Recently Purchased..

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Just a couple of items I've recently purchased. 

I'm in no way trying to create a capsule/minimal wardrobe, however I am trying to a) inject a bit of colour and b) pick classic items that I can easily mix and match. It's a slow process, but I'll get there.

Gone are the days where I lug around a huge handbag at the weekends, I much prefer a smaller cross body number like this red one, which is an absolute steal at £15.. I have two other bags of this style also from Accessorize, so it's safe to say they are fast becoming a favourite of mine! Just the right size for all your weekend essentials. 

I do love my ankle boots, But the pairs I already have are all very similar. I'm craving a bit of variety. It was about time I bought myself a pair that were a little different, therefore opted for these open toe cut out ones from River Island. They're very comfortable, look a bit fancier than anything I already own and aren't too expensive. An all round winning pair of boots.  I've found myself looking at River Island more and more recently. They've got a really great range of items out at the moment, gone are the days where it was all neons and sequins! 

I've wanted a classic Levis T-shirt for a long time. After seeing it pop up on Instagram multiple times, the fashion gods were on my side & ASOS provided this offering. I feel that sometimes a branded T-shirt like this one can make it look like you've made more of an effort. Does anyone else ever feel that way? It's just a little more stylish? Do I even make sense? Jeans, converse, a branded T-shirt and jacket...also with the addition of a across body bag = an instant 'well thought out' outfit. - Well I think so anyway!

So there you have it. A simple little post from me. Going a bit 'old school' in terms of blog posts, but I think that's the direction I want to go now. Little tidbits of my life, nothing to complicated, nothing too fancy. 

Much love,

FASHION: A/W 2016 Payday Wishlist

Oh hello, long time no speak. So it appears I decided to take a bit of a laid back approach to blogging and when I say laid back, I mean not blog at all! Usual excuse, life gets in the way bla bla bla. Basically, I've come to the realisation that I do not blog as a job, it is a hobby. Therefore if I want to be sporadic in posting then I will! The world will not end if I don't post on the regular! Anyway I digress... I wanted to come back at you all with a bit of a payday A/W wishlist post thing. In my time away I've gone from being one of those girls that doesnt like to shop much, to the girl working out if Beans on toast is an okay meal to have daily for the rest of the month because I've spent too much... . So without further ado, here are some of my A/W picks. 

I love the colder months for layering, so that's where my head is at right now when it comes to shopping! Think pretty tea dresses with ankle boots and fab jackets. Snuggly jumpers and building on those basics, all the comfortable trainers and cosy scarves! I am thinking about the upcoming months too, I really want to get the Parka jacket for our trip to Amsterdam in November along with the leopard trainers. A purrrfect (ha did I really just do that) addition for the girl that lives in black clothing! I'm also trying to plan ahead and think of Christmas and (dare I say it) NYE. I don't think it's ever too early to be looking for a party dress, the season is approaching guys! We need to be prepared! Even if you are just going out for a meal with work/friends, its nice to have something a little more special to wear! 

What have you been buying this season? Chances are once I've finished this post I'll probably be making an online order for a couple of the above bits!

Much love, 

FASHION: A/W Boot wishlist

It's September so it is acceptable to start shopping for our Autumn/Winter wardrobe... or at least start looking at whats out there on offer! I usually spend most of the colder months in ankle boots, so naturally they would be one of the first items I would start looking around for! The other week when I was browsing the beauty section on the House of Fraser website, I decided to continue to browse through other departments and start book marking a few bits and bobs I liked the look of. Before I knew it I'd bookmarked a fair few footwear choices so it made sense to share them with you in case you were in the market looking for some new ankle boots for the upcoming months

As you can see I've gone for some classic styles and then some other curve balls like the open toe boot from Miss Selfridge. There's a girl who gets the same train as me in the mornings to work and she always wears boots like these, Over time they've grown on me and now I would like a pair! I also would like to experiment with boots other than the colour black! So the Dune Pander boots ended up being bookmarked, as they are a really nice burgandy shade which I think would look great paired with a classic pair of black skinny jeans or even with little tea dresses and tights. I am a low heel or flat boot kind of gal, so they would be perfect for the upcoming months! I'll probably end up buying a pair in October after payday!

