30 September 2014

September At A Glance + A Few Of My Favourite Things | Personal

September ended up being a pretty quiet month for me; we didn't venture out much and there weren't great selections on at the cinema this month so that took a back seat for a change.
Definitely more downs than ups this month in terms of general life; Dean is not happy in his current job and feels a little lost in regards to the future. He is thinking about looking into doing a course on something, but is unsure what. He feels left behind because his younger friends are off travelling and doing things, whereas he is a boring, old newly-wed! I say newly-wed - we've already been married four whole months which is a little crazy! Anyway, hopefully he will cheer up soon... He did buy me these lovely flowers though:
I also got to meet this little lad, Rupert, a new addition to the in-laws' pet family!

So with my general gloomy mood, blogging did take a bit of a nose-dive as I just wasn't feeling very inspired and was generally feeling pretty lazy! Apologies for that, but we all feel that way at some point. I'm slowly getting back into it and enjoying drafting up some new posts. One point to mention is that I am very happy with my new blog name and design:
Work is extremely busy at the moment which makes our up-coming holiday all the more enticing! Just two weeks until I'm lounging around on a cruise ship, heading for sunny Spain and Portugal! Suggestions on what to where there in October would be much appreciated.
We enjoyed a spontaneous trip to the cathedral city of Salisbury, Wiltshire; it was my first time there and it was lovely. It didn't feel like a city which was nice! We timed our visit well as there was a French and vintage market on. We did indulge in some French sweets...

I did make a few fashion and beauty purchases this month, some of which I still have to share with you. All in good time, folks.
Diet-wise, my healthy eating has slipped a little but on the other hand, I have done well with increasing my water intake. I'm looking forward to the weather turning colder so I can start making some soups! I made a lovely chicken curry just last night:

And to conclude the end of September, here are a few of my favourite things this month:
Downton Abbey
I was so excited for this amazing period drama returning to our screens this month! The first episode was an excellent start to the new series! I love seeing how people lived in different eras and I love how this show grows with the changing times; I find it fascinating!
NATIO Wellness Body Scrub
This is my favourite body scrub of the moment! It gives such a great exfoliation and leaves your skin so smooth and soft. Read my full review here.
Most Haunted
Another TV show I was extremely excited about returning was Most Haunted! I've loved this show for such a long time and the long wait of the new series is finally over! So far, the new series has been very interesting and exciting to watch.
Di Palomo Orange Blossom Hand & Nail Cream
I'm really enjoying the orange blossom range from Di Palomo! Currently, my most used product is my miniature-sized hand cream which lives in my handbag and comes in very handy for work!
theBalm What's Your Type? Tall, Dark & Handsome Mascara
I am loving this mascara! It lengthens and separates lashes without clumping and really opens up your eyes. I'll try to post a review soon!
My book-a-month reading challenge is going well; I finished off my first book (The Whaleboat House by Mark Mills) is less than a month and am now onto my second book (Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth)!

I hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know if you'd like to see this as a monthly feature!
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29 September 2014

New In This Week | Fashion

This week we are seeing lots of muted colours and neutral tones, along with easy-to-wear transitional pieces for this unusually warm Autumn!
1. Dorothy Perkins Wool Mini Skirt, £28
This woollen skirt features silver zip detail and would look great teamed with a sheer shirt or cosy jumper.
2. Hobbs Carly Biker Jacket, £149
This raw-edged bouclé jacket helps make office and smart outfits more versatile.
3. ASOS Dreamer Plimsolls, £20
Add a little sparkle to your casual look with these glittery plimsolls!
4. Yumi Star Print Shirt, £35
This all-over star print sheer shirt will look great with skinny jeans and grey ankle boots.
5. Forever 21 Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, £21
Get comfortable, relaxed style in these on-trend boyfriend jeans.
6. BHS Zip Mini Cross Body Bag, £9.50
This monochrome bag will go with anything and will come in handy for trips where you want to be hands-free but still have your essentials within reach.
7. Faith Richy Calf Leather Boots, £89
These snug Winter boots have a biker style with buckle detail and suede upper.
8. George @ Asda Zip Pocket Blouse, £10
This cool-blue blouse can easily be dressed up or down.
9. Zara Wrap Skirt, £39.99
This faux leather pleated skirt gives a feminine option for the leather skirt and will look great with shirts, camisoles or jumpers.
10. John Greed Erika Leather Multi-Strand Heart Bracelet, £12.95
Add a delicate accessory with this pretty heart bracelet.
11. New Look Patent Pointed Heels, £19.99
Add a pop of colour to your new season wardrobe with these pink heels.
12. Shablool Silver Patterned Ring, £24.99
This rustic ring features diamante detail and will add that wonderful finishing touch to your outfit.
13. Mango Printed Chiffon Shirt, £34.99
This delicate animal print shirt would look great teamed with leather trousers and ankle boots.
14. H&M Patterned Trousers, £19.99
These unusual trousers would look great as part of your evening outfit. I love the animal print pattern!
15. River Island Faux Fur Box Clutch Bag, £30
This fluffy clutch will bring some Winter fun into your festive evening looks!

