30 April 2015

April At A Glance + Monthly Favourites

April seemed to last forever, didn't it?! Or was that just me? And we had such wonderful weather for the most part; we enjoyed a lovely, sunny Easter weekend. I honestly can't remember much of the month, so obviously the first few weeks were pretty quiet! We did travel to London for a three night stay and had a lot of fun. You can read about the trip here. I was really exhausted and a bit under the weather when we returned home, so I was glad of a few days to relax before returning to work. Thankfully it's my last night tonight, and I've got a nice week off to look forward to! Let's hope the weather warms up again; I'd love to do some exploring around the local area and find some new walks.
Unfortunately my (Dad's Mum) Nana passed away on Sunday, as she had been ill for some time. We weren't particularly close, but it's a shame that I hadn't seen her for many years.
As you may have noticed, I've spruced up my blog design a little and changed the colour scheme. I wanted to add some personalised touches to my blog design, hence the new header featuring a few of my favourite things! I've also added a fixed navigational bar to the top of the page, which looks much neater and is more practical and easily accessible.

This month's favourites:
Twinings Nutty Chocolate Assam Tea is a chocolate lover's dream. It has a genuine chocolate and hazelnut aftertaste and feels like a real treat!
We really enjoyed watching Bates Motel and are eagerly awaiting the next season! I think the actors were chosen really well for each role and I love seeing Norman's developing story.
I discovered and ultimately declared Green & Black's Organic Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream as my new favourite ice-cream! It is just beautiful; just as vanilla ice-cream should be.
I'm so happy to have this hand cream back in my life! Faith In Nature's Coconut Hand Cream is my go-to daytime hand cream. It's non-irritating, soothing, restorative and easily absorbed! I just wish they had a larger size available!

How was your April?

29 April 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. Pull&Bear Trench Coat with a Belt, £29.99
A classic mac has been high on my wish list for a long time. I was so happy to find this affordable version while browsing in-store in London. Now I just need to find some cash to purchase it!
2. Argos Maine Tall Wide Extra Deep Bookcase, £44.99
We've needed a bookcase for ages, but never got round to buying one. Although our living room features black gloss furniture, I'm not so keen on it now, so anything new I want in neutral colours, like this putty grey bookcase. I like the idea of putting little decorative touches in amongst the books, like photo frames e.t.c.
3. Forever 21 Twisted-Hem Slub Knit Tee, £10
I need to build on my wardrobe basics, and while this is a pretty simple top, I like that it has the added twisted hem detail to make it a little different!
4. George @ Asda Gem Sandals, £12
These pretty, bright sandals will be perfect once summer arrives!
5. The Range Silver Velvet Snakeskin Cushion, £6.99
I'm on the lookout for particular cushions at the moment, as I am re-styling our bedroom. My vision is a neutral, grayscale look with different textures and luxe touches.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

28 April 2015

The London Trip (Part Two)