Much love, 

BOOKS: September 2016 TBR

This month I am on a mission to get going with reading again. I've got slack these past few months and now I am pretty behind on my 2016 reading challenge, so September is the month I am going to try and make up for not getting though much recently! If you read my posts last week you will know that we are going on holiday this month so I am hoping a week of lying by the pool will enable to me to get some serious reading time in. The following 3 books are ones that I definitely want to read during September. So fingers crossed I achieve that!

To all the Boys I've loved before - Jenny Han.

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

I picked this up in a charity shop (another 95p special!) Everyone needs a little bit of chick lick to read poolside! I remember this doing the rounds online when it first came out and I believe it had decent reviews. It's one I think I will fly through while on holiday. The text is quite big and spaced out aswell, which usually is an indication that I'll read through it releatively quickly. 

 A fortunate age - Joanna Rakoff

Living in crumbling Brooklyn apartments, holding down jobs as actors and writers and eschewing the middle-class sensibilities of their parents, graduates of the prestigious Oberlin College, Lil, Beth, Sadie, Emily, Dave and Tal believe they can have it all. When the group come together to celebrate a marriage,anything seems possible. But soon the reality of rent, marriage and family will test them all. For this fortunate age can't last for ever, and the group must face adulthood, whether they are ready for it or not. Sprawling and richly drawn, A Fortunate Age traces the lives of the group during some of the most defining years of modern America - from the decadence of the dot com boom through to the sobering events of September 11 and the trailing years that followed - this brilliant, ambitious debut novel perfectly captures the hopes, anxieties and dreams of a generation.

I thought this would be quite an interesting read considering its based about the realities of becoming an adult and the obstacles you may face. More so as it is based around the time of some serious world issues, which I am quite intrigued as to how the author has gone about writing the characters experiences. I will admit I was drawn to the bright colours of the cover because yes I AM SOMEONE WHO JUDGES BOOKS BY THEIR COVERS (sometimes) 

In her Wake - Amanda Jennings

A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella's comfortable existence. Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25-year-old mystery threaten not just her identity, but her life.Chilling, complex and profoundly moving, In Her Wake is a gripping psychological thriller that questions the nature of family - and reminds us that sometimes the most shocking crimes are committed closest to home.

There's no secret that I love a thriller/mystery and this blurb got me hooked. I was a big fan of Clare Mackintosh' 'I let you go' so I'm interested to see if this book has the same sort of twists and turns as that one did (even though its a completely different author!) If it does I'll be really pleased! It's had quite good ratings on amazon and goodreads which is a positive! This may be the first of the three I get stuck into to be honest! 

What's on your September TBR?

Much love

Beauty: House of Fraser Beauty Event

This weekend, if you fancy treating yourself to some new beauty bits you need to either get online or head on down to your local House of Fraser as they've got a pretty good deal going on featuring lots of popular brands. Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, NARS & YSL to name a few. Perhaps you need another bottle of  Double wear, you've been eyeing up one of my Urban Decay Naked Palettes or like me, you require a new bronzer to help your summer tan last. HOF should be your go to store. 
Running until the 11th of September House of Fraser have their Spend £50 and get £10 off beauty event, redeemable against a variety of different brands. I've taken full opportunity of this deal in the past when I held a beauty masterclass with fellow blogger Lorna and it's one not to be missed. Who doesn't love money saving especially on the higher end beauty purchases Buy something for yourself and then treat a friend. or just treat yourself to a few new products. For the full selection of products available in this offer just follow this link

The following are a few products  within the deal that I would recommend to you, having used them myself & being impressed. 

The Naked palette is a makeup collection staple. It has a lovely range of shades which are perfect to take you from Day to night. If you want a palette that will provide you with Neutral, bronzey and smokey eye looks then this one has it all. Giorgio Armani Luminous silk is a treat foundaiton for me but god it's good, so good I wore it as my foundation on my wedding day. As it doesn't have SPF in it, it's really good for photographs & comes in a huge variety of shades! Combine the NARS Creamy concealer and you are onto a winner. If you like foundations to be full coverage and not budge all day, ELDW should be your pick, one I am always repurchasing this! NARS blushers are my favourite as they are so pigmented and again, they are available in such a good selection of shades! I've got a few Bobbi Brown products and this bronzer is a new addition, which I am sure I will enjoy using. 

Much love,