitter a lot earlier.  The more bloggers I meet, the more I realise I started when it was a relatively new craft.  And if I'd been less worried about trying to keep my identity anonymous, and got on board with social media, who knows how that would have reflected on my blog today.

If you work full time, the chances of natural lighting may never be in your favour | Happy days during the summer - you'll most likely be able to get home and take photos in natural light.  But let's face it, British weather is never that reliable.  More likely is that you'll struggle to find enough light to take decent photos even at weekends.  Investing in artificial lighting is an option that will ease the pain, and editing helps, but there's nothing better than that brief window of good luck where photo-taking is hassle-free.

Think carefully about social media handles and names | I'm at the point now where I'm looking to change my blog name to something that reflects me a little more.  I've already done it once, when my blog was in its very early stages and I hadn't invested in a url or YouTube channel.  Now, the implications seem wide-ranging.....dead links, confused readers, conflicting YouTube urls are all very real possibilities.  Think long and hard before you settle on a 'brand name', as such.

Sometimes you won't have anything to write about | It took a long time for me to reach this stage, years in fact, but talking to other bloggers means I've learnt that it inevitably happens.  Take a break from the internet if needs be, get some perspective.....and if you decide you want to continue, just take it slow.  You may get out of your blogger slump overnight, but there's nothing worse than forcing content.  You'll know it's not genuine, and chances are so will your readers.

Stay realistic | I suppose it's fairly easy for some to see the successes of mega-famous bloggers and YouTubers and think it's a guarantee.  95% of bloggers aren't going to get book deals, earn shizzloads of money through advertising, launch make up ranges or get mobbed on the street.  I'm not one to judge people's motives for blogging, but if you're doing it thinking that this is the norm then you may need to reassess.

More thoughts on blogging

20.5.15

Image found via Pinterest

There will always be something you should have done differently when you first started | For me, the list is quite long.  I should have shown my face sooner, gone with my real name and set up twitter a lot earlier.  The more bloggers I meet, the more I realise I started when it was a relatively new craft.  And if I'd been less worried about trying to keep my identity anonymous, and got on board with social media, who knows how that would have reflected on my blog today.

If you work full time, the chances of natural lighting may never be in your favour | Happy days during the summer - you'll most likely be able to get home and take photos in natural light.  But let's face it, British weather is never that reliable.  More likely is that you'll struggle to find enough light to take decent photos even at weekends.  Investing in artificial lighting is an option that will ease the pain, and editing helps, but there's nothing better than that brief window of good luck where photo-taking is hassle-free.

Think carefully about social media handles and names | I'm at the point now where I'm looking to change my blog name to something that reflects me a little more.  I've already done it once, when my blog was in its very early stages and I hadn't invested in a url or YouTube channel.  Now, the implications seem wide-ranging.....dead links, confused readers, conflicting YouTube urls are all very real possibilities.  Think long and hard before you settle on a 'brand name', as such.

Sometimes you won't have anything to write about | It took a long time for me to reach this stage, years in fact, but talking to other bloggers means I've learnt that it inevitably happens.  Take a break from the internet if needs be, get some perspective.....and if you decide you want to continue, just take it slow.  You may get out of your blogger slump overnight, but there's nothing worse than forcing content.  You'll know it's not genuine, and chances are so will your readers.

Stay realistic | I suppose it's fairly easy for some to see the successes of mega-famous bloggers and YouTubers and think it's a guarantee.  95% of bloggers aren't going to get book deals, earn shizzloads of money through advertising, launch make up ranges or get mobbed on the street.  I'm not one to judge people's motives for blogging, but if you're doing it thinking that this is the norm then you may need to reassess.
Let me start by saying that my make up routine will never be simplistic.  There are far too many things that need fixing on my face for that.  But recently I've been getting later and later in the mornings, applying more and more to my face.  The result?  I still look frazzled at the end of the day, and in truth I don't look any different.  I started to really think about what I needed to be spending time on, and what short cuts I could take to speed up my routine.

Base //
Not much has changed here.  Primer is still a must, and for that I'm still loving my ever-faithful Seventeen Skin Wow! 3 in 1 Highlighter followed by a layer of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation.  It works for now, but as the weather gets warmer I can feel myself wanting to go for something lighter.  It won't be long before I'm giving my MAC Face and Body a whirl.  Concealer-wise, it's still all about the Clarins Instant Concealer.