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On day three, we visited Buckingham Palace and London bridge, where we're pretty certain we spotted David Cameron in the back of a posh car, along with police escorts who cleared the road before his arrival.
We had an early lunch in McDonald's, then we went to Marylebone high street, looking for the shopping village, which we then assumed was just the collection of shops on the high street. I couldn't find Content Beauty, which had been recommended to me by Sandra from Beauty Balm, which was rather disappointing! But never mind. I did pop into Neal's Yard Remedies and Primark, making purchases in both.
Then it was time to head on over to The Prince Of Wales Theatre to see The Book Of Mormon musical! Created by the makers of South Park, it was as offensive and hilarious as expected!
We were thrilled to spot Bubba Gump's just across the street, as I'd been hoping to try it. Inspired by the film, Forrest Gump, the interior was great, quirky and full of inspiration from the film. The staff were very enthusiastic and welcoming. Now, I must admit, I'm not a seafood person, but I knew there were alternative options, which is why we still visited. For starters, we ordered Frizzled Onion Strings, £4.50, which were delicious and came with a barbeque and a sour cream sauce for dipping. We also ordered the Shrimp Shack Mac & Cheese, £8.25, just to try. I wasn't a fan of the shrimps, I'm afraid, but the mac and cheese was yummy. For the mains, Dean chose the Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich, £11.75, and I chose the Texas Cajun Chicken Sandwich, £11.75, which both came with a side of fries. We both really enjoyed our mains; the cajun sauce was gorgeous! I just had to order the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae, £6.25, which was amazing! I couldn't quite finish it, as it was such a big portion. Dean sampled it, too, but didn't order a dessert. We just opted for soft drinks, which were about £2.50 each, with free refills. Our bill came in at over £50, as until researching it now, we were unaware that a 10% discretionary service charge is automatically added to each order! So, yes, we did think it was somewhat over-priced, but we did enjoy our Bubba Gump's experience. And while walking through Leicester square that evening, heading for the tube back to our room, I walked right past Jasmyn Banks (Eastenders' Alice Branning)! So happy I saw a famous person, haha.
New Look Crepe Blazer (similar)
Dorothy Perkins Floral Dip Hem Top
Krisp Skinny Jeans
New Look Striped Willow Tote Bag
Brantano Lace-Up Canvas Shoes
Day four was an early start to make our way to Euston station to catch the train to Watford Junction, ready to go check out the Warner Bros. studios in Leavesden for the Harry Potter tour! I've been so looking forward to this! It was very, very busy, so we were queued up for some time, but it was great when the tour finally got started. It was surreal to be wandering around, looking at the actual sets that the Harry Potter cast had used during filming! And it was amazing to see how much work and effort goes into creating everything that you see on screen. I had saved spending all my money shopping in London so that I could purchase a few items in the gift shop, but everything was heavily overpriced, so I was really disappointed! We literally bought a box of Fudge Flies and a Dobby fridge magnet! Still, it was a great experience.
We also had lunch in the Backlot cafe, which is situated about half-way through the tour. We each had a hotdog and a Butterbeer, which was really yummy! We used the shuttle bus service from the station to the studios which cost £2 each for a return ticket. We caught the train back to Euston station, then caught the next train back to Gillingham, Dorset at 5:20pm. It was a horribly overcrowded train with at least 20 people standing for well over an hour! And on this journey of over two hours, I started to slowly but surely feel increasingly worse and now have a lovely cold/flu-like virus! It was a really exhausting trip, so I was happy to be at home taking it easy before returning to work on Monday night.

27 April 2015

Creating A Capsule Wardrobe: Workwear (SS15 Edition)

High-five to Claire from xclaireabella for inspiring me to write this post!

Creating a capsule wardrobe of classic, timeless, good quality pieces is a very logical choice to make, and it will save you money in the long run.
Today I am focusing on workwear; these items will work particularly well if you are employed within an office/retail setting.
The base of your workwear outfit could start with a dress; like this navy White Stuff Envelope Dress, £55 £37. A classic shift dress is the perfect stylish option for the office, particularly in meetings, when you feel you need to dress really smartly, but still let your personality shine through. Depending on your body shape and personal style, you may find a sleeveless dress or a classic neckline will suit you better.
If you're opting for an outfit with a little more movement and a subtly relaxed feel, pairing the Pied a Terre Pleated Shirt, £69 £34.50, with loose yet stylish trousers like these Dorothy Perkins Plain Tie Waist Joggers, £20 £16, is a great choice; you'll feel comfortable all day, but will still look smart!
You could also pair the Oasis Honeycomb Stitch Jumper, £38, with this Warehouse Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, £42, for a balance between chic and comfort; mixing different textures and materials creates a depth to your outfit. Adding little touches like these Mood Set Of 3 Pearl, Crystal & Knot Earrings, £6 £4.80, or a statement necklace such as this Coast Snake Necklace, £25, will finish off your look perfectly. Remember, you can always add colour to your outfit in the form of accessories or jewellery, but choose small splashes of colour rather than blocks. Both tops can be paired with either the skirt or trousers.
Your footwear choices should be simple, stylish, and comfortable. These ASOS Signed For Pointed Heels, £32, will work well with the rest of your wardrobe; they are a classic black heeled shoe with delicate ankle straps and a stylish cut-out detail. If you prefer a flat shoe, these ZARA Ankle-Strap Flats, £29.99, will give you a really stylish option for work; you could also swap the heels with these mid-day, or for travelling to and from work, if you need a more comfortable option.
Choosing neutral outerwear is a must; go for nudes, tans, navy or black, with a classic, timeless cut and style. The Dorothy Perkins Waterfall Jacket, £45 £36, is a great layering item, and could be worn indoors as well as outdoors. The waterfall shape and the soft blush pink colour will really complement your neutral colour palette and will flatter your figure. The Marks and Spencer Buttonsafe Pure Cotton Mac with Stormwear, £85, would be your everyday outerwear choice. The neutral colour will work with the rest of your wardrobe and the classic cut will inject style and elegance into your look. Make the most of this blank canvas by adding pretty, patterned scarves such as this New Look Floral Print Snood, £7.99. Finish off your look with a classic, medium sized handbag, like this Dune Grab Bag, £55 £39.99.

