10 August 2017

Summer Fashion Haul + TRY ON | Topshop, Zara + More!


I've been quite busy with the move and starting my new job - that I haven't had a proper shopping spree in months, and therefore I haven't filmed a haul either! It wasn't until I actually realised how much new items I have accumulated (usually through online shopping or picking up the odd item whilst nipping out). So I have filmed my first official Summer Haul (better late than never?) On the plus side - most things are now in the sale so take a peek at my Summer Fashion Haul if you fancy a bargain!

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Items mentioned:

If you'd like to see anything featured in a Summer LookBook please comment below! ♥
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2 August 2017

Rainbow Bébé


As I have reached my late Twenties, dressing for Summer isn't just about filling my wardrobe full of pretty floral dresses. I like to find a few key pieces that I can mix & match to create an effortless Summer look. These include: a Breton top, a Denim A-Line Mini Skirt (versatile throughout the year), a basket bag, and a pair of sandals.


Boden is my brand of choice for all things stripes - and this happy little rainbow number is actually from the children's collection, and an absolute steal at £18.00. It makes me smile just looking at it, and can be worn to cheer up an otherwise dull British Summer's day (it rains a lot here).


The Topshop Denim A-line Mini Skirt has been a wardrobe essential for the past two years. I wear it all year round, and especially enjoy tucking in a simple t-shirt or breton top for a casual, yet chic, look.


I absolutely adore the Jane Birkin inspired basket bags - I have been searching for one all year, until Topshop brought out their sell-out version, which, to me, is perfect for all of my daily essentials.


During Summer I pretty much wear two brands on my feet - Converse, and Saltwater Sandals. They are super comfortable and a really classic style sandal. I plan on extending my collection to the full colour range available.


What I'm wearing:
Rainbow Breton: Boden // Denim A-Line Mini Skirt: Topshop (similar) // 
Wicker Basket Bag: Topshop (similar) // Cream Cat Eye Sunglasses: Topshop (similar) // 
Navy Sandals: Saltwater Sandals 

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20 July 2017

Twenty Eight


The other day, a group of school children called out "ask that woman!" - and as I scanned the proximity for a female adult, I realised (with horror) they were referring to me. Now I feel like I've aged quite gracefully, I still smile smugly when asked every time for I.D, so I'm not sure why it's such a surprise that I am now, days after my 28th birthday, being identified as an adult.

I think I have always compared myself to my Mum, at 28 she was married with two children and a house to call her own. So in comparison, I'm very young for my age. But that's not to say that either is right or wrong.

I've had to overcome a lot of hardships, especially in the last 12 months. I don't think 27 was the finest of years, but it's an age I will look back at (not so fondly) but be greatly proud of myself. 

It has been shit, to be honest. I had my heart broken and I was terrified to start a new life in a new city with new people. But I did it! It took bloody ages to get back to a good place, but I moved into my new flat with my now 2 best friends, and I've started a new job which excites me to a tremendous degree!

I got to celebrate my birthday with my friends in my new home and it was brilliant! We ordered pizza and played our guitars on the balcony, surrounded by fairy lights and candles.


I spent my birthday afternoon in Chester with my Mum, it was wonderful. We had coffee and chatted about what we'd both been up to, went shopping (haul coming soon), and had a delicious lunch at The Botanist - one of my favourite restaurants which I don't get to visit very often anymore.


When I got home, my family had decorated my Grandparent's garden into my very own mini Glastonbury! There were streamers, bunting, pop up tents, camping chairs, tea and hob nobs, and my favourite music. The food was also Glastonbury themed - featuring some of my favourites: Pizza, Mac & Cheese, BBQ, Ice Cream, and of course, birthday cake!

I haven't been allowed to blow out my own candles in 7 years

I had a truly wonderful weekend, and it made me realise that the only thing that matters are the people around you that make you happy and loved.

And, if like me, you find yourself in a bit of a late-twenties emotional crises, I shall share 3 pieces of advice:

1. Enjoy yourself, laugh, have fun, smile, make new friends! Because life is too short to waste it being sad, and you'll look back and regret spending time on things that won't matter in a year.
2. Always be kind to others, even if others are bastards to you.
3. Time heals everything.
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14 June 2017

Daisy Dungarees

Denim dungarees: Topshop // Embroidered top: Zara // Converse: Schuh // Basket: Cath Kidston (similar)

There is something very satisfying about sitting in a field, picking daisies, wearing dungarees... And I'm okay with the fact I'm dressed like a toddler.
I think the Topshop Boyfriend Dungarees are possibly the smartest buy I've made, and although you wouldn't think they're all that practical for Summer - the cloudy British weather has meant I've been able to wear them almost constantly. I also enjoy the cropped length, which I usually wear rolled up as to show a little ankle (saucy, eh?).
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21 May 2017

The Monthly Playlist : May

May is being a bloody great month for music! For the first week I moved into my new flat in Manchester I had no internet connection - and as a result, listened exclusively to records (mostly my Record Store Day loot). It's also been packed full of live music - The View & The Kooks brought back some nostalgic tunes and the crowning jewel being the Cabbage, Blossoms and Courteeners gig on the 27/5.
I'm also really excited to see Seu Jorge play at the Albert Hall on the 25/5. He played on the soundtrack to Wes Anderson's 'The Life Aquatic' and is performing on a special set on stage, with a showing of the film afterwards. His adaptations of David Bowie's songs in Portuguese for the film is one of my favourite records ever - do have a listen.