Eyes //
I'm lumping brows in this category, and of course for this it's all about the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade.  I really don't enjoy doing eyebrows and I wish I could skip this step, but alas, I'd look like I had no brows without it.
Eyeshadow is where I've implemented one of my time-saving hacks.  I still use MAC's Soft Ochre Paint Pot, but now instead of fussing with different shadows and liners I'm going with a one-wash colour: MAC Texture.  On days where it's too warm-toned, I'll pat a little of Wedge onto the lid and that's enough to lighten up the look.  A couple of coats of Lancome Doll Eyes is usually enough, but if I feel I need a little more definition, MAC Powersurge Kohl Liner is a speedy way to do this.

Cheeks //
Another time-consuming area of my make up routine that had to go.  I found that my contour and highlight routine was leaving me looking a little muddy, so I went on the hunt for an all-rounder blush.  I wanted something in more of a taupe-y shade, rather than pink or red, and in the end I think I've found it in the form of MAC Prism.

Lips //
Lips are a fairly quick step....it's just deciding on a shade that takes a bit of time for me!  I recently compiled a guide to my favourite nude liner/lipstick combos, so if you fancy having a look at what I've been using lately then definitely check out the link.

I'd love to know, how long do you spend doing your make up on a daily basis?

Make Up Minimalism: Trying to Strip Back

18.5.15

Let me start by saying that my make up routine will never be simplistic.  There are far too many things that need fixing on my face for that.  But recently I've been getting later and later in the mornings, applying more and more to my face.  The result?  I still look frazzled at the end of the day, and in truth I don't look any different.  I started to really think about what I needed to be spending time on, and what short cuts I could take to speed up my routine.

Base //
Not much has changed here.  Primer is still a must, and for that I'm still loving my ever-faithful Seventeen Skin Wow! 3 in 1 Highlighter followed by a layer of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation.  It works for now, but as the weather gets warmer I can feel myself wanting to go for something lighter.  It won't be long before I'm giving my MAC Face and Body a whirl.  Concealer-wise, it's still all about the Clarins Instant Concealer.

Eyes //
I'm lumping brows in this category, and of course for this it's all about the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade.  I really don't enjoy doing eyebrows and I wish I could skip this step, but alas, I'd look like I had no brows without it.
Eyeshadow is where I've implemented one of my time-saving hacks.  I still use MAC's Soft Ochre Paint Pot, but now instead of fussing with different shadows and liners I'm going with a one-wash colour: MAC Texture.  On days where it's too warm-toned, I'll pat a little of Wedge onto the lid and that's enough to lighten up the look.  A couple of coats of Lancome Doll Eyes is usually enough, but if I feel I need a little more definition, MAC Powersurge Kohl Liner is a speedy way to do this.

Cheeks //
Another time-consuming area of my make up routine that had to go.  I found that my contour and highlight routine was leaving me looking a little muddy, so I went on the hunt for an all-rounder blush.  I wanted something in more of a taupe-y shade, rather than pink or red, and in the end I think I've found it in the form of MAC Prism.

Lips //
Lips are a fairly quick step....it's just deciding on a shade that takes a bit of time for me!  I recently compiled a guide to my favourite nude liner/lipstick combos, so if you fancy having a look at what I've been using lately then definitely check out the link.

I'd love to know, how long do you spend doing your make up on a daily basis?
This video marks my first 'proper' foray into book tubing.  If you watched my last video, you'll know that I've discovered, and fallen in love with, the world of book tubing.  Beauty still seriously floats my boat, but my passion for reading has reignited recently and book tubers are helping me to discover new genres, authors and books to check out.  In this video, I share with you the books I've read in April....bookworms, enjoy!

Watch below, or click to head to my YouTube channel.

Did you read anything good this month?

Video: April Wrap Up

12.5.15

This video marks my first 'proper' foray into book tubing.  If you watched my last video, you'll know that I've discovered, and fallen in love with, the world of book tubing.  Beauty still seriously floats my boat, but my passion for reading has reignited recently and book tubers are helping me to discover new genres, authors and books to check out.  In this video, I share with you the books I've read in April....bookworms, enjoy!

Watch below, or click to head to my YouTube channel.

Did you read anything good this month?


'Under the Waves'  by Aneta Ivanoca.  Image found via pinterest

Be kind.
Try and avoid gossip.
 Don't be scared to stand up for yourself.
Quality over quantity.
Make people a priority if they'd do the same for you.
Only apologise if you mean it.
Find the joy in the little things.
Don't waste time feeling guilty.
Remember that tomorrow isn't guaranteed.
Chase happiness.
Go on adventures. 
No fucks given
.