And there you have it; a capsule workwear wardrobe with select pieces that work in harmony with each other!

25 April 2015

The London Trip (Part One)

On Monday morning, Dean and I embarked on my first ever trip to London! I was pretty excited, although I wasn't looking forward to the hustle and bustle - especially on the tube! We took the train from Gillingham, Dorset, to London Waterloo, which cost us £53 each for a return ticket. We purchased our Oyster cards (£5 each) when we arrived, and topped them up. After a couple of tube journeys, we walked for about ten minutes to reach our hotel, so it was pretty central, Victoria station being the closest to us.
We stayed at The Grapevine Hotel, which cost us £215 for a three night stay. This is really cheap compared to other prices we saw. But I now understand what cheap buys you in London... The hotel itself seemed nice, but was adjoined to The Sheriff Hotel, where the reception was placed. To get to our room, we entered via a different entrance, and went down some very narrow stairs to basement level. Our room was very small, including a double bed, wall-mounted flat screen TV (which didn't work until Dean sorted out the loose aerial), a small shelf with a few hangers and hooks, and a small desk with two drawers. The room also included a heater and hairdryer. The decor was modern, but the finish was pretty shabby. We had an en-suite, which was clearly meant to be a wet room of sorts, but it was not efficient or practical; the shower area had a shower curtain, but this did not stop water getting to all other areas of the bathroom floor, the shower head was too heavy for the (loose) shower fitting, so you had to hold it while you showered one-handed - not the easiest of tasks! Oh, and the switch for the shower water supply was on the wall as you enter the main room, and the water kept running until it was switched off, so Dean and I had to get each other to switch it on and off! The toilet lid was on the floor, propped up against the wall, and the toilet seat wasn't attached, so you got a nice surprise when you sat on it! Surely it wouldn't have taken much to fix the toilet seat and shower attachment? We got one large towel each, which was changed every other day. We didn't have any hand towels or a bath mat. We were provided with a few sachets of shampoo e.t.c., and a tiny bar of soap each. We used our own toiletries that we had brought with us. The breakfast room was located right next to our room, so it was handy but also a little noisy in the mornings. The complimentary continental breakfast was served between 7:30am-9:30am. The breakfast room was very nice, and you could certainly tell that more effort and money had been spent on this, rather than our room! So overall, this hotel was a basic, low-budget choice. We wouldn't stay here again, unless our room was more satisfactory. Some good points included being able to leave our luggage in reception before and after check-in/out, allowing us four full days in London. They also had free (temperamental) wi-fi.
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Day one in London saw us visit The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum. All of which were really good, my favourite being the Victoria & Albert, as they had lots of fashion displays! In the evening, we walked around Leicester Square which was really good; we saw some street performers and there was a good variety of shops and eateries. We chose to dine at the famous Five Guys, and they did not disappoint! Dean opted for the bacon cheeseburger, £8, with all the (free) toppings, and I chose the little cheeseburger, £5.50, with ketchup and onions. We shared a large serving of cajun fries, £5, but a regular size would have sufficed. We each had a regular drink, £2.50 each, which came with free re-fills and loads of cool choices, like raspberry cola! We really enjoyed all of our food, and the service was really good. Price wise, we both felt it was a little over-priced.
We popped into M&M World, and were left slightly confused and amused that people actually pay silly money to buy normal M&M's in different colours, or novelty M&M's merchandise. We at least expected to find some new, exciting varieties, but no. We headed back to our room quite early, as we were both really tired! We both slept well, but I was woken up by noisy pigeons a few times.
Day two was spent browsing Harrods and lots of other shops! Visiting Harrods was a great experience; we bought a few items from the food halls, but otherwise, everything was way out of our price range! The technology department was pretty cool, and the way everything is displayed, particularly in the food halls, is really wonderful.
This was a really tiring day, as we walked for ages, popping in and out of different shops. We also visited Borough Market and each bought a chorizo sandwich from Brindisa, and were surprised to find no queue! Messy but delicious.
We went to Ed's Easy Diner for our evening meal, which was located within Victoria station, serving American-style food in a 1950's retro-style diner setting. We found it very similar to Johnny Rocket's. We both opted for a Deluxe Pulled Pork Dog, £11.35 each, which came with fries and coleslaw. We each had soft drinks, £2.75 each, which came with free refills. Much to my dismay, we didn't have dessert, but I did get a Creme Egg McFlurry from a nearby McDonald's instead!
Dorothy Perkins Paisley Fit & Flare Dress
New Look Crepe Blazer (similar)
George @ Asda Leggings
Next Nude Bow Flats (similar)
New Look Striped Willow Tote Bag
Natural History Museum Seahorse Scarf

