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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

How to Style a Trench Coat | Fashion

Trench Coat Style


I genuinely believe that everyone should own a trench coat, bold statement but bear with me here guys.... It's a versatile piece of outerwear is that not only comes in a variety of different cuts and styles but you can wear it in so many different ways. There are a lot of brands like Jack Wills offering some beautiful women's trench coat options but you also have brands like H&M where I got mine (pictured) for a great price and Zara if you are looking for something a little less traditional

The reason why I think the trench coat is a classic staple is because it's a coat that you can easily dress up for formal occasions or keep it a little casual. I actually bought mine two sizes too big for me, but I have tied the belt up at the back to cinch in my waist a little it creates a much nicer silhouette on my body shape. As with most trench coats they are rather lightweight, perfect for the summer but let's face it in England we don't get much of a summer which is why I always wear a scarf with mine. 


Trench Coat Style

I wear a lot of black but I tend to add an injection of colour into my outfit with the accessories. If I am wearing my blue Gucci bag then I like to keep the rest of my outfit in muted tones so I'll wear a plain grey scarf. If I'm feeling a bit fierce then I'll wear my McQueen scarf but wear my nude Mulberry bag

Trench Coat Style

Even when I want to dress it super casual with my sneakers, the coat actually makes the entire outfit. I haven't included any clothes in these pictures purely because the coat and the accessories are what makes the outfit, you could be wearing a simple black dress, or some jeans, or even a jumper underneath it but if you accessorise correctly it immediately makes a statement. I often get complimented on my coat, even though I have had mine at least 2 years because I change it up with the accessories, it's like a new coat!

How do you style your trench coat?


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Sunday, 23 April 2017

31 Thoughts I have in the Gym | Health

Gym Weights



Now I have joined the gym again I thought I would do a little fun post about 31 random thoughts I have whilst I work out..

1. I need all of the weights

2. Do I have enough space?

3. When did my thighs get so big???

4. Is that ANOTHER chin I see forming?

5. Man I'm soooo unfit

6. Oh god don't face the mirror, I definitely don't need to see what I look like when I squat

7. Why are my legs **shaking** after 2 lunges? Man up! 

8. My thighs better ache tomorrow 

9. Oh shit, I've lost count? Just do an extra rep for luck

10. Only another set left...I think...

11. I like her leggings...

12. She is lifting more than me - need to up my game

13. Ooo that exercise looks good, I'm gonna try that

14. I wish I had her butt

15. Ya know, underneath the flab - I'm not THAT bad

16. I have potential!!! 

17. Oh god don't look in the mirror - you look like a sweaty potato

18. Stairmaster now

19. Why am I paying to walk on a machine when I could just walk up and down my steps at home?

20. Step, step, step

21. Must look where I am stepping otherwise I will trip...again!

22. Water! I need water!

23. Never knew the back of my hand could sweat - fab!

24. Am I panting too loudly? I can't hear myself because of my music

25. Oooo this is my jam though

26. God! How have I only done 5 minutes on this flippin' stairmaster

27. I need to vom - why is my body punishing me for trying to make it better

28. 26 flights of stairs - I don't care how it's calculated it sounds like a lot

29. Never ending flights of stairs this is a form of torture surely?

30. Finished! Woooo! 

31. Oh no my legs have turned to jelly!

Tell me one random thought you have when working out? 
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Sleek MakeUp | Beauty

Sleek MakeUp


You guys know just HOW obsessed I am with the Sleek MakeUp CC Cream, it's the only foundation I use, super lightweight, photographs well, wears well during the day, just perfect! This post comes as no surprise that I already love the brand but one thing that has made me think a lot is Cruelty Free make up which, from what I can understand, Sleek MakeUp are. 

Now, I just want to say that I'm not a vegan, in the past I've never solely used products from Cruelty Free brands but I guess my opinion changed a little when I saw a very sad video of a monkey being tested on by L'Oreal and it was just heartbreaking. I know it's a bit of a grey area and it's hard finding things that are cruelty free but I think if I am at least trying then that's better than nothing. 

It's made me rethink a few things and I use L'Oreal a lot, so moving forward, I will not be buying beauty products from this brand, among others. As I have used the L'Oreal liquid eyeliner for literally years this has meant I had to find something else and because I already love and trust Sleek MakeUp I thought why not start there! 

Dip It Eyeliner


Whilst Sleek MakeUp do a vast array of liquid eyeliners much to my joy, but in my local Boots they only had the Dip It Eyeliner which to be honest I wasn't that fussed about as I just wanted to try it out regardless. The style of the applicator actually reminded me of an old skool Collection 2000 eyeliner I had back in the day but better, obvs! 

The nib of the pen bit is a bit harder than what I am used to because the L'Oreal one is quite soft but I actually found applying the eyeliner was absolutely fine. I would even go as far to say that it lasts better than others I have used recently so I was really impressed.  