Rules to live by

11.5.15


'Under the Waves'  by Aneta Ivanoca.  Image found via pinterest

Be kind.
Try and avoid gossip.
 Don't be scared to stand up for yourself.
Quality over quantity.
Make people a priority if they'd do the same for you.
Only apologise if you mean it.
Find the joy in the little things.
Don't waste time feeling guilty.
Remember that tomorrow isn't guaranteed.
Chase happiness.
Go on adventures. 
No fucks given
.
Eyelash curlers | People who can skip this step in their routine unnerve (but at the same time, impress) me.  It's like putting on underwear for me.  A must-do.  And while I hate to say Shu Uemera's are the best.....they're the best.

MAC Paint Pots | My life was changed when I first invested in one of these little pots of magic.  Eyeshadow, without fail, creases on me so using a Paint Pot is a must.  A light layer of this prior to shadow helps it to stay put a lot longer and I wouldn't be without it.

Beauty Blender | In a blogosphere dominated by brushes, the arrival of an egg-shaped sponge was met with a little trepidation.  Now, however, I'm sold.  The Real Techniques offering is my blender of choice, and after a quick whizz under the tap it really does blend my make up in seamlessly and leave me with a beautifully even base.  And so quick too!

Brush cleanser | There's no two ways about it, cleaning make up brushes is a thankless task.  I used to use baby shampoo, but the instant gratification of watching make up literally dissolve away with the aid of proper brush cleanser has made it a much more bearable chore.  And by that I mean 'slightly less boring'.

Lip liners | Of any kind!  Until 2014, with the exception of when wearing a red lip, I'd never used lip liners.  How did I not know that they would literally transform my lipstick collection?!  Not only do they hugely improve the longevity of my lipstick, but they can be used to change the tone of lipsticks too.  I've got an army of liners ready to be interchanged at whim and create new looks....check out this post if you fancy seeing some of my favourite nudes.

Matte bronzer | Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a little shimmer to the face.  In the summer I've even been known to opt for a highlighting bronzer to give me that overall glow, but if you're looking for an everyday staple then go matte all the way.  It can be used to warm up the complexion, chisel in some cheekbones (just make sure it's not too warm-toned!) or as a transition shade for eyeshadow in the crease.  My personal favourites are the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel or Benefit's Hoola, but Rimmel also do a great powder, too.


And the ones to give a miss....

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick | I love me a good highlighter, but this one's just too subtle for me.  I googled swatch after swatch of this and was sure it would be the ultimate in golden, glowy goodness.  The result is not the same for me.  Give this a miss; there are far better powder highlighters available from the high street.

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight | See, told you I love a good highlight!  This one comes in a creamy stick formula but again, the pay off isn't great.  Its pinky-tones aren't my favourite and the results just aren't strong enough for me.  Another one to skip.

Bobbi Brown Corrector |  Hands up who else was lead to believe their dark circles would be banished with this little pot?  Me too, so I eagerly went and got colour matched.  The result?  Yep, I can see a difference when I first apply a layer of this pinky cream to my under-eye area, but when used as an extra step in my make up routine there really is no difference from when I skip this step.

The Beauty Essentials You Need In Your Collection....And The Over-Hyped Ones You Should Give A Miss

4.5.15

Eyelash curlers | People who can skip this step in their routine unnerve (but at the same time, impress) me.  It's like putting on underwear for me.  A must-do.  And while I hate to say Shu Uemera's are the best.....they're the best.

MAC Paint Pots | My life was changed when I first invested in one of these little pots of magic.  Eyeshadow, without fail, creases on me so using a Paint Pot is a must.  A light layer of this prior to shadow helps it to stay put a lot longer and I wouldn't be without it.

Beauty Blender | In a blogosphere dominated by brushes, the arrival of an egg-shaped sponge was met with a little trepidation.  Now, however, I'm sold.  The Real Techniques offering is my blender of choice, and after a quick whizz under the tap it really does blend my make up in seamlessly and leave me with a beautifully even base.  And so quick too!

Brush cleanser | There's no two ways about it, cleaning make up brushes is a thankless task.  I used to use baby shampoo, but the instant gratification of watching make up literally dissolve away with the aid of proper brush cleanser has made it a much more bearable chore.  And by that I mean 'slightly less boring'.

Lip liners | Of any kind!  Until 2014, with the exception of when wearing a red lip, I'd never used lip liners.  How did I not know that they would literally transform my lipstick collection?!  Not only do they hugely improve the longevity of my lipstick, but they can be used to change the tone of lipsticks too.  I've got an army of liners ready to be interchanged at whim and create new looks....check out this post if you fancy seeing some of my favourite nudes.