22 April 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. Raw Gaia by Jessica Raw Chocolate Face Pack, £5.49/15ml
Promoting an even and radiant complexion, this raw organic chocolate face pack sounds heavenly!
2. 7th Heaven Coffee Mocha Mud Face Masque, £1
Montagne Jeunesse have now re-branded themselves as 7th Heaven, and with that, have brought out some new products! This coffee face mask with macadamia oil and kaolin clay promises to lightly exfoliate and cleanse skin, and help to minimise pores.
3. Banned Apparel Close Call Anchor Cardigan, £29.99
I love nautical-inspired fashion, and this cute anchor cardigan would be perfect now and in summer.
4. Celtic Herbal Honey & Oatmeal Soap, £3.95
This gentle soap with coconut oil, sweet almond oil, honey, and oats, calms and soothes skin. This sounds perfect for my sensitive skin which is prone to blotchiness.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

19 April 2015

Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil

Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil, £13/17.5ml

About the brand:
Butter London was founded in 2005 by Sasha Muir. They are a cruelty-free, BUAV-approved brand and their nail products are free from toulene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and DBP. As well as their extensive nail polish and treatments collection, they also have a range of make-up products, which are free from parabens and phthalates.

I suffer from hangnails quite often, and this is mainly down to me subconsciously picking the skin around my nails - most likely when I'm nervous, bored, or stressed! So, this can affect whether the cuticle remains intact. Sometimes my cuticles can appear "recessed" from the nail, and they can become dry. I bought this cuticle oil ages ago, but have only just gotten round to using it regularly.
The first thing you need to know about this cuticle oil is that it smells amazing! A truly tropical cocktail of pineapples and coconuts - now I get the apt "Handbag Holiday" name! The formula is a thin oil, which is applied with the nail brush - just like applying nail polish. I swipe the oil across each set of nails and then gently massage the oil into my cuticles and nail area. The oil won't completely absorb, but it doesn't leave your skin feeling really greasy, either. This is best applied just before bed, so that there's no chance of washing it away, and then it can get to work overnight!

With frequent daily use, I found my recessed cuticles grew back nicely, and the surrounding nail area improved in overall condition. I do suffer from very dry, irritable hands, so I need to apply hand cream regularly to keep not only my hands, but also the skin around my nails, moisturised and soft.

Have you tried any cuticle oils? How did they perform?

16 April 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. Neve Cosmetics Elegantissimi Eyeshadow Palette, £21.95
I need to replace most of my eye make-up, as it's bound to be out of date now, so I've been searching for the perfect neutrals palette. I think I may have found it in this vegan Neve Cosmetics offering! With ten wearable shades, ranging from the lightest, Coco, to the darkest, Black Sheep. The palette also has a magnetic bottom, so you can move the shades around and rearrange them to your liking!
2. Faith Belted Flapover Clutch Bag, £25 £20
Isn't this lilac beauty the perfect accompaniment on a warm spring evening? I love the colour and the design.
3. George @ Asda Gem Stripe Ballet Shoes, £12
Stripes are always a great choice; they never go out of fashion! I love these striped flats with the bright gem detail. These would be perfect for casual spring and summer outfits.
4. Bathing Beauty Gauntlet Hand Salve, £8.95
Can you believe that my hands are still a mess, even though we're now in spring?! They really need some heavy duty TLC. This natural hand salve is aimed at people who spend a lot of time in the harsh outdoors - I don't, but my working environment is harsh on my hands. With shea butter, avocado oil, calendula oil, beeswax, and rosemary essential oil, this should do the trick! I've got my eye on quite a few products from Bathing Beauty, actually...
5. Karen Millen Lace Hem Bandage Dress, £160
Now, is this not the perfect dress? Yes, I thought so, too! How gorgeous is this navy dreamboat?! The bandage-style design is really flattering for the figure, and the lace hem is so delicate and pretty! This would be so versatile; day or night! Shame I don't have a spare £160 to spend on just one item, even if it is beautiful!