Lethal Length Mascara


Moving onto a new mascara which was the Lethal Length Mascara and I have to admit I really like this one, again it reminds me of the Benefit Rollerlash Mascara with the design of the brush. As you can see, one side has short bristles and the other side is considerably longer. I'm fortunate in the sense that I have quite long, curly lashes anyway so I can actually wear most mascaras but I do lack volume. The lethal length mascara definitely gives you long luscious lashes but I would say you need two coats to ad a bit of thickness to the lashes but you can't do any more coats than this. 

Overall, I am literally thrilled with my new Sleek MakeUp purchases, it just goes to show there are some many brands out there and it's worth trying other options. 

What are your favourite products from Sleek MakeUp? 
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Sunday, 16 April 2017

5 Things I Miss About Italy | Lifestyle

Manarola


To be honest, I've had this post in my drafts for a while and whilst I do miss Italy, I definitely don't want to go back, you can miss something and not actually want it back or whatever. I guess recently I have seen a couple of TV programmes that are based in Italy or it's about Italy and I can't help but smile. Again, going to Italy was one of my best decisions of my life and since I have been back there are just a couple of things I miss so let's talk about the most obvious one...

The Weather
I mean, Florence can get bloody cold but those blue skies are one thing that is pretty much constant. They do have awful thunderstorms which seem to last for months, but once that is over it's back to that bright Tuscan sky.The days a longer, you feel like you have go more energy and want to more!  It's amazing what a bit of blue sky can do to anyone's mood. 


Italy


The Food 
Let's be honest, the Italians REALLY know their food and I kind of miss the simplicity of it all. Over here everything is heavily processed and smothered in sauce which....of course I love but my body hates it. I've frickin' put more weight on being at home than what I did when I was in Italy. I miss that chilled out afternoon snacking with a glass of good quality wine.

Aperol Spritz
When I first tried this drink I thought it was bloody disgusting, some bitter fizzy thing that looks like Lucozade but tastes like disappointment! The Italians on the other hand bloody love it and the more I gave it a go the more I kinda got it! There is something quite wonderful about sitting in the sun with an Aperol Spritz in your hand chatting with a pal! 

The Apartment 
Whilst I rather disliked my actual apartment but loved having my own space at least. Since I have moved back I always feel like I'm in people's way, which isn't actually their fault it's just a feeling I personally have. I mean, this is something that is easily fixed once I have enough money to move out. I do find myself missing just fuss-potting around my own place. 


Wisteria


Wisteria in the Spring 

It's something I can't quite describe but in the spring there is a purple haze over the city of Florence, where places really seem to come to life after an indifferent winter. It's actually the smell I miss the most you could be walking anywhere and all of a sudden this strong and imediately recogniseable scent decends on you, you don't even have to see it to know it's the Wisteria. I don't want to get too poetic here but when I think of it, I can't help but smile!

That's kind of it! I do miss one to two people from Italy but I'm generally speaking really happy to be back in the UK.Some times it really feels like it was a dream, that I can't quite believe I lived there for just over a year but there are a lot of home comforts I had missed. 

Have you ever been to Florence or Italy? 
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

What's in my Mulberry Bag | Fashion


Mulberry Small Lily

Though I would do a little post for all the nosy gals out there, myself included here, about what I carry in my Mulberry Small Lily Handbag. I was quite smart when I bought my Mulberry bag because I actually got it in the sale, they've stopped making this colour with the silver hardware and it is probably one of my fave luxury purchases even more so than my Gucci Dionysus, but let's not go into that right now, let's actually have a look in my bag...


What's in my bag

Coach Coin Purse

The small Lily Mulberry bag, is the second smallest of the Lily family and I was actually torn between the Small and the Medium but when I looked at the medium on someone I actually thought it looked quite big and I just didn't want that. As you can see I don't actually own a purse, I have my Lulu Guinness card holder which got years ago from my parents as a Christmas gift and I have a little Coach coin purse which I bought last year. The thing is, I actually don't like carrying purses and rarely carry cash on me which is why I find it easier to have these small leather items because I can't take out of my bag only what I need at the time. You've probably seen a lot of bloggers with the Saint Laurent card holders which retail for around £150 but my Lulu Guinness one was only about £50 and I know there are loads of other brands that do a slightly lower price but still have a luxe feel about them so do a bit of hunting. The same goes for my Coach coin purse (which I can't find online) but it was actually a key holder but I bought it in Macy's for $50 because it was in the sale. 

Onto the boring stuff, I carry my keys, which again I only have 2 key rings on, one is a Queen Bee because, I mean, I am! The other is a in joke with me and the geek. Then we have my pill, I'm pretty forgetful so always having it in my bag is handy. I have a lipstick, receipts, cinema tickets, blah blah blah!  I can also fit comfortably my phone in here as well as my his glasses case on occasion so actually it's a great size for me.  

I will admit I don't carry a lot in my bag but that is just genuinely what I am like, even in bigger bags there isn't that much more, maybe an umbrella and more receipts to be honest!

Do you prefer small or big bags? 
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