Matte bronzer | Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a little shimmer to the face.  In the summer I've even been known to opt for a highlighting bronzer to give me that overall glow, but if you're looking for an everyday staple then go matte all the way.  It can be used to warm up the complexion, chisel in some cheekbones (just make sure it's not too warm-toned!) or as a transition shade for eyeshadow in the crease.  My personal favourites are the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel or Benefit's Hoola, but Rimmel also do a great powder, too.


And the ones to give a miss....

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick | I love me a good highlighter, but this one's just too subtle for me.  I googled swatch after swatch of this and was sure it would be the ultimate in golden, glowy goodness.  The result is not the same for me.  Give this a miss; there are far better powder highlighters available from the high street.

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight | See, told you I love a good highlight!  This one comes in a creamy stick formula but again, the pay off isn't great.  Its pinky-tones aren't my favourite and the results just aren't strong enough for me.  Another one to skip.

Bobbi Brown Corrector |  Hands up who else was lead to believe their dark circles would be banished with this little pot?  Me too, so I eagerly went and got colour matched.  The result?  Yep, I can see a difference when I first apply a layer of this pinky cream to my under-eye area, but when used as an extra step in my make up routine there really is no difference from when I skip this step.

Remember my wishlist post a couple of weeks ago?  Gold has become my choice when it comes to accessories, and I'm building up quite the collection!  If you're looking to inject a bit of golden minimalism to your personal style, here are my tips on where to look.

H&M | H&M is *the* shop to visit if you want budget friendly jewellery.  And they've got that whole simplistic, dainty necklace thing down pat.  I bought both the long bar and linked circle necklaces you can see above from there, but unfortunately they're not available online.  At £2.99 each though, they definitely don't break the bank!  The earrings are a little more on the fussy side than I'm used to, but they're so simple yet striking in their design....they'll really make a statement with the right outfit.

Zara | Zara doesn't tend to be my pick when it comes to accessories.  I've seen other bloggers get some really nice pieces there, but I always the price range is slightly too high for high street jewellery.  I couldn't resist this collar necklace though; with its mixed metals and clean design, it's right up my street.  I may have to buy the matching bracelets next!

ASOS | ASOS featured in my wishlist post, and the first purchase I made after payday was for this double-strand necklace.  I also popped this bar necklace in my basket; ASOS do gold-plated pieces at really reasonsable prices.  It's slightly more yellow-toned than the other items....more of a gold vermeil colour, but actually it works really well mixed in with the others.

Monica Vinader | The Queen of gold jewellery has to be MV, right?  These rings (a Riva and Siren stacking rings) were Christmas presents but after going off to be resized, I've only just got them back.  They're staples in my everyday wardrobe and I can't wait to add more to my collection.

Are you a gold or a silver kinda gal?

New In Accessories: Going For Gold

1.5.15


Remember my wishlist post a couple of weeks ago?  Gold has become my choice when it comes to accessories, and I'm building up quite the collection!  If you're looking to inject a bit of golden minimalism to your personal style, here are my tips on where to look.

H&M | H&M is *the* shop to visit if you want budget friendly jewellery.  And they've got that whole simplistic, dainty necklace thing down pat.  I bought both the long bar and linked circle necklaces you can see above from there, but unfortunately they're not available online.  At £2.99 each though, they definitely don't break the bank!  The earrings are a little more on the fussy side than I'm used to, but they're so simple yet striking in their design....they'll really make a statement with the right outfit.

Zara | Zara doesn't tend to be my pick when it comes to accessories.  I've seen other bloggers get some really nice pieces there, but I always the price range is slightly too high for high street jewellery.  I couldn't resist this collar necklace though; with its mixed metals and clean design, it's right up my street.  I may have to buy the matching bracelets next!

ASOS | ASOS featured in my wishlist post, and the first purchase I made after payday was for this double-strand necklace.  I also popped this bar necklace in my basket; ASOS do gold-plated pieces at really reasonsable prices.  It's slightly more yellow-toned than the other items....more of a gold vermeil colour, but actually it works really well mixed in with the others.

Monica Vinader | The Queen of gold jewellery has to be MV, right?  These rings (a Riva and Siren stacking rings) were Christmas presents but after going off to be resized, I've only just got them back.  They're staples in my everyday wardrobe and I can't wait to add more to my collection.

Are you a gold or a silver kinda gal?

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