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

15 April 2015

Brand Focus: TU @ Sainsbury's + Shop Online!

I received a very exciting email yesterday from Sainsbury's, letting me know that their clothing range was launching soon to purchase online! I was invited to view and shop the collection before it became officially available. I haven't made any purchases yet, but here are my favourite picks! You may be able to shop online if you are signed up to their newsletter via email. Be quick though, as everything is selling out really fast!
1. Horse Pattern Scarf, £8
This mint scarf with a lovely horse print is the perfect spring accessory!
2. Zip Pocket Treggings, £16
Smarten up your workwear with these slim-fitting, stylish treggings.
3. Lace Kaftan Top, £16
Channel the boho vibe this summer with the gorgeous lace kaftan! Team with denim shorts and delicate jewellery.
4. Aubergine Printed Dress, £20
This aubergine print dress is so fun! I love the delicate trim.
5. Flowing Tank Top, £12
This airy top would be great for an evening out when really warm! It would look great teamed with black bottoms and chunky jewels.
6. Striped Motel Dress, £16
This coral striped dress is really summery and would look great with sandals and sunglasses.
7. Cork Block Heel Wedges, £20
These patent red wedges will be great day or night for spring and summer.
8. Low Cut Loafers, £12
I love these cobalt blue loafers! A great option for casual day wear.
9. Nautical Shopper, £12
This shopper bag will be really handy when heading for a day out, as you can throw all your essentials in with ease!

Will you be shopping the collection?

13 April 2015

KORRES Almond & Linseed Nourishing Hair Mask

About the brand:
This natural Greek beauty brand was founded by George Korres in 1996. With a focus on skin-friendly and environmentally-friendly ingredients such as herbs and Greek flora, KORRES now have over 400 natural and certified organic products in their portfolio. Avoiding the use of harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients such as, petroleum derivatives, silicones, propylene glycol, ethanolamines and ammonia, these are instead replaced with equally effective, beneficial and skin-friendly natural ingredients.
KORRES Almond & Linseed Nourishing Hair Mask, £10/125ml

With shea butter, linseed extract, and sweet almond extract, this hair mask promises to lock in moisture, nourish dry and damaged hair, reduce frizz, and help prevent breakages.
This hair mask has a lovely, quite subtle almond scent, and quite a thick, creamy formula. It does need to be worked into the hair quite well as it doesn't spread easily. I have been using this hair mask once a week after shampooing, and leave this on for at least 5 minutes. I make sure to rinse off the mask with cool water, pat dry with a towel,  and then go about my usual hair styling.

After using this mask, my hair feels softer, looks shinier, and definitely has a smoother, less frizzy appearance. My hair felt well moisturised and cared for. I love that the scent lingers subtly until the next wash! With this tube only containing 125mls of product, I can't see myself getting many applications out of it, as I do tend to use a fair amount for each treatment. I really love KORRES' packaging as it's quite unique in style and looks great!

Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Quaternium-91, Parfum (Fragrance), Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Inulin, Polyquaternium-37, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Behentrimonium Chloride, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Coumarin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Lactic Acid, Limonium Gerberi (lavender) Extract, Linalool, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Niacinamide (vitamin B3), Orbignya Speciosa (Babassu Palm) Kernel Oil, Origanum Dictamnus Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-47, Potassium Sorbate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Sideritis Syriaca Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Gluceptate, Xanthan Gum, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch. 

Have you tried any KORRES products?