Have a great week!
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28 September 2014

Haul: Recent Purchases | Beauty

This is a collective haul from this month's beauty purchases. Lots of hair products and new items to try!
Amie Skin Shield Daily Moisturiser SPF15, £5.95/75ml
With my current moisturiser nearing the end of the tube and with my upcoming holiday in mind, I opted for Amie's SPF15 moisturiser which should leave skin soft and hydrated while protecting from the elements. With ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, kakadu plum and blueberry.
Amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash, £4.95/150ml
I didn't need a new facial wash yet, but I really want to try out more products from Amie, so I got this exfoliating wash which contains green apple, lemon extract, blueberry seed and vitamin E bursting beads. It claims to aid with unblocking pores, lifting away excess oil, dead skin cells, dirt and grime, and helps to soften and nourish skin. Although it says "daily", I will probably trial this as an in-between gentle exfoliator every other day.
Superdrug Coconut & Almond Shampoo, £1.99/400ml & Superdrug Coconut & Almond Conditioner, £1.99/400ml
I know how great coconut oil is for your hair, so I decided to pick up these two products in the hope that they will soften and smooth my frizzy mane!
Superdrug Green Apple & Tea Tree Shampoo, £1.99/400ml & Superdrug Green Apple & Tea Tree Conditioner, £1.99/400ml
Tea tree is known for its' anti-septic, cleansing properties so these two products should give a deep cleanse and promote a healthy shine.
Ogx Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo, £6.99/385ml & Ogx Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, £6.99/385ml
I've wanted to try this brand for ages and at the time of purchasing, these were on offer so I thought I'd try out the Argan oil range as it claims to restore shine and softness, while strengthening hair.
Original Source Vanilla & Raspberry Shower Gel, £2.20/250ml
This is one of my most favourite scents! I'm always buying the hand wash so I thought I'd grab a couple of the shower gels too! Smells just like raspberry milkshake!
Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil, £13/17.5ml
My cuticles and nails are not in the best shape right now, so I was looking for a nourishing, repairing product and found this cuticle oil. It has a tropical scent with coconut and pineapple and claims to hydrate, heal and nourish cuticles. This is pretty expensive so I am hoping for great things!
Barry M Lipstick in Pink Ribbon, £4.49
I thought I'd add to my tiny lipstick collection and picked up this Barry M version in Pink Ribbon, a bright but wearable pink-red shade.
B. Brilliant Rich Colour Lip Gloss in Belle 62, £6.99
I wanted to try out Superdrug's B. range and opted for this lip gloss. I've only tested it very quickly and it was very sticky, but I shall give it another try soon and hopefully it dries to a matte finish. There didn't seem to be much pigmentation with this shade and it gave a sheer finish.

Have you picked up anything new lately? Let me know if you've tried any of the above!
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24 September 2014

AW14 Trend Focus: In Check | Fashion

I love all the check and tartan prints that come out during the colder months. I've picked out my favourite pieces which are all available to purchase now.
1. F&F @ Tesco Cube Print Jumpsuit, £25
This abstract windowpane print jumpsuit would look great in the office as well as the bar!
2. Warehouse Tweed Check Skirt, £35
I'm loving all the dashes of pastel colours on this tweed skirt.This would look great with a pastel cardigan.
3. Genetic X Liberty Ross Plaid Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, £250
Team these check jeans with a biker jacket for an edgy look.
4. Fashion Union Tiegan Check Brush Stroke Skirt, £20
Brighten up your Autumn wardrobe with this pretty tweed-look skirt.
5. New Look Parisian Contrast Sleeve Grid Check Waterfall Jacket, £22.99
I'm in love with this jacket! Love the monochrome style.
6. Dorothy Perkins Checked Tee, £20 £12
Update your daytime look with this cool blue top.
7. M&Co. Check Print Wrap, £29
Wrap up warm and protect yourself from the elements with this stylish wrap.
8. Jack Wills Zip Around Wallet, £19.50
Add some British heritage style to your Autumn wardrobe with this Jack Wills purse.
9. Matalan Check Knit Blanket Scarf, £12
Autumn wouldn't be the same without a stylish check scarf around your neck!
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