1. Blossoms - Live From Portmeirion Town Hall, Festival No. 6
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12 May 2017

Topshop SPRING Trend : The Daisy Tea Dress

The tea dress has always been a staple in my Spring/Summer wardrobe - a timeless and feminine classic; yet can be toughened up with a biker jacket and pair of ankle boots. Worn with sandals for picnics and afternoons at the beach, or a cardigan and pair of converse of those chilly British evenings.
I always look to TOPSHOP for my tea dresses (my favourite last year being the red daisy dress), as they add a cool and stylish element to such a traditional style dress.
This Spring I fell in love with the Daisy Print Ruffle Tea Dress, and it features two of this season's favourite trends: pink and ruffles.
The wrap around and side-tie detail adds a little interest to the pretty floral pattern and pale blush colour of the dress. And the floaty sleeves and hem creates a romantic and feminine look.
I have styled the dress with a biker jacket, black fedora and pair of converse to toughen it up; and the pastel lilac cross-body bag is an essential colour for Spring.

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20 April 2017

Spring Fashion Haul | Topshop, Zara, ASOS + More!!


Spring is my favourite season; I love the sunshine, the beautiful flowers in bloom, cute little baby animals, and buying a fresh new seasonal wardrobe. I haven't made too many purchases as I'm saving up to move soon, and have been enjoying styling some of my winter pieces for spring (see video here).

This is what I have bought:

Primark Denim A-Line Skirt

Would you like to see any of the pieces in my Spring LookBook?
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10 April 2017

Spring LUSH Haul | Easter + Mother's Day Collection 2017


One of my very favourite things about Spring is the Lush Easter + Mother's Day collections, the products are so beautiful and bright, and fill my bedroom with the most delicious scent.

I didn't pick up everything from the range as there was a lot of reoccurring products that I have tried and didn't quite fancy this year. (The bath bombs for example, I'm 100% a bubble bar girl).

But here's what I did pick up...

Products mentioned:
Your Mother Should Know Bubble Bar
 Baa Bar Bubble Bar
 Ladybird Bubble Bar
 Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
 Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bimb
 Mum Bath Bomb
 Scrubee Body Butter
 Grass Bubble Bar
 Pop in The Bath Bubble Bar
 Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bar
 Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt

What is your favourite product from the Lush Mother's Day/Easter collection?
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9 March 2017

28 February 2017

Month on Film : February

Okay, so it happened again... only a few of the photos turned out. I think it's because the weather is just so dark and gloomy all the time. But I didn't really get up to much this month anyway;

I saw Bloc Party in Manchester, and Cabbage in Liverpool.

Had a lovely bike ride wearing my favourite rainbow jumper






It snowed in Manchester


andddd that's pretty much about it! I bought lots of new vinyl, drank copious amounts of coffee and went to a few other gigs (which the photos definitely didn't turn out, partly due to the rum and cokes I was drinking).

I do really want to keep my monthly film diary, but it's so disheartening when I look forward to getting it developed all month and they turn out rubbish. Hoping the quality improves as we start to get more sunlight, or maybe I should invest in a proper film SLR...
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27 February 2017

The Monthly Playlist : February

I can't say I discovered too much new music this month, however highlights include watching Bloc Party and Cabbage live, getting a copy of the First Impressions of Earth exclusive coloured vinyl, and tracking down the soundtrack to my favourite Wes Anderson film, The Life Aquatic (I did used to listen to this on repeat, once upon a time...)


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22 February 2017

Collective Clothing Haul + Try On

With Spring right around the corner, I have been collecting some transitional pieces to add to my wardrobe. With the majority of the things I've bought being black/navy blue - I'm definitely not quite ready for pastel shades just yet, but I'm day dreaming about nautical stripes and floral embroidery.


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Items mentioned:
& Other Stories Jumper (sold out online)
♥ Archive by Alexa Coat (Sold out)
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12 February 2017

Lush Valentine's Day Collection ♥

This year's Valentine's Day collection is as pink and pretty as ever, with some brand new products and returning favourites.


In my haul this year I picked up:
 Prince Charming Shower Cream
 Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
 Lover Lamp Bath Bomb
 Cupid Bath Bomb
 Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
 Ladybird Bubble Bar
 The Kiss Lip Scrub


I was delighted to attend a Blogger's Event at the Chester Lush store, they've just had a refurbishment and it looks brilliant! We got to learn more about the products and also demo a lot of them. So if you'd like to watch that then you can here:


What is your favourite from the Valentine's Day collection?
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