10 April 2015

Spring Interiors Edit

Spring Interiors Edit
1. Dunelm Mill Candy Rose Collection 1.7L Duck Egg Kettle, £29.99
Update your kitchen with spring pastels; this retro-look kettle will do just the trick!
2. Dunelm Mill Hammered Effect Silver Plate, £12.99
Add silver accessories for a fresh, modern look.
3. Style Furnishings Floral Printed Cushion, £19.99
Add a burst of beautiful floral bloom with this pretty cushion!
4. TK Maxx Blue Geometric Print Cushion, £9.99
Co-ordinate your colour scheme with printed cushions.
5. TK Maxx Yellow Chunky Knit Cushion, £14.99
Add texture with a chunky knit cushion! This sunshine yellow one complements the blue geo print one very well.
6. Next Spring Mix Bowl, £35
Fresh flowers around the house are lovely, but if you're after a more affordable option, try good quality artificial ones to get that same spring feeling.
7. Primark Silver Mottled Tea Light Holder, £1.50
The mottled effect on this tea light holder is really pretty and will add that luxe, vintage-style feel.
8. French Connection Ceramic Hurricane Candle Holder, £45
Bold candle arrangements are a great way to accessorise and update your room.
9. Caroline Gardner Ditsy Pocket Notebook Set, £4.99
These cute notebooks are sure to come in handy!
10. Lily Flame Fresh Linen Reed Diffuser, £20
Add a spring scent to any room with a pretty reed diffuser.
11. French Connection Berlin Chair, £320
Add a touch of modern classic style with this steel-framed chair.
12. Buy The Sea Driftwood Style Clock, £34.95
This distressed clock will add a subtle touch of spring colour.

Are you updating your home decor for spring?

08 April 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. ZARA Powerstretch Biker Trousers, £29.99
I really love these trousers in this stone colour; these would work throughout all seasons. For spring, they'd look great with a sheer top and a lightweight blazer.
2. La Redoute EZRAS Wool Cushion Cover, £19
I'm re-styling our bedroom, and this charcoal grey woollen cushion would fit right in with my vision! I want lots of cushions on the bed; think a mix of textures and a neutral, greyscale colour palette.
3. Mad Hippie Eye Cream, RRP £24.99 £13.21/15ml
 Unfortunately, I've recently noticed fine lines around my eye area, so I need to find that perfect eye cream for daily use! This eye cream promises to minimise the appearance of wrinkles, swelling, and discolouration. With the contents being full of peptides and anti-oxidants, and after reading up on the brand's passion about providing these great results without the use of harsh, synthetic chemicals, I'm eager to try this!
4. Neal's Yard Remedies Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream, £21.50/50g
 I don't currently have a face cream that is just for night-time use, so there's definitely room in my beauty stash for this! Ideal for sensitive skin, this night cream promises to deeply nourish, soothe and protect skin. Rich in avocado oil, almond oil, marshmallow root extract, and comfrey leaf extract.
5. La Redoute Bienvenue Enamelled Metal Tray, £27
This monochrome enamelled tray is just gorgeous! I love it. Need this in my life.
6. Balanced Guru Rainforest Body Scrub, £33.25/256g
This organic body scrub with raw cane sugar, dead sea salt, coffee beans, peppermint oil, and shea butter, promises to exfoliate and enliven the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. I always get excited when a product contains coffee! It's meant to be great for cellulite.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

07 April 2015

Space-Saving Storage Solutions For The Home

I love storage. Couldn't live without it! Now, although we live in a decent sized property, is does lack storage, so I'm always after space-saving options! Storage does not have to be boring; get creative! Storage can be pretty, colourful, stylish and practical! I've picked out some great space-saving options that are sure to make life a little less cluttered and more organised.
1. La Redoute Lindus Bathroom Wall Mirror, £45
Isn't this a lovely mirror? I can just imagine showcasing a few select, luxurious beauty products on the handy shelf! You could even add an individual touch by painting the bare wood with your chosen colour!
2. Hygena Frosted Insert Under Sink Storage Unit, £44.99 £35.99
If you have a pedestal sink and are lacking bathroom storage, you need to get yourself one of these! We have a similar one, which is a white wooden affair (looking rather shabby these days, actually), and it is so handy! All of our current in-use beauty items are stored in there, all nicely concealed behind the doors. This one by Hygena is super sleek and I think the frosted glass panels in the doors add a luxe touch. I am very tempted to replace our old one with this!
3. Simplehuman Shower Caddy, £29.99
Shower caddies can look really tacky and undesirable, but I think this one by Simplehuman is rather sleek and stylish! It looks really easy to keep clean, too. Perfect for storing all your in-shower goodies!
4. Matalan Bathroom Sparkle Trinket Box, £4
This little trinket box is really pretty and can be used to store whatever you like; cotton buds, cleansing pads, hair ties, anything!
1. Artis Slide Out Storage Tower, £17.99
If you have any narrow spaces in your kitchen (often next to an appliance), then this storage tower could fill it! In white plastic, it doesn't do much aesthetically, but you could always spray paint it silver to add a touch of class! This would come in really handy for little bits and bobs; you could even store baking trays e.t.c. in it.
2. Lakeland Pisa 18 Jar Spice Rack, £13.99
We have this exact spice rack, which fits nicely into a corner on our kitchen worktop. You can get really creative with spice storage these days; I love the magnetic wall with spice tins!
3. Lakeland 4 Tier Over-Door Storage Rack, £19.99
If you have a pantry or other cupboard nearby, this over-door storage solution would be a big help!
4. Next Cream Heart Sink Caddy, £8
Tidy up your sink area with this cute caddy for your dishcloths and washing-up liquid.
5. Beau and Elliot Set Of 3 Storage Jars With Lids, £29.99
Add a splash of colour to your kitchen with these handy storage jars, perfect for keeping your tea, coffee and sugar fresh and on-hand.
6. Cooksmart Set Of 3 Printed Cake Storage Tins, £16 £9.99
When not in use for lovely freshly-baked cakes, these pretty cake tins will nest inside each other nicely and can be stored on top of your cupboards.
7. IKEA Stenstorp Wall Shelf With Drawers, £40
I really love this shelving storage; the plastic lidded "drawers" would great for storing dry pasta, flour, cereals e.t.c. inside.
1. Dunelm Mill Mink Chenille Mayfair King Bed Ottoman, £149.99
If you have a space at the bottom of your bed, fill it with this chic ottoman, creating more storage for items such as blankets, cushions and throws.
2. Lakeland The Style Station, £19.99
Keep your electricals neat and tidy in this handy style station. Pop them in as soon as you're done - no need for cooling!
3. Lakeland Style Turntable, £9.99
Have your daily essentials easily on-hand with this turntable; also great for storing your perfumes!
4. The Range Dress Mirror With Jewellery Storage, £69.99
Been stocking up on those statement necklaces again? No problem; this stylish mirror will secretly hold all of your jewellery!
5. BHS 3 Multi Printed Boxes, £10
You can never have too many storage boxes, right? Pretty ones like these, of course. Whether inside or on top of you wardrobe, these are sure to come in handy!
6. Hygena Harriette Double Bed Frame, £179.99 £134.99
If you're in the market for a new bed, make sure you keep storage in mind, as these beds are just wonderful! I couldn't live without my ottoman bed.
7. BHS 3 Drawer Floral Print Jewellery Box, £20 £16
This pretty drawer unit would work well for storing your make-up items and little trinkets.
1. The Original Factory Shop Dakota Coffee Table, RRP £299.99 £159
How awesome is this coffee table?! With four tidily tucked-away stools (with storage!), those extra guests will have a place to sit down, at last.
2. La Redoute Zark Log Basket, £89
If you are lucky enough to have an open fire, you must invest in this super stylish log basket! I wish I had a need for this...
3. Dunelm Mill Cottage Ivory Storage Bench, £149.99
If you have an unused space under your window, why not add this bench to create a window seat, plus some extra storage space.
4. BHS Small Bling Storage Jar, £12
Isn't this little storage jar just so pretty? I'm sure you can find a use for this; tea-light candles storage, anyone?
5. Hygena Wooden Space Saver Table & 4 Chairs, £299.99
If your place is tight on space, this space-saving table and chairs set can be neatly tucked away until needed; plus, it looks pretty eye-pleasing, too.
6. Neofurn Ringo White High Gloss TV Cabinet, £299
Look at all the concealed storage! This is definitely on my wishlist. This will keep unsightly cables out of view, plus you can store all your favourite DVDs down the sides!

Do you love storage? Any tips for space-saving storage solutions?

06 April 2015

Outfit: Paisley For Easter

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter holiday. We had a lazy weekend and had family round for a meal on the Sunday evening. I decided Easter was a good enough occasion to showcase a recent purchase!
Dorothy Perkins Paisley Fit & Flare Dress
George @ Asda Full Length Leggings
New Look Snakeskin Panel Suede Ankle Boots (similar)
I think it's a really flattering and comfortable dress, which will be perfect throughout spring and summer. It's made from a textured crepe-feel fabric and has a lovely, swishy pleated skirt and ties at the waist!
I'm feeling all summery at the moment, as we spent today in Sherborne, Dorset, and it was really warm and sunny. We had lunch outdoors and enjoyed a little stroll around the lovely town and the old abbey.

What did you get up to over Easter?